Craig Gilroy scores a try for Ulster during the province’s Guinness Pro14 European Champions Cup playoff match against Ospreys at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster salvaged a troubled and largely forgettable season by securing the Guinness Pro14’s seventh and last place in next season’s European Champions(...)

Racing’s   Joe Rokocoko:  “This is a totally different team to what we’d had.” Photograph: Getty Images

Leinster will bring more to the European Champions Cup final than Saracens did when they beat Racing two years ago in the 2016 final. Despite the cons(...)

Leinster’s Dave Kearney goes off injured  during his side’s defeat to Ospreys on Saturday in Wales. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

The disconsolate figures of Leinster’s Dave Kearney and Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell leaving their respective games with injured arms folded into their (...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try against Castres at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster and Munster cannot meet before the final after yesterday’s results contrived to leave them in opposite halves of the knock-out stages in the (...)

Peter O’Mahony: “We’ve got to go and win at the weekend and it’s going to be massively difficult because they’re  such a good side.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s never been a European Champions Cup pool finale quite like it, not even in the competition’s Heineken Cup guise. All told, 50 matches have be(...)

Racing’s Dimitri Szarzewski scores a try against Munster during their European Champions Cup tie at U Arena, Paris, France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Rolling Stones having been the first band to play in the U Arena last October, so Munster became the first away side to play in Racing’s new, futu(...)

Munster celebrate as CJ Stander scores a try against Toulouse in Saturday’s European  Champions Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park, Limerick.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The cream riseth to the top, and all that. In time-honoured fashion, it gets harder now, and the Irish provinces will both be underdogs when Munster h(...)

Munster’s Francis Saili celebrates his crucial try with teammates in Saturday’s European  Champions Cup clash with Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Back-to-back wins on successive Saturdays away to the reigning French champions and their Pro12 final conquerors of two seasons ago leave Munster in (...)

A fan pays  tribute to Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park. Photograph:  by Eamon Ward

Munster v Glasgow Warriors (Champions Cup Pool 1) Kick-off: 1pm (live on Sky Sports 2 and RTE Radio) It’s too soon. It can provide little or no c(...)

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton is tackled by Munster’s Rory Scannell at the Aviva Stadium earlier this month. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Time was when nothing whetted the appetite quite like the return of what we knew and loved as the Heineken Cup. In its stead, the European Champions(...)

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