Former Ireland head coach  Eddie O’Sullivan faces a daunting task at turning fortunes around at Biarritz.

Without a head coaching job in rugby since leaving the USA Eagles after the 2011 World Cup, it became increasingly evident that Eddie O’Sullivan would(...)

 Eddie O’Sullivan, centre, pictured during his time as Ireland coach, has been appointed head coach at Briarritz Olympique. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Eddie O’Sullivan will take over as head at recently relegated Biarritz Olympique, who have lost their status in the French Top 14 for the first time i(...)

Former South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar at the official announcement of the One Young World 2014 summit at Trinity College in Dublin. The charity gathers together young people between 18 and 30 from around the world, and endeavours to empower them to make lasting connections to create positive change. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar is enjoying a dual purpose visit to Ireland. Yesterday afternoon, he s(...)

Donal Lenihan is beaten in the lineout during Ireland’s 22-9 defeat to France in the Parc des Princes in 1982. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are more than enough examples of Paris being the graveyard of Ireland’s ambitions over the decades, but perhaps the most pertinent one is(...)

Rory Kockott

A week ago last season’s beaten Heineken Cup finalists rested most of their key men with one eye on a return to European fare. Content enough to emerg(...)

Biarritz stalwart  Imanol Harinordoquy: with Dimitri Yachvili, the forward  has become  synonymous with Biarritz rugby. Photograph: Getty Images

If the ripple effect is to be believed Connacht created the threat facing Leinster next Friday. The 22-14 defeat at the Sportsground last Decem(...)