Michael Rhodes of Saracens scores their first try despite the efforts of Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps during the Champions Cup  Cup semi-final at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Photograph:  Henry Brown/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Saracens 24 Wasps 17 Saracens took another giant stride towards a possible domestic and European double as they booked their place in next month’s Ch(...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field injured in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wasps 51 Leinster 10 Twelve months since Johnny Sexton was stood down for 12 weeks by neurologist Dr Jean-François Cherman, concussion has revisited (...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock has been selected to partner Devon Toner at secondrow for the trip to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wasps v Leinster,  Saturday, Ricoh Arena, 3.15 (Live BT Sports 2) It’s a Leinster team drawn in the image of both Joe Schmidt and Leo Cullen a(...)

 Eoin Reddan on Jimmy Gopperty: “He presents a massive running threat, a massive kicking threat. He’s a good passer, he’s a clever guy. He’ll prove to be a great signing for them (Wasps) yet.”

It wasn’t quite slapstick in the vein of Morecambe and Wise but Eoin Reddan and Jimmy Gopperth enjoyed winding up opposing halfbacks when playing toge(...)

Toulon  winger Drew Mitchell: scored in the last play of the game to deny Wasps victory at the Stade Mayol. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Wasps travelled to the lair of the most successful side in European club rugby and came within seconds of a dramatic victory. No side has ever beaten(...)

Ian Madigan is 26 now and, while his skill-set has never been in doubt,  he just needs to play consistently at Number 10.

This column being a review of 2015, it proved a year when Ian Madigan spent most of that time wedged between a rock and a hard place. I felt he coped(...)

Ian Madigan new deal with Bordeaux-Bègles is believed to be at least €500,000 a season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ian Madigan’s understandable decision to sign a two-year contract with Union Bordeaux-Bègles (UBB) brings Irish rugby to a crossroads. Whether the 26(...)

Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps holds off the Bath defence to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  at the Recreation Ground in Bath. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Bath 10 Wasps 36 Outhalf Jimmy Gopperth scored 23 points as Wasps recorded a second away win of their European campaign to remain firmly on course (...)

Ian Madigan: Of the remaining provincially contracted players, he is the player Leinster are most at risk of losing. Photograph: RyanByrne/Inpho

Leinster could do with a win on Saturday for many reasons. While, realistically, it may not sufficiently atone for previous misdeeds and lead to qual(...)

Toulon’s Bryan Habana scores a try against Leinster in the Champions Cup semi-final last season. The clubs will meet in the group stage this time out. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All roads lead to Lyon. The 60,000-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon has been announced as the venue for both the European Challenge Cup final on May 13th (...)