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Ulster’s Billy Burns makes a break against Bath during the Heineken Champions Cup clash at Kingspan Stadium. “I’m in the squad but that doesn’t mean I’m an international. I’ve to prove my worth and hopefully get on the pitch.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster 22 Bath 15 For the second time in this pool campaign, the most intriguing subplot within Ulster’s successful pursuit of a second quarter-fin(...)

 Connacht’s Conor Fitzgerald celebrates victory over Montpellier at the Sportsground. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Too soon? Did we need a little more time to let the wounds heal? Is four weeks a lengthy enough grieving period? Or do you adopt the approach of those(...)

Ulster’s Rob Lyttle dives over to score their second  try during the Heineken Champions Cup   match against Bath at the Recreation Ground. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Bath 16 Ulster 17 Ulster squeezed out a vital 17-16 victory at Bath in their opening match in Pool 3 of the European Champions Cup. Tries in each h(...)

Toulouse assistant coach Regis Sonnes. “We have a very young team, but with big potential and we are growing.” Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Icon Sport via Getty Images

It’s still early days in the 2018-19 season. They don’t hand out trophies in January any more. But Toulouse are back alright, and seemingly with a ven(...)

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(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe tackles Cheslin Kolbe of Toulouse during their Heineken Champions Cup meeting in October. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Akin to two-legged eliminators in their own right, the Heineken Champions Cup returns with its traditional back-to-back double headers and, not unexpe(...)

Bath’s Freddie Burns runs behind the posts but fails to ground the ball to score during the European Champions Cup match against Toulouse at the Recreation Ground. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Bath’s controversial Champions Cup tie with Toulouse will not be replayed, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced. Bath lost 22-20 to (...)

Racing 92’s French winger Teddy Thomas  celebrates with  Simon Zebo  after scoring a try against Ulster in Paris. Photograph:  Geoffrey Vand der Haselt/AFP/Getty

Peace process Exclusive: Nigel Owens nominated for Nobel Peace Prize following courageous intervention on behalf of Mikey Lowry after “the kid” was (...)

Mathieu Bastareaud: returns to the Toulon side for the visit to Edinburgh  after serving a five-week suspension. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE v EXETER CHIEFS, Stade Pierre Fabre (1.0, Irish time, live on BT Sport) Injuries to Sam Skinner, Dave Dennis and Dave Ewers mean th(...)

Bath’s Freddie Burns runs behind the posts but fails to ground the ball to score a try during the European Champions Cup match against Toulouse  at the Recreation Ground. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

The Champions Cup organisers have confirmed Bath have signalled their intentions to request formally that last week’s defeat by Toulouse is replayed i(...)

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