Mark McCall celebrates Saracens’ Champions Cup win. Photograph: David Davies/PA

It has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In theory the (...)

Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall:  ‘The satisfaction you get is when you see how happy everybody is.’ Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

It cannot go on like this. Mark McCall cannot keep being packaged in the same convenient way his reticent nature promotes. No director of rugby is a (...)

Billy Vunipola scores Saracens’ second try against Leinster in the European Champions Cup Final at  St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Billy Vunipola: an appreciation. Criticism of the sport’s dominant and perhaps smartest figure is equally unavoidable. Interestingly, the source for (...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores the crucial try despite James Lowe and Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 20 Leinster 10 The drive for five will have to be resumed next year. Leinster gave it the good fight, defending heroically and they kept pr(...)

  Rob Kearney celebrates at the final whistle after the battle with Clermont in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

April 2012. Someway, somehow we kept out Clermont Auvergne under blazing Bordeaux sun. Walking back down the tunnel at Stade Chaban-Delmas that unmist(...)

Leinster have named their team for Saturday’s final at St James’ Park in Newcastle. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Champions Cup final: Leinster v Saracens Kick-off: 5pm, Saturday. Venue: St James’ Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start at 4pm. O(...)

Alex Goode has carried the ball more than any other  Saracens player in this year’s  European Champions Cup. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Interpretation is nine-tenths of the law so to speak when it comes to statistics, more often than not governed by the subjectivity in arguing one pers(...)

Paddy Johns in action for  Saracens  during a  match against  Leicester at Enfield in August 1996. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/Allsport

The greening of Saracens Part II Former Ireland captain and secondrow Paddy Johns was highly regarded during his three years at Saracens, not just by(...)

Mike Ford, who has been brought into the Leicester Tigers coaching team as a coaching consultant,  with head coach Geordan Murphy at the Oadby Oval on  in Leicester, England. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

Geordan Murphy believes his new coaching recruit, Mike Ford, will give Leicester “a bit of a kick” and help the struggling former champions avoid the (...)

Sean Maitland scores for Saracens during their heavy win over Cardiff. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty

Saracens 51 Cardiff Blues 25 Ben Earl came off the bench to inspire a second-half turnaround as Saracens survived a scare from Cardiff Blues to recor(...)

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