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Tendai Mtawarira of the Cell C Sharks is tackled by Malcolm Marx (L) and Tyrone Green (R) of the Emirates Lions during their Super Rugby clash in April. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Many of rugby’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone and consider the unintended consequences of South Africa moving to t(...)

Former Leinster player Noel Reid has joined Agen on a two-year deal. Photograph:  Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Traditionally Irish players have been willing to travel abroad in search of a career in professional rugby when denied options at home but the financi(...)

Munster’s Tadhg Beirne blocks a kick from Nic White of Exeter Chiefs during the Heineken Champions Cup match at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster 9 Exeter 7 It wasn’t pretty, rather it was a little ugly. It wasn’t anything like some of the roller-coaster rides Thomond Park has witnesse(...)

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 (...)

  Gerbrandt Grobler of Gloucester Rugby beats Sam Skinner of Exeter Chiefs to the ball in the lineout last weekend. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Gloucester v Exeter (7.45pm, Kingsholm Stadium, BT Sport) With Gloucester trying to overhaul Munster at the top of Pool Two, Exeter go into Friday ni(...)

 Nathan Hughes of Wasps who are unbeaten in their last 12 home matches against Top 14 opposition, winning 11 and drawing one. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Pool 2 Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester, Sandy Park 1pm The winner here could potentially move to the top with Munster and Castres playing tomorrow. Exete(...)

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell scores a   try against Bath  during the Gallagher Premiership match at the Recreation Ground, Bath.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup victory over the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park last season will have provided source material in analysis terms for th(...)

Stade Français’ Paris French centre Gael Fickou eludes Racing 92 number eight Antonie Claassen during the French Top 14 clash at Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Donnacha Ryan enjoyed the bragging rights after Sunday’s Parisian duel in the French Top 14 as he helped Racing 92 to a 17-16 victory over a Stade Fra(...)

Bringing the game into disrepute: Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson in 2016. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

The Ulster and Ireland outhalf Paddy Jackson, who was acquitted of rape last month, is close to a move to the French club Clermont for next season aft(...)

Jonny Gray carries during Glasgow’s win over Exeter. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Glasgow Warriors 28 Exeter 21 Glasgow broke their duck in this season’s Champions Cup with a 28-21 bonus-point win that dissolved Exeter’s chances of(...)

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