Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip is included on the EPCR longlist along with teammate Ian Madigan.

Jamie Heaslip and Ian Madigan have been included among the initial 15 nominees for the European Player of the Year after the conclusion of the group s(...)

 Jamie Heaslip leads his Leinster team onto the field before their Champions Cup match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The redrawn European club map in the shape of the European Champions Cup was driven by the Anglo-French club axis to ensure that the bigger economies (...)

23-year-old Gareth Anscombe, who is from New Zealand but has a Swansea-born mother, has been named in Wales’ Six Nations squad. (Photograph: INPHO/Simon King)

Gareth Anscombe, the 23-year old New Zealander with a Swansea-born mother, has been named in the Wales squad less than three months after leaving the (...)

Leinster’s Sean Cronin in action last Saturday. The province seems to have more access to private backing than its Irish counterparts. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

And then there was one, so thank heavens for Leinster. In fact, one could go further, and give praise to Glasgow too, given these are ominous times fo(...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

Anthony Allen of Leicester is tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud during Toulon’s 23-8 victory over  Leicester Tigers at Felix Mayol Stadium

POOL 1 Saracens made it back-to-back wins over Sale to move top of Pool One in the European Champions Cup, but missed out on a bonus point as t(...)

Recalled Gethin Jenkins in training at the Vale Hotel ahead of Saturday’s Autumn International against South Africa. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gethin Jenkins will return to the Wales frontrow on Saturday, ready for a trademark punishing physical encounter against South Africa. The Cardiff Blu(...)

 Wales player George North (centre) and team-mates   after the narrow win over  Fiji at Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales captain Gethin Jenkins was unimpressed as his side recorded a 17-13 victory over Fiji at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. While Wales claimed (...)

 Alex Cuthbert (right) of beats Asaeli Tikoirotuma of Fiji to score the second try  at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 17 Fiji 13Wales recorded their first victory since last season’s Six Nations Championship by predictably subduing Millennium Stadium visitors Fi(...)

 Australia fullback Israel Folau  escapes the challenge of Wales’ Alex Cuthbert to score the first of his two tries in the autumn international at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Wales 28 Australia 33Wales’ excruciating agony against the southern hemisphere heavyweights continued in Cardiff as they suffered a 10th successive lo(...)