Bernard Jackman

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David Wallace, with support from Mick O’Driscoll, in action against Wasps:  “That bond, you have that for years. You leave and you are leaving that behind.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our notions of them are swollen and oversized. Heroic players, lionised in their 20s, venerated in their 30s and occasionally one or two declared lege(...)

Bordeaux:  A 21-year-old woman filed a complaint at Bordeaux police headquarters saying she had been raped by players after meeting them at a nightclub in Bordeaux

Irish rugby player Denis Coulson is one of three members of the Grenoble team who have been placed under investigation for alleged gang rape, the Bor(...)

 Bernard Jackman has left Grenoble with immediate effect. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/Getty

Bernard Jackman has left his role as head coach of Top 14 side Grenoble with immediate effect. Former Ireland and Connacht hooker Jackman leaves wit(...)

Referee Wayne Barnes awards a penalty to Wales in the last minute of normal time which leads to Ireland’s defeat in the 2012 Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Alan Betson.

The appointment of Wayne Barnes as referee for this Friday night’s Six Nations encounter away to Wales has, most probably, engendered a degree of anxi(...)

Camille Lopez celebrates  France’s win against Scotland. Photograph:Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At face value, France may not appear to have made huge strides under Guy Novès. In his dozen games as head coach, France have won five and lost seven,(...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Ipho

Those close to the St Michael’s College mainframe knew these heady days were coming. But how it all synced up this month was pretty special. On Decem(...)

AJ MacGinty will start at outhalf for Sale Sharks against Saracens. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

Saturday RACING 92 V GLASGOW WARRIORS, Stades Yves-Du-Manoir (3.15, Irish time, BT Sport) The home side make three changes including the promotion(...)

It is understood that Bristol have offered Pat Lam an annual salary in the region of €750,000, dwarfing his wages at Connacht or indeed any other coach in Irish rugby, including Joe Schmidt.

Both the timing of Pat Lam’s announcement that he is leaving Connacht at the end of the season, and his next port of call, namely Bristol, will have s(...)

Luke Marshall suffers a “concussive injury” during Ulster’s Pro12 game with the Scarlets. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

The match was just four minutes old for Ulster centre Luke Marshall when he ran a preplanned line and took possession six metres from the opposition l(...)

Bordeaux-Begles’ outhalf Ian Madigan: “I feel really good, I’ve no injuries, it’s a fast track and good weather, a good dry ball, so I was delighted to get out there.” Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan said that the demands of the French rugby season were going to mean that he will be rotated throughout a gruelling campaign that could run(...)

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