Connacht’s Robin Copeland celebrates after scoring the winning try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 27 Gloucester 24 Robin Copeland’s last-gasp try rescued a 27-24 win from the jaws of defeat as Connacht pipped Gloucester in a dramatic Hein(...)

 Gloucester supporters wave fake money during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against  Saracens  at Kingsholm. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Gloucester 12 Saracens 21 Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is prepared to sacrifice their chances of more European glory as he admitted this se(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony after the game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The only blemish on Munster’s horizon after their emphatic 41-15 win in Gloucester was the injury which their captain Peter O’Mahony sustained early i(...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery celebrates scoring the opening try with Peter O’Mahony and Rory Scannell during the Heineken Champions Cup match against Gloucester at Kingsholm. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gloucester 15 Munster 41 So much for another dramatic white-knuckle ride. It might still turn out that way yet, but thanks to Munster’s ruthless effi(...)

 Gloucester head coach  Johan Ackermann with  Munster coach Johann van Graan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Take away the needle and there’s an old boys’ reunion aspect to this Gloucester-Munster renewal. Former Ireland outhalf David Humphreys is the direct(...)

Exeter’s bonus-point win away to Gloucester keeps their European campaign alive. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gloucester 17-29 Exeter A week in Europe can be a very long time, both in politics and in rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed t(...)

  Gerbrandt Grobler of Gloucester Rugby beats Sam Skinner of Exeter Chiefs to the ball in the lineout last weekend. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Gloucester v Exeter (7.45pm, Kingsholm Stadium, BT Sport) With Gloucester trying to overhaul Munster at the top of Pool Two, Exeter go into Friday ni(...)

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani (second left) tackles Munster’s Rory Scannell (centre), resulting in a red card during the Heineken European Champions Cup match at Thomond Park, Limerick on October 20th.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In the 11th minute of the last meeting between Ireland and New Zealand, at the Aviva Stadium in November 2016, Robbie Henshaw carried into contact wit(...)

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani  tackles Munster’s Rory Scannell, resulting in a red card, during the Heineken Champions Cup match at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two wildly contrasting spectacles last weekend: Thomond Park provided an ominous sign of where the game could be going while Stade Ernest Wallon was a(...)

Danny Cipriani’s shoulder makes contact with Rory Scannell’s face, leading to a red card for the Gloucester player at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s there in black and white. “In both the tackle and cleanout a player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders.” The (...)

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