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 Ronan O’Gara during a training session with the Crusaders in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Media reports have indicated that French Rugby Federation (FFR) president, Bernard Laporte is looking to add Ronan O’Gara and Fabien Galthie to the Fr(...)

Geordan Murphy has been appointed as permanent head coach at Leicester. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Leicester’s permanent head coach despite a run of eight straight defeats which has left the Tigers at “their lowe(...)

Dave Ellis joined the Blues after three-and-a-half years as Connacht skills coach. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty

As ever, Dave Ellis cuts a slightly diminutive and low-key, if mischievous, figure amongst the comparative monsters in the Blues’ playing squad. If yo(...)

A dejected  Johnny Sexton after the defeat to Scarlets.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

How is that a season which saw so much improvement and scaled so many heights ended with such a low? Such is the nature of a rugby season. For all bar(...)

Jack Carty celebrates scoring a conversion for Connacht that won the game against Wasps in the Champions Cup at the Sportsground last month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

If it doesn’t break you it can make you. This time a year ago Irish rugby was at a low ebb and perhaps no-one was in a lower place than Jack Carty. Bo(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton is tackled by Munster’s Rory Scannell at the Aviva Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Time was when nothing whetted the appetite quite like the return of what we knew and loved as the Heineken Cup. In its stead, the European Champions(...)

EPCR director general Vincent Gaillard at the launch of the  European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup  at Dublin Convention Centre. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Vincent Gaillard, director general of the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), hopes to introduce independent doctors pitchside, armed with video (...)

Connacht celebrate with the Guinness Pro12 trophy. The province have a new breed of young player, along with a core of indigenous players, who now expect the province to be contenders. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Memories are made of this and therein, perhaps, lies the greatest legacy of Connacht’s stunning success. Their spectacular triumph, from Irish rugby’s(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam: “We have reviewed the game (Grenoble) and came out with clear answers. So that is a great learning, you couldn’t have asked for a better game to follow up than playing Munster here at home.”

Connacht head into Saturday’s vital Pro 12 fixture with Munster in a “great space”, according to head coach Pat Lam Despite their exit from Europe at(...)

Such has been winger Matt Healy’s improvement over the last couple of seasons with Connacht that he was recently invited to train with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy stickland/Inpho

The Guinness Pro12’s leading try scorer would not where he is today were it not for Lansdowne. And Matt Healy probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t f(...)

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