Former Australia coach Robbie Deans: his odds shortened rapidly from 17-2 to 1-4 before steadying at 8-15 overnight with Paddy Power,  suggesting he may be Leinster’s preferred choice. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The former Crusaders and Wallabies’ head coach Robbie Deans has emerged as the front-runner to become the next Leinster head coach in succession to(...)

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor has been let go by the Irish province. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Matt O’Connor has been let go as Leinster coach following a couple of meetings during the week. The Australian was two years into a three year contrac(...)

Alex Cuthbert will play for the Barbarians against Ireland and England. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Wales duo Adam Jones and Alex Cuthbert are set to make their Barbarians debuts against Ireland and England later this month.Jones and Cuthbert have be(...)

Former Australian Wallabies’ coach Robbie Deans will be head coach of the Barbarians this year. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Former Australia head coach Robbie Deans will oversee the Barbarians for their fixtures against Ireland and England in May.Deans led the Wallabies fro(...)

Australia’s Quade Cooper: is looking forward to playing against  recent IRB World Player of the Year nominee Jonathan Sexton. Photograph: Inpho

Portraying Quade Cooper as an artist is based on the empirical evidence of his performances as a rugby player. Suggesting that the New Zealand-born, W(...)

Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie has stepped down. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Australian rugby was plunged further into crisis a year out from the World Cup on Saturday when under-fire coach Ewen McKenzie resigned a few hours be(...)

Julian Savea (C) of New Zealand’s All Blacks gets the ball away while being tackled by Pat McCabe (bottom) of Australia during their second Bledisloe Cup rugby championship match at Eden Park in Auckland. Photoghraph:  REUTERS/Nigel Marple

Australia utility back Pat McCabe has decided to retire after fracturing his neck for the third time in last weekend’s Rugby Championship defeat to Ne(...)

Bernard Foley (centre) of the Waratahs celebrates with Kurtley Beale (left) and Alofa Alofa (right) after scoring a try during the Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium  in Sydney, Australia. Photograph:   Matt King/Getty Images

Outhalf Bernard Foley scored a brilliant late try and kicked 11 points to fire the New South Wales Waratahs into their third Super Rugby final with a (...)

Mark Anscombe: had signed a one-year extension to his contract in February that would have kept him in situ until the end of the 2014-2015 season. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The niceties dictate that the phrase ‘parted company’ is employed but effectively Ulster have sacked Mark Anscombe. The New Zealander did not know wh(...)

James Horwill and Israel Folau share a joke during an Australian Wallabies training session at Sanctuary Cove on June 3rdin Gold Coast, Australia. Getty Images

Having led Australia into a World Cup and helped secure the nation’s first Southern Hemisphere title in a decade, former captain James Horwill finds h(...)