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Gael Fickou of France is tackled during the Pool C game between France and Argentina in Tokyo. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Argentina 21 France 23 France survived by riding their luck as much as Camille Lopez’s 70th minute drop goal separated these old rivals in a calamito(...)

Munster’s head coach Johann van Graan knows what’s at stake in this weekend’s Champions Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In the aftermath of Exeter’s 34-12 bonus point win over a typically bad-tempered Castres to set up their Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 decider against(...)

 Rory O’Loughlin of Leinster celebrates after scoring a try against Bath at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

First, the good news. All four Irish provinces still have their European destinies in their own hands. After three rounds of festive interpro derbies,(...)

  Gerbrandt Grobler of Gloucester Rugby beats Sam Skinner of Exeter Chiefs to the ball in the lineout last weekend. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Gloucester v Exeter (7.45pm, Kingsholm Stadium, BT Sport) With Gloucester trying to overhaul Munster at the top of Pool Two, Exeter go into Friday ni(...)

Toulouse players celebrate the victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground last weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Toulouse are back, literally if not figuratively. Having won the Heineken Champions Cup a joint record four times and been ever-presents since the to(...)

Matthieu Jalibert will make his France debut against Ireland. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP

French coach Jacques Brunel couldn’t be accused of adopting a conservative approach after handing debuts to 19-year-old outhalf Matthieu Jalibert and (...)

  Racing 92  assistant coach Ronan O’Gara: “We need to get more stability, build our base and get more consistent performances.” Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

He knows what to expect better than anyone, all the more so having been back here with Racing last January, and having again been granted more influen(...)

Conor Murray trains with Munster at  UL. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Munster v Cardiff Blues Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick Kick-off: 1.30pm On TV: Live on Sky Sports The return of Munster’s three test Lions could ha(...)

Take a city break to Prague for less than €200 this winter

Eight cities for less than €200 Travelling in winter time is the least expensive time to visit some great European cities. Cassidy Travel has just lau(...)

Adam Byrne’s arrival from a lovely hidden position off the blind wing against Castres was all but unreadable. His acceleration allowed him ghost through the gap. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

That Adam Byrne was overlooked for the extended Ireland squad shows the depth of wing options Joe Schmidt has entering the Six Nations. Adam’s time(...)

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