Grenoble’s head coach Bernard Jackman arriving for  the club’s home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final clash with Connacht last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

More Irish coaches are cutting their teeth abroad than ever before, and with Anthony Foley and Leo Cullen heading largely indigenous tickets at Munste(...)

Grenoble’s  Chris Farrell: “I guess I see it as a challenge and maybe an opportunity to put my name in people’s minds in Ireland.” Photograph: Jean Pierre Clarot/AFP/Getty

As one of three Irish players on the Grenoble squad with James Harte and Denis Coulson, living in the Alps can sometimes be home away from home for Ch(...)

John Muldoon: “If we finish the season on May 7th, it will be a disappointment,” said the Connacht captain. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Paupers can’t be choosers and, given Connacht’s historically slim pickings, the western province will seek to put their best foot forward in their Eu(...)

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell runs at Rory Best in Ravenhill. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Now that Munster have that all-important derby win, we can really look at their performances, especially with one eye on the tough but beatable Stade (...)

Spectators gather on the pitch after news of the bombing and terrorist attacks in Paris reaches the fans after the international friendly  between France and Germany at the Stade de France  in Paris. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images

One Day in September was the name of the documentary that chronicled the massacre of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. Eleven (...)

Eddie O’Sullivan: Foreign coaches tend not to flourish in French club rugby.  Photograph: Alan Betson

News of Eddie O’Sullivan’s apparent dismissal as head coach of Biarritz Olympique will have understandably disappointed the many pundits, coaches a(...)

Jamie Heaslip of Leinster is tackled by Florian Fresia and Michael Classens of Toulon in last year’s European Cup quarter-final at Stade Mayol. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As both Wasps and Grenoble have shown in recent weeks, to take on Toulon, well, you have to take them on. Wasps had them gasping out wide after taking(...)

Grenoble  flanker Rory Grice scores one of his side’s four tries against Toulon in their Top 14 35-24 defeat. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP Photo

Even after Jonny Wilkinson’s flawless departure, Mourad Boudjellal’s ageing galácticos continue to dominate but, seemingly, a blueprint for beating T(...)

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre. “He may  be a practical coach but the French media stone him for his inability to settle upon a team.” Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Only place to begin is at the end of Paris. When the Ides of March were overcome.Sexton had been carted off (not an omen just another reason to avoid (...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 26 Munster 19Regrets they’ll have a few after suffering their first back-to-back defeats but there was no shame in Munster’s defeat (...)