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 The Bulls celebrates with the trophy after the  Currie Cup final win over the  Sharks at Loftus Versfeld Stadium  in Pretoria back in January. Photograph:  Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Munster look set for a difficult two-match trip to South Africa in the weeks running up to the start of the Heineken Champions Cup next December. Clu(...)

Ihaia West:   suffered a shoulder injury while scoring a try  during La Rochelle’s   French Top 14 win over  Lyon at the Marcel Deflandre Stadium in La Rochelle. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

Ronan O’Gara and La Rochelle could have a significant injury concern at outhalf ahead of the club’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster(...)

 Brice Dulin scores France’s  fourth try against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in  Rome. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

Brice Dulin’s rugby career has occasionally been buffeted by turbulence, injury and the subjectivity of selection to a point where, aged 30, he apprec(...)

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall pictured before the Heineken Champions Cup match against Racing 92  at Allianz Park back in January. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

The life and times of Mark McCall will always be connected to Saracens FC. That also means the Bangor native is tainted by a level of disgrace attaina(...)

Saracens’ players celebrate at the final whistle after beating Leinster to win the Champions Cup last year. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

The Pro14 resumes this weekend with a series of derbies that will not involve cross-border travel before the playoffs on the first two weekends of Sep(...)

“In the times I’ve been there, and I’ve been there many times, that’s always been the way the locals have treated me.” Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Image

With both of his parents coming from north Lebanon, Michael Cheika has always been proud of his roots and, as a Unicef ambassador for Lebanon in Austr(...)

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(...)

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