Chris Ashton

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Danny Cipriani starts for England against the Springboks in Cape Town. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Preparing for the third Test in the shadow of Table Mountain has merely heightened the sense of England’s rugby players being stuck between a rock and(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is tackled by  Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock as  Tadgh Furlong closes in during Saturday’s  Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

At face value, Munster’s season looks like a case of the same ol’ same old. Where last season it was a semi-final defeat followed by one in a final, t(...)

Bryan Habana scores a try against Leinster in the 2015 Champions Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa great Bryan Habana is to retire at the end of the season after being unable to force his way back into the Toulon team. Habana underwent(...)

The 2013 Heineken Cup final. TMO decisions have become an increasingly familiar feature of the modern game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

To err is human, to forgive divine, and as in everything when humans are involved in making decisions, there’ll be erroneous ones. All in all though,(...)

Andrew Conway takes advantage of Toulon’s lack of defensive discipline to cut through for the crucial try at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bank balances become irrelevant across the full 80 minutes of knockout rugby in Thomond Park. It used to always be this way and looks like a similar (...)

Munster’s Conor Murray protests before being awarded a try during the Champions Cup quarter-final win over Toulon at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

There were a number of issues that arose from what constituted a superb weekend in the Champions Cup for Munster and Leinster with both claiming semi-(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates his try: he finished his first game since January, having only returned to full training last week Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Munster 20 Toulon 19 Rock and roll rugby, the Munster and Thomond Park way. Munster rolled with the punches and Thomond Park rocked from the first mi(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray protests before being awarded a try during the Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulon. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Another European offering of Munster making the extraordinary seem commonplace. Thomond Park again trembled with a familiar pride. It would be far fr(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates the try that gave Munster the win at Thomond Park. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Munster 20 Toulon 19 In time-honoured fashion, a capacity Thomond Park crowd remained riveted from first minute to last, and made off into the evenin(...)

Simon Zebo: returns from injury for what will be his  farewell European game for Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster v Toulon, Thomond Park, Saturday, 3.15pm (Sky Sports) A monumental weekend for the Irish provinces and if it’s quarter-final time then Munste(...)

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