Leo Cullen after the Bath game: “I would ask the fans just to be patient and to come out and back the team on Friday.”   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leo Cullen has implored the Leinster supporters to be patient in the aftermath of another grim weekend for his team. Having lost their opening (...)

Saracens celebrate Billy Vunipola’s bonus-point try at the end of the European Champions Cup game at Ravenhill. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ulster 9 Saracens 27 Well beaten by a superior force. Here we witnessed a fate that may continue to befall the provinces in major Champions Cup games (...)

Toulouse and France captain Thierry Dusautoir during the pre-match minute’s silence in respect of the Paris terror attack victims. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Image

Saracens 32 Toulouse 7 England international Toby Flood has commended “a fantastic show of solidarity” by four-time European champions Toulouse after (...)

Toulouse players take part in a minutes silence in honour of the Paris Attacks before the European Champions Cup, pool one match at Allianz Park Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Saracens 32-7 Toulouse Saracens encountered few problems as they launched their European Champions Cup campaign with an emphatic victory over French h(...)

England’s Sam Burgess has not been included in the matchday squad to play Uraguay. Phtoograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Sam Burgess has been dropped from England’s matchday 23 for Saturday’s final World Cup group match against Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium. Burgess(...)

 Owen Farrell leaves the pitch after getting a yellow card against  Australia. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

“Getting better.” “Learning process.” “Hard lessons learned.” None of it seemed to wash for Andy Farrell at the England base in Bagshot. The former p(...)

Japan’s head coach Eddie Jones would be interested in the England job. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie Jones is open to an approach from the Rugby Football Union about coaching England but thinks incumbent Stuart Lancaster deserves a fair review f(...)

The collective moment of madness that cost England dear as Owen Farrell (left) and Sam Burgess fell Australia’s Matt Giteau and Michael Hooper, leading to Farrell’s yellow card. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

England 13 Australia 33 England coach Stuart Lancaster spoke about ‘small margins that at this level have big consequences’. He was referri(...)

The Australian scrum was dominant all night and a source of penalties and crucial momentum for the Wallabies. Photograph: Reuters

Of all the people who had a cruel hand in ejecting the hosts from their own party, a special mention should be made of Mario Ledesma, the former Argen(...)

England were beaten by Australia - thanks largely to a dominant performance by the visitor’s pack. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

England 13 Australia 33 It’ll be absolutely no consolation to England that they were handsome contributors to a wonderful Rugby World Cup match. Austr(...)