Warren Gatland: Lions coach calls for ‘common sense’ over release of Premiership players

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says no progress has been made with Premiership Rugby in releasing players early; the Lions face Japan at Murrayfield on the same weekend as the Premiership final By PA Media Last Updated: 13/04/21 10:59pm 4:04 Warren Gatland revealed his thoughts on his coaching staff for the British …

Warren Gatland: British and Irish Lions coach says Steve Tandy’s legs were shaking when asked to join South Africa tour

Gregor Townsend and Steve Tandy will take care of attack and defence respectively; Robin McBryde in charge of forwards; Neil Jenkins is kicking coach for fourth consecutive tour; Warren Gatland did not rule out Andy Farrell potentially joining after the tour has started By Gail Davis and Keith Moore Last Updated: 13/04/21 6:24pm Steve Tandy …

Gregor Townsend to be British & Irish Lions attack coach for South Africa tour

Scotland’s Gregor Townsend to coach British & Irish Lions’ attack in Test series against South Africa; Lions head coach Warren Gatland to name his assistant coaches on Tuesday Last Updated: 11/04/21 12:33pm Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend will coach the British & Irish Lions’ attack against South Africa Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend will be …

European Challenge Cup: Leicester Tigers, Ulster and Montpellier into semi-finals

Leicester, Ulster and Montpellier join Bath in the semi-finals of this year’s competition; the Tigers beat Newcastle Falcons, while Ulster won away to Northampton Saints and Montpellier defeated Benetton Last Updated: 10/04/21 11:45pm Harry Potter’s magic helped Leicester into the semi-finals We round up all of Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final action, which saw Leicester, Ulster …

Heineken Champions Cup: Bordeaux-Begles tackle Racing 92 and Clermont Auvergne host Toulouse in Sunday’s quarter-finals

Alivereti Raka starts on the left wing for Clermont against Toulouse Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup action is all-French as Bordeaux-Begles tackle Racing 92 and Clermont Auvergne host Toulouse… Jalibert is Bordeaux’s miracle man Bordeaux-Begles are in the European Cup quarter-finals for the first time ever, and they largely have Matthieu Jalibert to thank for it. …

Rob Baxter: Exeter Chiefs boss plays down Leinster pedigree ahead of Champions Cup quarter-final

Exeter Chiefs face four-time European champions Leinster in Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final; Leinster have won all four previous meetings against Exeter; Rob Baxter insists history only has limited meaning By PA Media Last Updated: 07/04/21 9:52pm Rob Baxter led Exeter to a Premiership and Champions Cup double last season Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter …

Folau Fakatava: Highlanders scrum-half out for up to a year after sustaining a knee injury against Crusaders.

Fakatava will need an operation and a rehabilitation period of up to 12 months; last month the 21-year-old signed a new deal with the Highlanders until 2023; Tony Brown: “He’s been playing outstanding rugby this season and he must have been in consideration for the All Blacks” By Reuters Last Updated: 07/04/21 9:09am Folau Fakatava …

Challenge Cup round-up: wins for Newcastle, Northampton and Leicester

Premiership sides Newcastle, Northampton and Leicester all reach Challenge Cup quarter-finals Last Updated: 03/04/21 11:43pm Sean Robinson scores for Newcastle Newcastle recovered from 14-0 down to claim their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup with a thrilling 28-24 defeat of Ospreys. Ospreys, boosted by the return of six Wales internationals for the …

Rob Baxter warns Leinster to expect an improved Exeter in Champions Cup showdown

Defending champions Exeter shook of their early nerves to comprehensively beat Lyon and advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup Last Updated: 03/04/21 9:29pm Rob Baxter warned Leinster ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final that Exeter have blown away the cobwebs with a 47-25 victory over Lyon. The Chiefs fell 14-0 down after …

Challenge Cup round-up: London Irish beat Cardiff Blues at the death thanks to Curtis Rona try

London Irish score a flurry of late tries to beat Cardiff Blues, with Curtis Rona going over for the winner; Irish will face Bath in the quarter-finals after Stuart Hooper’s side survived a scare against Zebre; Glasgow knocked out by Montpellier as Warriors rue lack of tries By PA Media Last Updated: 02/04/21 10:51pm Nick …