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Quinn Roux is to leave Connacht in the summer after seven years with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht have confirmed that their South African-born lock Quinn Roux is to leave the province this summer on foot of an anticipated move to Toulon. (...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan, James Tracy and Ed Byrne celebrate winning a penalty in the Champions Cup quarter-final between Exeter Chiefs and Leinster at Sandy Park, Exeter on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On balance, La Rochelle away is probably the second-toughest semi-final draw Leinster could have faced other than Toulouse away. Hence, in all probabi(...)

Munster’s Gavin Coombes scores a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Edinburgh at  Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

If Saturday’s Guinness Pro 14 final at the RDS (5.0) was a season-ending, one-off match, there would be little debate; play the strongest teams and th(...)

Leinster will host Munster in the Guinness Pro14 final at the RDS on Saturday week (5.0). It poses a little bit of a conundrum for Leinster head coach(...)

 Of Ireland’s eight tries so far, Will Connors’ first score against Italy is all that can be paraded around the winner’s enclosure as a strategy invented in the coach’s box. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes in rugby you play the opposition, not the game. Take Ulster’s sparkling backline. Robert Baloucoune has returned from injury with serious po(...)

Sister Andre, Lucile Randon, celebrating her 116th birthday in Toulon, France. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP via Getty Images

Europe’s oldest person, French nun Sister Andre, has survived Covid-19 and will celebrate her 117th birthday this week, her caregivers said. Lucile R(...)

Billy Burns is seen during Ireland rugby squad training at the IRFU High Performance Centre, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The organisers of the hybrid Autumn Nations Cup may not have quite the intriguing finale to the group stages they would have wanted, nor indeed much i(...)

 France’s scrumhalf Antoine Dupont makes a break   during the Six Nations  clash against Ireland at the Stade de France, in Saint Denis,  Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

France 35 Ireland 27 This was an odd, fluctuating affair which was both encouraging from an Irish perspective but also a little sobering. They went (...)

French scrumhalf Antoine Dupont during a training session ahead of the Six Nations game agaibst Ireland. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

15 Anthony Bouthier Club: Montpellier Age: 28 Height: 6’ Weight: 86kgs (13st 10lbs) Caps: 5 Points: 5 He has passed the return to play protocols to t(...)

Ireland were beaten by England at Twickenham in February before the tournament was suspended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2020 Six Nations resumes this week 32-weeks after it was brought to a truly shuddering halt with the postponement of, first, the Ireland-Italy gam(...)

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