Owen Farrell

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Leinster’s Johnny Sexton celebrates after a late try against Munster in the Pro14 semi-final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The magical Welsh outhalf Barry John once said, “The way a man plays rugby is vision into his soul.” The Irish soul of “the game they play in heaven(...)

 Danny Cipriani poses with the Premiership Rugby Player of the Season trophy at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images for Premiership Rugby

Danny Cipriani has been named the Premiership’s player of the season in further recognition of an outstanding first campaign with Gloucester which he (...)

Mark McCall celebrates Saracens’ Champions Cup win. Photograph: David Davies/PA

It has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In theory the (...)

 Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores their second try. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The two were so far ahead of the rest it wasn’t funny. The runners-up will feel they couldn’t have done a whole lot more and took the champions to the(...)

Munster backs and attack coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery: leaving the province after 10 and 14 years of service, respectively. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster’s loss is set to be Ulster’s gain as Bill Johnston moves to Belfast. This could become a reversal of fortunes following the impact Chris Farre(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath in the Heineken Champions Cup final. Photograph: Billy Stickland

Leinster 10 Saracens 20 What was feared duly transpired. This wasn’t quite on the scale of England’s win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Februar(...)

Billy Vunipola scores Saracens’ second try against Leinster in the European Champions Cup Final at  St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Billy Vunipola: an appreciation. Criticism of the sport’s dominant and perhaps smartest figure is equally unavoidable. Interestingly, the source for (...)

Saracens celebrate their win over Leinster in Newcastle. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

The king is dead, long live the king. Leinster’s European crown has been taken - brutally snatched from their grasp by Saracens in Newcastle. Saturda(...)

Saracens’ Sean Maitland brings the Heineken Champions Cup into the dressing room after the game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The Champions Cup final came down to the simple premise that the Saracens took more chances than Leinster and that was reflected on the scoreboard. Le(...)

Rob Kearney makes a break. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Rob Kearney Swashbuckling run leading to Tadhg Furlong’s try surely earns Ireland’s most decorated fullback, age 33, a dip into Leinster’s budget to (...)

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