Joe Marler

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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and assistant coach Mike Catt look on in the Ireland-Georgia match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rejoice for 2021 Like so many others, The Offload is ignoring the three pillars of rugby union (racism, doping and concussion) to focus on a brighter(...)

Munster outhalf Ben Healy reacts after  a late tackle from Joe Marler of Harlequins during the Heineken Champions Cup game at Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Johann van Graan’s ire over the roughing up by Harlequins has been compounded by 21-year-old outhalf Ben Healy being ruled out of Munster’s daunting H(...)

Munster’s Tadhg Beirne is tackled by Marcus Smith and Nathan Earle of Harlequins during the Heineken Champions Cup match at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Munster 21 Harlequins 7 A feisty affair on the pitch and a spicy one off it too judging by the volume of sound in a crowd-less affair. On a wet night(...)

Gavin Coombes makes his Champions Cup debut in the Munster backrow for Sunday’s game against Harlequins at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Champions Cup: Munster v Harlequins, Thomond Park, Sunday, 5.30pm – Live on BT Sport In normal circumstances, Munster would be confidently expected t(...)

Jack Clement of Gloucester runs with the ball during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against  Harlequins at Kingsholm. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Eddie Jones’s autumn Test preparations are already being hit by the Covid-19 confusion which is threatening to cause fresh issues for club and country(...)

Joe Marler’s ban will expire without missing any matches for club or country.  Photograph: Reuters

England expect Joe Marler to be available for selection when international fixtures resume amid suggestions the loosehead prop was considering walking(...)

James Cronin in action for Munster against Racing 92 at Thomond Park during last November’s Champions Cup game. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

To paraphrase Hunter Thompson ‘We had just finished the warm-up when the prednisolone began to take hold.’ Time to play. Pain free. Where had we hea(...)

 Jack Carty  is encouraging people to avoid trolling or scaremongering on social media. Tackle Your Feelings campaign  is funded by the Z Zurich Foundation. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

 Jack Carty isn’t the first rugby player, nor the last, to have searched his own name on social media after a match only to then let the abusive (...)

Wales’ George North tackled by Manu Tuilagi of England which led to the England player being sent off. Photo: James Crombie /Inpho

In the disappointing reality of having no matches to comment upon, much is being written about disciplinary issues – no bad thing. Here’s my take on (...)

England’s Joe Marler has been banned for 10 weeks. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Rugby’s disciplinary process and value system has decreed that genital grabbing merits more than twice the punishment for a dangerous and recklessly h(...)

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