George Kruis

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No O’Brien, no Leavy - all eyes now turn to Josh van der Flier to step up and deliver at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No miracle for Seanie Silence the imagination. Fifty-five minutes into a hellish World Cup quarter-final against the Springboks and Seán O’Brien is f(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

Can Paul O’Connell be the answer for Munster? Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Munster’s purgatory Munster will come back stronger says Johann van Graan. Irish rugby needs this to be true. Leinster playing at about 65 per cent (...)

 “To be involved in semi-finals and finals rugby is what you want to be doing at this time of the year.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster certainly can’t be accused of lacking persistence. They’ve had eight consecutive years of anti-climactic ends to their seasons, but here they (...)

 Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores their second try. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The two were so far ahead of the rest it wasn’t funny. The runners-up will feel they couldn’t have done a whole lot more and took the champions to the(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath in the Heineken Champions Cup final. Photograph: Billy Stickland

Leinster 10 Saracens 20 What was feared duly transpired. This wasn’t quite on the scale of England’s win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Februar(...)

Billy Vunipola scores Saracens’ second try against Leinster in the European Champions Cup Final at  St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Billy Vunipola: an appreciation. Criticism of the sport’s dominant and perhaps smartest figure is equally unavoidable. Interestingly, the source for (...)

“What we needed from him was to do his talking on the field not off the field.” Photo:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Inevitably, in the wake of capturing the Champions Cup, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was asked about Billy Vunipola. “It’s obviously been (...)

Rob Kearney makes a break. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Rob Kearney Swashbuckling run leading to Tadhg Furlong’s try surely earns Ireland’s most decorated fullback, age 33, a dip into Leinster’s budget to (...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores the crucial try despite James Lowe and Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 20 Leinster 10 The drive for five will have to be resumed next year. Leinster gave it the good fight, defending heroically and they kept pr(...)

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