Exeter’s scrum dominance provides unwelcome lift-off for Connacht’s Rodney Ah You at the Sportsground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Connacht’s disappointment in defeat will be tinged with anger and frustration because there was more than a dollop of self-inflicted calamity in their(...)

Connacht tighthead Rodney Ah You is driven upwards by the power of the Exeter scrum during the European Rugby Challenge Cup game at The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Matt Jess of Exeter Chiefs  scores a try during the Heineken Cup Pool Two match against Cardiff Blues at Sandy Park. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

POOL 1Castres OlympiqueBest: semi-finalists 2001-02.ERC European Ranking: 25.HC record: Pl 58, Wins 23, Draws 1, Losses 34.Suffering second season syn(...)

 Ben Foden of Northampton is tackled by Schalk Brits (left) and Charlie Hodgson during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Uncapped Wasps back Elliot Daly has been called into a star-studded Barbarians squad to face England and the British and Irish Lions. Th(...)