The Barbarians players  who broke coronavirus protocols in London last week will not face a police investigation. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Former England captain Chris Robshaw and his Barbarians team-mates who broke coronavirus protocols last week will not face a police investigation. Fo(...)

 RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney expressed his frustration at the Barbarians players whose conduct had resulted in the cancellation of England’s autumn curtain-raiser. Photograph:  Steven Paston/PA Wire.

England’s autumn campaign was thrown into chaos on Friday after Sunday’s opening match against the Barbarians was called off after a number of players(...)

The English RFU has announced it is reviewing whether the England v Barbarians fixture, scheduled for Sunday, can still go ahead after “a number of Barbarians players breached the agreed Covid code of conduct protocol”. File photograph: PA

England’s autumn curtain-raiser has been plunged into chaos after the former national captain Chris Robshaw was one of 12 Barbarians players to go on (...)

  Owen Farrell of Saracens during training in St Albans, England. He will miss out on the clash with Racing as he remains suspended for a dangerous tackle. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Saracens will attempt to defy the odds once again on Saturday knowing a similarly momentous occasion could be years away. A week after sending shockwa(...)

Leinster players after  the defeat to Saracens in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

We’re putting on the hindsight goggles again. Leinster used the World Cup analogy coming out of lockdown. The theory was sound. Pool matches were the(...)

Maro Itoje celebrates Saracens’ win over Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 17 Saracens 25 Leinster’s season came crashing to earth on a bare, blustery day in the Aviva echo chamber with a first defeat in 26 games, n(...)

Ryan Baird and Jack Conan in action during the Leinster Captain’s Run at the  Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster will be playing in their third successive knock-out match when facing Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final on Saturday, with (...)

Sean Maitland of Saracens touches down during the Champions Cup final against Leinster at St James’s Park, Newcastle, last year. File photograph: Getty

Few clubs, if any, in the professional era have suffered the kind of adversity which Saracens experienced this season. Amid enforced relegation for re(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander scores a try during the 2018 Six Nations clash with England. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Players will no longer be able to score a try by grounding the ball against the base of the post protectors following a law change announced by World (...)

Ollie Devoto (L) sprints away from team mates during England training in Portugoal. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Six Nations: France v England. Kick-off: 3pm, Sunday. Venue: Stade de France. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 2.30pm. On TV: Liv(...)

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