Leinster’s Ryan Baird during the Champions Cup round two match against Northampton Saints: the standout memory will be the performance of the galloping all-action   Baird. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 35 Northampton 19 Halfway through the group stages and it’s not putting the cart before the horse to suggest that Leinster can realistically(...)

Ryan Baird returns to the Leinster secondrow for the meeting with Nortahmpton at the RDS on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster v Northampton Saints, RDS, Saturday, 1pm – Live on Virgin Media/Channel 4/BT Sport Already atop Pool A as one of only two sides to obtain a (...)

Glasgow Warriors’ Sam Johnson scores a try for his team against  Sale. Photo credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.

Munster’s slim hopes of advancing to the Champions Cup quarter-finals were ended on Saturday as wins for Glasgow and Northampton rendered the Irish pr(...)

Ross Byrne scores Leinster’s fifth try against Northampton. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 16 Leinster 43 A bonus-point victory on English soil, with the Premiership leaders beaten all ends up long before the finish of th(...)

Saracens Calum Clark scores his side’s fourth try during the Champions Cup match against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Northampton 13 Saracens 57 Northampton collapsed to another harrowing rout by Saracens after being overwhelmed in their Champions Cup clash at Frankl(...)

Nic Groom scores Northampton’s second try in their Champions Cup play-off win over Connacht. Photograph: james Crombie/Inpho

Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15 It was the last hurrah for Connacht’s bid for Champions Cup rugby, and true to their history, they went down fighti(...)

 England lock George Kruis will see a specialist after suffering a knee ligament injury, the Rugby Football Union has announced. Photograph: David Davies/PA

George Kruis will miss England’s Six Nations opener against France on Saturday after it was confirmed he has suffered a knee ligament injury, placing (...)

James Haskell of Wasps leaves the pitch with an injury during the Aviva Premiership match against Leicester Tigers. Photo: Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

The chances of Maro Itoje kicking off the Six Nations in England’s back-row are increasing with the loose forwards James Haskell and Jack Clifford unl(...)

Chris Robshaw (left) of Harlequins talks to James Horwill prior to the Aviva Premiership Big Game 9 match last month. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

The prospect of Chris Robshaw missing some if not all of the Six Nations became probable on Friday when Harlequins said the flanker would either need (...)

Leinster’s sa Nacewa with Sean O’Brien during the Captain’s Run ahead of their European Champions Cup clash with Northampton Saints. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster v Northampton Saints, European Champions Cup, Aviva Stadium, Saturday December 17th (kick off: 7.45pm) – follow all of the action on our live(...)

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