Aurillac head coach Jeremy Davidson: “I’m looking forward to seeing him [Eddie O’Sullivan]. I left him a message when he was appointed to wish him all the best.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

French club rugby is not noted for the presence of non-French coaches, yet while Bernard Jackman coaches Grenoble in the Top 14, this weekend’s openin(...)

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(...)