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 Sam Simmonds of Exeter Chiefs is tackled by Barney Maddison of London Irish during their  Premiership  match  at the Madejski Stadium  in Reading. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Premiership leaders Exeter posted a sixth league win of the season by beating London Irish 45-28 at the Madejski Stadium. The Chiefs delivered a stro(...)

 Stuart Hogg: will add a cutting edge at fullback to  Exeter Chiefs’ Champions Cup challenge. Photograph:  Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Fine is probably not the word to describe the current state of Saracens. The holders go into the opening round of the Champions Cup this weekend set(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn will  becomes eligible for Ireland under the residency ruling at the start of next season.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

The gale force wind may have been a factor in the 10-all arm wrestle in round one, but the Munster lock Jean Kleyn believes it will be a foretaste of (...)

Pool 1 after the draw for next year’s Heineken Cup in  Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

So much for the elevated status of Leinster as this year’s European champions and one of the protected top seeds for next season’s Heineken Cup. Coa(...)

Leinster captain Isa Nacewa celebrates with his Leinster team-mates after beating Scarlets in the Pro14 final. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rare ‘oul times in Dublin all right. Leinster signed off a perfect season and the career of perhaps their greatest ever servant in the ideal way and l(...)

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,(...)

 Exeter’s Gareth Steenson  takes on   Robbie Henshaw   and Cian Healy  of Leinster  at Sandy Park  last week: “This week it will be a different approach from Exeter,” Henshaw says. “They’re coming to play”. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty

It is a throwaway line from Robbie Henshaw but one that meets, at least, with his own approval. Illustrating how Leinster beat Exeter last week, and (...)

Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster is focusing on the work that must be done after his side’s Champions Cup win over Exeter Chiefs. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The Exeter try is niggling away at Stuart Lancaster. Not the monumental defensive display at Sandy Park or the gang tackling inches from the Leinster (...)

Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is tackled by  Don Armand of Exeter on Sunday at Sandy Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

This was a win carved out in the trenches, where Tadhg Furlong was his usual immense self as he and his fellow Leinster forwards delivered in spades t(...)

Leinster’s Luke McGrath dives over for a try that was later disallowed against the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.    Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster completed an epic weekend for the Irish in Europe, a fourth win out of four for the provinces and their own third from three, to keep the Eng(...)

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