Aurillac head coach Jeremy Davidson: “I’m looking forward to seeing him [Eddie O’Sullivan]. I left him a message when he was appointed to wish him all the best.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

French club rugby is not noted for the presence of non-French coaches, yet while Bernard Jackman coaches Grenoble in the Top 14, this weekend’s openin(...)

Jamie Heaslip is the leading ball carrier in European rugby with 95 carries.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The season of wounded soldiers continues. Both suffering from dodgy calves, an awfully annoying injury to remedy, the absence of Seán O’Brien an(...)

Ian Madigan will start at inside centre for Leinster against Biarritz. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After Jonny Sexton pointedly retook his position at Zebre six days ago, this week’s cautious rhetoric from Joe Schmidt about his two Leinster p(...)

Leo Cullen in action against Perpignan in the 2003 Heineken Cup semi-final – Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy are the two other survivors from that defeat

Leo Cullen went and mentioned it yesterday. Perpignan. It was the 2003 Heineken Cup semi-final in Lansdowne Road and all Leins(...)