Saracens players celebrate after the victory over Racing 92 which clinched their place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Saracens, a club with “honesty” emblazoned on their main stand at Allianz Park, may well squeeze the last drop out from a rule-breaking squad with glo(...)

Dave Kilcoyne: “We didn’t get the result we wanted and hopefully this week we put in a performance and get the result we want.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Long-serving Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne says a return of two wins from their last eight games is just not good enough for the province. And while the(...)

Keith Earls believes it’s time fans stopped comparing them to the Munster team of the glory era over a decade ago and allow the current crop to develo(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: Does he have enough time, the support of his employers and a generation of early-twentysomethings who can reshape Munster in the 2020s? Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster always seek to be judged on results in the Champions Cup. That supersedes multiple excuses that can be made for them in January 2020. Two of (...)

 Jordan Larmour of Ireland during a Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium  in Dublin last year. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Nobody remotely affiliated with Irish rugby wants to meditate over another four-year cycle. But, mustering as much gusto as possible in early January (...)

Joey Carbery is set to be feature for Munster against Ulster. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Joey Carbery came through his first game of the season for Munster on Saturday without any issues and is expected to chalk up more game time on Friday(...)

 Japan celebrate beating Ireland in the 2019 World Cup at Stadium Ecopa, Japan. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The best way to measure the true impact of the past rugby decade is to count the number of significant moments few could have foreseen. By that yardst(...)

 Ian Madigan: has slipped down the pecking order at  Bristol Rugby and looks set to be moving on again next summer. Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Turns out the grass isn’t always greener. Bundee Ali and Kiernan Marmion appear to agree by rejecting lucrative moves abroad when re-signing last week(...)

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham with Billy Holland: In recruiting Graham Rowntree and Stephen Larkham, Munster have brought in fresh creative thinking and vast experience into their organisation. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The majority of teams in Europe are employing the exact same game plan. Most teams are using the same tactics inside the same attacking and defensive(...)

Simon Zebo: the former Munster man will prove a potent threat at fullback for Racing 92 at Thomond Park. Photograph: Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Heineken Champions Cup: Munster v Racing 92 Kick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday. Venue: Thomond Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 5p(...)

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