Eddie Jones: the former Australia and Japan coach is set to fill the role with England.  Photo:  Joe Giddens/PA

England’s underachieving rugby players are about to receive a short, sharp shock in the form of Eddie Jones, who is expected to be announced as their(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be glad to have got first win under belt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not quite two days that shook the world of rugby then. Argentina yesterday briefly threatened to usurp Japan’s astonishing win over South Africa wh(...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley passes the ball as Saracens’ Owen Farrell moves in. The two sides meet again this weekend in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

If it’s January in Europe then Munster have to be fighting for their lives. However, even by their standards, Munster are in a particularly tricky pic(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens. Vunipola will be one of Munster’s main challenges when they face Saracens at Allianz Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“They are demanding . . . not necessarily demanding of the finest rugby skills but they are demanding of passion . . . They want to see you wear your (...)

 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 (...)