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 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 (...)

Mark McCall celebrates Saracens’ Champions Cup win. Photograph: David Davies/PA

It has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In theory the (...)

Ulster operations director Bryn Cunningham

Ulster have said they cannot reveal the name of their next coach for another few weeks. In an unusual move on Saturday minutes after their match agai(...)

Former Ireland coach Alan Gaffney is the new Northampton director of rugby. Photo: Inpho

Northampton have appointed veteran Australian coach Alan Gaffney as interim technical coaching consultant, to replace the sacked Jim Mallinder. The (...)

Saracens Calum Clark scores his side’s fourth try during the Champions Cup match against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Northampton 13 Saracens 57 Northampton collapsed to another harrowing rout by Saracens after being overwhelmed in their Champions Cup clash at Frankl(...)

Dan Biggar will join Northampton from the Ospreys next summer. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar has signed for Northampton. The 27-year-old will move to Franklin’s Gardens next season, having agreed a contract that take(...)

George North will not feature for Bath this weeked. Photograph: Getty Images

Rugby’s authorities have been heavily criticised for failing to issue any sanction over Northampton’s handling of the latest episode of concussion to (...)

“The trick on selection is to make sure, particularly at Leinster where there are so many Ireland internationals, that we are competitive in both games,” siad Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster knows how the international system dovetails with clubs better than most. He is cute as to how Joe Schmidt thinks in the selfish way (...)

 Jack Carty celebrates the  winning  conversion with his team-mates after Connacht’s last-gasp victory over Wasps at the Sportsground. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

In stark contrast to this point last season when only Ulster still harboured hopes of reaching the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup, al(...)

Referee Mathieu Reynal blows his whistle to award  a try after Connacht’s Naulia Dawai touched down   late in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at The Sportsground on Saturday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht’s sensational Champions Cup win over Wasps will stand despite the competition organisers admitting that replacement referee Mathieu Reynal er(...)

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