Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend will hand a Test debut to Glasgow centre Sam Johnson against Italy on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend will hand a Test debut to Glasgow centre Sam Johnson when his side open their Guinness Six Nations campaign at hom(...)

Edinburgh players celebrate their victory at the end of the Heineken  Champions Cup Pool 5  match against  Montpellier at Murrayfield. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Edinburgh 19 Montpellier 10 Edinburgh sealed Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final places for themselves and Glasgow with a 19-10 victory over Montpel(...)

Leinster assistant coach Stuart Lancaster during a training session at UCD. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“Pretty much everything has been given to Leinster and, indirectly, to Ireland,” Stuart Lancaster says when he considers how the knowledge he gained d(...)

Edinburgh fullback Blair Kinghorn celebrates after beating Toulon at the Mayol stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 17 Edinburgh 28 Edinburgh remain on course for their first Champions Cup quarter-final appearance since 2012, beating Toulon 28-17 to become (...)

 Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the trophy after Leinster’s Champions Cup final victory over Racing 92 in Bilbao, Spain. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been something of a slow burner but the concluding pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup look like bringing the competition vibrantly to life(...)

By Leicester appointing Murphy, who has been at Welford Road for 21 years as player and coach, they have gone back to the future and are seeking redemption in core values.

Leicester announced Geordan Murphy had been promoted from interim to permanent coach hours just after Manchester United had sacked José Mourinho. The (...)

Geordan Murphy has been appointed as permanent head coach at Leicester. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Leicester’s permanent head coach despite a run of eight straight defeats which has left the Tigers at “their lowe(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe tackles Cheslin Kolbe of Toulouse during their Heineken Champions Cup meeting in October. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Akin to two-legged eliminators in their own right, the Heineken Champions Cup returns with its traditional back-to-back double headers and, not unexpe(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray: he came on from the bench last week against Zebra. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Munster v Edinburgh, Musgrave Park (eir sport, Friday, 7.35pm) It is difficult not to find quality wherever you look in coach Johann van Graan’s sele(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud: returns to the Toulon side for the visit to Edinburgh  after serving a five-week suspension. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE v EXETER CHIEFS, Stade Pierre Fabre (1.0, Irish time, live on BT Sport) Injuries to Sam Skinner, Dave Dennis and Dave Ewers mean th(...)

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