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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(...)

Chief executive Philip Browne will lead the IRFU delegation heading to Paris on Monday to discuss the remaining games in the Six Nations. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne leads a delegation to Paris on Monday knowing failure to reschedule the postponed Italy game could cost Irish rugby(...)

 Stade Vélodrome:  will host the Champions Cup final in Marseille on Saturday, May 23rd. Photograph:  Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images

Date: Saturday May 23rd, 2020. Kick-off time: 5.45pm, French time. There’s still a long way to go in the Champions Cup but, at the very least, Leins(...)

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(...)

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