Rory Kockott

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Simon Zebo runs in a try for Munster against Castres. The winger would be part of Ireland’s Six Nations squad if it was picked on merit. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A striking feature of Munster’s backline on Sunday was that all bar one are in Ireland’s 36-man squad for the forthcoming opening rounds of the Six Na(...)

Simon Zebo looks to break during Munster’s Champions Cup draw with Castres. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Castres Olympique 17 Munster 17 Fitting end to a chaotic affair. The match officials, in their innate wisdom, decreed that Munster replacement Robin (...)

 Munster’s Rassie Erasmus has an encyclopedic knowledge of Top 14 sides simply because  future role as South Africa’s coach  demands it. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Hearing Rassie Erasmus extol the might of Castres you are reminded he was once a Springbok flanker. The quotes could read like an intimidated coach en(...)

Toulon’s lock Samu Manoa (centre) vies with fullback Liam Williams (left) of Scarlets during the Champions Cup match at Mayol stadium. Photograph: Getty.

CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND-UP Toulon were made to work hard by Scarlets as they recorded a 31-20 bonus-point success to keep up the pressure on Saracens in (...)

 Mark McCall,  Saracens director of rugby, celebrates with Sean Maitland after their victory over RC Toulon  at Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon last weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Saturday Pool4 Castres Olympique v Northampton Saints, Stade Pierre Antoine (3.15, Sky Sports 2) – England captain and hooker Dylan Hartley, fellow E(...)

Leo Cullen has praised his Leinster pack after the province’s opening Champions Cup win over Castres. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster coach Leo Cullen was quick to heap praise on his forwards after the 33-15 European Champions Cup Pool Four victory over Castres. Hooker Seán(...)

 Munster’s CJ Stander was tackled early and often by the Leinster defence. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Aviva stadium last Saturday allowed us examine the current state of both Leinster and Munster. It proved a very educational 80 minutes. The for(...)

 Guy Noves has promised a return to traditional French running rugby.

Coach: Guy Noves After a hugely successful coaching tenure spanning 22 years, ten Top 14 championships and four Heineken Cups with Toulouse, Noves (...)

Paul O’Connell is stretchered off at half-time after receiving a serious leg injury during Ireland’s pool match against France at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Amid the prevailing end-of-year doom and gloom, lest we forget that was the year that produced the greatest World Cup ever – as well as Super Saturday(...)

France’s head coach Philippe Saint André (right) speaks with his captain Thierry Dusautoir during a training session at Newport High School ahead of the World Cup quarter-final match against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

New Zealand v France Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 8.0 TV3 , ITV No team spooks the All Blacks at the World Cup quite like the French, and with good r(...)

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