Scrumhalf Peter Stringer scores one of Bath’s seven tries  despite the tackle of Leicester’s Tommy Bell during their Aviva Premiership semi-final at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Bath captain Stuart Hooper has hailed the club’s mercurial midfield trio as they put on another masterful display which puts the team one win away fro(...)

Jamie Heaslip has been shortlisted for the European Player of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster skipper Jamie Heaslip has been shortlisted for the EPCR European Player of the year award. Number eight Heaslip is one of five nominee(...)

Back in harness: the return of Jonathan Sexton (centre, against Bayonne) to the European Champions Cup  should strengthen Racing Metro in Sunday’s quarter-final. Photograph: Iroziroz Gaizka/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a little surprising to be reminded that this is actually a meeting of the first and eighth seeds in the Champions Cup, with Racing advancing to (...)

Owen Farrell of Saracens is hauled down by Julien Bardy of Clermont during the Champions Cup Pool 1 match at Stade Marcel Michelin yesterday. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Owen Farrell gave Stuart Lancaster an injury scare on the eve of England’s Six Nations get-together as he hobbled off in the first half of Saracens’ d(...)

 Munster head coach Anthony Foley after the 33-10 Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

A downbeat Anthony Foley could scarcely conceal his acute disappointment over Munster’s emphatic exit from the Champions Cup, thanks to a 33-10 defea(...)

 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens. Vunipola will be one of Munster’s main challenges when they face Saracens at Allianz Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“They are demanding . . . not necessarily demanding of the finest rugby skills but they are demanding of passion . . . They want to see you wear your (...)

Conor Murray: neck injury means he will miss Munster’s final two pool games in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Conor Murray has been ruled out of Munster’s two concluding European Champions Cup pool games, away to Saracens tomorrow and at home to Sale on Sunda(...)

Defeat for Munster on Saturday could mark the end of Paul O’Connell’s final European campaign. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The nearer Munster’s day of reckoning looms the starker their plight becomes. Defeat on Saturday to last season’s beaten Heineken Cup finalists Sarac(...)

Saracens secondrow George Kruis will miss the visit of Munster this weekend after he was banned for three weeks for a tip tackle. (Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The Saracens forward George Kruis will be available for England’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff after he escaped with a three-week suspe(...)