Paul Gustard

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Saracens’ Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster fan after the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the  Ricoh Arena in  Coventry in April 2019. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A few weeks after Saracens 35-point deduction and a fine of more than €6.4 million for breaching the salary cap former Ulster centre Darren Cave mused(...)

 Chris Ashton left Sale after “a disagreement on how we want to play the game”. Photograph: PA

Harlequins have signed England international wing Chris Ashton following his departure from Sale Sharks. The 32-year-old will join them with immediate(...)

Scrumhalf John Cooney kicks the game-clinching penalty in the dying moments for Ulster against Harlequins at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ulster 25 Harlequins 24 It seemed an almost too familiar narrative as yet another edgy Champions Cup affair was decided when a late, and unforeseen, (...)

Niall Saunders: “I set my goal at being the number nine at Harlequins and that is something that I want to achieve.” Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Niall Saunders steeled himself momentarily; then pushed open the door to the then director of rugby at Harlequins, John Kingston’s office, walked in a(...)

 Saracens’ celebrate with the trophy after beating Leinster in last year’s final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pool 1 Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Captain: Johnny Sexton. Last season: Runners-up. How they qualified: Pro 14 champions. Key man: Sexton is the(...)

Ryan is always looking to improve the quality of his work.

James Ryan (Leinster) Position: Lock Age: 22 Height: 2.03 metres (6’ 8”) Weight: 108kg (17st) Ireland caps: 17 (1 try) Why’s he so important? The s(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Saracens’ Owen Farrell in  a scuffle during last year’s  Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva  Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Next Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final isn’t so much a case of two tribes going to war, more two machines finally colliding in the biggest North(...)

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(...)

  John Mitchell: “This is an exciting opportunity to work with England Rugby and support Eddie Jones as head coach.” Photograph: Reuters

England have appointed John Mitchell as their defence coach until the end of next year’s World Cup. Mitchell has been recruited from his role at Supe(...)

  Eddie Jones: the England head coach is still to appoint a replacement defence coach following Paul Gustard’s departure to Harlequins. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

England have been dealt a significant blow just over a year before the World Cup with another key member of Eddie Jones’s staff set to leave. Dean Ben(...)

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