Gerard Pique, who as chief executive of Kosmos recently bought the rights for the future Davis Cup. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/GC Images

Bernie Ecclestone laughed and slid a piece of paper across the desk. On it was written “2 billion”, the price the motor racing impresario wanted for(...)

 A general view during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints at St James’ Park on March 24. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Downsizing the European Champions Cup has been proposed as a way to protect player welfare if the Aviva Premiership is ring-fenced with more than 12 t(...)

Barbarians coach during a training session at Latymer Upper School. His side is not a team littered with big-name draws, rather youngsters. Photograph: Getty Images

It can be all too easy to laud New Zealand for their black magic, to marvel at their sorcery and wonder precisely what kind of deal they have made wit(...)

Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus: initial reports suggesting he would return to South Africa in a capacity as director of rugby surfaced in April. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus invoked a release clause in his contract last spring notifying the province and the IRFU of an intention to(...)

Clermont Auvergne training at Twickenham ahead of their European Champions Cup final against Toulon. They are hoping for their first European Cup victory. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Ultimately, the rugby won out, or at any rate the occasions did. The semi-finals may have been taut arm wrestles, but the sight of the Clermont player(...)

Saracens owner Nigel Wray

In response to threats of “financial oblivion” by the Bath owner Bruce Craig if they do not join the Anglo-French clubs’ proposed new tournament, and (...)