Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Paul O’Connell will leave Stade Francais at the end of the season. Photograph: Sandra Ruhaut/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Paul O’Connell has ruled out a move to another French club in a statement issued by Stade Francais confirming his intention to step down in his role w(...)

Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell are both set to leave their current coaching roles in New Zealand and France respectively. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell are to leave their current coaching positions. Midi Olympique are reporting O’Gara’s short term appointment as France (...)

 Ronan O’Gara during a training session with the Crusaders in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Media reports have indicated that French Rugby Federation (FFR) president, Bernard Laporte is looking to add Ronan O’Gara and Fabien Galthie to the Fr(...)

A tackle on France’s Gael Fickou in Stade De France, Paris. “He has beaten lads on the outside, and, having played on the wing, he has proved he is fast enough.” Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

Pare back Sunday’s penultimate Six Nations game to simplistic form and one particular duel screams for attention. For many, many moons Ireland’s suc(...)

 France celebrate their victory in the World  Rugby U-20 Championship final against England. Photograph: Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images

Can France, spinning wildly from calamity to magnificence during this Six Nations, win the World Cup in 2023? “That’s our objective,” Bernard Laport(...)

Stade Français’ Paris French centre Gael Fickou eludes Racing 92 number eight Antonie Claassen during the French Top 14 clash at Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Donnacha Ryan enjoyed the bragging rights after Sunday’s Parisian duel in the French Top 14 as he helped Racing 92 to a 17-16 victory over a Stade Fra(...)

  Geordan Murphy   has been appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers following the departure of director of rugby Matt O’Connor. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Dean Richards once dubbed Geordan Murphy the “George Best” of rugby. It is Richards who arrives to Welford Road this weekend with Newcastle Falcons to(...)

Racing 92’s Argentine wing Juan Imhoff scores a try in the victory over RC Toulon in the French Top 14 game at the Mayol stadium in Toulon. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

The Irish in Paris were the big winners in France on the opening weekend of the Top 14 with both Simon Zebo and Paul O’Connell enjoying big away wins (...)

Paul O’Connell has been named as the new forwards coach at Stade Francais. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell is to join the coaching staff at French side Stade Francais as forwards coach. The 38-year-old Limerickman has (...)

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