Billy Vunipola

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Leinster’s Seán O’Brien in action against Toulouse in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Who will prove the difference at St James’ Park? I think Seánie O’Brien can be the catalyst for Leinster’s fifth European title but there are so many(...)

Robbie Henshaw’s return in time for the Toulouse semi-final, and for the European Champions Cup final against English side Saracens is vital for Leinster. Photograph: Getty Images

Familiarity breeds contempt it’s said, but for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final it’s surely more a case of respect. For not the least intriguin(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Saracens’ Owen Farrell in  a scuffle during last year’s  Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva  Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Next Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final isn’t so much a case of two tribes going to war, more two machines finally colliding in the biggest North(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe celebrates after his side’s victory over Toulouse in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster’s three-into-two conundrum in having to omit one of their “non-EU” players appears to have already been resolved for Saturday’s Heineken Cham(...)

Jamie George with England and Saracens team mates Mako and Billy Vunipola. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“I’m never going to be a leader that starts screaming at people, demanding things,” Jamie George says quietly in a room at the physiotherapy and rehab(...)

Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou in action aganist Ireland in June 2018. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The trial of Israel Folau is threatening to drive a wedge through the Australia rugby squad in a Rugby World Cup year, with prop Taniela Tupou saying (...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster fan after his side’s victory in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The views expressed by Israel Folau and Billy Vunipola do not represent the rugby community, our ethos, ethics or values. They are not us. Rugby’s on(...)

Connacht centre Bundee Aki has apologised for liking Israel Folau’s social media post. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland international Bundee Aki has said that he "mistakenly" liked Israel Folau’s homophobic post on Instagram, and has apologised for the conf(...)

Billy Vunipola celebrates Saracens’ victory over Munster in Coventry. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

A great weekend for Saracens, a deeply damaging one for rugby BT Sport brand themselves “the heart of sport”. They are certainly not the moral compas(...)

Conor Murray and his dejected Munster team-mates after the defeat to Saracens at the  Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 32 Munster 16 A scoreline reflecting a match that went only one way. Munster will do what they always do, lick their wounds and think of ho(...)

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