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Connacht players celebrate with winning goal-kicker Jack Carty. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

For any young, home-grown outhalf thrust into the 10 jersey, the challenge of steering his team is perhaps all the more daunting. Jack Carty has had h(...)

Munster’s Jaco Taute celebrates with replacement Jack O’Donoghue after scoring a try against Leicester during the European Champions Cup match at Thomond Park. Photograph: Getty Images

Rassie Erasmus says Jaco Taute wants to stay on with Munster after his short-term deal expires at the end of the month, but a decision will not be rea(...)

 CJ Standers wears the number 24 jersey in tribute to the late Anthony Foley for the province’s European  Champions Cup match against Glasgow at Thomond Park in October. Photograph: Inpho

Munster’s devastating 38-0 victory over Leicester at the weekend was a spectacular display of controlled aggression, skill and style. It was the first(...)

“I am in a good place. It’s going to be a good year and I am happy with the start I have made.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray says he is ready to take on a bigger leadership role and lead Munster into Champions Cup battle this weekend. The 27-y(...)

Rassie Erasmus at Munster training in Limerick on Monday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Rassie Erasmus is confident that captain Peter O’Mahony can shake off a back injury to lead his side against Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup on(...)

Paddy Jackson watches his late drop goal secure victory for Ulster over Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster 19 Exeter Chiefs 18 Victory offers a more forgiving perspective from which to sift through the bones of this Champions Cup clash. Ulster e(...)

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar during the Captains run ahead of Ulster’s European Rugby Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster v Exeter Chiefs, Kingspan stadium (7.45, live on BT Sports) Tonight’s protagonists in Belfast will both be tempted to delve into the “hurt lo(...)

 Mark McCall,  Saracens director of rugby, celebrates with Sean Maitland after their victory over RC Toulon  at Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon last weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Saturday Pool4 Castres Olympique v Northampton Saints, Stade Pierre Antoine (3.15, Sky Sports 2) – England captain and hooker Dylan Hartley, fellow E(...)

Toulouse scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain gets his box-kick away against Clermont last week. Connacht face Toulouse this weekend, while Ulster will meet Clermont in back-to-back matches in December. photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Here come the French. The renewal of Euro hostilities pits the four provinces against six of the seven French entries in this season’s Champions Cup, (...)

Leinster’s Joey Carbery runs in his and Leinster’s second try in their Pro12 clash with Treviso at the RDS. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nothing short of victory will be acceptable but the colour of Leinster’s expected dominance changed shades at noon on Friday. Castres perspective at (...)

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