Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman: “Connacht themselves are viable candidates for a trophy. Okay, the Challenge Cup is gone for them this year but no-one will want to play against them in the knock-out stages. I wouldn’t like to play against them anyway.”

No less than Pat Lam at Connacht, Bernard Jackman is building something special at Grenoble, and after these two kindred spirits and their like-minded(...)

Connacht’s Matt Healy goes past Grenoble fullback Gio Aplon to score his side’s fourth try in a dramatic Challenge Cup quarter-final. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The thunderous roar which greeted the full-time whistle must have echoed to the top of the snow-kissed peaks of the Alps that overlook Grenoble’s new (...)

Connacht’s Danie Poolman tackled by Ben Hand and Lucas Dupont of GrenoblePhotograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Grenoble 33 Connacht 32 Connacht didn’t deserve such a cruel final twist, but after an epic encounter which ebbed and flowed from first to last, a (...)

Jonathan Sexton: Decison will be made today.

It looks increasingly likely that Racing Metro 92 will recall Jonathan Sexton for Saturday’s Top 14 fixture away to Biarritz. The Parisian club have a(...)

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray arrive for Ireland training at Carton House.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry, as they say. Ideally Joe Schmidt would probably have liked to announce his captain this week but as(...)

Racing Metro’s Jonathan Sexton is starting to feel the effects of a heavy workload.

After limited holidays, an off-season scarcely worth the name and a very heavy workload in the first two months of the season, Jonathan Sexton has und(...)

Racing Metro’s Jonathan Sexton during the Top 14 match against Brive on Saturday at the Marcel Deflandre stadium, La Rochelle, western France. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

The sun blazed, the band played and in the breezy coastal port town of La Rochelle a rusty Johnny Sexton and an even rustier Racing Metro kicked off t(...)