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Andrew Porter carries for Leinster against Montpellier last December. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

While familiarity has long since taken some of the shine off the competition, the draw for the 2021-22 Champions Cup, which was made on Wednesday in L(...)

Peter O’Mahony, Craig Casey and Billy Holland during Munster training ahead of the Rainbow Cup clash with Cardiff. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Pro14 Rainbow Cup: Munster v Cardiff Blues Kick-off: 7.35pm, Friday. Venue: Thomond Park. On TV: Live on eir Sport. When Munster kicked off the Rain(...)

In 2008, when the All Blacks came back, I’ll never forget that as long as I live. I think it’s up there with the Heineken Cup wins in 2006 and 2008 in Cardiff. Photograph: Tim Hales/Inpho

I’m sure a lot of people know of that slogan that has become a goldmine for someone in the t-shirt printing industry: “Irish by birth, Munster by grac(...)

No Munster player, coach or supporter has ever dreamed of winning the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup, nor targeted the trophy at the outset of the season,(...)

  La Rochelle coach Ronan O’Gara’s  tactics against Leinster were brilliant. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

In America, they are called “Monday Morning Quarterbacks”. Those who have all the answers on how the weekend’s game should have been won after they ha(...)

Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Iain Henderson and Nick Timoney of Ulster during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup game at the  RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw versus Robert Baloucoune. Let’s look at that tackle. Leinster beat Ulster 21-17, that’s four points, but Henshaw’s try-saving tackle i(...)

Munster’s Ronan O’Gara goes by Bryce Williams and Malcolm O’Kelly of Leinster during their Heineken Cup semi-final in 2006. Photograph:  Getty Images/Inpho

“Ollie Campbell organised it for me; it was an extension of my childhood – we got paid and I got an apartment, and there were a couple of restaurants (...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner is tackled by Sam Simmonds and Jacques Vermeulen of Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at  Sandy Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Devin Toner, Michael Bent and Scott Fardy lifted the Pro 14 trophy together after Leinster’s win over Munster five weeks ago, it looked for all t(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne takes a kick during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Exeter at   Sandy Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Johnny Sexton’s absence from Leinster’s Heineken Cup semi-final away to La Rochelle on Sunday (kick-off 3pm Irish time) is an ill-timed blow, not leas(...)

 Matthew Carley: When the Racing flanker Baptiste Chouzenoux made obvious shoulder contact to the head of a Bordeaux player,  referee  Carley commenced an extraordinary exchange with his TMO, which  was accompanied by 24 replays of the one high tackle. Photograph:  Alex Davidson/Getty Images

As if to openly defy the pandemic gloom, clubs in Super Rugby and the Heineken Cup are playing inspiring, creative, running rugby. In recent weeks th(...)

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