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Eddie Jones didn’t hold back when asked about the All Blacks’ production line. Photograph: Getty Images

Eddie returns to NZ TV Our funniest jokes tend to be the harshest because they illuminate uncomfortable truths. The coronavirus, which apparently di(...)

Ireland’s Denis Leamy, David Wallace and Gordon D’Arcy tackle Andy Farrell of England in the  Six Nations Championship at Croke Park in February 2007. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“You were better-looking with the beard.” The flower seller had me on the back foot straight away. Down the Japan tunnel he burrowed and, without bei(...)

Mike Ford, who has been brought into the Leicester Tigers coaching team as a coaching consultant,  with head coach Geordan Murphy at the Oadby Oval on  in Leicester, England. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

Geordan Murphy believes his new coaching recruit, Mike Ford, will give Leicester “a bit of a kick” and help the struggling former champions avoid the (...)

Geordan Murphy has been appointed as permanent head coach at Leicester. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Leicester’s permanent head coach despite a run of eight straight defeats which has left the Tigers at “their lowe(...)

Andy Farrell: “As for England missing out on a brilliant homegrown coach, I am almost filled with despair,” wrote former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A hike out from London city, the wooded Pennyhill Park Hotel was England’s 120 acre, 2015 World Cup bolthole. Nestled into the folds of suburban Surr(...)

Hans-Peter Wild, whose family made their fortune manufacturing Capri Sun, is the owner of French rugby union club Stade Français. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Hans-Peter Wild is a billionaire, with a billionaire’s idea of what “a little bit of money” means. That’s how much his local rugby club, Heidelberger (...)

 Jacob Stockdale scores one of his tries against Italy. Photograph; Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

 The fearless rookie setting flame to a tournament is rare alchemy. Sporting comparisons to Jacob Stockdale’s head-spinning arrival are joys to (...)

Munster head coach  Rassie Erasmus will leave the province in January to take up the of position rugby director  with the Springboks. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

The double whammy that Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber are leaving Munster comes more as a disappointment than a surprise. The speculation surrou(...)

Current Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell watches his son Owen practise place-kicking during his time as part of the England backroom team. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Blessed is the son who gets reared in his father’s shadow. Raised with small pleasures, like those evenings when the first man you ever know stays on (...)

Richard Cockerill has been named as the new head coach of Edinburgh Rugby. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

Former Leicester boss Richard Cockerill will become Edinburgh’s new head coach this summer, the Guinness PRO12 outfit have announced. The ex-England (...)

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