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Wales coach Wayne Pivac saw his tenure get off to a winning start against Italy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It looked so easy. The RDS in 2017. Aviva Stadium a week later. Leinster and Munster ripped to shreds as the Scarlets streaked to an unforeseen Pro 1(...)

Canada celebrate securing the final place in Japan after victory over Hong Kong. Photograph: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty

Canada Who are they Canada were the 20th and final qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2019, beating Hong Kong 27-10 in the final match of a Repechage tou(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney in action against Ospreys – injuries saw the scrumhalf moved to outhalf during the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Ulster had finished the unsettling humiliation of their coach in 2012 the Guardian newspaper ran a headline. “Brian McLaughlin shows success is s(...)

 Ulster’s head coach Jono Gibbes: “The decision to leave here is a difficult one professionally because I support the team and the staff, and I am excited for what the future holds for them.”  Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

It’s been an annus horribilis for Ulster rugby on and off the pitch, and one that shows no sign of abating following the news that head coach Jono Gib(...)

Les Kiss has left his role as Ulster director of rugby with immediate effect. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes will assume responsibility for all coaching matters at the province following the announcement on Wednesday that directo(...)

Donnacha Ryan and Devin Toner in training for Ireland’s clash with Canada. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

An entirely remodelled Irish team for Saturday’s game against Canada smacks of a preordained selection strategy. However, Joe Schmidt yesterday revea(...)

Scarlets winger DTH Van Der Merwe returns to the Canada side for Saturday’s Test against Ireland. Photograph:   Simon King/Inpho/CameraSport

Despite the absence of Jamie Cudmore and Tyler Ardron among others, Mark Anscombe has named a fairly experienced Canadian team to face Ireland. Aaron (...)

Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby with Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tuesday’s teeming rain offered a minor irritant for many of the 39-man Ireland group that began preparations in earnest for the game against Canada at(...)

 Jamie Heaslip leads his Leinster team onto the field before their Champions Cup match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The redrawn European club map in the shape of the European Champions Cup was driven by the Anglo-French club axis to ensure that the bigger economies (...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams and Jared Payne dejected after the loss to Toulon at the weekend. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

I thought Ulster would be better than this. It was arguable going into the start of the European season that they were actually the best placed Irish (...)

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