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Connacht’s Bundee Aki has turned down some big offers from abroad to stay with the Irish province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht probably thought they struck gold when they first signed Bundee Aki in 2014, but in truth little did they know. It’s hard to credit, but desp(...)

Alex Sanderson has expressed his concern over visa issues for his South African players ahead of their trip to France. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Attempts to press ahead with the forthcoming European fixtures have been dealt a fresh blow after it emerged South African players based in the UK fac(...)

Toulouse’s Pita Ahki is spayed with champagne by team-mate and captain Antoine Dupont after the victory over La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup Final at  Twickenham in May. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Heineken Champions Cup returns if not with its customary bang, then with a good deal more than a whimper as well, not least hereabouts. Not for th(...)

 Rassie Erasmus: his regrettable intervention via an hour-long video rant should be punished by World Rugby. Photograph: Rodge Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

In the last 12 months, and against all manner of odds and expectations, rugby in the northern hemisphere has managed to complete two Six Nations champ(...)

Munster have a 50 per cent chance of being drawn against Ronan O’Gara’s  La Rochelle side. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP via Getty Images

The permutations in the draw for the Heineken Champions Cup, which will be made toward the end of this month, have been clarified by the results of th(...)

  Owen Farrell of Saracens during training in St Albans, England. He will miss out on the clash with Racing as he remains suspended for a dangerous tackle. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Saracens will attempt to defy the odds once again on Saturday knowing a similarly momentous occasion could be years away. A week after sending shockwa(...)

Leinster were due to meet Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

No team had set up a more rewarding and lucrative finale to the 2019-20 campaign than Leinster, unbeaten as they were after 19 wins in 19 competitive (...)

Garry Ringrose has signed a  new two-year central contract that will keep the talented centre with Leinster until the end of the 2021-22 season at least. Photograph: Tom Honan

A shaft of light amid the glooming. Garry Ringrose is believed to have signed a two-year contract to continue playing with Leinster and Ireland until (...)

The 2020 Marseille finals were due to be played in May. Photograph: Getty Images

The organisers of the Heineken Champions Cup remain committed to the idea of rearranging their flagship final on another date in the Stade Vélodrome. (...)

 Simon Halliday: “It may be that hard choices have to be made, which is why it gives us a wonderful opportunity to all work together, rather than approach this on our own.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has warned its clubs it is likely to be “months rather than weeks” before the season resumes in Europe and added it expect(...)

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