Leinster team doctor John Ryan with coach Stuart Lancaster. File photograph: Inpho

As an Everton fan, Leo Cullen can joke about the English Premier League season ending without Liverpool being declared champions for the first time in(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend: ‘We have picked a strong side and are aiming to win the game and regain some momentum ahead of an important block of games coming in the Pro14.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Montpellier v Connacht, GGL Stadium, Sunday, 3.15pm - Live on BT Sport 3 Connacht head to Montpellier for their final Heineken Champions Cup fixture(...)

 Munster head coach Johann van Graan reacts during his side’s defeat to Racing at La Defense Arena, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This won’t feel particularly significant for their supporters, for whom Europe is paramount, but if Munster ultimately fail to reach the knockout stag(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney kicks a  conversion in their win against Munster. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Morgan Parra has been impressed by the performances of John Cooney during this season’s Heineken Champions Cup and the former French international sta(...)

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(...)

Leinster centre   Robbie Henshaw Henshaw adds so much to their defence, and their go-forward ball. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Leinster v Toulouse Kick off: 3.15pm, Sunday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The (...)

Munster’s Niall Scannell and Peter O’Mahony during the captain’s run at  Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Photograph: Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

Leinster and Ulster fans show their colours during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What is it about Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final weekend? It very rarely fails to deliver. The four ties over the weekend produced 22 tries and (...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose and Ed Byrne during Friday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby, Aviva Stadium, Kick-off: 5.30pm (On TV: Live on BT Sport) It doesn’t necessarily follow that away wins are the precursor(...)

Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad just announced for the four-match November window represents a significant landmark on the road to the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No less than last summer’s tour, the announcement of the 42-man squad for the forthcoming four-match November window felt like a significant landmark (...)

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