Leinster’s Ross Molony contests a lineout against Bath’s Stuart Hooper during the European Champions Cup pool game at the RDS. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Anonymity being the best form of surprise, that’s gone now. “I don’t know the youngsters too well, to be honest,” said Mike Ford after his troubled (...)

Leinster’s Sean Cronin celebrates after scoring a try in their clash with Bath in the European Champions Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 25 Bath 11 This was a hugely uplifting performance for Irish rugby. All his own doing but Leinster coach Leo Cullen has almost instantly(...)

RC Toulon’s Australian fullback James OConnor  vies with Bath’s Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni  during the European Champions Cup rugby union match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 12 Bath 9 Bath came agonisingly close to a little piece of history beside the Mediterranean but, barring something extraordinary, their Champi(...)

Outhalf Owen Farrell of England is congratulated by his father, then England assistant coach Andy Farrell, after  the Six Nations match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium in  2013. Photograph: by David Rogers/Getty Images.

The former rugby league great Andy Farrell will come into Joe Schmidt’s Irish set up with the ashes of England’s World Cup bid still smouldering in th(...)

Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps holds off the Bath defence to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  at the Recreation Ground in Bath. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Bath 10 Wasps 36 Outhalf Jimmy Gopperth scored 23 points as Wasps recorded a second away win of their European campaign to remain firmly on course (...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau is to join Bath at the end of the season. Photograph: Getty

Bath have announced the signing of Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau. The Aviva Premiership club confirmed that 24-year-old Faletau will join them (...)

Sam Burgess arrives at Sydney Airport after ending his rugby union career with Bath and England. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Sam Burgess arrived at Bath in late 2014 as the best rugby league player in the world, having just inspired the South Sydney Rabbitohs to their first (...)

Mike Ford, the Bath director of rugby looks on during the Champions Cup match between Bath and Leinster at the Recreation Ground on November 21st, 2015 in Bath, England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Mike Ford, the former Irish and English defensive coach who is now proving quite a dab hand at the attacking stuff in his guise as head coach at upwa(...)

Jonathan Sexton  reacts after Leinster lose their  lineout  in the final stages of the Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Leinster coach Leo Cullen has asked supporters to remain patient with his side despite a second Champions Cup defeat in a week. Crushed 33-6 at h(...)

 Ian Madigan, Hayden Triggs and Isaac Boss have some fun at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This will tell us much about Leinster. They’ve backed themselves into quite a corner and both the circumstances of a brutally tough pool along with(...)