Michael Rhodes of Saracens scores their first try despite the efforts of Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps during the Champions Cup  Cup semi-final at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Photograph:  Henry Brown/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Saracens 24 Wasps 17 Saracens took another giant stride towards a possible domestic and European double as they booked their place in next month’s Ch(...)

Billy Vunipola can offer the Lions destructive ball carrying from number eight. Photograph: Getty

A Kiwi dollar for Warren Gatland’s thoughts as his attention turns to Wales’s tour to New Zealand this June. There is still no better place to judge a(...)

Danny Cipriani is to rejoin former club Wasps from Sale Sharks. Photograph: Getty

Danny Cipriani will leave Sale Sharks and return to his first club Wasps this summer. The 28-year-old had a season left to run on his existing Sale d(...)

Leinster replacement Garry Ringrose offloads in the tackle against Wasps at the RDS. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Slow, painful season coming. Not in Leo Cullen’s worst nightmare could he have foreseen a record home European defeat, especially considering the far(...)

Leinster coach Leo Cullen said his team’s performance against Wasps in the European Champions Cup at the RDS was “pretty awful”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

A week for Leinster ended the way it always seemed to have been heading. As Leo Cullen counted the frontline players that were not available – Rob (...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and head coach Leo Cullen know the Irish provinces cannot compete financially with English and French clubs. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Isa Nacewa is perhaps the perfect pair of eyes to see how the global game is becoming dollar-shaped. The relevance of rugby’s financial evolution is t(...)

 Anthony Foley’s side should pick up a bonus point against Treviso. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Champions Cup opening salvo proves there’s always a new mountain to climb even if the provinces are still paying that heavy World Cup toll. Let’s (...)

Jonathan Sexton with Leinster head coach Leo Cullen at squad training. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster v Wasps, RDS BT Sport Europe, Saturday 1pm Leo Cullen may see Wasps as the first real challenge of his coaching career with Leinster. He kn(...)

Fergus McFadden: ‘I think we’ve got a nice run into this game with it being on Sunday.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Forewarned is forearmed, or so the saying suggests, so Sunday’s opening Champions Cup fixture against Wasps at the RDS should hold few surprises fo(...)

Stuart Lancaster has defended his omission of overseas-bades players from England’s 50-man World Cup training squad. Photograph: PA

Stuart Lancaster has defended the omission of overseas-based players from his World Cup training squad by arguing their selection would only weaken th(...)