Connacht’s Denis Buckley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Considering the importance of our provincial derbies to the Guinness Pro12 and Europe, it’s the individual that has caught my attention. There’s no (...)

Niyi Adeolokun and James Connolly celebrate after the Connacht’s win over Leinster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 Connacht’s slim 7-0 lead turning into the fierce wind whipping in off the Bohermore end looked an even flimsier buffer when Ian(...)

Kieran Marmion touches down to score Connacht’s try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Leinster at the  Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 7 Leinster 6 The Sportsground has possibly never heard a roar like the one which greeted Caolin Blade kicking the ball dead from his own i(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam during training ahead of their Pro12 clash with Leinster. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Never in their history has there been a game quite like it. Sure, Connacht have played Leinster in front of full houses at the Sportsground before, bu(...)

Novak Djokovic has got the equality debate in tennis horribly wrong. Photograph: AP

The first point that needs to be made about Ray Moore and female tennis players is that they are worth a good deal more than he is. The second is tha(...)

Nigel Owens during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final. Photograph: Getty

Nigel Owens will referee the first qualification game for the 2019 Rugby World Cup between St Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica. The fixture bet(...)

Clermont’s Viktor Kolelishvili in action against the Ospreys. The Georgian backrow has been suspended for 14 weeks for pushing referee Wayne Barnes. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

‘You don’t ever, ever f****** touch a referee, ever. You’re done here.” So said Ultimate Fighting Championship supremo Dana White in June 2014 after o(...)

Toulon  winger Drew Mitchell: scored in the last play of the game to deny Wasps victory at the Stade Mayol. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Wasps travelled to the lair of the most successful side in European club rugby and came within seconds of a dramatic victory. No side has ever beaten(...)

Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe has been suspended for 15 weeks for making contact with the eye area of Munster captain CJ Stander during the European Champions Cup game. The player received a red card for the incident. Photograph:    Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe has been suspended for 15 weeks following his sending off in last Saturday’s European Champions Cup game against(...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)