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Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath during last year’s Champions Cup final at St James’s Park, Newcastle. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They were the team nobody else wanted to face, or probably even see, in the knock-out stages but, with an almost foreboding inevitability, Leinster’s (...)

 Munster’s Fineen Wycherley in action against Leinster’s Ross Molony last month in the Pro14. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster v Ospreys, Sunday, Thomond Park, 1pm - Live on BT Sport 3 Events today in Lyon and Sale will determine much of the mood music come kick-off i(...)

 Andy Farrell with Jonathan Sexton ahead of the Russia game at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

With the dawn of a new era under Andy Farrell, so the winds of change have swept through the Ireland squad for the 2020 Six Nations. It’s a similar st(...)

Johnny Sexton could be named as the new Ireland captain, having led the side against Russia during the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At around 4pm on Wednesday afternoon there will be a significant landmark in the new era for Irish rugby with the announcement of the first squad unde(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: Does he have enough time, the support of his employers and a generation of early-twentysomethings who can reshape Munster in the 2020s? Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster always seek to be judged on results in the Champions Cup. That supersedes multiple excuses that can be made for them in January 2020. Two of (...)

Racing 92’s Virimi Vakatawa celebrates his crucial late try against Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Racing 39 Munster 22 The final scoreline hardly tells the tale of this absorbing contest, but then again it was hard to argue with as well. Munster w(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan will start in the number 10 jersey on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan has been named in the Munster team to face Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday afternoon. Johann van Graan’s squad will go through their final t(...)

Johann van Graan: “We always knew this was going to be a tough pool and we learnt quite a lot the last time we were in Paris, two years ago.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Advancing to the semi-finals for the last three successive seasons in the Heineken Champions Cup doesn’t look so bad now. Somehow, the tournament’s k(...)

 Jordan Larmour of Ireland during a Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nobody remotely affiliated with Irish rugby wants to meditate over another four-year cycle. But, mustering as much gusto as possible in early January (...)

Munster’s Dan Goggin is tackled by Jacob Stockdale and Will Addison of Ulster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Kingspan stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ulster 38 Munster 17 It had been billed as a potentially mouth-watering contest with plenty to whet the appetite in terms of head-to-heads but it tur(...)

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