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Montpellier’s South African lock Jacques Du Plessis  in action against Lyon last week. Photograph: Getty Images

Montpellier v Newcastle Falcons  GGL stadium (1.0, Irish time, live on BT Sport)  The Falcons produced a memorable finish to pickpocket the (...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin on the attack with Johnny Sexton in support against Bath at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster 42 Bath 15 The numbers are starting to stack up nicely for Leinster. When they welcome Toulouse in the penultimate round of the Champio(...)

Leinster’s Adam Byrne claims a high ball ahead of Darren Atkins of Bath during the  Champions Cup match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 42 Bath 15 In the event, ominous forecasts of conditions befitting the Pool 1 visit of Bath proved unfounded, and so too did any notions of (...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose and Ed Byrne during Friday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Bath Rugby, Aviva Stadium, Kick-off: 5.30pm (On TV: Live on BT Sport) It doesn’t necessarily follow that away wins are the precursor(...)

Gary Ringrose: “You can have the best laid plans, and ultimately if you don’t win your ball, get quick ball, it’s tough to play.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Garry Ringrose has played every minute of Leinster’s three Champions Cup matches so far this season – one of four players to have accumulated the maxi(...)

Bath v Leinster breakdown:  Joe Cokanasiga trapped at the bottom of a ruck. Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt

Tadhg Furlong’s observations this week on the key constituents required for the attacking side to retain possession at a breakdown underlined both how(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner and Tadhg Furlong at the Recreation Ground against  Bath in the Champions Cup. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Victory felt like a defeat, the substandard performance niggling away, lightened only by the result. Leinster’s 17-10 Champions Cup win over Bath at t(...)

Sam Underhill enjoyed a fine game for Bath against Leinster. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Despite failing to win all three Champions Cup games this season, Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder has promised a full strength squad will be se(...)

Jordan Larmour races clear to score Leinster’s match-winning try against Bath. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Bath 10 Leinster 17 Leinster march ever onwards but Bath produced an enormous defensive effort to drag the champions into a ferocious contest. It too(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland: “I am aghast that people are turning on New Zealand because they are, to me, still the best team in the world.” Photograph: Getty Images

A week after Rassie Erasmus’s final match in charge of Munster last year, South Africa played Ireland in Dublin and suffered their record defeat by a (...)

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