Jake White

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Robbie Henshaw: England will target Ireland’s fullback who hasn’t played in the specialised position for club or country in four years. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England perform at their best when there is blood dripping off their chins from a swollen nose that has just been joyously smacked. In last year’s ch(...)

 Michael Cheika has guided Australia to nine defeats in their last 13 Test matches. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Rugby Australia has turned down an approach from World Cup-winning coach Jake White as media speculation swirls over the future of Wallabies coach Mic(...)

World Rugby  Player of the Year  Johnny Sexton and Ireland  captain Rory Best, with the  Team of the Year award, at  the World Rugby Awards  at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club in Monaco. Photograph: Yann Coatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images

It dragged on interminably, like some of these more self-indulgent award ceremonies can do. Of course, the more preening and opulent, the more boring (...)

“To come home from winning a final and be able to play Munster in front of our home crowd at the RDS is something that not many teams get a chance to do.”

Scott Fardy has travelled a circuitous and lengthy route to being a World Cup finalist and European Cup winner. From Sydney and the Waratahs academy, (...)

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(...)

Schalk van der Merwe in action for the Barbarians against the Czech Republic last year. Photograph: Matej Divizna/Getty Images

Ulster have confirmed that powerful front rower Schalk van der Merwe will join the province this summer on a two-year deal. The 26-year-old will make(...)

 Shane Horgan scores a try from a chip from Ronan O’Gara’s boot against England  at Croke Park in 2007. South Africa later invited Mickey Ned O’Sullivan over to coach their players how to catch the ball higher in the air. Photograph: Alan Betson

The use of Croke Park for other sports has marked its 10th anniversary. It was more significant for rugby than for soccer, encompassing the first gran(...)

CJ Stander and Jean Kleyn stand shoulder to shoulder with their Munster team-mates. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The clearest evidence of an ever-deepening crisis in South African rugby was Rassie Erasmus being allowed to escape a crumbling Springbok regime to co(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton gets high tackled by Frans Steyn of Montpellier for which he later received a red card. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster will return to the familiar environment of a Champions Cup quarter-final – the home tie can be secured with victory in Castres next weekend –(...)

Jamie Heaslip finds the going tough when  Leinster were defeated by Montpellier during the Champions Cup game at Altrad Stadium last October. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Leinster Rugby v Montpellier, RDS Arena, 7.45. (Live on Sky Sports 2) Leinster stand on the threshold of becoming the first team to reach the knock(...)

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