Leinster coach Matt O’Connor speaks during a press conference in UCD. Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

What are Leinster going to do against Bath, Matt O’Connor was asked. It seemed a simple enough question. Were they going to give the Premiership side (...)

Bath prop Kane Palma-Newport catches the ball during training session at Farleigh House in Bath ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Bath coach Mike Ford believes his Test stars will “play with courage” when they return to the scene of England’s Six Nations demise in Saturday’s Cham(...)

Bath coach Mike Ford encourages his side to have a go from anywhere on the field, an approach that brought them a bonus-point victory in Toulouse in the pool stage. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The last time Bath came to the Aviva Stadium they were beaten 52-27 by a Leinster side which would go on to retain the Heineken Cup three seasons ago.(...)

Geoff Parling will start in the second row for England against France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have promoted Geoff Parling to the second row and recalled Nick Easter to the bench for Saturday’s decisive RBS Six Nations clash with France (...)

 Billy Vunipola makes a break at the Aviva Stadium. James Crombie/Inpho

15 Alex GoodeHe carried more ball (18) than anyone else and made more metres (136) but struggled a bit in the air. Mike Brown’s absence was noticeable(...)

Johnathan Joseph scored twice for England as they beat Italy 47-17 at Twickenham. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

England 47 Italy 17England launched World Cup year at Twickenham by sweeping Italy aside 47-17 to generate further momentum in their quest for a first(...)

Wales winger George North should not have remained on the field of play following a head impact in the 61st minute of the Wales versus England RBS Six Nations match, World Rugby has announced in a statement. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

World Rugby has said Wales winger George North should not have remained on the field after a clash of heads with team-mate Richard Hibbard but it acce(...)

England winger Anthony Watson gets ahead of the Wales defence to score his side’s first try at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Wales 16 England 21Great occasions do not always produce great games but England will long remember this frantic, nail-biting outcome. Under the Frida(...)

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(...)

Manu Tuilagi: could be ruled out of the entire Six Nations tournament due to groin injury. Photograph: Getty Images.

England’s plans for the Six Nations have been dealt another blow after Manu Tuilagi was almost certainly ruled out of the tournament following a setb(...)