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Katrin Sturm at Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

When Katrin Sturm runs into people she worked with when she first moved to Ireland, they often express surprise that she still lives in Dublin. Most o(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne dejected after their 32-23 loss to La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Marcel Deflandre on Sunday. Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Inpho

So, no five-star Heineken Champions Cup final after all, rather a sixth all-French final after La Rochelle thoroughly eclipsed Leinster to earn a deci(...)

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(...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan, James Tracy and Ed Byrne celebrate winning a penalty in the Champions Cup quarter-final between Exeter Chiefs and Leinster at Sandy Park, Exeter on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

On balance, La Rochelle away is probably the second-toughest semi-final draw Leinster could have faced other than Toulouse away. Hence, in all probabi(...)

Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16, Thomond Park, Limerick:  Munster v Toulouse when the French side’s Antoine Dupont went over for a try. File photograph: Inpho

For all those rugby nihilists, who have been telling us that it is impossible to play entertaining, attacking rugby against today’s defensive systems,(...)

Toulouse’s Sofiane Guitoune is tackled by Montpellier’s  Yacouba Camara  during the the French Top 14 game at the Ernest Wallon Stadium in Toulouse. Photograph:  Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Toulouse are facing something of an injury crisis at centre ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup match against Munster at Thomond Park (3.0) aft(...)

Luxembourg’s Mathias Janisch celebrates scoring the winning goal against Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier in 2013. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Winston Churchill claimed “Success consists of going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm”. If true, then Luxembourg deserve to ar(...)

Munster’s Gavin Coombes scores a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Edinburgh at  Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

If Saturday’s Guinness Pro 14 final at the RDS (5.0) was a season-ending, one-off match, there would be little debate; play the strongest teams and th(...)

Leinster will host Munster in the Guinness Pro14 final at the RDS on Saturday week (5.0). It poses a little bit of a conundrum for Leinster head coach(...)

Exeter’s Sam Skinner (centre) celebrates scoring his first of two tries during their Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against Bath Rugby last Saturday. The big backrow has been recalled to the Scottish squad for  Sunday’s clash with the Republic of Ireland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Sam Skinner has called on English and French clubs to come up with a fair solution to allow Scotland to have access to their top stars for their postp(...)

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