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Marcell Coetzee: suffered a concussion in Ulster’ big win at home to Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pool Three leaders Ulster look to be at full strength for their group-defining Champions Cup visit to Clermont Auvergne as Marcell Coetzee, Jordi Murp(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan reacts to missing a  late  drop goal in the Heineken Champions Cup game against Racing 92 at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan said he can’t dwell on missing the drop goal which would have snatched victory last time out in the Heineken Champions Cup against Racing (...)

Robbie Henshaw: “The struggle with injury is part of the game and every player has to deal with it, but hopefully a little bit of luck is on my side for the next few months.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If it wasn’t for misfortune Robbie Henshaw would have no luck at all on the injury front over the last couple of seasons. Gallows humour, like an anae(...)

Ulster’s Robbie Stockdale makes a try -saving interception  to deny Bath’s  Semesa Rokoduguni and clinch victory for the visitors during the Pool Three clash at the Recreation Ground. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

We’ll always have the Heino. Spending a winter Saturday checking in and out and in again as a Champions Cup schedule ticked by, it felt familiar and(...)

Iain Henderson: Ulster’s new club skipper gets to lead his home province out for the first time since officially taking over from Rory Best. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 3: Bath v Ulster, The Rec, Saturday, 1.0pm - Live on Virgin Media One and BT Sport 2 While this looks like it could be a (...)

Bundee Aki at Connacht Rugby Squad training in the Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The forecast for Galway on Sunday afternoon is dry and sunny but on Wednesday afternoon, as the Connacht squad returned to the dressing-room following(...)

Devin Toner at the Leinster Rugby Captain’s Run in the  RDS, Dublin on Friday. Mystery still surrounds his exclusion from Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup: Leinster v Benetton Rugby, RDS, Saturday, 3.15pm - Live on BT Sport 3 The mystery surrounding Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ir(...)

Ulster Rugby’s head coach Dan McFarland at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.  ‘Champions Cup rugby is a great opportunity to put on a wider stage what we are all about.’ Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Ulster look to be fully loaded for their Heineken Champions Cup opener at Bath on Saturday, with Iain Henderson, Billy Burns and Marcell Coetzee all e(...)

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(...)

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