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The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the Champions Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will stage European rugby’s showpiece finals in 2021. Tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) ann(...)

Luke McGrath: “They [Toulouse] have got incredible flair. They’re constantly offloading, so it’s hard to defend.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Leinster v Toulouse Kick off: 3.15pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start fro(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray  is tackled by Tito Tebaldi of Italy during Sunday’s  Six Nations match  at Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster coach Johann van Graan doesn’t expect to have Conor Murray back next weekend in an effort to increase his game time. Murray has been struggli(...)

 Jacob Stockdale: the 21-year-old has scored in every European round so far for Ulster. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With a season-defining Champions Cup game up next, there is no better moment for Ulster to have Jacob Stockdale back on board when they take on Racing(...)

 Munster’s Chris Farrell in action against Connacht. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Chris Farrell has emerged as a major doubt for Ireland’s Grand Slam defence after the Munster centre suffered his latest injury blow in what has been (...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose and Ed Byrne during Friday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby, Aviva Stadium, Kick-off: 5.30pm (On TV: Live on BT Sport) It doesn’t necessarily follow that away wins are the precursor(...)

Munster  head  coach Johann van Graan says he expects a “big battle” against Castres this weekend. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Munster coach Johann van Graan is still searching for his side to produce the perfect 80-minute performance, but he thinks they are on the right track(...)

Referee Andrew Brace shows Ulster’s Matthew Rea the red card against Connacht during the Guinness Pro14 fixture at  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ulster’s Matthew Rea has been banned for four weeks following his red card against Connacht last week and will miss the province’s opening Heineken Ch(...)

The 2020 Champions Cup final is to be held in Marseille. Photograph: Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images

Marseille will host the 2020 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals. The two matches will be played at the Stade de Marseille on May 22nd and(...)

Guinness Pro14 champions Leinster’s first home game is  against the Dragons on Saturday, September 15th. Photograph: Billy  Stickland/Inpho

Leinster will begin the defence of the Guinness Pro14 title against the Cardiff Blues on Friday, August 31st. The champions will take the field in a (...)

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