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 Leinster’s Isa Nacewa kicks the winning penalty. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 15 Racing 12 Not their best performance of the season, but Leinster showed another side to their nerve and character to earn that fourth sta(...)

Racing 92 will be without New Zealander Dan Carter in the Champions Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Dan Carter has been ruled out of Saturday’s Champions Cup final due to a hamstring injury. Rémi Talès replaces him on the Racing 92 bench for their (...)

 Donnacha Ryan: “It’s important that I bring the intensity, which is the easiest part of being a rugby player – you love playing. As a job it is fantastic.” Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Incredible just about covers the journey so far. At least Donnacha Ryan won’t know the Leinster calls. In Bordeaux he stood waiting for CJ Stander to(...)

Not many people know this but Bilbao has strong Irish connections – descendants of those Irish who fled there in the 18th century escaping religious p(...)

The Leinster Rugby Squad at training in UCD, Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/ INPHO

I love Bruce Springsteen. “The Boss”, as Springsteen is universally known, has woven his poetry of love, heartbreak, tragedy, joy, sacrifice, justice,(...)

John Afoa at the Gloucester Captain’s Run in  San Mamés Stadium in  Bilbao: “We’ve lacked a little bit of intensity in the last few games but there is no point worrying about the last few weeks. It’s all about trying to lift the trophy.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Gloucester have prioritised performance over results since Johan Ackermann took charge in August, but their season will be defined by the outcome of t(...)

Leinster’s Tadgh Furlong: “Don’t get too carried away by the highs,  but don’t get too carried away by the lows either.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Tadhg Furlong has already ticked plenty of boxes in his career. At just 25 he’s already established himself as a worldc lass tight-head in drawing a s(...)

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  senior coach Stuart Lancaster: “With Leinster I was lucky in that I came into a team that has a strong culture and a very strong identity because 90% of the players are born in Leinster.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Perhaps in the darkest hours of World Cup 2015, Stuart Lancaster was guided by Winston Churchill’s reverberating utterance that “success is not final,(...)

The Highland service, called the Deerstalker, is one of the best train journeys in Britain. After Glasgow, it goes past Loch Treig to the foot of Ben Nevis. From Fort William, the line continues to Mallaig, across the Glenfinnan viaduct – of Harry Potter fame

UK London to Fort William Duration: 419 miles/13hr Price (single): From £45/€51. The Caledonian Sleeper, one of Britain’s last sleeper services (the (...)

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