Andy Robinson

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Mark McCall celebrates Saracens’ Champions Cup win. Photograph: David Davies/PA

It has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In theory the (...)

Scotland outhalf Adam Hastings in action for   Glasgow Warriors against  Cardiff Blues  at Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Scotland outhalf Adam Hastings admits family friend and former Murrayfield hero Doddie Weir will be a major source of inspiration when they take on Wa(...)

Huw Jones dives over for one of his two tries for Scotland in the defeat of England at Murrayfield two weeks ago. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Huw Jones – Humble, for short – didn’t just crash in on the international rugby scene; there was a bang and a wallop there, too. Fourteen Tests and 10(...)

Conor Murray trains with Munster at  UL. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Munster v Cardiff Blues Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick Kick-off: 1.30pm On TV: Live on Sky Sports The return of Munster’s three test Lions could ha(...)

IRFU’s head of international talent ID and development Joe Lydon: “Success has to be Ireland as a national team doing well. But it may be that means that there are no IQ players involved.” Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

“I went and got battered every summer trying to play various Gaelic sports that I didn’t understand. It stands you in good stead for when you play rug(...)

 Steve Borthwick, forwards coach, Warren Gatland head coach, Rob Howley, backs coach and Andy Farrell the defence coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Suffice it to say the process of Lions selection has changed over the years. The first tour in 1888 was dreamt up by three cricketers and was on the w(...)

New Zealand and England players after losing their winning records to Ireland. Photographs: Inpho

Ireland’s win over England on Sunday restored pride after a disappointing Six Nations campaign. A defeat, which would have seen the old enemy break th(...)

The Lions coaching staff, left to right, Steve Borthwick, Rob Howley, Warren Gatland and Andy Farrell. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Warren Gatland has announced a widely-expected British and Irish Lions coaching team for next summer’s New Zealand tour of Andy Farrell, Steve Borthwi(...)

Eddie Jones has overseen nine consecutive wins since he took over the England job. Photograph: Getty

Eddie Jones has demanded his England players stand up to South Africa’s “bullies” when the rivals clash at Twickenham this autumn. The Springboks are(...)

Pushing on: “Head down, slightly sidewards and gone like a hare. That was the ultimate Ultan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Ultan Dillane turned 18 in November 2011, he begged his coaches at Tralee RFC for a game with their first team. The squad travelled to Waterford (...)

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