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Saracens: bounced back from the defeat to Leinster last year to claim a fourth Premiership crown since 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

The Millennium Stadium is a daunting venue for any visiting team. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Some days are defining ones in your life as an athlete. For the Irish players, today is such a day. For Ireland it is black or white. Win and doors w(...)

 Ireland’s Conor Murray in action against Scotland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

No hurry for Murray The Conor Murray problem is exacerbated by the fact it is Conor Murray. When a scrumhalf suffers a dip in form – like Aaron Smith(...)

 Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell: Their presence ensures Ireland currently have the services of the three best coaches in this part of the world. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Clarity is Joe Schmidt’s greatest gift to Irish rugby. From the very beginning at Leinster, the summer of 2010, there was clarity for each and every (...)

 Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara before his side’s clash with  Hurricanes earlier this year. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho

Those who attended this week’s World Rugby Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Rugby, across the road from William Webb Ellis’s old playing fields, wer(...)

Racing’s Dimitri Szarzewski scores a try against Munster during their European Champions Cup tie at U Arena, Paris, France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Rolling Stones having been the first band to play in the U Arena last October, so Munster became the first away side to play in Racing’s new, futu(...)

France 2023: Bernard Laporte celebrates after winning the battle to host the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

Big-picture hats on. World Rugby’s humiliation, South African disgust (again) and French ecstasy combined to make Ireland’s ongoing wait for the World(...)

Joel Stransky called World Rugby an ‘old boys club’ after South Africa were beaten to the hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup by France. Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Former South Africa outhalf Joel Stransky has labelled World Rugby an “old boys’ club” and questioned the process to select the 2023 World Cup hosts a(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with Japan’s head coach Jamie Joseph  and Scott Johnson, the performance director of Scotland, at the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw  in Kyoto. Photograph: Dave Rogers/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland, Japan . . . Jamie Heaslip punched the air after seeing Ireland’s initial opponents come the 2019 World Cup. “We are happy with it,” said (...)

CJ Stander has been outstanding for Ireland with his powerful running, strong fends and great footwork. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In those beautiful, tingling moments before the team departs the changing-room for the intensity of the warm-up, the emotion levels remain below the r(...)

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