Australia’s Israel Folau has signed an extension to his national contract until the end of 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Michael Cheika may have become jaded by jokes about being the saviour of Australian rugby but he could afford to bask in the soft glow of pride on We(...)

England Rugby coach Stuart Lancaster is delighted at news of a three-test series against Australia in 2016. Photo: Getty Images

Australia will host England in a three-test series with matches in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney during next year’s June international break, the Aus(...)

John Fogarty is currently in Italy with the Ireland Under-20s but will take on the role of Leinster scrum coach with Kurt McQuilkin coming in as a defence coach. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Leinster have confirmed the appointment of an additional two senior coaches for the upcoming 2015/’16 season but are yet to reveal who will replace Ma(...)

Highlanders assistant coach   Tony Brown  has emerged as the leading candidate to take over at Leinster next season. Photo:  Rob Jefferies/Getty Images

Former All Black outhalf Tony Brown has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Leinster head coach. The 40-year-old, who only retired in 20(...)

Former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes has signed  a three-year extension to his deal with Clermont Auverne. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The list of contenders for the position of Leinster head coach is diminishing by the day following the confirmation that Clermont Auvergne assistant c(...)

Australian Quade Cooper will be playing for Toulon next season. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Toulon have announced the signing of Australia player Quade Cooper.In an announcement on the official club website, Toulon said that 27-year-old Coope(...)

Australian Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika will now have the likes of Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Will Genia, Adam-Ashley Cooper and Quade Cooper all available to him for the World Cup. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The Australian Rugby Union has announced a major change to its Test squad selection policy five months before the Rugby World Cup. With immediate effe(...)

Wayne Barnes will be the man in the middle for Leinster’s European Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon on Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Played 6, won 3, drawn 0, lost 3.Leinster results when Wayne Barnes has refereed their matches since they won their first Heineken Cup in 2009. 2009-(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor gambled on resting 12 of the starting line-up against Bath for the trip to the Dragons. Photograph: Ian Cook

Many Leinster fans would yesterday have awoken to the radio advertising campaign promoting the province’s season ticket sales. Coming hard on the heel(...)

Racing-Metro’s  Jonny Sexton:  had been replaced when his team-mates decided to riskily run down the clock with pick-and-jam tactic within range of their posts. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/INpho 3:19

It’s funny how the new order has effectively scrapped the wonderful Heineken Cup for a revamped new tournament without a title sponsor, on foot of (...)