Charlie Matthews is sin-binning during Harlequins’ 14-13 Champions Cup defeat to Leinster last Saturday

Harlequins second row Charlie Matthews has had a citing complaint made against him following Leinster’s 14-13 European Champions Cup victory last Satu(...)

French referee Romain Poite shows Charlie Matthews of Harlequins a yellow card late in the clash against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

This must be what it feels like to attend American Football. With some French thrown in for good measure. Television match official Eric Gonthier and(...)

Leinster’s most effective ball-carrier Jamie Heaslip is tackled by Matt Hopper of Harlequins. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster remain the great survivors but greatness departed with Johnny Sexton in the summer of 2013. That short-sighted error continues to haunt the M(...)

Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock leaves the pitch with his right arm in a sling following the European Champions Cup win over Saracens. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s arm injury looks set to curtail the 24-year-old’s breakthrough season at Test level. Capped at openside wing forward in the big Novembe(...)

Jamie Heaslip clenches his fist on the full time whistle as Leinster see off Harlequins 14-13 at the Aviva Stadium 5:01

Leinster 14 Harlequins 13It was a grim, a dour arm wrestle, for large tranches devoid of imagination, wit, subtlety, and anything that might resemble (...)

 Ireland’s Tommy Bowe celebrates his try against South Africa  with Conor Murray, Rhys Ruddock, Richardt Strauss and Tommy O’Donnell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Bounce of an Oval Shaped Football. “It may seem erratic, but it can be described by simple laws of physics. Projected at an oblique angle without(...)

Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray tackle Jean de Villiers at the Aviva on Saturday. So formidable was the visitors’ reputation that it seemed beating them was even beyond St Jude. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’ve probably all tried the prayer in our time, usually highly inappropriately, like when our sporting case was especially desperate and our sporting(...)

 Jannie Du Plessis and Duane Vermeulen on the attack for South Africa during the  clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Slow poison. That’s the Springbok name for their power, for their scrum, for their lineout maul and how, eventually, it seeps into your blood stream (...)

Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock makes a break for the tryline with the support of Paul O’Connell during Ireland’s victory over South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 After the biffing and boshing Ireland took in the second quarter, the 6-3 lead looked a little flimsy and there we(...)

Victor Matfield: one of the best lineout operators the world has ever seen. Photograph:Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two weeks ago I spoke of all things Bakkies Botha. Tomorrow he’s back, but before his arrival, we can feast on the brilliance contained within both nu(...)