Bath’s Stuart Hooper tries to get to grips with Cian Healy during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Leinster 18 Bath 15 You could almost reach out and bite the tension during a taut, fraught endgame and so the natives will remain a little res(...)

DUBIan Madigan’s kicks were crucial but can Leinster win without Johnny Sexton. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images 3:19

Nothing Nothing new about Leinster anyway. This season they have been decimated by injury and denied regular access to their many international(...)

Bath’s Sam Burgess: his tackle technique is a cross between Trevor Brennan and a dumper truck. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Hollywood actor and co-owner of South Sydney Rabbitohs Russell Crowe defines him as the ‘sparkly eyed man’ where ‘those sparkly eyed men carve their (...)

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 (...)

South African flanker Francois Louw believes emergence of such English talent as George Ford and Jonathan Joseph bodes well for Somerset club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Francois Louw, the Springbok flanker, sounds like a man who lives in the moment, his focus not on some other week or other place but very much this w(...)

Bath’s Francois Louw dives over for the bonus-point try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

European Champions Cup round-up: Francois Louw scored Bath’s fourth try in the closing stages to complete a bonus-point 35-18 European Champions Cup v(...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)

Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test in Dublin next week ahead of South Africa’s opening game of their European tour against Ireland. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some good news for Leinster in yesterday’s 36-man Springbok squad for the European tour that begins in Dublin on November 8th as Heyneke Meyer has (...)

South Africa Sevens player Seabelo Senatla has been called up by the Springboks for their European tour. Photograph:  Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

South Africa have named five newcomers in their 36-man squad to tour the Europe , including exciting Sevens speedster Seabelo Senatla. Coach Heyneke M(...)

 Bismarck du Plessis will line out without his brother Jannie against Wales. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

South Africa have recalled the Japan based duo JP Pietersen and Jaque Fourie for their game against Wales in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.Fouri(...)