New Leinster coach Leo Cullen at a press conference in UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Undoubtedly fast-tracked, Leo Cullen as head coach doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have known him longest. His formal appointment by Leinster (...)

 Anthony Allen of Leicester Tigers has been forced to retire due to injury. Photograph: David Jones/Getty Images

Former England centre Anthony Allen has been forced to retire “at the peak of his career” aged just 28 after long-running knee problems. The ex-Glouce(...)

Matt O’Connor with his former charges. The low point, ironically, was a victory over Benetton Treviso at the RDS. Leinster had become almost unwatchable.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I must admit to being slightly sceptical at the robust and uniform manner in which the Leinster players defended Matt O’Connor over the past season. T(...)

Italy will be without Castrogiovanni against Scotland as he was bitten by a friend’s dog. Photograph: Twitter

Martin Castrogiovanni looks set to miss Italy’s Six Nations clash with Scotland after requiring 14 stitches when he was bitten on the nose by a friend(...)

 Brad Thorn of Leicester: returns to the side to face Scarlets at Welford Road. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Richard Cockerill accepts that Leicester have to chase a perfect 10 out of 10 in their quest for a European Champions Cup quarter-final place. The Tig(...)

Toulon’s Delon Armitage has been banned for 12 weeks following comments made to the Welford Road crowd after his side’s Champions Cup loss to Leicester Tigers

Toulon back Delon Armitage has been suspended for 12 weeks after a misconduct complaint was lodged against him following his side’s 25-21 European Cha(...)

Anthony Allen of Leicester is tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud during Toulon’s 23-8 victory over  Leicester Tigers at Felix Mayol Stadium

POOL 1 Saracens made it back-to-back wins over Sale to move top of Pool One in the European Champions Cup, but missed out on a bonus point as t(...)

Toulon’s Martin Castrogiovanni during the European  Champions Cup Group Three match against Leicester at Welford Road, Leicester, England. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulon players Martin Castrogiovanni and Delon Armitage have received misconduct complaints for their behaviour during last Sunday’s Champions Cup def(...)

Martin Castrogiovanni will face a misconduct hearing over comments he made following the European Champions Cup game against Leicester at Welford Road. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Misconduct charges are to be brought against Toulon players Martin Castrogiovanni and Delon Armitage following incidents in the European Champions Cup(...)

Toulon prop Martin Castrogiovanni takes a breather during the  Champions Cup game against Leicester  at Welford Road. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

The European Champions Cup authorities are investigating comments made by the Toulon prop Martin Castrogiovanni immediately after his side’s defeat to(...)

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