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Clermont outhalf Camille Lopez kicks the first of his two drop goals in their Champions Cup semi-final semi-final against Leinster at Stade de Gerland in Lyon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 27 Leinster 22 Oh, what might have been. Leinster left themselves something of a mountain to climb at a vibrant, throbbing Stadium de Gerlan(...)

Toulouse scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain gets his box-kick away against Clermont last week. Connacht face Toulouse this weekend, while Ulster will meet Clermont in back-to-back matches in December. photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Here come the French. The renewal of Euro hostilities pits the four provinces against six of the seven French entries in this season’s Champions Cup, (...)

Pat Lam has made four changes to his Connacht side for Saturday’s visit of the Ospreys. Photograph: Inpho

Pat Lam has made four changes to his Connacht side for Saturday’s Pro 12 clash with the Ospreys. With the teams below them not playing until Sunday, (...)

Pat Lam has named five changes for Connacht’s trip to play the Ospreys on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Ospreys v Connacht, Liberty Stadium, Saturday October 24th 1.30pm, S4C Pat Lam has named five changes to his Connacht side for Saturday’s trip to Swan(...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has announced his World Cup 31 man squad. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bath lock Dominic Day and Exeter prop Tomas Francis have both been named in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad. Day is among five locks in the group(...)

Ireland’s Iain Henderson in action in the World Cup warm-up match against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Cathal McNaughton/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Ireland 10 Wales 16 The cascading rain that enveloped the Aviva stadium for the final 10 minutes of the contest provided a suitably leaden hued backdr(...)

Keith Earls breaks with the ball to score an Ireland try during the international match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The slickness of this performance was testimony to the coaching skills of Joe Schmidt and his staff, and the trademark(...)

Simon Zebo is congratulated by three other Ireland try scorers, Jamie Heaslip, Felix Jones and Keith Earls after his score against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: PA

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The final scoreline, if anything, flattered Wales. Ireland were way more cohesive than a Welsh team cobbled together from World Cu(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

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