Mark McCafferty  announces changes to the Super Duper Cup format whereby English and French sides will henceforth have two extra players on the pitch, giving them 17-a-side.

JanuaryLeinster, Munster and Ulster reach knockout stages of the Heineken Cup but are all paired away from home in the quarter-finals. The Welsh regio(...)

Leinster’s Zane Kirchner skips away from a tackle by Northampton Saints’ Ken Pisi during the Heineken Cup win last Saturday. Photograph: Tony marshall/PA Wire

“Kirchner has divided opinion. Does he have the creative qualities to lead a Springbok counter-attack against the Wallabies? Or does his selection at (...)

Brian O’Driscoll is tackled by Sonny Bill Williams during the Test last June. Ireland lost 42-12, one of 12 defeats O’Driscoll has suffered against New Zealand in the Ireland shirt. Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

There are a few itches Brian O’Driscoll hasn’t scratched in the most illustrious Irish rugby career of them all. Not advancing beyond a World Cup quar(...)

Les Kiss: “We definitely need to be aware that they’re a sleeping animal.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Les Kiss is invariably wheeled out for his typically considered thoughts in the week of a Test against his native Australians, but this week his insig(...)

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer.

South Africa averaged almost four tries a game in this year’s Rugby Championship – but Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has demanded that his players ar(...)

All Blacks Kieran Read, Steve Hansen (head coach), Richie McCaw and Sam Whitelock celebrate after their victory over South Africa at Ellis Park Johannesburg on October 5th, 2013. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Ireland have never beaten New Zealand in a test match, they of the haka and famed black kit. What makes the All Blacks different?New Zealand’s record (...)

Warren Gatland. Photograph:   David Davies/PA Wire

Ospreys wing Eli Walker will make his Wales debut in Saturday’s Millennium Stadium clash against South Africa, preferred to Lions’ wing Alex Cuthbert.(...)

Paddy Jackson exudes a maturity in attitude far beyond his 21 years of age. It’s an important psychological tool in surviving the vagaries of professi(...)

Argentina head coach Santiago Phelanhas stepped down after six years in charge.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Santiago Phelan has resigned as Argentina’s coach before a European tour that includes Tests against England, Wales and Italy in November, the Argenti(...)

Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Brian O’Driscoll is in a race to regain fitness for Ireland’s autumn series against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand after being ruled out of Saturda(...)

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