Pat Lam

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 The Bristol Bears team after losing their English Premiership semi-final against Harlequins at Ashton Gate. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam admitted his “huge disappointment” after his side missed the opportunity to reach their first English Premiership fi(...)

John Porch has shone for Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not having the budgets of their competitors in the Guinness Pro14, never mind the Premiership and Top 14, Connacht have always had to shop for bargain(...)

 Munster head coach Johann van Graan: ‘I think we’ll enjoy the win first of all and then reflect on it. It’s a big win for the club.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pat Lam, John Muldoon and Niyi Adeolokun enjoyed a winning return to the Sportsground last night, as Bristol’s 27-18 win effectively ended Connacht’s (...)

 Exeter Chiefs captains Jack Yeandle and Joe Simmonds raise the trophy as they celebrate with team-mates after their victory over Racing 92 in the Heineken Champions Cup Final at Ashton Gate in Bristol. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster stand alone in the opposite half of the 2020-21 Heineken Champions Cup from the other Irish provinces and, on balance, probably have the best(...)

Wasps have been cleared to take part in Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

Wasps have been cleared to take part in Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham after receiving no further positives in the latest r(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney has been in excellent form. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Stockdale’s stocktake The Offload re-emerges full of hope for 2020. A positive slant is easily adopted by focusing on the supremacy of Leinster and U(...)

 Ian Madigan: has slipped down the pecking order at  Bristol Rugby and looks set to be moving on again next summer. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Turns out the grass isn’t always greener. Bundee Ali and Kiernan Marmion appear to agree by rejecting lucrative moves abroad when re-signing last week(...)

  Bristol’s new star signing Semi Radradra in action for Fiji  during the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ten years ago, Bristol were in the Championship and facing bankruptcy. Today they sit top of the Premiership and have stunned the rugby world by signi(...)

Samoa’s Ahsee Tuala in action for Northampton Saints.Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty

Samoa Who are they The news that Toulouse’s Joe Tekori has retired from international rugby to remain with the French club, in a bid to presumably e(...)

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