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Leinster’s Jordi Murphy, James Lowe and Josh van der Flier applaud their fans after the Champions Cup win over Montpellier. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a curious weekend where the standard of rugby was occasionally compromised by adverse weather and perhaps a little pressure and anxiety that cr(...)

Peter O’Mahony: “We’ve got to go and win at the weekend and it’s going to be massively difficult because they’re  such a good side.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s never been a European Champions Cup pool finale quite like it, not even in the competition’s Heineken Cup guise. All told, 50 matches have be(...)

'Brian O’Driscoll did things for this country. I don’t think it’s too much to ask people to set aside one day of the year to reflect on that.'

Lauren wants a word. And while I have no issue taking orders from a woman boss – absolutely none whatsoever – I make sure to wait a good five minutes (...)

John Cooney celebrates a successful late conversion for Ulster against Munster  in the recent PRO 14 clash at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The needs of Irish rugby tend to differ from what Leinster want. This article tracks the winding roads of Ulster’s five Dubliners before David Nucifor(...)

Leinster’s Shane Horgan scores a try in the 30-0 Magner’s League win over Munster in October 2009. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former England coach Stuart Lancaster was talking this week about Munster’s win over Leicester at Welford Road and he said their result was of a great(...)

Scott Fardy: “I wanted to come overseas. I wanted to experience playing European rugby. Ideally . .  with a club playing at the business end.”  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Rocky Elsom came, played the drums, won the Heineken Cup and left. As legacies go, that of the Australian flanker was short, loud and memorable. Fo(...)

Geordan Murphy: “We let ourselves down on the big stage. We were bullied. We have an opportunity on Sunday to circle the wagons. Let’s see how we get on.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Matt O’Connor is as good a place as any to begin our catch up with Geordan Murphy. The man who shaped his latter playing days and present coaching ph(...)

Owen Williams of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Keith Earls  and Jaco Taute of Munster during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  at Welford Road in December 2016. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

This weekend in rugby’s Champions Cup there is something of a “reverse Brexit”, so to speak, taking place in that three English clubs – the Exeter Chi(...)

Pat Geraghty: Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It is with great sadness that Irish rugby has learnt of the passing of Pat Geraghty after illness. For more than two decades, Geraghty was a constant (...)

The new Dragons head coach is Irishman Bernard Jackman. Photograph: Inpho

Former Ireland and Leinster hooker Bernard Jackman has been appointed as the new head coach of the Dragons and will begin his role next week. Ja(...)

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