Chris Cook

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Back in 2016, British prime minister Theresa May  with then foreign secretary Boris Johnson and then secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis (left): Chris Patten in a foreword to Cook’s book describes Davis as “breezy, open, amiable, lazy and incompetent”. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls

The word of the moment in England seems to be “spaff” or its variants, “spaffed” and “spaffing”. The Oxford English Dictionary, even in its regularly (...)

Tadhg Beirne breaks away to score Scarlets’ first  try in the Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Bath 17 Scarlets 35 Bath’s European Champions Cup quarter-final hopes suffered a crushing setback as the Scarlets cut them to shreds at the Recreatio(...)

Gavin Sheehan celebrates winning The Ladbrokes World Hurdle on Cold Harden at last year’s Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Ladbrokes will be shut out of sponsoring at next month’s Cheltenham Festival after 10 years as backers of the World Hurdle . The news amounts to a(...)

 Josh van der Flier runs in for his side’s try during the European Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bath 19 Leinster 16 Rejuvenated by their Kiwi contingent, there was no shame in losing this game to a 77th minute penalty. Mentally and physica(...)

 Ian Madigan, Hayden Triggs and Isaac Boss have some fun at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This will tell us much about Leinster. They’ve backed themselves into quite a corner and both the circumstances of a brutally tough pool along with(...)

Peter Stringer will leave Bath at the end of the season. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Sam Burgess will start, with Peter Stringer to feature at scrumhalf, as Bath intend to use every arrow in their quiver to stop Leinster in the Champio(...)

Peter Stringer has 98 Ireland caps and has not given up hope of adding to that number. First up, though, is to find a new club, with Leinster among the sides rumoured to be interested in his services. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The trick to getting older is not to get old before time. It’s an aphorism to which Peter Stringer would subscribe. Rugby’s Dorian Gray celebrated his(...)

Leinster’s Richardt Strauss goes off with a suspected head injury against the Dragons. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Leinster look set to be without hooker Richardt Strauss, secondrow Tom Denton and centre Noel Reid for Friday’s Guinness Pro12 match against Zebre at (...)

Bath’s Francois Louw dives over for the bonus-point try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

European Champions Cup round-up: Francois Louw scored Bath’s fourth try in the closing stages to complete a bonus-point 35-18 European Champions Cup v(...)

Bath’s Peter Stringer scores a try against Leicester Tigers. Ireland’s fourth most capped player of all time is not yet interested in winding down his career. Photo: David Davies/PA

In analysing Irish rugby’s rejuvenation in the noughties, a key figure has to be Peter Stringer. Whereas the careers of Irish scrumhalves are not not(...)