Jonny Sexton drops a long-range goal to  for Ireland in the final play of the game to secure a victory against France. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

“He’s a serious leader,” shrugs Dan Leavy. “He’s a competitor. He’s always on to refs, trying to get decisions our way.” Paris on this greasy Saturda(...)

 Mathieu Raynal will take charge of Connacht’s European Challenge Cup quarter-final away to Gloucester on Friday due to an injury to Romain Poite. Photograph:  Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images

The team of officials at both Leinster and Connacht’s European quarter-finals have been changed due to an injury to French referee Roman Poite. Poite (...)

Ireland under-20 winger Stephen Fitzgerald scores his side’s try during the Six Nations game against England at Donnybrook. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland under-20s 14 England under-20s 19In the end their credentials meant nothing and nor did their size but under-20 world champions England ended (...)