Saracens player Billy Vunipola (left) races past Gloucester player Ben Morgan during the Premiership match between Gloucester and Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium on January 4th. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Connacht beat Toulouse in France and Toulouse beat Saracens, so Connacht should beat Saracens? The bookies have a 23-point spread in Saracens’ favour (...)

Connacht captain  Craig Clarke

Connacht captain Craig Clarke, normally a self-effacing Kiwi bloke, confesses he is on “cloud nine” at present.Not only is he leading his new club int(...)

Graeme Swann during an England nets session at the WACA in Perth, Australia. Swann has announced his retirement from the international game. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

From Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary, the morning of 16 December, Australia against England at the Waca, the last delivery of the 77th over: “Swann(...)

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonny Sexton and Brian O’Driscoll are set to return for Leinster against Munster at Thomond Park next Saturd(...)

Ulster players look dejected after a Saracens’ try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

When Ulster stormed Franklin’s Gardens with a bonus point, 25-6 win in December, they were at full strength and had won their (...)

 Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall speaks with his captain Steve Borthwick following their victory over Ulster at Twickenham. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Saracens boss Mark McCall saluted his players’ “unbelievable” work ethic after they booked a Heineken Cup semi-final place against Toulon or (...)