Whoever wins this year’s Six Nations title, rugby fans in New Zealand won’t be paying too much attention

It’s a sad truth for the Six Nations to absorb but as they get their claws out, ready to gouge and scrap over the next eight weeks, their collective e(...)

“We can’t afford to just throw Josh van der Flier (above), Gary Ringrose, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and promising Munster flanker Jack O’Donoghue into the Test match arena.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Talent will never be enough on its own. What characteristics are needed to make it as a professional rugby player? Bravery, naturally, and certain phy(...)

Garrett Fitzgerald on Munster’s dwindling attendances: “The market has changed and I still believe our core support is a good 15,000.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As Munster’s decline has continued apace over the last couple of months, so the attention has focused as much, understandably, on the role of CEO Garr(...)

Ian Madigan: Of the remaining provincially contracted players, he is the player Leinster are most at risk of losing. Photograph: RyanByrne/Inpho

Leinster could do with a win on Saturday for many reasons. While, realistically, it may not sufficiently atone for previous misdeeds and lead to qual(...)

Mark Chisholm, in action here against Ulster’s Rob Herring, says he didn’t think twice when Munster came calling. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mark Chisholm was fully cognisant of the history attached to Munster and the players who came before him. He was a watching member of the Wallabies sq(...)

Jasa Veremalua scores a try for Fiji against England in the final of the Dubai Rugby Sevens on Saturday. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images.

It was a weekend of the same game played in different ways and also one that wasn’t played at all. Rugby sevens is the new kid on the block. Although (...)

Lock Hayden Triggs has said it is a privelege to play for Leinster. Photograph: Inpho

Save for Brad Thorn’s momentous three-month stay at the end of the 2011-12 season, Leinster haven’t exactly been blessed with luck when it comes to l(...)

Wasps player  Simon McIntyre tries to tackle Leinster’s Ian Madigan during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  on November 15th. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

At first glance, Leo Cullen himself might not appear to provide the greatest antidote to one of his players heading abroad given his own t(...)

 Josh van der Flier breaks through to score Leinster’s try during the  Champions Cup loss to Bath  at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Leinster didn’t get out of their Pool in the 2007/08 season. After defeat in Toulouse and then Edinburgh, the European campaign was effectively over b(...)

Eddie Jones has moved from coaching the Japanese national rugby team which defeted South Africa during the recent 2015 Rugby World Cup to the Stormers. Photograph: Getty Images

The odds on Eddie Jones becoming the next England head coach continue to tumble, but the Stormers are adamant their new boss will remain in Cape Town.(...)