Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Gloucester’s James Hook during their European Rugby Challenge Cup match at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester, England. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Gloucester 14 Connacht 7 Connacht paid the price for a poor first half when the English favourites Gloucester sealed the first semi-final berth(...)

Mils Muliaina’s Connacht salary could have covered the cost of an astonishing 60 academy players. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

This needs to be the night Mils Muliaina rolls back the years. It could easily be the night his buckled wheels roll into the category of yet another (...)

Robbie Hanshaw starts for Connacht against Gloucester in their Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Mils Muliaina has been named in Connacht’s starting line up for their Challenge Cup quarter-final away to Gloucester just a day after it was announced(...)

 Connacht’s John Muldoon in action against Munster at Thomond Park. The flanker believes Connacht are the most confident they have ever been going into a quarter-final. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Despite past defeats and near misses, Connacht captain John Muldoon still has his sights on the main prize ahead of Friday evening’s European quarter(...)

On your marks: Paul O’Connell will captain Ireland in their decisive tie against England in the Six Nations. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Once again the stakes are huge. Once again the meeting of last year’s top two finds both countries unbeaten. So come the full-time whistle the winners(...)

Alex Goode replaces Mike Brown in the Englad side for Sunday’s Six Nations games against Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England have made the first changes of their 2015 RBS 6 Nations campaign after naming Alex Goode and Jack Nowell in their starting XV to face Ireland (...)

England coach Stuart Lancaster shakes a joke with Jack Nowell during an England training session at Pennyhill Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Exeter’s Jack Nowell is set to feature in England’s Six Nations match against Ireland as Stuart Lancaster seeks to nullify the home side’s kicking thr(...)

Johnathan Joseph scored twice for England as they beat Italy 47-17 at Twickenham. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

England 47 Italy 17England launched World Cup year at Twickenham by sweeping Italy aside 47-17 to generate further momentum in their quest for a first(...)

England winger Anthony Watson gets ahead of the Wales defence to score his side’s first try at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Wales 16 England 21Great occasions do not always produce great games but England will long remember this frantic, nail-biting outcome. Under the Frida(...)

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(...)