Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps holds off the Bath defence to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  at the Recreation Ground in Bath. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Bath 10 Wasps 36 Outhalf Jimmy Gopperth scored 23 points as Wasps recorded a second away win of their European campaign to remain firmly on course (...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley will remain at the province until the end of the 2016-17 season at least. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In a striking statement of faith in their head coach at a time of difficulty after three defeats in a row, including a damaging loss to Leicester in t(...)

Conor Murray training at the University of Limerick on Tuesday: he said signing a new contract with Munster is almost a no-brainer.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster supporters, after three successive defeats and with their Champions Cup hopes hanging in the balance, could do with some good news these days(...)

Leo Cullen: ‘We couldn’t get any real flow to the game second half’

It’s all over now for the blues. After the inspiring pick-me-up of Friday night’s double by Ulster and Connacht, what sadly now passes for normal serv(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland fends off the tackle from  Graham Kitchener of Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 19 Leicester Tigers 31 Richard Cockerill, the Leicester Tigers director of rugby of all people, denied that this seemingly comprehensive defe(...)

A dejected Tomas O’Leary after the final whistle as Munster suffer a frustrating defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 19 Leicester Tigers 31 Confirmation of an unmistakable trend. Leicester, lacking the power of a Saracens pack or the razor slicing London Was(...)

Saracens celebrate Billy Vunipola’s bonus-point try at the end of the European Champions Cup game at Ravenhill. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ulster 9 Saracens 27 Well beaten by a superior force. Here we witnessed a fate that may continue to befall the provinces in major Champions Cup games (...)

Australian referee Angus Gardner will take charge of Ireland’s Six Nations match at home to Italy on March 12th. Photograph: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Former Munster player John Lacey and George Clancy are Ireland’s sole referee representatives in the 2016 Six Nations Championship, which gets underwa(...)

Mike Ross is vital to Ireland’s World Cup hopes despite his international career blooming late. Photograph: Getty

“Whenever the Springboks are under pressure coach Heyneke has got this story about how charcoal under big, big pressure becomes a diamond.” – Victor M(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell gets over for a try during the second half of the World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 13 The result may not have been terribly important but while this was the restorative win which was prescribed for England, it was (...)