Chris Ashton

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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(...)

Tackling Toulon’s  Mathieu Bastareaud is one thing: preventing him offloading is quite another. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images.

Death or long sickness came to mind when referee Ben Whitehouse blew his final whistle; who would Munster prefer, Toulon or Saracens. Munster had ju(...)

Munster squad training in UL  on Monday. Phototgraph: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

At face value, once again the odds appear to be stacked against Munster. Three-time winners Toulon have three or four times the playing budget, and in(...)

Culturally, the under-12s arrived into Old Crescent with a dream – not of becoming engineers, but of playing as professionals for Munster and Ireland. Photograph: Inpho

Sitting about 30km from Bolivia in the truly majestic mountains of Iruya, Salta province, Argentina, I watched it all unfold. Now that I’m back, I rea(...)

Leicester Tigers’ Manu Tuilagi and Munster’s Sam Arnold during the European Rugby Champions Cup. Photograph: PA

Manu Tuilagi’s citing for a dangerous tackle on Champions Cup duty has prompted his Lions team-mate Brian O’Driscoll to complain that the “game has go(...)

 Kyle Sinckler in action for Harlequins against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler is almost certain to miss England’s autumn international campaign after receiving a seven-week ban for eye-gouging N(...)

Sam Simmonds’ last minute try sent Exeter to the English Premiership final. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty

Exeter 18 Saracens 16 Exeter ended Saracens’ hopes of a second successive European and domestic double in dramatic fashion at Sandy Park. Replacemen(...)

Alex Goode of Saracens dives to score his team’s third try during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Saracens at Murrayfield Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Everyone talks about winning being a habit. In rugby it is more complicated than that: nothing comes easy and conquering Everest always has to be done(...)

Saracens’ Alex Goode slips the tackle of Clermont Auvergne’s Peceli Yato on the way to scoring their third try in the Champions Cup final at Murrayfield. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 28 Clermont Auvergne 17 Alex Goode’s late try ensured Saracens secured their second straight European Champions Cup triumph as they edged ou(...)

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