Former Ireland international Geordan Murphy is  regarded as favourite to succeed Paul Burke. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Ireland international Paul Burke has stepped down as backs’ coach at the Leicester Tigers. Geordan Murphy would be regarded as favourite to suc(...)

Paul Marshall: “We’ve had good wins against Edinburgh and Glasgow and are a bit more buoyed but we know this will be the toughest test we’ve had this season.” Photo: Brian Thompson/Inpho

Andrew Trimble underwent a scan yesterday on an injured toe and it’s now unlikely the Ulster and Irish winger will take his place on the wing against(...)

Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill  looks on during his side’s 45-0 defeat to Bath in the Aviva Premiership clash at the Recreation Ground. “We are in this together and we will come out the other end.  Photo: David Rogers/Getty

Richard Cockerill never shied away from a challenge as a player, a mindset he maintained when he took over the position as head coach with the Leices(...)

Leicester Tigers coach Richard Cockerill fears that unless officials get a grasp on foul play, players will start to dive to draw penalties and cards. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire.

Rugby faces a potential rise in cynical dives and play-acting unless the directives given to referees and television match officials are re-examined, (...)

Grenoble’s centre Chris Farrell scores during the match against Racing Métro. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty

In France’s Top 14, Grenoble continued their impressive home form with a win over Racing Métro in Stade des Alpes. The 27-25 victory handed the Irish(...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana scores his  try against Leicester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 22 Leicester 16 Leicester were knocked out of the Heineken Cup despite a valiant comeback in their quarter-fina(...)

Ruan Pienaar of Ulster scored all 21 points against Leicester at Welfor Road. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ulster captain Johann Muller hailed Ruan Pienaar after the South African’s efforts clinched his side a famous victory at Leicester Tigers and a home t(...)

Toby Flood has told Leicester he will leave at the end of the season.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill is confident of signing a top replacement for Toby Flood after confirming the club captain will leave at(...)

 England centre Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out for around three months after undergoing surgery on a chest injury. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

England have been struck by a trio of injury-enforced withdrawals for Saturday’s QBE International against New Zealand, while Manu Tuilagi may miss th(...)

Ulster have been boosted by the return of Tommy Bowe (centre) for tonight’s opening Heineken Cup tie of the season against Leicester Tigers at Ravenhill. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Even by the rich standards of the Heineken Cup, opening nights don’t come much more seismic than this. Two heavyweight former champions and virtual ev(...)