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Sean O’Brien returned to the Leinster fold against Wasps. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wasps 19 Leinster 37 So Leinster will meet Ulster in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup at the end of March. That’s high intensity, mor(...)

Cheslin Kolbe dives to score Toulouse’s first try against Wasps. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

Wasps 16 Stade Toulousain 24 Wasps’ hopes of European Champions Cup progression were all but ended after suffering a 24-16 loss to Toulouse at the Ri(...)

David Pocock passes the ball during an Australia training session in London on Thursday. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Australia number eight David Pocock has recovered from his neck injury in time to face England at Twickenham on Saturday. Pocock sustained the injury(...)

Bundee Aki: will be the focus of special attention  when Ireland take on the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Johnny Sexton is arguably the greatest and definitely the crankiest in Ireland’s celebrated lineage of outhalves. Every so often, the commentators wi(...)

Bundee Aki has become a key player for Ireland since his debut in 2017. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealanders have never quite known what to make of their own who end up playing against the All Blacks. Kiwis playing against the All Blacks is a (...)

Beauden Barrett of New Zealand tackles Sam Underhill of England as he scores a try that was  later disallowed during the autumn international  at Twickenham. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

England 15 New Zealand 16 England fell agonisingly short of toppling New Zealand after a late try by Sam Underhill was controversially ruled out in (...)

 England head coach Eddie Jones after his side narrowly defeated South Africa on Saturday at Twickenham, London. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

As Eddie Jones was keen to stress, there is a big difference between knowing how to beat New Zealand and actually doing it. “It’s not like Pythagoras’(...)

 Dylan Hartley: “Test rugby is a different animal but top-flight European rugby, which those guys have been playing, is a pretty good level.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Never have England prepared for a Twickenham international so far from home nor entered an autumn series with so many experienced forwards missing. (...)

Mike Brown runs with the ball during the England training session held at Browns Sports Club in Vilamoura, Portugal. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have dropped Mike Brown for the first time in the Eddie Jones era after he was omitted from a 25-man squad named for Saturday’s clash with Sou(...)

Leo Cullen: has experienced surprising defeats at the RDS to visiting English sides both as Leinster captain and coach. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster v Wasps, RDS Arena, 7.45pm. On TV: Live on BT Sport. Little about the season’s early skirmishes will have generated doubt about Leinster beg(...)

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