Steve Diamond

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Leicester Tigers director of rugby, Geordan Murphy. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty

Geordan Murphy was a few days into life as Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby when a pandemic-inspired nightmare visited the club. Manu Tuilagi is a (...)

Georgia in action against Australia  during the Rugby World Cup  Group D match  at Shizuoka Stadium in  Japan. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

World Rugby is hoping to provide some clarity this week on a Test match fixture list for the remainder of the year, including dates and kick-off times(...)

 Chris Ashton left Sale after “a disagreement on how we want to play the game”. Photograph: PA

Harlequins have signed England international wing Chris Ashton following his departure from Sale Sharks. The 32-year-old will join them with immediate(...)

Tempers flare between Munster and Saracens. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster team doctor Jamie Kearns will serve a three-week touchline for his role in the 30-man brawl which was sparked during the province’s 15-6 defea(...)

 Saracens’ celebrate with the trophy after beating Leinster in last year’s final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pool 1 Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Captain: Johnny Sexton. Last season: Runners-up. How they qualified: Pro 14 champions. Key man: Sexton is the(...)

Sale Sharks’ Byron McGuigan goes over for a try against Connacht during the European Challenge Cup quarter-final match at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sale Sharks 20 Connacht 10 England remains the unhappiest hunting ground for Connacht as Sale inflicted a sixth defeat over the Irish province in Eur(...)

  James Mitchell attempts to evade the Sale defence. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht 20 Sale 18 Connacht have given themselves a real chance of qualifying for the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a first win over En(...)

 Connacht’s Caolin Blade leads his team off the field after a 34-13 defeat to Sale Sharks in October 2018 at the AJ Bell Stadium in  Manchester. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A fully-loaded Sale Sharks who are in the driving seat take on Connacht in this afternoon’s crunch European Challenge Cup fixture at the Galway Sports(...)

Scrumhalf Caolan Blade takes over the captaincy for the first time as Connacht  face Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Connacht will be trying to reclaim the driving seat from Sale when the two teams meet at the AJ Bell Stadium today (3pm). Steve Diamond’s squad grabb(...)

Chris Ashton will miss Sale’s first six games after he received a seven-week ban. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Chris Ashton’s tentative England comeback has already stalled after he was given a seven-week ban for a tip-tackle made during Sale’s pre-season frien(...)

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