David Strettle

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At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Saracens’ head coach Mark McCall: his side attempt to become the first English side since Leicester in 2002 to successfully defend the title. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Preview: Clermont Auvergne v Saracens, Murrayfield, 5pm Live on TV: Sky Sports 3, BT Sport 2 It is clear Chris Ashton means business when scoring t(...)

Felipe Contepomi celebrates with team mates Denis Hickie (left) and Will Green after their victory in Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in 2006. ‘There were a lot of similarities between that game and Leinster’s loss to Clermont.’ Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

History does not always repeat itself but it has a lovely habit of rhyming. Watching Leinster backs tear out of their 22 in Lyon I was instantly remin(...)

Leinster’s Joey Carbery and Isa Nacewa with David Strettle and Aurélien Rougerie of Clermont at the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-Final at Stade de Gerland, Lyon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After last weekend’s rugby I’m convinced more than ever that speed will always trump size. Forgive me for returning to an old refrain, but once again(...)

Clermont’s Morgan Parra and Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nobody can say Clermont weren’t due one over Leinster. Camille Lopez’s drop goals balances the scales for all those Brock James misses at the RDS in 2(...)

Clermont’s Davit Zirakashvili lifts Leinster’s Devin Toner in Sunday’s European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final in Lyon. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A belter of an occasion, and a cracking game to match, in which Leinster contributed handsomely by the daring way they way twice threatened to turn ye(...)

Clermont outhalf Camille Lopez kicks the first of his two drop goals in their Champions Cup semi-final semi-final against Leinster at Stade de Gerland in Lyon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 27 Leinster 22 Oh, what might have been. Leinster left themselves something of a mountain to climb at a vibrant, throbbing Stadium de Gerlan(...)

Michael Murphy is temporarily swapping Gaelic football for rugby as part of RTÉ’s The Toughest Trade series. Photograph: Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Donegal footballer Michael Murphy did not look out of place while training with rugby side Clermont Auvergne, according to the French club’s former En(...)

Chris Ashton is to join Toulon from Saracens at the end of the season. Photograph: Getty

Chris Ashton has said it was “easily the hardest decision” he has made after choosing to leave Saracens at the end of this season to join Toulon . Wi(...)

Saracens lifted the Premiership after a 28-16 win over Bath at Twickenham. Photograph: Reuters

Bath 16 Saracens 28 Saracens created Aviva Premiership history at Twickenham as they beat Bath 28-16 to be crowned English champions for a second time(...)

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