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Niyi Adeolokun celebrates with John Muldoon after Bristol Bears’ win over RC Toulon at Stade Maurice-David in October. Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

“The fathach is gone now, he has gone back to his castle but the memories live on.” – Connacht tribute to John Muldoon in 2018 When elders of the hur(...)

  Bristol’s new star signing Semi Radradra in action for Fiji  during the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ten years ago, Bristol were in the Championship and facing bankruptcy. Today they sit top of the Premiership and have stunned the rugby world by signi(...)

Crusaders  assistant coach Ronan O’Gara  reacts as Ereatari Enari scores a try during a  training session at Rugby Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, this week. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Millennials, we can’t live without them. New Zealand rugby is figuring this out the hard way. Generation Y know their worth better than any previous c(...)

  Ireland’s players form a guard of honour for New Zealand at the end of the match. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Warning to offshore Kiwis: return home predicting a New Zealand loss at your peril. Definitely don’t do it on national television. The grief! Before(...)

Lima Sopoaga: “I do think that things are starting to change and players are starting to wise up. They realise that it’s a business these days.” Photograph: Joe Allison/Inpho/Photosport

When Johnny Sexton looks across the scrum to Lima Sopoaga tonight, he may think to himself ‘yep know how you feel’. Wasps’ marquee summer signing pla(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

New Zealand’s head coach Steve Hansen has called for increased public funding in rugby. Photograph: Inpho

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has repeated his call for the country’s government to look at helping fund the team in order to retain its top-level pl(...)

Lima Sopoaga kicks the ball during a Wasps training session in Coventry. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Wasps outhalf Lima Sopoaga believes the player drain from New Zealand to Europe will increase because the lure of the All Blacks jersey no longer (...)

Pat Lam’s Bristol have spent heavily as they bid to retain their top-flight status following last season’s promotion. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bristol’s first season back in the Premiership is likely to have a significant bearing on whether the top flight is ring-fenced, according to the Engl(...)

Munster’s Arno Botha is tackled by Sam Simmonds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

With nine internationals in the starting line up, Exeter Chiefs produced just enough to continue a pre-season winning streak in this hotly disputed cl(...)

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