Connacht senior coach Peter Wilkins fell out of love for the game for six years in his 20s after failing to make it as a player. Photograph:  Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

He’d dreamed of a career in professional rugby, both as a player and maybe then a coach. But the disappointment of realising that he wasn’t going to m(...)

 Irish success will arrive when they embrace tactics based on the gain line theory. File photograph: Inpho

Next weekend the actions of the teams in this year’s Six Nations Championship will do all the talking and their propaganda will be silenced. It’s tim(...)

Ireland celebrate winning a penalty at a Welsh scrum during February’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Six Nations unions appear to be unaware of the restless, even revolutionary mood that is rumbling across the rugby world. The fact that World Rug(...)

Toulouse assistant coach Regis Sonnes. “We have a very young team, but with big potential and we are growing.” Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images

It’s still early days in the 2018-19 season. They don’t hand out trophies in January any more. But Toulouse are back alright, and seemingly with a ven(...)

Toulouse players celebrate the victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are back, literally if not figuratively. Having won the Heineken Champions Cup a joint record four times and been ever-presents since the to(...)

 Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara before his side’s clash with  Hurricanes earlier this year. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho

Those who attended this week’s World Rugby Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Rugby, across the road from William Webb Ellis’s old playing fields, wer(...)

Toulouse’s head coach Guy Noves, who is now in his 21st successive season in charge of the club. During this time they have won four Heineken Cups, more than any other side. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images

It’s rare when Munster pay host to a club who actually have a better pedigree than themselves in European rugby, but when it comes to the Heineken (...)

I do not wish to be the dark cloud that wants to rain on your St Patrick’s Day parade but there is way too much expectation of an easy victory (...)