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Bernard Jackman has been helping coaches from around the world share their coaching experiences while there is no action. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

“The Secret to the Japanese Attack Speed” by Atsushi Tanabe captivated the most recent Zoom gathering of coaches. It was effectively a presentation th(...)

The new head coach of the All Blacks, Ian Foster, during a New Zealand training session in Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Ian Foster will be the first All Blacks boss without previous international head coaching experience since 2003 when he takes over next year but few (...)

Dave Rennie: will leave Glasgow Warriors to take over as Australia coach on a three-and-a-half year deal. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

With Dave Rennie’s appointment as Wallabies coach an important part of his predecessor Michael Cheika’s legacy will live on. When Cheika took over (...)

Japan prop Isileli Nakajima (left) celebrates victory over Ireland  at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka. Photograph:  William West/AFP/Getty Images

World Cup Pool A: Japan v Samoa Kick-off: 11.30am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: City of Toyota stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveb(...)

Ireland’s players take part in a training session at the Steelers training ground in Kobe. Photograph: Getty Images

Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland for the first time against Russia inside the sweltering Kobe Misaki stadium on Thursday evening. “It’s a massive h(...)

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 (...)

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