Geordan Murphy: “There’s always pressure. My good buddy James Ferris always told me, ‘Pressure is for tyres’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In early September Geordan and Anneka were christening Rex’s little brother Oscar when the Leicester board came calling. Matt O’Connor had been sacke(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Edinburgh’s Richard Cockerill: he  rested some of his established international players for last Saturday’s visit to the RDS

Is the Pro14 becoming the new Top 14? For years we cocked our collective snoots at the way so many games in the French Championship were seemingly set(...)

Leinster’s Cian Healy is tackled by Simon Berghan and Ben Toolis of Edinburgh during their match at the RDS Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Henceforth, the stakes start to rise. A fortnight of no-holds-barred inter-pro derbies will lead in to the opening two weeks of European rugby. That d(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton goes over for a try despite the tackle of Edinburgh’s Juan Pablo Socino during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 31 Edinburgh 10 On a day which also saw the Scarlets, last season’s main rivals suffer defeat, Leinster assumed leadership of Conference B o(...)

 Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill with Leinster head coach Leo Cullen at the RDS in 2017. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pro14: Leinster v Edinburgh RDS (7.35, live on Eir Sport, TG4) Leo Cullen, the player, worked under Richard Cockerill at the Leicester Tigers from 2(...)

 Will Spencer of Leicester   tackles  Tommy Taylor of Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, UK. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

You can hear the referee say to the TMO during Leicester’s match against Wasps at the weekend that the tackle by Will Spencer was “high” and “was forc(...)

Edinburgh’s Hamish Watson and Pierre Schoeman tackle Finlay Bealham of Connach during the Guinness Pro 14 match at   Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Edinburgh 17 Connacht 10 Connacht, back at the venue which provided the most jubilant scenes three seasons ago with a Pro 12 title, found Murrayfield(...)

 Connacht’s head coach Andy Friend: “We face a big challenge in Murrayfield.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Edinburgh v Connacht Venue: Murrayfield. Kick off: 7.35pm. On TV: eirSport and Premier Sports. Paul Boyle is used to confounding convention. He shru(...)

Geordan Murphy, who has been appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers, following the departure of director of rugby, Matt O’Connor. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

As Leicester lurch from one mess to another, one head coach to the next, England’s best supported and most successful club is faced with a familiar co(...)

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