New Zealand captain Kieran Read holds the trophy aloft alongside Lions captain Sam Warburton after the third Test ended a tie in Auckland in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Only five times in the modern era have Test series involving the British & Irish Lions gone down to a third and final decider. Even when four-Test(...)

The former Munster number eight James Coughlan has been unveiled as the new defence coach at Toulon, the three-time winners of the Heineken Champions (...)

France’s prop Daniel Brennan (centre L) holds aloft the trophy after France won the Under-20 Six Nations in 2018 by defeating Wales at   Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay, north Wales. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

When Dan Brennan started in France’s opening 2018 Under-20 Six Nations 34-24 win over Ireland in Bordeaux, the day before ‘le drop’ by Johnny Sexton, (...)

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall pictured before the Heineken Champions Cup match against Racing 92  at Allianz Park back in January. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

The life and times of Mark McCall will always be connected to Saracens FC. That also means the Bangor native is tainted by a level of disgrace attaina(...)

Dion O’Cuinneagain (with headband) celebrates the Five Nations win over Wales at Twickenham in 1999 with Conor O’Shea, Victor Costello and Paddy Johns. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Allsport

Professional rugby, having turned 25 this week, remains at a perilous crossroads. The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 has never f(...)

On Friday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar explained that if everything goes to schedule then competitive team sports could resume on July 20th. Photograph: Inpho

The return of team sports will not be recommended by the National Public Health Emergency Team before a vaccine for the coronavirus or anti-viral medi(...)

Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham: ‘I came in around November 2014 and we had a very strong first XV on paper that year and in subsequent years but there wasn’t the depth below that.’ Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

It is March 2018, the Belfast rape trial is ongoing, when Ulster hosts a meeting with season ticket holders. The room is soaked in vitriol as supporte(...)

 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 (...)

Jeremy Davidson has agreed a two-year extension as head coach of Brive. Photograph: Thierry Suire/AFP via Getty Images

Former Ireland secondrow forward Jeremy Davidson has extended his contract as Brive head coach until 2023. Davidson, who joined Brive in July 2018 an(...)

Brian Hayes: “To get to come back to a club like Con, where you have the core that has been there since I joined . . . it makes a big difference.”Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

When first he gave up on his dreams of playing for Munster and then put aside his aspirations of being a professional rugby player, Brian Hayes could (...)

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