Thomond Park in Limerick: venue for the 2017 Women’s  Rugby World Cup final? Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Limerick is the favourite city to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017. Having expressed interest in bringing the 2023 men’s tournament to Irelan(...)

Bath head coach Mike Ford: impressed by his young side’s determined performance. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Bath coach Mike Ford felt yesterday’s tightly-contested 24-18 win at Wasps, which secured a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup final, will give h(...)

 Referee Wayne Barnes talks to Michael Claassens  of Toulon during the Heineken Cup quarter final against Leinster. Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal was highly critical of the referee after the game. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s not only Munster players but Heineken Cup semi-final referee Wayne Barnes, who could feel the heat in Sunday’s match on the Cote D’Azur. (...)

Matt O’Connor was yesterday adamant that Saturday’s match-winner, Brian O’Driscoll, didn’t suffer concussion. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 2:58

Leinster and Munster emerged grateful for seemingly emerging relatively unscathed from their annual warm-up for the Heineken Cup knock-out stag(...)

Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi has been recalled to the matchday 23 for England’s Six Nations finale against Italy in Rome. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images.

England are hoping to use Manu Tuilagi as a “wrecking ball” as they go in search of a convincing Six Nations victory over Italy in Rome on Satu(...)

England’s Luther Burrell  avoids the tackle of Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny to score his side’s second try during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA

England 29 Wales 18: England won their first Triple Crown for 11 years and kept u(...)

Jonathan Sexton is tackled by England’s Owen Farrell. The Ireland outhalf has had better days with his decision making and kicking.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 2:33

It was a suitably grey and grim Sunday morning in London, but as Gordon D’Arcy forecast the sun would shine again and it duly did so – brilliantly,(...)

Referee Roman Poite watches the replay on the big screen before showing a red card to Ian Evans of Ospreys. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ospreys lock Ian Evans could miss at least part of Wales’ Six Nations title defence after he was sent off for stamping on Mike McCarthy’s head last n(...)

Dan Biggar and Scott Baldwin celebrate victory in the 2012 Pro12 final as Romain Poite blows the final whistle. It left a sour taste in home mouths.

At first glance, Leinster’s Heineken Cup game at home to the Ospreys this Friday doesn’t appear to have quite the normal dramatic potential of this co(...)

 South Africa  coach Heyneke Meyer: has been making friends in Scotland. Photograph:Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

If New Zealand are the self-confessed “most dominant team in the world” – and who would argue with an All Black on the matter – then the team close be(...)