Edinson Cavani scored a brace as Manchester United secured safe passage into the Europa League final. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Getty/AFP

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Williams plays a shot. Photo: Zac Goodwin - Pool/Getty Images

Fans in the UK are returning to events under a world leading pilot scheme

Ireland’s summer tour of July has been cancelled. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side were due to play three Test matches against Pacific Island side in July

Manchester City fans during the League Cup final at Wembley. Photograph: Carl Recine/Getty/AFP

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Chelsea fans protest against the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night ahead of their game against Brighton. Photograph: Rob Pinney/Getty

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Justin Rose celebrates with his caddie David Clark after his opening round of 65 in the US Masters. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty

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Beibhinn Parsons trains ahead of Ireland’s return to action on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland are set to play just their second Test match in over a year in Cardiff on Saturday

Robbie Henshaw is integral to Leinster’s hopes of beating Exeter on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The four-time winners travel to play the holders with Ulster also in European action

A view of the 12th green ahead of the start of the 2021 US Masters. Photograph: Jared C Tilton/Getty

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Zinedine Zidane celebrates with Vinicius Junior after Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool. Photograph: Kiko Huesca/EPA

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Leinster are hoping Johnny Sexton will be fit for their Champions Cup last-16 clash with Toulon. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster get the action underway on Friday night against Toulon at the RDS

Stephen Kenny’s Ireland face Qatar in a friendly in Hungary on Tuesday night. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Callum Robinson created Ireland’s opening goal against Serbia. Photograph: Nikola Krstic/Inpho

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s side after their defeat in Belgrade

Robbie Henshaw has been arguably Ireland’s player of the Championship. Photograph:Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wales are chasing the Grand Slam in Paris as Andy Farrell’s side look to finish with a bang

The 2021 Six Nations Championship will be decided this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy try to avoid worst ever season as Ireland and England audition for the Lions squad

Appreciate It could get the ball rolling for the Irish in the opening race of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. Photograph: Francesca Altoft/Inpho

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Honeysuckle on her way to the gallops at Cheltenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

There might be smaller fields and no crowds but the sport remains pure in the Cotswolds

Johnny Sexton takes Ireland’s late winning penalty against Scotland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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Elliot Daly has been dropped for England’s clash with France. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/PA

Louis Rees-Zammit’s sleepless nights; when Wales ended the Grand Slam wait in 2005

James Ryan leaves the field to take a HIA during the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Momentum with Wales . . . Ireland’s long shot at title glory . . . . On this day in 2006

Jacob Stockdale and Iain Henderson during an Ireland training session at Carton House on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster secondrow knows route to success starts with overpowering Scots up front

James Ryan is unbeaten in five matches against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side travel to Murrayfield as they look to build on victory over Italy

Robert Baloucoune starts for Ulster against Leinster on Saturday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dan McFarland’s side need a victory to keep their hopes of a Pro14 final place realistic

Liverpool fell to a club record fifth-consecutive home defeat on Thursday night. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/EPA

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The first tranche of tickets for the 2023 Rugby World Cup go on sale on March 15th. Photograph: Aurelien Meunier/Getty/Inpho

Attending all four of Ireland’s group games in France could cost up to €750

Joey Carbery is named on the Munster bench again for Friday’s clash with Connacht. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Craig Casey returns to the provincial fold while Bundee Aki starts for the visitors

Bruno Fernandes looks dejected after Manchester United’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/PA

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The Noveau Stade de Bordeaux where Ireland will play their first pool match in the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

Andy Farrell’s team will face two qualifiers in their opening two matches

Jonathan Davies returns for Wales against England on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Centre’s return could be key as North wins cap 100; one day at a time for Dave Kilcoyne

Tadhg Furlong returns to Ireland’s starting XV against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side face a must-win in Rome, France’s clash with Scotland is postponed

James Ryan in action during the Ireland training session at the IRFU High Performance Centre in  Blanchardstown. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Townsend gets wish; Gloucester match-up to savour; By the numbers; Word of mouth

Serena Williams was beaten in straight sets by Naomi Osaka. Photograph: Andy Brownbill/AP

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Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring PSG’s fourth against Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Gene/Getty/AFP

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Naomi Osaka is through to the last-four of the Australian Open. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

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Antoine Dupont stretches to charge down Jamison Gibson-Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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Tadhg Furlong messes around with a football during Ireland training on Wednesday. Photo: IRFU/Inpho

All you need to know as Andy Farrell’s side look to respond to last weekend’s loss

Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady celebrate Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl victory. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty

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The Six Nations captains pictures over a video chat. Photograph: Inpho

Farrell’s side travel to Cardiff as things get underway behind closed doors this weekend

Scott McTominay celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s sixth against Southampton. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/PA

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Antoine Dupont is a standout talent in an impressive young French squad. Photo: Dave Winter/Inpho

Fabien Galthié has a young and potentially generation-defining squad at his disposal

Maro Itoje will head into the Six Nations on the back of a lengthy break. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/Inpho

Preparation hasn’t been ideal but Eddie Jones has plenty of winners at his disposal

Franco Smith is without a win after mroe than a year in charge of Italy. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Azzuri are without a Championship win since 2015 - it’s hard to see that run ending

Wayne Pivac endured a tough first year as Wales head coach. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

Last year’s results were so poor that a big improvement this term seems inevitable

Bukayo Saka scores Arsenal’s second against Southampton. Photograph: Frank Augstein/PA

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Finn Russell is back in action for Scotland. Photograph: Rogan Thomson/Inpho

Return of outhalf a big boost as Townsend’s side look to break through glass ceiling

