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Caelan Doris in action during Leinster’s win over Northampton. “We know it’s not going to be an easy game this week. Being at home doesn’t guarantee you anything.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Caelan Doris is in his final year of a Psychology degree and is currently undertaking a research project on mental toughness and whether it affects a (...)

 Connacht’s John Porch scores a try against Southern Kings last month at the Sportsground. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Gloucester v Connacht, Kingsholm, Sunday, 1.0 - Live BT Sport In this first of the back-to-back pre-Christmas Champions Cup fixtures, already there i(...)

 Mark McCall, head coach of Saracens: ‘I consider myself unbelievably lucky to have been here.’ Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

No club has come to represent Munster’s European glass ceiling more than Saracens. The reigning champions knocked Munster out in the penultimate pool (...)

Clermont wing Samuel Ezeala in action against Bath during the Heineken Champions Cup game at  The Rec. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Bath 17 Clermont Auvergne 34 Nothing less than victory was going to save Bath in Europe this season and the guillotine has effectively fallen. Three (...)

Chris Boyd: the wily Northampton Saints coach has led the club to the top of the Premiership table. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Over the last 20 years Northampton have gone from Heineken Cup champions in 2000, to the bottom of the English Premiership, then into the Heineken Cup(...)

  Bristol’s new star signing Semi Radradra in action for Fiji  during the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ten years ago, Bristol were in the Championship and facing bankruptcy. Today they sit top of the Premiership and have stunned the rugby world by signi(...)

Leinster’s Woodstock 50th anniversary celebratory tie-dye squashed, fifty shades of blue is in the running for the gong in the worst jersey of 2019 category. Photograph: Inpho

It appears there are two types of clubs in this seasons Champions Cup. The wolves and the sheep. You can follow where this is going, can’t you? Yes, (...)

Leinster possess the mindset to achieve success within the unique environment of the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland

The wonderful movie, The Usual Suspects, is a convoluted story of intrigue, with the talented cast of players, dominated by the fear of one fictional (...)

Munster’s Conor Murray in action during their win over Ulster at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the 76th minute of Munster’s 22-16 win over Ulster on Saturday night, Conor Murray latched over the ball to stymie an Ulster attack from deep. Immo(...)

Assistant referee Wayne Barnes waits for the TMO during the game between Italy and Canada in Fukuoka. Barnes seems to be having second thoughts about retiring. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The sun has set on the Rugby World Cup, so it is a fitting moment to say a heartfelt “arigato” to Japan. Returned home, wearied, and perhaps a little(...)

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