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 Alex Goode insists he can step in for Owen Farrell at outhalf for   Saracens’ Champions Cup quarter-final against  Leinster on Saturday. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Alex Goode insists he can step in for Owen Farrell at outhalf and lead “underdogs” Saracens to Champions Cup victory against Leinster in Dublin. Full(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens touches down to score his team’s second try during the Champions Cup Final match between Saracens and Leinster at St James’s Park last year. Photograph: Getty

Of all the games Leinster supporters wanted to attend, and of all the games Leinster wanted their supporters to fill the Aviva Stadium and be in full (...)

A fight breaks out between Saracens and Munster players in the 50th minute during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool match at Allianz Park, Barnet.  Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Saracens 15 Munster 6 There was no shame in losing to the reigning champions after going toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow in this heavyweight Heineken C(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander and Jack O’Donoghue compete for the ball with Billy Vunipola. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 15 Munster 6 Munster died with their boots on in withstanding the loss of captain Peter O’Mahony just before kick-off and all manner of othe(...)

Saracens’ Nick Isiekwe and Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue compete in the line out during the Champions Cup clash last weekend. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Champions Cup: Saracens v Munster Kick-off: 3pm. Venue: Allianz Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin from 2.30pm. On TV: Live on (...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony stretches out to score a try during the Heineken Champions Cup match against Saracens at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Munster 10 Saracens 3 If this was the proverbial game of two halves, the cause was the weather. Munster were deserving of their hard-earned 10-3 inte(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray in training ahead of their clash with must-win Saracens. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster v Saracens, Thomond Park, Saturday, 5.30 - Live on BT Sport The dust having settled on the thriller with Racing a fortnight ago, that draw ha(...)

France’s   Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa,  who was almost unplayable,  celebrates scoring  a try for Racing92 against Saracens. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

One of these days we might go a whole 24 hours without mentioning the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Ireland’s quarter-final exit. But not just yet. Here’s(...)

Finn Russell celebrates his try against Saracens with Donnacha Ryan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Racing 92 30 Saracens 10 The defence of the Champions Cup may not be Saracens’ priority because they have 35 docked Premiership points to make up, bu(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

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