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 Bordeaux-Begles’  Jean-Baptiste Dubie dives in to score  a try during the  Top 14  match against Clermont Auvergne at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux. Photograph:   Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images

The steering committee of the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has confirmed that the 2019-20 Top 14 season, in addition to the ProD2, has been abandone(...)

Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the European Champions Cup trophy for Leinster in 2018, continuing a remarkable run of success for the Irish province. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

About eight minutes into the 2014 final of what was then known as the Rabo Direct Pro12 between Leinster and Glasgow, Brian O’Driscoll’s farewell game(...)

Jack Crowley has received some advice on his game from Ronan O’Gara. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The rugby posts stand like sentinels in the paddock adjoining his family home in Innishannon and that’s where Jack Crowley can be found at some point (...)

James Ryan is looking forward to being back on a rugby field. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Connell reckons more seasoned players will reap the biggest benefits from this extended break. Players in their late 20s and 30s, who’ve been o(...)

The statement also said that the organisers remain committed to completing this season’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Champions Cup organiser, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), is considering expanding the tournament from 20 to 24 teams as one of several on(...)

New Zealand Warriors rugby league team players arrive at the airport in Tamworth, New South Wales last Sunday. The squad will spend 14 days in quarantine  before competition restarts on May 28th. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

In the space of a couple of months, rugby’s business model of the last 20 years has been destroyed. Burned in the all-consuming flames of the Covid-19(...)

Ronan O’Gara scores a try in the 2000 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

On a glorious sunny day in Bordeaux on May 6th 2000, it was 20 years ago this week, the Red Army was born. It was also the day that Munster truly anno(...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa gets past Ronan O’Gara Doug Howlett and Keith Earls of Munster during the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the absence of all live sport, supporters of whatever hue have had no choice but to selectively choose from television’s various trips down memory (...)

Tom Williams of Harlequins walks off with physio Steph Brennan to be replaced by team-mate Nick Evans in the closing stages of the 2009 Heineken Cup quarter-final at The Stoop. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Heineken Cup quarter-final: Harlequins v Leinster, The Stoop, Sunday, April 12th, 2009. The stain of ‘Bloodgate’ may never be removed from Harlequins(...)

Qualter (right) celebrating a Challenge Cup victory in 2014 with Niyi Adeolokun. Photograph: Inpho

Being a professional rugby player means being paid to do what you love, but for the vast majority, it isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. Danny Qualter (...)

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