Munster head coach Anthony Foley Mandatory preparing his players before the match against Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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 Simon Shaw and  Scott Quinnell conduct the draw for the European Rugby Champions Cup in Neuchatel, Switzerland yesterday. Photograph:  Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images.

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The draws for the  European Rugby Champions Cup and   Challenge Cup Pool Draws took place in Neuchatel. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster, beaten quarter-finalists last season and beaten finalists in 2011, have been handed a brutal draw in the newly styled Rugby Champions Cup pool(...)

Brian O’Driscoll at the Leinster press conference prior to the clash with Edinburgh: “To have managed to win some of those trophies along the way and put Leinster out there and onto a little bit of a pedestal in European and maybe world rugby at club level, it is special to know that I was part of that.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 1:25

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 British and Irish Lions’ Brian O’Driscoll makes his way down the tunnel after the First Test.  Lions head coach Warren Gatland has sprung one of the great surprises in the tourists’ history by dropping  O’Driscoll for the  series decider against Australia.

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Australian Wallabies captain James Horwill  and prop Sekope Kepu show how much victory meant against  the British and Irish Lions . Photograph:  William West/AFP/Getty Images

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Australia’s Kurtley Beale slips as he takes a penalty that would have won his team the match while Lions players look on. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No more than the viewers, down under and up above, Miles Harrison could hardly breathe, the tension of it all very nearly rendering Stuart Barnes inau(...)