Japan celebrate their Rugby World Cup win over Ireland in Shizuoka. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Japan’s rising stock in the game in light of them memorably hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been reflected in some of their fixture scheduling fo(...)

Departing Connacht head coach Kieran Keane:  In his own quirky way, he clearly cared passionately about the province. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

News of Kieran Keane’s impending departure comes as a surprise, and completes a rollercoaster sole season in charge of the 2016 Guinness Pro12 champio(...)

Munster’s Francis Saili scores a try against Glasgow earlier this season. He returns at centre for this game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster v Glasgow Warriors Musgrave Park Saturday, 7.35pm, Live on TG4/BBC ALBA This should be good. Familiarity tends to breed an edge and facing (...)

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell is expected to be confirmed on Wednesday as the Lions’ defence coach for this summer’s demanding and daunting tour to New Zealand, thereb(...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun and Glasgow’s Sean Lamont contest a high ball at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 14 Glasgow 7 On this rollercoaster of a season generously sprinkled with new landmark wins, Connacht found another way to scale new heights.(...)