Owen Farrell

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Leinster's James Ryan is tackled by Maro Itoje and Jamie George of Saracens. Photograph: Inpho

Continuing the theme of recent weeks, regarding professional structures being introduced too early in youth and schools development, I was struck by t(...)

Leinster players celebrate Dan Leavy’s try against Saracens in the European Champions Cup victory at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The season that keeps on giving shows no signs of abating. For Leinster and Munster to both reach the semi-finals in the same campaign for the sixth (...)

Maro Itoje and Owen Farrell after Leinster’s win over Saracens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Just over two weeks on from Ireland’s Grand Slam victory at Twickenham, the provinces have joined the party. Both Leinster and Munster are through to(...)

 Owen Farrell during Saracens training in St Albans this week. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

England outhalf Owen Farrell has been named in the Saracens team for Sunday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final clash against Leinster. Farrell s(...)

Cian Healy: 'If you want to get to the top of this, you have to beat the best. You don’t want to be looking for an easy route.' Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“We don’t have a hell of a lot of lads left that have won that cup,” says Cian Healy. Today the Leinster losehead prop is refocusing after the glory o(...)

Richard Wigglesworth:  “Obviously the Irish boys have a good thing going, as they proved in the last few weeks.” Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

“If I was in the Irish system I’d have to play for Ireland so I’ll have to pick the English system, mate,” Richard Wigglesworth (no more anglicized a (...)

Brad Barritt (L) and Owen Farrell. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

Owen Farrell will be given until Friday to prove his fitness for Saracens’ Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster but Billy Vunipola has been ru(...)

Maro Itoje of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at London Stadium last weekend. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

What is the more energy efficient ‘fuel’ to propel a team in sport, the pain of disappointment or the elixir of success? There isn’t a definitive answ(...)

Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell, those uber competitive international rivals and two-time Lions team-mates, will both be making their 60th appearances in the competition. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since the quarter-final line-up for the European Champions Cup was finalised on the third weekend in Janua(...)

Leinster outhalf Johnny Sexton: “Saracens are back-to-back champions and we are sort of striving to get back to where we were and become that champion team ourselves.” Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton understands that success is where preparation and opportunity meet so he isn’t distracted by extraneous circumstances. He’s not looking (...)

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