Dave Rennie

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Girvan Dempsey: “What was massive for us is how the guys stepped up, particularly the young guys coming in.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

For an hour or so on Monday afternoon Leinster had defiant notions of training outdoors in the hurricane. Upbeat after a side denuded of celebrity j(...)

Scarlets’ Ken Owens, Ospreys’ Ashley Beck, Ulster’s Rory Best, Munster’s Peter O’Mahony, Glasgow Warriors’ Stuart Hogg, Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and Benetton Treviso’s Dean Budd at the Champions Cup launch in Dublin last week. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The bully boys in the Anglo-French alliance which shredded the old Heineken Cup and ERC would be loathe to admit it, but last season’s revival by the (...)

Saracens once again look like being the team to beat this year. Photo: Getty Images

Pool 1: Harlequins, La Rochelle, Ulster, Wasps After three pool exits in a row (losing 10 of 18 matches) Ulster should be better equipped this season(...)

Glasgow Warriors’s Peter Horne and Matt Fagerson tackle Connacht’s Bundee Aki at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 12 Glasgow Warriors 18 On the opening day of the Pro14 in the battle of the two former Chiefs coaching team, Dave Rennie’s Glasgow prevailed(...)

Jarrad Butler of Connacht. His side face a tough opening game against  the Warriors. Photograph: Getty Images

Connacht v Glasgow Warriors, Sportsground (7.35pm, live on TG4) New signing Jarrad Butler starts while recent Ireland training camp attendee Bundee A(...)

Connacht coach Kieran Keane: “There is pressure, no doubt about that, but I’m actually rather pleased to be playing at home.” Photograph: Inpho

Connacht are “champing at the bit” for the start of this season’s Pro 14 Championship on Saturday, according to new coach Kieran Keane. Although not(...)

 Rassie Erasmus: “Apart from the traditions of the game, I really think the game off the field is almost like any other career.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus has said that last season, given the tragic death of former coach Anthony Foley, was much more difficult to deal with th(...)

James Lowe, who will join Leinster at the end of the Super Rugby season, passes the ball to Aaron Cruden during the Chiefs’ win over the Stormers in  Cape Town. Photograph: Getty Images

If the Super Rugby quarter-finals had a collective face, it would be one only a New Zealand mother could love. Three of the rugby power’s teams are th(...)

Girvan Dempsey has been shadowing Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Next man sitting the Joe Schmidt refresher course is Rob Penney. Actually, the former Munster coach is hosting Ireland at his NTT Shining Arcs. The (...)

Former Wales international Ieuan Evans picks out Munster during the Champions Cup draw at  Chateau de Neuchâtel in Switzerland. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s a case of familiar faces and foes following the EPCR Champions Cup and Challenge Cup draws for next season that took place in Neuchatel, Switzerl(...)

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