England Saxons’ Elliot Daly tries to avoid the attention of Irish Wolfhounds’ Dominic Ryan during the game  at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Ireland Wolfhounds 9 English Saxons 18The Cork sporting public enthusiastically welcomed international rugby back to the city, filling the redeveloped(...)

Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)

Wasps’ James Haskell is no Vunipola but he does damage, partly because of his physique but mainly because of his attitude. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

‘I coulda’ been a contender,” laments Terry Malloy to his brother Charley ‘The Gent’. “Instead of a bum, which is what I am – let’s face it”. Marlon B(...)

Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani has been called up to Stuart Lancaster’s England training squad for their Six Nations opener against Wales. (Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

England have named their 34-man training squad for the Six Nations game against Wales on 6 February, with Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani recalled from(...)

Matt Hopper of Harlequins is tackled by Alapati Leiua and James Haskell of Wasps during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea has warned Leinster that they will face a searching test when they travel to take on Wasps in next weekend’s crunch Cham(...)

 Charlie Matthews of Harlequins breaks to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Wasps at Adams Park,  High Wycombe. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Wasps 16 Harlequins 23 Harlequins deservedly beat local rivals Wasps 23-16 at Adams Park to go joint top of Pool 2 of the European Champions C(...)

Leinster’s Dominic Ryan goes over in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 2:07

Maintaining a recurring theme from the opening weekend of the European Champions Cup, Leinster began brightly against English opposition, lost their w(...)

 Wasps’ Christian Wade scores a a winger’s try despite the attention of Leinster’s Zane Kirchner and Darragh Fanning.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho 2:07

Leinster 25 Wasps 20 Seán Cronin pounded into the Wasps 22, the hooker playing centre in the mould of Mathieu Bastareaud. The position from where insp(...)

Leinster’s Michael Bent scrums down against Munster’s Stephen Archer. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Pool Two: Leinster v Wasps RDS, Sunday, 5.15pm, BT Sport The return to Europe does not find Leinster in the rudest of health, on the pitch at(...)

Bath head coach Mike Ford: impressed by his young side’s determined performance. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Bath coach Mike Ford felt yesterday’s tightly-contested 24-18 win at Wasps, which secured a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup final, will give h(...)