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Ronan O’Gara says "What Galthié (above) is renowned for is the detail of his coaching and players coming through now crave that." Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

From his vantage point in the Top 14 as the head coach of third-placed La Rochelle, Ireland’s all-time record points scorer, Ronan O’Gara, concurs wit(...)

Ireland’s Hugo Keenan in action against Italy in their Guinness Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ironically, pitchside at the Aviva for ITV, I cannot see the game properly. I watch, for the most part, on a monitor. Andrew Conway, on the right wing(...)

France’s Grégory Alldritt against England in Paris.  He is not the most powerful eight in the world, but he regularly finds a weak shoulder or gaps to make additional yards.   Photograph:   EPA/Yoan Valat

At the 2020 Guinness Six Nations launch, Fabien Galthié spoke of the French team’s desire to reconnect with the French public through shared emotions (...)

Bordeaux Bègles’  lock Cyril Cazeaux tackles Racing 92’s  number eight Yoan Tanga. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

The sense of occasion is always slightly diluted if Simon Zebo is in the stands rather than on the pitch, and that will certainly be the case if, as s(...)

 Saracens’ celebrate with the trophy after beating Leinster in last year’s final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pool 1 Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Captain: Johnny Sexton. Last season: Runners-up. How they qualified: Pro 14 champions. Key man: Sexton is the(...)

Toulouse players celebrate their dramatic  Top 14 victory over Clermont  at the Municipal Stadium last week. Sofiane Guitoune scored  a try in the 79th minute to seal a 47-44 win. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty

Champions Cup semi-finals: Leinster v Toulouse Kick off: 3.15pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start fro(...)

taly head coach Conor O’Shea is unconcerned about rumours around him potentially losing his job. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Conor O’Shea has insisted he has no problems if his Italy bosses are assessing alternative coaching options. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) this (...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Racing 92’s  Simon Zebo scoring  a try against  Castres on Saturday  at the Paris La Defense Arena in Nanterre. Photograph:  Getty Images

There’s a scene during Amazon Prime’s watchable All or Nothing: All Blacks documentary where Steve Hansen and his wife Natasha are in the back garden (...)

The triumphant Leinster team in Bilbao. There is no club or province in the world achieving what Leinster are doing. Photograph: Getty Images

Any given season in European rugby is merely a snapshot in history. Further evidence is required to justify talk of eras or dynasties. So it was that (...)

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