Caelan Doris has become a starter in the Irish backrow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A blend of youth and experience with a dash of Paul O’Connell could spark a title charge

Mikel Arteta looks frustrated during Arsenal’s draw with Crystal Palace. Photograph: Neil Hall/Getty/AFP

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Mark Noble slides to tackle Liam Hogan during West Ham’s win over Stockport County. Photograph: Martin Rickett/Getty/AFP

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Carlos Vinícius scored a hat-trick as Tottenham beat Marine 5-0. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/PA

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Peter O’Mahony captains Munster against Connacht on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Andy Friend makes four changes as Stander, Murray and O’Mahony return for visitors

Johnny Sexton is fit to lead Leinster against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Jordan Larmour returns for Leinster against Ulster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jordan Larmour returns as Leo Cullen picks a strong side for visit of Conference leaders

Fernandinho scores Manchester City’s second against United. Photograph: Peter Powell/PA

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Danny Ings scores Southampton’s winner against Liverpool. Photograph: Naomi Baker/PA

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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea were beaten 3-0 at home by Manchester City. Photograph: Andy Rain/PA

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Dundalk and Arsenal players hold a minute’s silence for Paolo Rossi at an empty Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir’s players take a knee before the resumption of their Champions League clash on Wednesday. Photograph: Xavier Laine/EPA

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 Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United are out of the Champions League. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

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Danny Ings scores Southampton’s winner against Brighton from the penalty spot. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/Getty/AFP

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Racing was called off at Punchestown on Sunday due to fog. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

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2,000 fans were present for Arsenal’s win over Rapid Vienna on Thursday night. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

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Ireland will take on Scotland at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday. Photo: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Andy Farrell’s side look to finish a difficult year with a bang at the Aviva Stadium

Edinson Cavani’s brace saw Manchester United come from behind to beat Southampton. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/PA

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James Ryan captains Ireland against Georgia. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side look to bounce back from their defeat to England at the Aviva Stadium

Thursday’s front page of L’Equipe. Photograph: L’Equipe/Twitter

Across Europe the press have paid tribute to a cultural icon who transcended his sport

Diego Maradona has died ahed 60. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

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Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring Manchester United’s opener with Marcus Rashford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty/AFP

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Robbie Brady was injured during Burnley’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

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Colin O’Riordan celebrates after Tipperary’s win over Cork. Photograph: Laszlo Gecko/Inpho

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James Ryan will captain Ireland against England on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Everything you need to know as Andy Farrell’s side face a daunting trip to London

Robbie Brady hits the bar against Bulgaria. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s side as they draw another blank

Jeff Hendrick was sent off for a late challenge on Tyler Roberts. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s side as they are beaten in Cardiff

The  empty stadium as England’s Mason Mount prepares to take a corner during the international friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium, London.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Without the lifeblood of fans, famous venue is eerily silent and Wembley Way lies dormant

Exeter Chiefs are the defending European champions. Photograph: Inpho

The four provinces will play four pool games each under tournament’s new format

The Ireland team lines up ahead of the international friendly against England at Wembley. Photo Carl Recine/AFP via Getty Images

Patrick Madden runs the rule over Stephen Kenny’s defeated team after a difficult night

Andy Farrell’s Ireland begin their Autumn Nations Cup campaign against Wales on Friday night. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All you need to know as new tournament gets underway at Aviva Stadium on Friday night

Shelbourne’s Gary Deegan is sent off during his side’s defeat to Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Mark Keane was the match winner for Cork against Kerry. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

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Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring his 100th Real Madrid goal, in a 3-2 win over Internazionale. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/Getty/AFP

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Travelling foreman Mark Power washes down Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty

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Hugh McFadden celebrates Donegal’s win over Tyrone in Ballybofey. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

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The Ireland pack train ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Paris. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side are the only one with fate in their own hands ahead of the final round

Johnny Sexton will look to orchestrate a famous Irish win in the Stade de France on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saturday night’s Halloween thriller will see 2020 Championship reach a conclusion

Fabinho was forced off injured during Liverpool’s Champions League win over FC Midtjylland. Photograph: Michael Regan/EPA

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France’s Teddy Thomas has been ruled out of Saturday’s clash with Ireland. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Getty/AFP

Racing 92 winger injured a hamstring during last weekend’s win over Wales in Paris

Son celebrates his winner for Spurs against Burnley with Harry Kane. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Getty/AFP

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Tiger Roll returns to action on the flat at Navan today. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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The Republic of Ireland’s Marc Wilson with England debutant Jamie Vardy during the 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium in June, 2015. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

There have been four draws between the sides in last 30 years, with one game abandoned

Andy Farrell’s Ireland resume their Six Nations campaign at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andy Farrell’s side return to action in Dublin as they look to stay in the hunt for the title

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring Manchester United’s winner against PSG. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

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Kylian Mbappe’s PSG take on Manchester United on Tuesday night. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

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Rory McIlroy opened with a 73 at Shadow Creek. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty

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Aaron Connolly pictured during Ireland training on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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Liverpool were beaten 7-2 at Villla Park. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

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Juan Mata was named man of the match in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Brighton. Photograph: Andy Rain/PA

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Dundalk manager Filippo Giovagnoli. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Filippo Giovagnoli’s Lilywhites take on Faroese champions for a place in group stages

Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard in conversation on the touchline during Tottenham’s shootout win over Chelsea. Photograph: Neil Hall/PA

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Dundalk celebrate their penalty shootout win over Sheriff Tiraspol. Photograph:  Alex Nicodim/Sportsfile

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Shane Lowry is the star name in the field at the Irish Open this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

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Aaron Green’s son, Jack, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s jersey after AC Milan’s win over Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

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