The Pro14 trophy outside Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All you need to know ahead of the final game of the season at Glasgow’s Celtc Park

CJ Stander provided physicality for Munster on a day they were outgunned by Leinster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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Joey Carbery faces his old teammates on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All you need to know ahead of the Pro14 semis including Ulster’s trip to play Glasgow

Ireland defender Richard Keogh celebrates Derby’s win over Leeds with Jack Marriott. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

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Alex Bjork of Sweden plays a shot on the 18th hole during a practice round prior to the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course in Bethpage, New York. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The second Major of the year gets underway at Bethpage Black in New York on Thursday

Saracens celebrate their Champions Cup victory over Leinster. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

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Vincent Kompany lifts the Premier League trophy after Man City’s 4-1 win at Brighton. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

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Saracens celebrate their win over Leinster in Newcastle. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

There’s plenty of praise for Saracens’ power game as number eight steals the headlines

Billy Vunipola carries during Saracens’ final win over Leinster. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Patrick Madden runs the rule over the European champions after their final victory

Johnny Sexton trains ahead of Leinster’s Heineken Cup final clash with Saracens. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

All you need to know as Leinster bid for a fifth European Cup crown in Newcastle

Lionel Messi curls in Barcelona’s third against Liverpool. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

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Daley Blind celebrates Ajax’s first leg win over Tottenham in London. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is already signed up to play in the Euro T20 Slam. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

New tournament will take place in Dublin, Edinburgh and Amsterdam

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag ahead of his side’s clash with Spurs in London. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty

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Burnley goalkeepr Tom Heaton reacts after Sergio Aguero scored Manchester City’s winner at Turf Moor. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

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Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history for Southampton at Watford. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

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Rory McIlroy opened with a 73 at Augusta. Photograph: Kevin C Cox/Getty

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Tottenham celebrate Son’s winner against Manchester City. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

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Runners and riders jump Canal Turn on the first time of asking during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Tiger Roll the hot favourite to retain crown in the world’s most famous steeplechase

Tottenham Hostpur beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at the fist game in their new stadium. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

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Ashley Young was sent off during Manchester United’s defeat to Wolves. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

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Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal’s opener against Newcastle. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

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Aiden O’Shea celebrates Mayo’s victory over Kerry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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Antoine Dupont scores a try for Toulouse during their win over Racing 92. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

Munster face a daunting trip to Saracens as defending champions face familiar foes

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Ross Byrne in training ahead of the Champions Cup quarter-final meeting with Ulster. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

All you need to know ahead of an all-Irish derby in Dublin for a semi-final place

Munster’s Joey Carbery with head coach Johann van Graan during training ahead of their Champions Cup quarter-final meeting with Edinburgh. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All you need to know ahead of the first quarter-final of Champions Cup weekend

Ole Gunnar Solskjær walks next to the pitch at Old Trafford after being announced as the new manager of Manchester United on Thursday. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

The Norwegian is well aware that the real work only starts now after his appointment

Bundee Aki returns for Connacht against Sale. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht travel to play Sale Sharks on Friday as they bid for a place in the last four

Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal during training ahead of the Champions Cup quarter-final clash against Edinburgh in Murrayfield. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster, Leinster and Ulster are all bidding for a place in the semi-finals this weekend

David McGoldrick was named man of the match during Ireland’s win over Georgia. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Patrick Madden runs the rule over McCarthy’s side after their narrow win in Dublin

David McGoldrick challenges Gibraltar’s  Louie Annesley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We run the rule over Mick McCarthy’s men as they grind their way to a winning start

Gibraltar train at the Victoria Stadium ahead of their clash with Ireland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The second coming of Mick McCarthy begins at the 2,300 capacity Victoria Stadium

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones faces the media during Wales training ahead of the Guinness Six Nations match against Ireland in Cardiff, Wales. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Patrick Madden looks at Warren Gatland’s 15 who are looking to complete a Grand Slam

Tadhg Beirne will make his Six Nations debut against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Patrick Madden looks at Joe Schmidt’s final Irish Six Nations selection

Joe Schmidt is going into his final Six Nations match as Ireland coach. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Schmidt and Gatland say their Six Nations farewells on the final weekend in Cardiff

Jamie Codd celebrates Champion Bumper victory on Envoi Allen. Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

