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Chris Boyd was impressed with the quality of Leinster during their Champions Cup loss. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

True wisdom tends to come from independent observation. Chris Boyd has climbed high enough up the rugby food chain in his 61 years to understand what (...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier  breaks past Dan Biggar during their Heineken Champions Cup victory over  Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Northampton Saints 16 Leinster 43 The difference – besides 27 points – can be sliced into a simple reality. Leinster thrived in the absence of their (...)

 Racing 92’s Donnacha Ryan  catches the ball  during the Top 14  match against   Castres  at the U Arena. Photograph: Lucas Barioulet/AFP via Getty Images

Early December tends to overlap two seminal moments in the career of a rugby player. The European campaign is on the line but so is your family’s fina(...)

Northampton lock Courtney Lawes will miss Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup game against Leinster at Franklin’s gardens. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England secondrow Courtney Lawes will miss Saturday’s Heineken champions Cup clash against Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday and is only rate(...)

Ultan Dillane looks set to feature in Connacht’s Champions Cup playoff against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The selection of five Connacht players for Ireland’s summer tour is a well-timed fillip for Pat Lam’s squad ahead of Saturday’s crunch Champions Cup p(...)

George North will not feature for Bath this weeked. Photograph: Getty Images

Rugby’s authorities have been heavily criticised for failing to issue any sanction over Northampton’s handling of the latest episode of concussion to (...)

 Northampton were wrong to return George North to the field of play, a Review Group has found. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Northampton were wrong to return George North to the field of play following a head injury against Leicester but have escaped any sanction, the Concus(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: “Competition is good and guys want to be successful.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At the Aviva Stadium next Saturday Leinster host a Northampton side seemingly in freefall and already out of meaningful contention in pool four of the(...)

Dylan Hartley of Northampton looks dejected after being shown the red card by referee Jerome Garces during the European Rugby Champions Cup game  against Leinster. Photograph: by David Rogers/Getty Images

A bitterly disappointed Northampton Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder had no complaints whatsoever with the red incurred by his hooker Dylan Hartley, al(...)

Leicester scrumhalf Ben Youngs celebrates a try for England against Australia. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Livepic

Soon they’ll need to throw Christians to the Lions; how high can emotions soar in Thomond Park? Clearly Pat Lam is feeling the after-effects of Antho(...)

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