Dave Kearney of Leinser dives over to score a try that was subsequently disallowed. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Leinster 50 Northampton Saints 21 A facile triumph, the foundations of which were laid with a brisk opening salvo and then followed by intermittent e(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: ‘In certain circumstances, a losing bonus point is not the end of the world.’ Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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 Saracens’ celebrate with the trophy after beating Leinster in last year’s final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

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The Ireland and New Zealand encounters define the Joe Schmidt era.

Joe Schmidt’s decade in Ireland has yielded unprecedented success ever since Johnny Sexton orchestrated Leinster’s miracle revival against Northampton(...)

Russia captain Vasily Artemyev (right) celebreates with team-mate  Kirill Golosnitskiy after the winger scored his side’s first try in the  Rugby World Cup  Group A game against  hosts Japan  at the Tokyo Stadium in the opening game of the competition. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

March 17th, 2006: Rock and a hard wind decisive (follow link for match report) Blackrock College 14 St Michael’s College 12 ‘Lansdowne Road is a(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best leaves the field to a thunderous ovation after the game against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 On the proviso that Keith Earls’s quadricep injury is as insignificant as initially presumed – and hence, miracle of miracles, no(...)

 Tadhg Furlong scores his side’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 Top of the world ma. Not perfect, but much more like it. Far from derailed, Ireland duly completed a deserved double over Wales w(...)

London Irish chief executive Brian Facer: ‘The most important thing for any rugby club is to succeed on the pitch.’ Photograph: Lee Christiansen

There’s commitment, and then there’s Brian Facer’s level of commitment. The chief executive of London Irish rugby club since late 2017, Facer commutes(...)

Shazam! seems part of a course correction toward more light-hearted, audience-friendly movies

With one Captain Marvel already flying high on the silver screen, Brie Larson’s character is about to be joined in cinemas by the first hero to bear t(...)

Rob Kearney returns after missing the win over France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cardiff knows how to throw a party at the best of times and all the more so if it is to coronate a cherished Grand Slam, as any Irish person who was i(...)

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