Bernard Laporte

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Racing92’s Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa  is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring  a try against Saracens last weekend. Photograph:  Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

Don’t book flights to Marseilles just yet. At least wait until we see how Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht cope with the incoming Top 14 clubs. (...)

France’s   Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa,  who was almost unplayable,  celebrates scoring  a try for Racing92 against Saracens. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

One of these days we might go a whole 24 hours without mentioning the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Ireland’s quarter-final exit. But not just yet. Here’s(...)

Players clash on the pitch late in the European Champions Cup  clash  between Northampton Saints and Lyon at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton. Photograph Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Leinster will draw on the memories of their Heineken Champions Cup defeat to Toulouse in round two of last season’s tournament in a bid to avoid a sim(...)

Ronan Kelleher scores his second try for Leinster  against Connacht at the Sportsgraound. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ins and Outs Every cloud has a silver lining, right? That would be the try scoring, offloading Ronan Kelleher at the Sportsground last Friday night.(...)

Ireland’s Cian Healy, Josh van der Flier and James Ryan during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash with New Zealand in Tokyo. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Barrett clan spent 15 months living in Meath. They played Gaelic football for St Brigid’s while the father, who promised he would “breed All Black(...)

Ireland’s Leah Lyons in action against Italy during the Women’s Six Nations Championship in Parma earlier this year. Photograph: ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli

Leading figures in global rugby – from Bernard Laporte to Raelene Castle – lunched at the Irish Georgian Society’s home on South William Street i(...)

Toulon coach Fabien Galthie is in line to take the France job after the World Cup according to reports in France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Former captain Fabien Galthie will become France coach after this year’s World Cup, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday. Galthie, who s(...)

Paul O’Connell with Mourad Boudjellal after signing for Toulon as a player in 2015. Photograph: RC Toulon/Inpho

Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara could make adventurous new moves later this year in the formatives stages of their coaching careers, with O’Connell po(...)

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(...)

 Ronan O’Gara during a training session with the Crusaders in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Media reports have indicated that French Rugby Federation (FFR) president, Bernard Laporte is looking to add Ronan O’Gara and Fabien Galthie to the Fr(...)

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