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Cian Healy on Leinster’s returning internationals: ‘We came in to train first. We didn’t come in just to jump into a position. We had to work into game minutes and that was the pressure that was there.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Last season Cian Healy had played nine Leinster matches before the end of the calendar year. This week brings Northampton in the first of Leinster’s b(...)

The Japan team celebrate victory over Ireland at the World Cup. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The IRFU’s review into the 2019 World Cup has accepted that there were mistakes in the build-up to the tournament and during it, most notably in not d(...)

Referee Jaco Peyper shows a red card to Frances’s Sebastien Vahaamahina during the  Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Oita. Photograph:  Ashley Western/PA Wire

South African referee Jaco Peyper will take charge of Ireland’s clash against England at Twickenham on Sunday, February 23rd . Peyper was ruled out o(...)

Marcell Coetzee: his  performance against Bath exemplified his quality and importance to Ulster.   Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 3: Ulster v Clermont Auvergne  Kick-off: 7.45pm, Friday. Venue: Kingspan Stadium. On TV: Live on BT Sport (...)

Franco Smith is the new interim head coach in Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy have announced former South Africa international Franco Smith as interim head coach for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. Smith replaces former H(...)

Joe Schmidt inspects the pitch during the Captain’s Run ahead of Ireland’s clash with Samoa in Fukuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has revealed he tried to have the final pool game at the Rugby World Cup against Samoa called off before the match co(...)

Robbie Henshaw: “The struggle with injury is part of the game and every player has to deal with it, but hopefully a little bit of luck is on my side for the next few months.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If it wasn’t for misfortune Robbie Henshaw would have no luck at all on the injury front over the last couple of seasons. Gallows humour, like an anae(...)

  Conor O’Shea has resigned from his role as Italy head coach with immediate effect. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images

Italy coach Conor O’Shea has resigned with immediate effect six months before his contract was due to expire, the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) has (...)

 Eddie Jones: “I’m not going to talk about individuals but maybe I should have changed the order of 23.”

England coach Eddie Jones says he got his team selection wrong for the Rugby World Cup final and should have brought in fresh legs to face South Afric(...)

Wales centre Jonathan Davies is expected to miss at least six months after knee surgery. Photograph: PA

Wales duo Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies face months out of action as they prepare to have surgery for injuries sustained in the Rugby World Cup, t(...)

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