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 Leinster coach Leo Cullen:  “There will be guys disappointed that they’re not going to be involved next week and that is the way we want it.” Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

As much as anything this latest instalment in this auld rivalry was a reminder that Leinster simply remain spoilt for choice. The champions could make(...)

Wasps hooker Ashley Johnson (centre) has been provisionally suspended by the English RFU after failing an out-of-competition drug test. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Wasps hooker Ashley Johnson has been provisionally suspended by the Rugby Football Union after failing a drugs test, the English Premiership club said(...)

 James Chisholm of Harlequins scores the winning try against Wasps at the Stoop. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Harlequins 33 Wasps 28 Ulster’s chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions Cup received a massive boost on Saturday evening as Wa(...)

Tom Cruse of Wasps dives over the line to score a try during their Champions Cup win over La Rochelle. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Wasps 21 La Rochelle 3 Historically the fourth round of the Champions Cup tests a team’s mental fortitude and character as much as their rugby abilit(...)

Leinster’s  Joey Carbery  in full flight against Joe Simpson of Wasps during the  Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The modern blueprint. On 32 minutes Joey Carbery and Johnny Sexton play a little tiki-taka in their own territory. The exchange carries Carbery over h(...)

Joey Carbery celebrates with Fergus McFadden after his try in Leinster’s Champions Cup win over Wasps. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

 Leinster 32 Wasps 17 Two contrasting images. One instantly forgettable, one will last forever. After the game Johnny Sexton let his son, Luca,(...)

Two of Wasps’ three playmakers, former Leinster man Jimmy Gopperth and Australian Kurtley Beale. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Muscle has a memory and way back in October I was in the Sportsground for the Toulouse Connacht match and wondered were Toulouse the heavyweights of E(...)

Munster's CJ Stander is a long way ahead of anyone else in the Champions Cup in terms of carries made. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The focal point of this week’s column is the attacking philosophies and patterns of the respective teams in the Champions Cup quarter-finals this week(...)

Christian Wade dives to score during Wasps’ 40-33 win over Worcester at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Wasps 40 Worcester 33 Wasps moved five points clear of Exeter at the top of the Premiership with a 40-33 win over Worcester at the Ricoh Arena. Howe(...)

Naulia Dawai scores Connacht’s  late try in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph:  Morgan Tracy/Inpho

Connacht 20 Wasps 18 On the back foot for much of the second half, during which they’d seen a 13-7 interval lead erased as Wasps flexed their pecs to(...)

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