Bordeaux-Begles’  Jean-Baptiste Dubie dives in to score  a try during the  Top 14  match against Clermont Auvergne at the Chaban-Delmas stadium in Bordeaux. Photograph:   Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images

The steering committee of the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has confirmed that the 2019-20 Top 14 season, in addition to the ProD2, has been abandone(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens breaks with the ball during the Champions Cup semi -final win over Munster  at the Aviva Stadium in  2017 in Dublin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Trying to establish points of difference statistically in terms of the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finalists borrows from the lamppost analogy and spa(...)

Racing 92’s  Juan Imhoff  runs with the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing 92 and SU Agen, at La Rabine Stadium in Vannes, western France, last Saturday. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images

While the loss of captain, playmaker and primary goalkicker Maxime Machenaud has dominated the headlines regarding Racing 92 since they disposed of Mu(...)

Conor Murray shows his dejection after Munster’s  European  Champions Cup semi-final defeat to  Racing 92  at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

For the sixth time in the decade since they last reached a European Champions Cup final, and won, Munster have come up one game short after yesterday’(...)

 Conor Murray practices his goal-kicking in Bordeaux. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster encountered hotter conditions than they expected for their Captain’s Run at the Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux on Saturday. Head coach Johann(...)

Dan Leavy carries to score during Leinster’s win over Saracens. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Springtime for Ireland and the provinces. The possibility of an all-Irish, European Champions Cup final in Bilbao on May 12th is two games away, albei(...)

Ireland U-20 captain Tommy O’Brien scores a try against France in the sides’ previous meeting in Donnybrook last season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Preview: France Under-20 v Ireland Under-20, Stade Chaban Delmas (8.0, live on RTE 2) There is a striking symmetry to the composition of both teams, (...)

Ian Madigan prepares to kick from the tee during during Bordeaux-Begles’  home win over Toulouse last weekend. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan spent last week preparing for the visit of Toulouse to the Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux, so he’s perfectly placed to offer an appraisa(...)

Ulster assistant coach Joe Barakat speaks at a press conference ahead of their opening Champions Cup match. Photograph: Inpho

For all their injury woes of late, Ulster have been given a timely boost with the news that Charles Piutau has returned to training, as have Luke Mars(...)

Stade de la Mosson.

The ticket allocation for the semi-final between Clermont Auvergne and Munster in Montpellier’s Stade de la Mosson on Saturday, April 27th, is (...)