Leinster outhalf Jimmy Gopperth is a picture of dejection at the final whistle against Toulon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster scarcely have time to pause for breath, much less for reflection, but looking back on their courageous if dispiriting European Champions Cup (...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam and John Muldoon with referee Nigel Owens at the Galway Sportsgrounds. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster’s title hopes and Connacht’s less ambitious but equally important Champions Cup qualification dreams both remain on target after a seven-try P(...)

George Clancy: part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s George Clancy and John Lacey have been chosen as part of a 12-member panel that will referee at Rugby World Cup 2015. World Rugby also co(...)

 Marcelo Bosch of Saracens kicks the winning penalty during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final against Racing Metro 92  at Stade Yves Du Manoir  in Paris. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Racing Metro 11 Saracens 12Sporting history is not littered with too many examples of English teams being saved from oblivion by the boot of an Argent(...)

Luke Fitzgerald takes on the Scotland defence at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are so many moments worth lingering over from Saturday, March 21st. A forever day with a legacy already seeping into the generation of wide-eye(...)

Flanker Seán O’Brien’s outstretched arm proves just about long enough to score Ireland’s crucial fourth try against Scotland. Photograph: Lee smith/Reuters. 9:27

The old championship’s 121st edition will not go down in history as its best, not when so much of the ‘samey’ first four weeks was so forgettable. But(...)

British police are investigating homophobic tweets directed at referee Nigel Owens folowing England’s 55-35 win over France at Twickenham. Photograph: Afp

British Police have launched an investigation into alleged homophobic remarks on Twitter which were directed towards rugby union referee Nigel Owens. (...)

Rory Kockott celebrates after his side are awarded a penalty in the final play of their 20 point defeat to England. Photograph: Inpho

With England hammering away at France at the death of Saturday’s Six Nations decider, needing one more score to pip Ireland to the championship, the p(...)

England  get held up just short of the try line in the dying seconds of the  Six Nations  match against France at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

England 55 France 35England fell short of being crowned Six Nations champions for the first time under Stuart Lancaster despite toppling France 55-35 (...)

Dylan Hartley believes England’s Six Nations championship win of 2011 was an anticlimax as they comprehensively lost to Ireland in Dublin in their last game. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Trust an eclipse to come along just when English rugby is hoping to see the light. The big shadow over Twickenham in recent times has been a shortage(...)