Nic Groom scores Northampton’s second try in their Champions Cup play-off win over Connacht. Photograph: james Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15 It was the last hurrah for Connacht’s bid for Champions Cup rugby, and true to their history, they went down fighti(...)

George North of Northampton  will not play against Leinster on Friday night. Photo:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

George North is out of Northampton Saints’ Champions Cup match against Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night (7.45pm). The Lions and Wales wi(...)

Jonathan Sexton: alway a significant addition to any Leinster selection. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster with Johnny Sexton, Seán O’Brien and Cian Healy all on deck. Rare times revisited. Last time they ran out together was the dismantling of (...)

Shane Daly scores Ireland’s second try during the World Rugby Under-20 Championship Final against England at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, Manchester. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

England Under-20 45 Ireland Under-20 21 To England the spoils and no one would quibble with the merit of their success. The rugby they produced to wi(...)

Hooker Adam McBurney has been one of Ireland’s standout players during the  World Rugby U20 Championship. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

World Rugby U20 Championship Final: England v Ireland, AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester, Saturday, 7.0 (Live on TG4, Sky Sports 3) England have conteste(...)

Max Deegan of Ireland scores a try for Ireland against New Zealand at the Under-20 World Championships in Manchester. Photo: Dave Howarth/Inpho

Ireland’s number eight Max Deegan has been shortlisted for the World Under-20 player of the year award. The former St Michael’s College schoolboy has (...)