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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall pictured before the Heineken Champions Cup match against Racing 92  at Allianz Park back in January. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

The life and times of Mark McCall will always be connected to Saracens FC. That also means the Bangor native is tainted by a level of disgrace attaina(...)

Dion O’Cuinneagain (with headband) celebrates the Five Nations win over Wales at Twickenham in 1999 with Conor O’Shea, Victor Costello and Paddy Johns. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Allsport

Professional rugby, having turned 25 this week, remains at a perilous crossroads. The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 has never f(...)

 Jannie De Beer of South Africa kicks the fourth of his five drop goals against England in the 1999 World Cup quarter-final  at the Stade de France in Paris. South Africa won 44-21. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/Allsport

Jannie de Beer’s five drop goals in a 44-21 quarter-final victory over England in 1999 was rated as the third greatest moment for the Springboks in a (...)

George Kruis is seemingly unfazed by the incoming game of the decade. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Topics to file George Kruis interview under: Black Monday. Stuart Lancaster. Felling Munster. Leinster revisited. Cannabis (minus the THC). That abou(...)

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(...)

 Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell: “I couldn’t watch the Irish defensive effort [against New Zealand] without lamenting the loss England suffered when Andy Farrell was allowed to slip through the net.”  Photograph: Reuters

The England rugby football union has come under renewed flak, from Steve Hansen and now Lawrence Dallaglio, for letting Andy Farrell leave the fold. (...)

Declan Kidney and Les Kiss worked together with Ireland. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam-winning coach Declan Kidney and his former defence coach Les Kiss will take over at London Irish with immediate effect. Kid(...)

Former Ireland coach Declan Kidney, who is tipped to form a coaching partnership with Les Kiss at London Irish. Photograph: PA

Reports that Declan Kidney is going to be London Irish head coach were welcomed by Munster and Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony. It was reported this (...)

Italy have unearthed a gem in fulllback Matteo Minozzi. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rome wasn’t built in a day has rarely seemed more apt in a rugby context, as Conor O’Shea strives to orchestrate an Irish-infused revolution in Italia(...)

Italy coach Conor O’Shea at the team base at Radisson St Helen, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

La vita non è sempre bella. Life is not always beautiful. Not yet for Italian rugby, and not this weekend for Ian McKinley as the homecoming is abando(...)

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