Back in harness: the return of Jonathan Sexton (centre, against Bayonne) to the European Champions Cup  should strengthen Racing Metro in Sunday’s quarter-final. Photograph: Iroziroz Gaizka/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a little surprising to be reminded that this is actually a meeting of the first and eighth seeds in the Champions Cup, with Racing advancing to (...)

Gordon D’Arcy has been omitted from Ireland’s 36-man training squad for their final two Six Nations fixtures against Wales and Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

Gordon D’Arcy has been dropped from the 36-man Ireland squad named for the remainder of the Six Nations. “That’s a selection issue, yes,” confirmed Ir(...)

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(...)

The Gray brothers, Richie and Jonny, singing ‘Flower of Scotland’ before the match against Wales. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

There was no getting away from it all week, and as Mary O’Rourke put it on the Saturday Night Show, somewhat questioning the fuss about that new movin(...)

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his side’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford last night
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  • December 3, 2014, 08:27

RIP Hughsey In the early hours the funeral of Phillip Hughes took place in his hometown of Macksville, New South Wales. More than a thousan(...)

 Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper tries to find a way around Ireland’s Ian Madigan at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

They’re a fiercely competitive bunch, the Aussies, and as much as they love winning they hate losing even more. How then are they coping after (...)

Toulon beat both Munster and Leinster on the way to defending their European crown last season. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

No less than having the offices in Dublin, there’s little doubt that five Irish Heineken Cup wins in a seven-year period (2006 to 2012) did not go (...)

Racing Metro kicking coach Ronan O’Gara:  “Nowadays there are internationals who are average, so that signing an international doesn’t really mean that much.” Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.  1:29

Casting his eye across the European rugby map from his Parisian employers Racing Metro on a flying trip to Dublin yesterday, Ronan O’Gara admitted the(...)

Sale await   Leinster’s Mike Ross and Jack McGrath in the opening round of the inaugural European Champions Cup. Photograph: Sportsfile

Leinster will open their inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup at home to Wasps at the RDS on Sunday, October 19th, a day after Munster and Ulster(...)

As Leinster applied the finishing touches to their playing roster for next season without disclosing how long each player has signed for, Johnny Sexto(...)