Rhys Ruddock: “If we get a good turnout and the atmosphere is right, I think it will lift us, definitely.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster need to beat Harlequins at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday and also deny Conor O’Shea’s team a bonus point if they are to regain leadership o(...)

Harlequins’ Chris Robshaw celebrates victory on his 200th appearance last weekend against Leinster. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

England captain Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of Harlequins’ European Rugby Champions Cup match against Leinster on Saturday and will see a special(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip cut an unusually frustrated figure after this Champions Cup defeat. Echoing the words of his coach Matt O’Connor, Heas(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock is tackled by Harlequins’ Matt Hopper and George Lowe at the Twickenham Stoop. Photograph: Billy Stickland

Maybe it’s part of the masterplan to sell more tickets for next Saturday’s marquee December return meeting in the Aviva, but in any event Leinster los(...)

 Jamie Heaslip should be one of the few survivor from when Harlqeuins and Leisnetr last met in 2009.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Leinster team won’t be selected until Friday. But of the 15 players who started against Harlequins in the 2009 ‘Bloodgate’ quarter-final, probably(...)

 Charlie Matthews of Harlequins breaks to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Wasps at Adams Park,  High Wycombe. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Wasps 16 Harlequins 23 Harlequins deservedly beat local rivals Wasps 23-16 at Adams Park to go joint top of Pool 2 of the European Champions C(...)

Dr Barry O’ Driscoll, a former IRB Medical Advisor, is one of the prime critics of the IRB protocols.

Both the Six Nations Championship and the Celtic Rugby Board, who govern the Pro12 League, have adopted the International Rugby Board’s (IRB) concuss(...)

Johnny Sexton makes a rare break for Racing Metro against Harlequins at the Stoop this afternoon. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Harlequins 17 Racing Metro 3: Harlequins continued to snap at the heels of Clermont Auvergne as they kept alive their hopes of reaching the Heineke(...)

Nick Easter is challenged by France’s Racing Metro 92 Luc Ducalcon, left, and Karim Ghezal at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes.

Racing Metro 8 Harlequins 32: Nick Evans scored 17 points as Harlequins produced one of their finest performances in Europe to win 32-8 and give them(...)

New Zealand’s Dan Carter will make his 100th appearance for the All Blacks on Saturday

All things going to plan, Dan Carter’s 100th test match for New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday will not be the last time he plays for the team at E(...)