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Nic Groom scores Northampton’s second try in their Champions Cup play-off win over Connacht. Photograph: james Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15 It was the last hurrah for Connacht’s bid for Champions Cup rugby, and true to their history, they went down fighti(...)

Connacht’s John Muldoon with his teammates after their defeat to Munster earlier this month. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Champions Cup Playoff semi-final: Northampton Saints v Connacht, Franklin's Gardens, 4pm (TG4) Pat Lam has long advocated for the top seven Pro12 tea(...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Ipho

Those close to the St Michael’s College mainframe knew these heady days were coming. But how it all synced up this month was pretty special. On Decem(...)

“The trick on selection is to make sure, particularly at Leinster where there are so many Ireland internationals, that we are competitive in both games,” siad Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster knows how the international system dovetails with clubs better than most. He is cute as to how Joe Schmidt thinks in the selfish way (...)

Referee Mathieu Reynal blows his whistle to award  a try after Connacht’s Naulia Dawai touched down   late in the Champions Cup game against Wasps at The Sportsground on Saturday. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht’s sensational Champions Cup win over Wasps will stand despite the competition organisers admitting that replacement referee Mathieu Reynal er(...)

Leinster’s sa Nacewa with Sean O’Brien during the Captain’s Run ahead of their European Champions Cup clash with Northampton Saints. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster v Northampton Saints, European Champions Cup, Aviva Stadium, Saturday December 17th (kick off: 7.45pm) – follow all of the action on our live(...)

Jack McGrath tackles Dylan Hartley in last seasons Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Earlier this year when the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph pejoratively asked if Dylan Hartley was really the man to captain England, we knew in our he(...)

George North of Northampton  will not play against Leinster on Friday night. Photo:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

George North is out of Northampton Saints’ Champions Cup match against Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night (7.45pm). The Lions and Wales wi(...)

Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani has been called up to Stuart Lancaster’s England training squad for their Six Nations opener against Wales. (Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

England have named their 34-man training squad for the Six Nations game against Wales on 6 February, with Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani recalled from(...)

Northampton Saints’ Ben Foden leaves the field injured on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Northampton have been dealt a major injury blow with their England international full-back Ben Foden set to miss the rest of this season.Foden went of(...)

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