Rarely has the Irish presence at Europe’s top table been so imperilled. As the last Irish team standing in the European Champions Cup, it is up to Lei(...)

Wasps’ James Haskell is no Vunipola but he does damage, partly because of his physique but mainly because of his attitude. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

‘I coulda’ been a contender,” laments Terry Malloy to his brother Charley ‘The Gent’. “Instead of a bum, which is what I am – let’s face it”. Marlon B(...)

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(...)

 Leinster’s  Eoin Reddan (right) spent four seasons at Wasps. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Eoin Reddan understands reinvention. When Munster cooled to him in 2005, Wasps picked up the phone. There were no other offers on the table. He said y(...)

Matt Hopper of Harlequins is tackled by Alapati Leiua and James Haskell of Wasps during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea has warned Leinster that they will face a searching test when they travel to take on Wasps in next weekend’s crunch Cham(...)

England and Saracens lock George Kruis could be out for Munster’s vital Champions Cup fixture after he was cited for a tip tackle on Gloucester’s David Halaifonua. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Saracens and England second row George Kruis may miss the start of the Six Nations after being cited for a tip tackle on the Gloucester wing David(...)

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea agrees that English club rugby is on the up but is not convinced the overall quality has greatly improved. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

In the week that JJ Hanrahan’s regrettable departure to Northampton was confirmed, the threat looming over the provinces from the English Premiership (...)

Wasps’  Joe Simpson celebrates after scoring a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off first leg match against Stade Francais Paris at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England. Photograph: Getty Images

Wasps 30Stade Français 29Wasps drew first blood in the race to complete next season’s European Champions Cup lineup when Andy Goode landed the(...)

Christian Wade scores a  try for Wasps against Saracens last weekend. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The meeting of Leinster and Wasps this evening has the feel of two struggling squads more interested in their domestic competitions. Victory wi(...)