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Altior will defend his Champion Chase crown on Wednesday. Photograph: Julian Herbert/PA

All you need to know with Altior primed for Champion Chase glory on Wednesday

Jamie Codd and Gordon Elliott at Cheltenham on Wednesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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Johnny Sexton in the gym ahead of  Ireland’s clash with Wales. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Three sides are chasing the Championship title with Wales bidding for the Grand Slam

Apple’s Jade (right) on the gallops ahead of Champion Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

All you need to know ahead of opening day of racing’s biggest festival at Prestbury Park

Warren Gatland’s Wales are in pole position heading into the final weekend. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA

Ireland remain in the hunt but Wales or England the look more likely title winners

Laurina flies the flag for Willie Mullins in Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Where to watch, who to back and what to look out at Prestbury Park this week

France’s Maxime Medard claps the Ireland players after the pitch following their Six Nations loss to Ireland. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

French media were negative in their assessments of national side

Garry Ringrose returns to the Ireland midfield to play France on Sunday after missing the games in Edinburgh and Rome through injury. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Patrick Madden looks at the starting XV to challenge Les Bleus on Sunday

The Ireland squad during a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland aiming for three wins in a row as the travelling French look to spring an upset

France outhalf Romain Ntamack goes in for his side’s  first try during the Six Nations match at the Stade De France. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire

Patrick Madden profiles France as they go unchanged for the first time since 2012

Garry Ringrose could return to the Ireland midfield for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against France at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland face a rejuvenated French side at the Aviva on Sunday as Wales head to Murrayfield and England host Italy

Ashley Young celebrates Manchester United’s third against Crystal Palace. Photograph: Ian Walton/Reuters

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Shane Duffy can’t stop Jamie Vardy scoring during Leicester’s win over Brighton. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty

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Braam Streyn moves to number eight in place of the injured Sergio Parisse. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Patrick Madden profiles Conor O’Shea’s starting XV for the Rome game

Dave Kilcoyne and Ultan Dillane will both start in the Ireland pack for Sunday’s Six Nations match against Italy in Rome. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has made four changes to his starting XV for Sunday’s game in Rome

Quinn Roux, Cian Healy, Jack Conan, Jordi Murphy and Jacob Stockdale during Ireland training ahead of the Six Nations clash with Italy. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Visitors are favourites to pick up second win but Italy know how to spring a surprise

Joey Carbery impressed when he replaced Johnny Sexton during Ireland’s win over Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/InphoI

Wales and England meet in a mammoth clash with Ireland travelling to play Italy

Paul Poga and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrate after Manchester United’s win over Chelsea in the FA Cup. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty

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Tiger Roll and Keith Donoghue cross the line to take the Boyne Hurdle at Navan. Photograph: Peter Mooney/Inpho

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. It is one of the biggest indictments of Mourinho and his tenure that supporters and pundits were starting to question whether Rashford was really that good.  Photograph: Getty Images

Pair are arguably the world’s most exciting young strikers

A dejected Finn Russell after Scotland’s defeat to Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Regrets? Scotland will have a few after Joe Schmidt’s side are victorious at Murrayfield

Ireland players look on during their opening round loss to England in 2000. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Schmidt’s side head to Edinburgh needing a response after their opening loss to England

Rob Kearney returns to the Irish backline alongside Jacob Stockdale. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Patrick Madden looks at Joe Schmidt’s XV looking to bounce back in Edinburgh

Stuart Hogg scored a brace of tries when Scotland beat Ireland at Murrayfield in 2017. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA

A look at Gregor Townsend’s side bidding for a second Championship win

Chris Farrell is set to start for Ireland against England at Murrayfield on Saturday. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Schmidt’s side look to bounce back against Rugby World Cup rivals at Murrayfield

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are looking to bounce back against Scotland in Edinburgh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland are looking to dust themselves down as Wales and England aim for a second win

Manu Tuilagi celebrates Henry Slade’s first try against Ireland. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Manu Tuilagi enjoys a fine return as Ireland’s status as world number two is questioned

Manu Tuilagi will start a Test match for the first time since June 2014 against Ireland. Photograph:  Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Patrick Madden looks at the England side looking to derail Ireland

The Ireland team to play England pictured after  the Captain’s Run at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Patrick Madden looks at Joe Schmidt’s starting XV to take on England

Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack could be set for his international breakthrough. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Les Bleus endured a torrid 2018 but can call on exciting crop of junior world champions

Wales coach Warren Gatland with captain Alun Wyn Jones. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty

Welsh now have the strength-in-depth to cope with usual volume of frontline injuries

Huw Jones in action at the Aviva Stadium during the 2018 Six Nations. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gregor Townsend’s side possess a frightening backline but have injuries up front

The six captains at the Six Nations launch. Photograph: John Walton/PA(

Ireland are bidding to defend their crown in one of the most anticipated renewals ever

Manchester United dropped the first points of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as they drew 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

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Italy boss Conor O’Shea and his captain Sergio Parisse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Conor O’Shea has blooded some exciting youth but Matteo Minozzi absence is cruel

Non-League Barnet earned a 3-3 draw with Championship side Brentford in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Photograph: John Walton/PA

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Owen Farrell will captain England for their Six Nations opener against Ireland, fitness providing. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Billy Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi return but Eddie Jones must decide on a settled team

Tempers flare during Limerick’s league win over Wexford. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

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Tadhg Furlong celebrates after Ireland’s victory over the All Blacks. Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Schmidt bidding for a fourth championship as the likes of Furlong continue to thrive

Presentin Percy (R) made a winning return to action at Gowran Park. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

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Oliver Burke scored twice on his Celtic debut against St Mirren. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

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Jacob Stockdale has scored 12 tries in 13 Test match appearances. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

It’s time to test your mettle and select a side to challenge ahead of the 2019 Six Nations

Richard Keogh and Derby County celebrate his winning penalty against Southampton. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

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Tom Farrell offloads during Connacht’s defeat to Munster. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has handed a trio of Connacht backs their first international call-ups

Joey Carbery inspired Munster to a comprehensive win over Gloucester at Kingsholm. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All four provinces can reach European quarter-finals with victory this weekend

Jacob Stockdale’s brace of tries helped Ulster to a famous win over Racing 92. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Patrick Madden gets his calculator out to work out the latest pool stage permutations

Danny Cipriani is back in the Gloucester team to face Munster on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

It is rare that the maverick English outhalf is ever judged on his rugby alone

The Heineken Cup trophy at St James’ Park, where the final will be held in May. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The story so far and the state of play ahead of this weekend’s crucial round of fixtures

Leroy Sane scores Man City’s winner against Liverpool. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer salutes the travelling Manchester United fans after his side’s 2-0 win away to Newcastle. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

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United fans watch on during the 2-1 defeat to Valencia at the Mestalla. Photo: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

Gutless football on the pitch had led to grim acceptance of United’s fate in the stands

Mullinalaghta’s Shane Mulligan lifts the trophy after his side’s Leinster club SFC final victory over Kilmacud Crokes. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

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Jacob Stockdale starts for Ulster against the Scarlets on Friday night. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

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Mick McCarthy and John Delaney at the Euro 2020 qualifier draw. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

McCarthy’s side will renew rivalries with Denmark while the Swiss are top seeds

The rescheduled Copa Libertadores final will be held at the Bernabéu. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Getty

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Martin O’Neill’s five-year Ireland tenure is over. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA

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Martin O’Neill during Ireland’s 4-1 defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

During final 12 months of manager’s tenure Ireland managed just a single friendly win

Robbie Brady celebrates his later winner against Italy in Lille. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

O’Neill’s five-year tenure reached dizzying heights before reaching an ignominious end

Gordon D’Arcy says James Ryan played more like an All Blacks lock than Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock did. Photograph: Garry Carr/Inpho

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Andrew Porter, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan celebrate after Ireland’s win over the All Blacks. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

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Bundee Aki hugs Tadhg Furlong after Ireland’s win over the All Blacks. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

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Josh van der Flier celebrates Ireland’s win over the All Blacks with Tadhg Furlong and CJ Stander. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Saturday’s famous win over the All Blacks in Dublin will reverberate around the world

Bundee Aki celebrates Ireland’s 16-9 in over New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s ‘ruthless cyborgs’ land the latest blow in modern rugby’s great rivalry

New Zealand players stand dejected at the end of the game. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Little or nothing between the teams in the statistics with Stockdale’s try proving key

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