British and Irish Lions 2021 tour watch: Max Malins, Zach Mercer, Danny Care impress in Premiership

Ahead of the British and Irish Lions’ Test series vs the Springboks this summer, live on Sky Sports, we look at who is impressing as the window to catch Warren Gatland’s eye gets ever smaller. This week, we look at Bristol’s Max Malins, Bath’s Zach Mercer and Harlequins’ Danny Care By Michael Cantillon Last Updated: …

Ireland scrum-half Kathryn Dane targeting France upset in Six Nations

Ireland take on France in their round 3 Women’s Six Nations clash at Energia Park on Saturday By Andy Baber Last Updated: 15/04/21 4:12pm Kathryn Dane in action for Ireland A horses for courses approach to the half-back pairing could be the key to bringing the best out of Ireland going forward, according to scrum-half …

Jack Conan, Hugo Keenan and Scott Penny sign new Leinster contracts

Ireland internationals Jack Conan and Hugo Keenan commit futures to Leinster along with back row Scott Penny; fly-half David Hawkshaw signs first senior contract; Leinster face La Rochelle in Heineken Champions Cup semi-final on May 2 Last Updated: 14/04/21 8:58pm Hugo Keenan was an ever-present at full-back for Ireland during the Six Nations Jack Conan, …

Simon Zebo: Ireland international to rejoin Munster on one-year deal

Simon Zebo will leave Racing 92 to rejoin Munster at the end of the season; the 31-year-old scored a club record 60 tries in 144 appearances for Munster; Zebo’s return will make him eligible for Ireland selection Last Updated: 14/04/21 3:34pm Simon Zebo is returning to Ireland after three seasons with Racing 92 Munster’s all-time …

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 …