Billy Vunipola

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Wales captain  Gareth Thomas is tackled by Lionel Beauxis  and Dimitri Szarzewski of France during a Test match    at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Gareth Thomas came clad in pink for his first game as an openly gay rugby player. As did his Cardiff team-mates. “They must have known you were maki(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

Leo sticks his head around the door of the office, fixes poor Jill with a look and goes, ‘You know who you’re a ringer for? Olivia Culpo!’

We turn up at the Montessori to collect the boys and Mrs Perezynski says she wants a word. It wouldn’t be an uncommon occurrence for me and Sorcha to (...)

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 (...)

In the end, Leinster’s fifth Heineken Champions Cup final finished in their first defeat, squeezed till their pips squeaked by a Saracens side that is(...)

Munster backs and attack coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery: leaving the province after 10 and 14 years of service, respectively. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster’s loss is set to be Ulster’s gain as Bill Johnston moves to Belfast. This could become a reversal of fortunes following the impact Chris Farre(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath in the Heineken Champions Cup final. Photograph: Billy Stickland

Leinster 10 Saracens 20 What was feared duly transpired. This wasn’t quite on the scale of England’s win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Februar(...)

Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall:  ‘The satisfaction you get is when you see how happy everybody is.’ Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

It cannot go on like this. Mark McCall cannot keep being packaged in the same convenient way his reticent nature promotes. No director of rugby is a (...)

Billy Vunipola scores Saracens’ second try against Leinster in the European Champions Cup Final at  St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Billy Vunipola: an appreciation. Criticism of the sport’s dominant and perhaps smartest figure is equally unavoidable. Interestingly, the source for (...)

Saracens celebrate their win over Leinster in Newcastle. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

The king is dead, long live the king. Leinster’s European crown has been taken - brutally snatched from their grasp by Saracens in Newcastle. Saturda(...)

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