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There was no hiding the number of empty seats at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Next month in Newcastle they are promising to host the best weekend that club rugby union has ever known. A convivial city, an iconic stadium, two din(...)

Munster’s Niall Scannell takes on Edinburgh’s WP Nel during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter final at Murrayfield. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

 The player posted similar comments last year but escaped sanction and signed a new deal with RA. File PhotographToby Melville/Reuters

Rugby Australia (RA) is set to terminate Israel Folau’s contract after it issued the country’s best-known and best-paid player a code of conduct brea(...)

 Australia’s Israel Folau is set to have his contract terminated. Photograph:

Rugby Australia said on Thursday it would terminate the contract of Israel Folau, the country’s best-known and best-paid player, if he cannot offer a (...)

Leinster’s Dan Leavy is taken off the pitch after injuring his knee during the Champions Cup win over Ulster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

Ireland and Leinster flanker Dan Leavy will miss the rest of the rugby season and this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan following a serious knee injury(...)

Kieran Read: “I feel like I’m in as good nick as I’ve been in my career. . .Right now, it’s time to get out there and do it on the field.”  Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will make his long-awaited return to the field on Friday as the Canterbury Crusaders face the Wellington Hurricanes in (...)

Robbie Henshaw’s dead leg injury has ruled him out since the beginning of February. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw looks set for another week on the sidelines as Leinster face Ulster in a sold out Aviva Stadium in their European Champions Cup quarter(...)

Welsh referee Ben Whitehouse took charge of Leinster’s clash with Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Player safety must come first World Rugby’s commitment to player safety once again came sharply into focus during Edinburgh’s Pro14 victory over Lein(...)

Joe Schmidt: Ireland’s head coach has plenty of time still to fine-tune his squad for the next World Cup. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The keening in Ireland following the Six Nations Championship has already dropped a few decibel levels and should bottom out over the next few days as(...)

Stuart Lancaster says the pickle in which the Irish rugby team now finds itself may be traced back to the Red Rose rout of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Blame England. Former English coach Stuart Lancaster might have caught the mood of the weekend better than many of his Leinster players. The pickle in(...)

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