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Former Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson in action for his latest club London Irish. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Ulster’s best 10 of the decade Paddy Jackson hobbled off the pitch in London Irish’s match against Bath on Sunday. It ended badly for the former Ulst(...)

London Irish fullback Paddy Jackson pulls up with a hamstring injury as Bath winger Anthony Watson dives over to score their second in the Gallagher Premiership match at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

London Irish 10 Bath 38 Paddy Jackson limped out of the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury as London Irish suffered a heavy 38-10 defe(...)

Ireland’s Andy Farrell at   training in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup. His  first match as Ireland’s head coach is a Six Nations Championship game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium on  February, 1st. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s 45-man squad, his first as the new Ireland coach in succeeding Joe Schmidt, offers a selection of the old and the new, many borrowed fr(...)

 Mark McCall, head coach of Saracens: ‘I consider myself unbelievably lucky to have been here.’ Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

No club has come to represent Munster’s European glass ceiling more than Saracens. The reigning champions knocked Munster out in the penultimate pool (...)

 Ian Madigan: has slipped down the pecking order at  Bristol Rugby and looks set to be moving on again next summer. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Turns out the grass isn’t always greener. Bundee Ali and Kiernan Marmion appear to agree by rejecting lucrative moves abroad when re-signing last week(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates his try against Toulon with team-mates in last year’s quarter-final clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As they know too well, Munster have not won the Heineken Champions Cup since 2008. They and their supporters may have become a little frustrated with (...)

“You don’t have to win on the scoreboard. You only have to be a good person - who does their best.”

As he launches his new memoir, Joe Schmidt tells Keith Duggan he’ll go back to work at some stage. He’s just not sure what at. It was a humdrum(...)

Ronan Kelleher scores his second try for Leinster  against Connacht at the Sportsgraound. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ins and Outs Every cloud has a silver lining, right? That would be the try scoring, offloading Ronan Kelleher at the Sportsground last Friday night.(...)

Johnny Sexton walks out for the captain’s run ahead of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final date with the All Blacks. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Spiky, bullish, funny and calm. If Johnny Sexton can repeat the masterly performance of this lone ranger Captain’s Run in Chofu - way out in deep west(...)

Ireland’s players take part in a training session at the Steelers training ground in Kobe. Photograph: Getty Images

Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland for the first time against Russia inside the sweltering Kobe Misaki stadium on Thursday evening. “It’s a massive h(...)

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