Racing 92 outhalf Dan Carter is tackled by Leicester’s Harry Thacker during the   Champions Cup semi-final at the City Ground in Nottingham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leicester 16 Racing 92 19 Dan Carter moved one step closer to completing the clean sweep of world rugby’s premier trophies, booting Racing 92 into th(...)

England’s 10-12 axis of George Ford and Owen Farrell will not win too many collisions, so they are tasked with creating space. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Winning in Twickenham comes down to rugby’s essential non-negotiable: a player either makes or creates space. Go over defenders or ghost past them. W(...)

David Campese breaks for Australia during the 1991 Rugby World Cup semi-final. Australia beat New Zealand 16-6. Photograph: Getty

Next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand should prove a fitting climax for what has been - bar home nation disappointme(...)

 All Black captain Reuben Thorne and winger Doug Howlett combine to bring down Welsh wing Tom Shanklin. Photograph: Ross Land/Getty Images

Despite Wales’ World Cup history being bookended by two semi-finals appearances, both of whichended in contentious defeats, one of the game’s grand(...)

Carlos Spencer congratulates Joe Rokocoko after his try during New Zealand’s 29-9 Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over South Africa in 2003. Photograph: Getty

Thanks to Johann Cruyff, the practice of pulling a football back behind your standing leg and spinning 180 degrees will forever be known as the Cruyff(...)

Barbarians’ Wynand Oliver and Gerhard Vosloo tackle Ireland’s Colm O’Shea during the friendly match at Thomond Park.

Joe Schmidt admitted any prospective citing against Jack McGrath for his 32nd minute knee into the back of the Barbarians’ Georgian lock Konstantin Mi(...)

Barbarians’ Zane Kirchner touches down to score a try in the game against an Ireland XVat Thomond park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barbarians 22 Ireland 21 The individual consequences will be more significant after Ireland slipped to a defeat at Thomond Park that will merely be a(...)

Fans must wait to see Bundee Aki alongside Henshaw in the centre as Dave McSharry partners him for Saturday’s match. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

This looks like a dud Bayonne side. No Joe Rokocoko or Santiago Fernandez with Mark Chisholm on the bench. That’s 158 test caps missing from the star(...)

Robbie Henshaw: still recuperating from the hip pointer strain he picked up during Ireland’s autumn series. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Connacht coach Pat Lam is targeting the visit to Leinster in the Guinness Pro 12 on December 19th to reintroduce centre Robbie Henshaw to the side, as(...)

Paul O’Connell, Rob Kearney and Tommy Bowe in Ireland’s new home and alternate kits. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Canterbury and the IRFU unveiled the new home and alternate kits that the Irish team will wear for the next six years, beginning with the Guinness Ser(...)