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Joey Carbery during the captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Ireland’s first World Cup warm-up match against Italy. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland v Italy, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 2pm (Live on RTÉ 2 and Channel 4) If it looks, swims and quacks like a trial, then it probably is a trial. (...)

 Johnny Sexton claps England’s Owen Farrell off the pitch following the home defeat in the Six Nations which inflicted significant psychological damage on Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Rugby Championship is making for somewhat uncomfortable viewing from this side of the global spectrum. Having provided all four semi-finalists at (...)

 Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy has received a three-match coaching ban  after he admitted verbally abusing a match official. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy has received a three-match coaching ban and been fined £1,500 (€1,700) after he admitted verbally abusing a match (...)

 Danny Cipriani poses with the Premiership Rugby Player of the Season trophy at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images for Premiership Rugby

Danny Cipriani has been named the Premiership’s player of the season in further recognition of an outstanding first campaign with Gloucester which he (...)

Rocky Elsom in action for Leinster: “We adopted an under-12s mentality in many games that season [2008-9]. Give the ball to the big fella and pile after him. It worked, especially against Munster at Croke Park.”  Photograph: Graham Stuart/Inpho

There are several reasons for the continued success of the Irish provinces. Home grown talent will always matter. Some brilliant coaching tickets have(...)

Leinster’s Noel Reid will join Leicester Tigers ahead of next season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster have announced back Noel Reid will leave the province to join Leicester Tigers next season. The 28-year-old made 120 appearances for Leinste(...)

Mike Ford, who has been brought into the Leicester Tigers coaching team as a coaching consultant,  with head coach Geordan Murphy at the Oadby Oval on  in Leicester, England. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

Geordan Murphy believes his new coaching recruit, Mike Ford, will give Leicester “a bit of a kick” and help the struggling former champions avoid the (...)

Ireland’s Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell after a Six Nations match against France at Stade de France, Paris in April 2012.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rugby coaching comes with a health warning. I’m serious. We hear it all the time, most recently from Joe Schmidt and Paul O’Connell. Eddie Jones recov(...)

Geordan Murphy: Leicester have beaten Harlequins (35-24) and Gloucester (34-16) in their last two games since they made the Irishman full-time head coach. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers v Ulster, Welford Road, 3.15 (Live on BT Sport) Ulster stand on the threshold of qualification for the first time in five years, alt(...)

Munster’s Denis Leamy gets tackled by Leo Cullen and Louis Deacon of Leicester in Munster’s Heineken Cup pool defeat in 2007. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Howard’s Leicester Tigers stand alone as the only English club team to defeat Munster at Thomond Park in a round six pool match (13-6) in the Hein(...)

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