Ireland

Scampering to a final: Knock-on aside, Kahn Fotuali'i punished Harlequins in the Amlin semi-final

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Stunning Sarries There were so many outstanding performers in the Saracens ranks on Saturday, when they shocked the rugby world with an extraordinary 46-6 win over Clermont Auvergne,…

Just (ten) grand! David Lemi celebrates as he scores the Premiership's 10,000th try

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Golden Oldie Branded “too old” and “past his sell-by date” by Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards last month, David Lemi carried on proving Richards and any other doubters…

Winning away from the drama: Toulon won last year's Heineken Cup. Next year it will be the ERCC

Agreement reached over future of European rugby

After nigh on two-years of an increasingly rancorous power-struggle between the clubs, Unions and broadcasters, the new make-up of European rugby has been agreed. With the Heads of Agreement now…

Jared Payne Jerome Garces

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Gutsy Garces The moment Jared Payne sent an airborne Alex Goode crashing to the turf during the fourth minute of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Ulster and…

Paul O'Connell

Heineken Cup quarter-final previews

Rugby World columnist Stephen Jones looks ahead to this weekend's four Heineken Cup quarter-finals – and makes his predictions…

Super Rugby Rd 4 - Crusaders v Stormers

Comeback kids: Burger, Kaino and Ferris

We are spoiled for young back-row talent across the world right now. Billy Vunipola was phenomenal in the early part of the Six Nations. Australian Michael Hooper has terrorised breakdowns…

Mike Phillips

Six Nations: The RW Awards

Award for ‘angering millions of teenage girls’: Mike Phillips Mike Phillips has had an interesting year. Sacked from Bayonne for allegedly turning up to training under the influence, he switched…

Andrew Trimble

Round 5: Six Nations Team of the Weekend

Mike Brown’s remarkable consistency continued in Rome, but the Scarlets' bomb-diffuser supreme was brilliant against Scotland and demonstrated that Wales have more than one rapier full-back. In the right place…

Patience pays: Trimble has had ups and downs in the Irish jersey

Ireland: Five things we learned v France

By Claire Glancy  “Get bitter or get better” Andrew Trimble has had more heartaches than highs since making his Ireland debut in 2005. He has won 55 caps since then…