Australia’s Stannard ‘heartbroken’ to miss Games

James Stannard would have been participating in his third Commonwealth Games Australia’s rugby sevens captain James Stannard says he is “heartbroken” to be ruled out of this month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast after being punched outside a kebab shop in Sydney. Stannard sustained a fractured skull in the incident last Friday. A 22-year-old […]

Leinster reach Champions Cup semis with win over holders Saracens

Top seeds Leinster maintained their unbeaten record in this season’s competition Champions Cup Leinster (13) 30 Tries: Ringrose, Leavy, Lowe Cons: Sexton 2, McFadden Pens: Sexton 3 Saracens (12) 19 Tries: Cowan Cons: Farrell Pens: Farrell 3, Bosch Leinster knocked out Champions Cup holders Saracens in Dublin to set up a home semi-final against Scarlets. […]

Munster oust three-time champions Toulon

Andrew Conway scored a 75th-minute try as Munster came from behind to win Champions Cup Munster (10) 20 Tries: Murray, Conway Cons: Keatley 2 Pens: Keatley 2 Toulon (6) 19 Tries: Ashton Cons: Trinh-Duc Pens: Belleau, Trinh-Duc 2 Drop-goal: Belleau Andrew Conway’s late try helped Munster to victory over Toulon at Thomond Park in the […]

Scarlets beat La Rochelle to reach Champions Cup semis

Scarlets are through to their first European Cup semi-final in 11 years Champions Cup Scarlets (12) 29 Tries: Patchell, S Williams Cons: Halfpenny 2 Pens: Halfpenny 5 La Rochelle (10) 17 Tries: Sazy, Boudehent Cons: Bales, Noble Pen: Bales Scarlets reached a first European semi-final since 2007, beating Champions Cup debutants La Rochelle to set […]

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding not guilty of rape

Image copyright PacemakerImage caption Both Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson were found not guilty in unanimous verdicts Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been cleared of rape. They both denied raping the same woman in Mr Jackson’s house in the early hours of 28 June 2016. Blane McIlroy, who was […]

London Irish: Club ‘moving closer’ to London return from Madejski Stadium

London Irish are getting close to returning to London, says the club’s chief executive London Irish are “getting close” to confirming their return to the capital. Chief executive Brian Facer says the club, who are bottom of the Premiership, are looking at “serious alternatives” to Reading’s Madejski Stadium, their home since 2000. A ground-share at […]

Lancaster up there with Schmidt as a coach – Heaslip

Stuart Lancaster joined Leinster in September 2016 Ex-England boss Stuart Lancaster is “up there” as a coach with Grand Slam winner Joe Schmidt, says Ireland and Leinster great Jamie Heaslip. After a dispiriting end to his time in charge of England, Lancaster has been successfully repairing his reputation as senior coach of Pro14 side Leinster. […]