Bath’s Peter Stringer is unable to prevent Northampton’s Ben Foden from scoring a try during the Amlin Cup final in Cardiff last night. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Northampton 30, Bath 16: Stephen Myler’s relentless goal-kicking accuracy shot down Bath and gave Northampton Amlin Challenge Cup final glory at Cardi(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony, Isaac Boss, Chris Henry, Rob Kearney and Eoin Reddan during a reception for the team at Farmleigh House, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The shadows cast are often bigger than the objects they represent and so it was in the glory days. Peter Stringer and hoary old images of the s(...)

 Peter Stringer has signed a new one-year contract with Bath. Photograph:   Harry Engels/Getty Images

Former Ireland scrumhalf Peter Stringer has signed a new one-year contract at Aviva Premiership club Bath. Stringer, capped 98 times by (...)

Brian O’Driscoll celebrates his hat-trick against France in 2000. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s hard to credit that this will be Brian O’Driscoll’s 14th Six Nations campaign – yes, 14th. Notable among the many qualities with which he has (...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw in action against Toulouse in their  Heineken Cup match at Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse. Connacht backs have benefited from the solid platform provided by the pack. Photograph: Inpho

Schadenfreude has never entered my sporting mind especially when watching the vanquished. That is until Northampton Saints injured fullback Ben Foden’(...)

Peter Stringer of Munster dives over to score his side’s second try during the Heineken Cup final against Biarritz in 2006. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty images

Perpignan president François Rivière has written a letter of complaint to the ERC about the performance of English referee Greg Garner during his side(...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien and Cian Healy hold up Roger Wilson’s (Northampton) progress in the memorable 2011 Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The side’s will face off again when the in-form English side play host on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s back, and we may as well cherish it while we still have it given the determination of leading figures in the English club especially to take a wr(...)

Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is tackled by Shane Horgan and Brian O’Driscoll of Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2001. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

“Ireland is a pretty significant place for me having played my first Test here . . . ” – Richie McCaw, New Zealand captainOne hundred and twenty two T(...)

Paul O’Connell is just one Ireland international who could take his talents abroad now that the Irish tax arrangements have been changed. Photograph: Inpho

The storm enveloping the IRFU is becoming more and more perfect, or imperfect as they might see it. Under an amendment to the so-called McCreevy tax b(...)

British and Irish Lions baggage master  Rala O’Reilly with Donncha O'Callaghan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Enjoy all of this, guys, because blink and it will be over’. It was the eve of the Grand Slam match against Wales in the Millennium Stadium. We were (...)