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Leo Cullen with Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors have reached the knock-out stages in seven of the last eight years and, the champions in 2015, they will be contesting their third fi(...)

  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(...)

taly head coach Conor O’Shea is unconcerned about rumours around him potentially losing his job. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Conor O’Shea has insisted he has no problems if his Italy bosses are assessing alternative coaching options. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) this (...)

 All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen during Thursday’s press conference in Auckland. Photograph: Getty Images

The impending departure of All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may mark the end of an era in more ways than one. Hansen, 59, announced his intention to ste(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is reported to have  turned down an offer to join the New Zealand coaching ticket last year. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew has confirmed that Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt turned down an approach to join the All Blacks coaching (...)

  Ireland’s players form a guard of honour for New Zealand at the end of the match. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Warning to offshore Kiwis: return home predicting a New Zealand loss at your peril. Definitely don’t do it on national television. The grief! Before(...)

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea: “our biggest issue now is mental, and regenerating momentum and getting that belief”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Conor O’Shea is an innately upbeat, optimistic person, which seems a particularly important trait when head coach of Italy. Nothing has changed in tha(...)

“The only person who has won more trophies than me is (New Zealander) Wayne Smith, and he is an absolute legend of coaching.”

Shaun Edwards says he would listen to a head coach’s offer “in rugby league or rugby union” if one came his way. The Wales defence guru has been a ke(...)

Italy coach Conor O’Shea at the team base at Radisson St Helen, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

La vita non è sempre bella. Life is not always beautiful. Not yet for Italian rugby, and not this weekend for Ian McKinley as the homecoming is abando(...)

Johnny Sexton  stood above the entire stadium and identified a way to cover the crucial 15 metres Ireland needed to reach the edge of his range to kick the drop-goal. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Sheridan

France didn’t lose the game in Paris, Ireland won it. Both teams can take solace from that. The French were miserly in defence, yet the greasy surfac(...)

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