Leinster’s Ian Madigan is a player who has thrived on the game time offered by the Pro12. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On a superficial level no makeover is going to redefine the image of the RaboDirect Pro12 tournament in the European club rugby community. The Heineke(...)

Leinster’s Darragh Fanning who starts against the Scarlets this evening. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Some times the picture is clearer knowing who is not playing. Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip, Ian Madigan, Rob Kearney, Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy a(...)

 ERC Chairman Jean-Pierre Lux. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England, Scotland and Wales have submitted bid proposals to host the 2014 European Club Rugby finals next May according to European Rugby Cup ERC. F(...)

At the recent Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup Pool Draws at the Aviva Stadium ERC chairman Jean-Pierre Lux (left) and chief executive Derek McGrath. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

ERC has confirmed that the Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup fi(...)

Toulon’s Jonny Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup with Joe van Niekerk at the Aviva Stasdium.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster, Munster and Ulster will avoid the big three French sides in the pool stages of the Heineken Cup next season after the ERC confirmed the t(...)

One for the road: Leinster back Isa Nacewa, coach Joe Schmidt and outhalf Jonathan Sexton with the silverware they won in their final game for the province last night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt cut a relaxed figure after his Leinster team ended their run of three straight league final defeats with a 24-18 RaboDirect PRO12 f(...)

Jamie Heaslip: Hopes to send his departing Leinster colleagues away on a high. Photogrpah: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Too cool for school maybe, but Jamie Heaslip cares profoundly about his profession. He’s certainly no rugby nerd, by his own admission, and is (...)

Samoan utility back James So’oialo has signed for Connacht. Photograph: Getty Images

Connacht have completed the signing of Samoa international James So’oialo. The utility back, the younger brother of former All Black Rod(...)

Clermont supporters in Temple Bar, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator

There was a palpable sense of disappointment among Irish rugby fans when Munster fell agonisingly short at the semi-final stage and ensured the(...)

There is warranted worldwide regard for Sergio Parisse. When he carries the ball there is an aura around him.

If Glasgow were arguably the better side last weekend in being defeated by Leinster then Perpignan falling to Stade Francais in Stade Aimé Gira(...)

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