James Coughlan after Munster were beaten by Toulon in the 2014 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

James Coughlan, 36 Joined Pau from Munster and retires at the end of the season to work in Pau’s academy. He speaks about life off the pitch. In 201(...)

“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to continue to represent Leinster and Ireland.” Photograph: Inpho

Irish number eight Jamie Heaslip has committed himself to Ireland until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The 33-year-old, who made his de(...)

Kevin McLaughlin will captain Leinster during the World Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both Marty Moore and Tadhg Furlong have been ruled out of Leinster’s pre-season match against Ulster in Belfast on Friday. Moore is still expected to (...)

The draw balls shows pool 2 containing Leinster, Castres Olympique, Harlequins and London Wasps after the pool draw for the 2014/2015 European Rugby Champions Cup  in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Photograph:  Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

The European Rugby Champions Cup was officially birthed in Neuchatel when the draws for the inaugural tournament, and its less glamorous sibling, the (...)

Bath’s Peter Stringer is unable to prevent Northampton’s Ben Foden from scoring a try during the Amlin Cup final in Cardiff last night. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Northampton 30, Bath 16: Stephen Myler’s relentless goal-kicking accuracy shot down Bath and gave Northampton Amlin Challenge Cup final glory at Cardi(...)

  Nigel Owens will referee the Pro12 Final between Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS. Photograph:  Huw Evans

Nigel Owens will referee this year’s RaboDirect RaboDirect Pro12 Final between Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Saturday week (6.15p(...)

Bath head coach Mike Ford: impressed by his young side’s determined performance. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Bath coach Mike Ford felt yesterday’s tightly-contested 24-18 win at Wasps, which secured a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup final, will give h(...)

Dejected John Langford (left) and  Peter Clohessy at the end of the 2000 Heineken Cup final against Northampton. Defeat hurt Munster, naturally, but arguably gave them the hunger to keep coming back until they won the competition, in 2006 and 2008.  Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

It’s hard not to feel a little poignant about the closing stages of the last Heineken Cup as we know it. The competition has been especially b(...)

1/5/09     Photograph: Alan Betson          Munster Captain Paul O Connell and Leinster Captain Leo Cullen , meet at  Croke Park in advance of Saturdays Heineken Cup Semi Final Clash .

European rugby bosses are close to reaching an agreement on the elite club tournament to replace the Heineken Cup and an announcement could c(...)

Jamie Heaslip: The 30-year-old’s business interests include a share in the Jo-Burger firm that includes Dublin restaurants Crackbird and Skinflint.

Accumulated profits at the firm owned by former Irish rugby captain Jamie Heaslip last year topped €60,000.Last week, the IRFU broke its pay structure(...)

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