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Spain’s Atlético Madrid signed 19-year-old Portuguese striker João Félix from Benfica for €126 million. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Spending by teams in Europe’s big five leagues totalled a record €5.5 billion during the close season transfer window, financial analyst Deloitte’s Sp(...)

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the Champions League final. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Liverpool’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur to take the Champions League title on Saturday will let the club make another claim: it’ll become the first(...)

Munster’s Darren Sweetnam scores a try in their Guinness Pro14 match against Zebre in Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster 31 Zebre 12 Munster coach Johann van Graan said it is a boost having versatile back rower Jack O’Donoghue available again, but strongly hinte(...)

Leinster’s Barry Daly scores a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster 22 Scarlets 17 Considering the plummeting standards, prompted by the absence of so many key players, Leinster coach Leo Cullen can bank vict(...)

  Connacht’s Kyle Godwin makes a break at the Toyota Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cheetahs 17 Connacht 21 Connacht claimed a second win of their South African tour as first-half tries from Tom Farrell and Gavin Thornbury helped the(...)

Tom Prydie of Scarlets scores a try despite the attempts of David Shanahan and Michael Lowry of  Ulster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Scarlets 29 Ulster 12 Ulster were overtaken by the Scarlets in Conference B of the Guinness Pro 14 as they suffered a convincing 29-12 defeat in Llan(...)

Ben Whitehouse was in the eye of the storm during Saturday’s Guinness Pro14   clash between Leinster and Munster at Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ben Whitehouse, an appreciation Irish referees would leap into a Las Vegas octagon over Leinster versus Munster but it’s a rite of passage. The Welsh(...)

At the launch of the Heineken Champions Cup and  European Rugby Challenge Cup in Dublin were  Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Peter O’Mahony (Munster). Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It told you much about Johnny Sexton’s mentality that when he was asked about Leinster defending their Heineken Champions Cup trophy at Wednesday’s to(...)

Leinster’s Cian Healy is tackled by Simon Berghan and Ben Toolis of Edinburgh during their match at the RDS Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Henceforth, the stakes start to rise. A fortnight of no-holds-barred inter-pro derbies will lead in to the opening two weeks of European rugby. That d(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton goes over for a try despite the tackle of Edinburgh’s Juan Pablo Socino during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 31 Edinburgh 10 On a day which also saw the Scarlets, last season’s main rivals suffer defeat, Leinster assumed leadership of Conference B o(...)

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