Ireland’s only try scorer in the last four matches against the French is scrumhalf Conor Murray (2017). Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Once upon a time Paris in the springtime used to send a shiver up the spine of Ireland rugby teams and supporters alike, an X-rated spectacle for the (...)

  Jacob Stockdale scores his first try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster 26 Racing 22 Equally awful collective performances are overshadowed by the magnificence of Jacob Stockdale. For all the problems Dan McFarland(...)

 Marty Moore:  makes his first start for Ulster after impressing off the bench last week. Photograph: Matthew Bunn/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4: Racing 92 v Ulster Kick off: Saturday, 5.30pm. Venue: La Defense Arena, Paris. How to follow: (...)

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(...)

Racing 92 supporters cheer during the  Champions Cup final against  Saracens at the Stade de Lyon in  May, 2016. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Beyoncé and Jay Z will put Dan Carter and Racing 92 out of the U Arena on May 5th. Paris can always attract a bigger superstar and Jacky Lorenzetti ha(...)

 Robbie Henshaw  took part in the captain’s run on Friday and also warmed up with Leinster on Saturday before their doomed Pro14 league match with Benetton Treviso. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster have signalled that Robbie Henshaw could be fit enough to play some part in their European Champions Cup semi-final against Scarlets next wee(...)

 Jordan Larmour: impressive form with Leinster could see him win a place in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pedigree counts in the European Champions Cup; it always has. Take the 77th-minute decision by Racing to go for another three-pointer rather than seek(...)

Racing 34 Munster 30 A surreal setting for a slightly surreal game. Munster had more than enough of it, and certainly more than enough chances, but w(...)

Munster’s   Keith Earls is tackled by Racing 92’s New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter  during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool  match  at Thomond Park in Limerick. Munster won the game 14-7. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Munster 14 Racing 7 Dan Carter has done pretty much everything in the game. International rugby’s most prolific points scorer signed off his stellar (...)

Munster scrumhalf  Conor Murray slides over to score his side’s first try in the    Champions Cup match against Racing 92 at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 14 Racing 92 7 Cometh the hour, cometh the man. After 60 scoreless minutes, Conor Murray’s charge down and alert finish broke the deadlock, a(...)

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