Ronan O’Gara: “I think that’s what separates Munster from anywhere else in the world; the bond between the supporters and the team.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ronan O’Gara’s disappointment with the premature ending of Racing’s hopes of qualification after back-to-back defeats to Glasgow was palpable. He has(...)

Dan Carter will miss Racing 92’s re-arranged Champions Cup clash with Munster this Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

Racing are not expected to play a number of established front-runners when hosting Munster in Saturday’s rearranged European Champions Cup game at th(...)

Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus ahead of their Champions Cup opener against Racing 92. Photo: Inpho

The sight of Ronan O’Gara on the sidelines as part of the opposition think-tank will add to the sense of discomfiture for Munster and their supporter(...)

Toulouse scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain gets his box-kick away against Clermont last week. Connacht face Toulouse this weekend, while Ulster will meet Clermont in back-to-back matches in December. photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Here come the French. The renewal of Euro hostilities pits the four provinces against six of the seven French entries in this season’s Champions Cup, (...)

Even by All Black standards, Dan Carter is special. Photograph: Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Two years after the power struggle to rule European rugby, where the English and French clubs so obviously prevailed, what are we left with? This. Th(...)

Ronan O’Gara of Racing 92: “I think where we are, and the fact that we have beaten Toulon, has given us massive momentum and confidence.” Photograph: Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time in nine seasons, Irish rugby is on the outside looking in at the European Champions Cup on semi-final weekend. Even in that 2006-07(...)

  Ronan O’Gara will remain at Racing 92 until 2019 after signing a new deal with the Top 14 side.   Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ronan O’Gara has agreed a new contract with Racing 92 that will keep him at the French Top 14 side club until 2019. The former Munster and Ireland o(...)

Joe Schmidt: will be trying to rebuild Irish confidence when the squad assembles at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Well, that did it. As if Ireland’s worst collective performance in European rugby for 18 years wasn’t bad enough, the loss of Marty Moore for the Six (...)

Johnny Sexton talks Racing Métro, ‘Charlie Hebdo’, fatherhood, goal-kicking and going to the Louvre to “spend 40 quid on two coffees”. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

He’s home and in Ireland camp for three weeks for a targeted comeback in round two at home to France. He’s also coming home with a four-year deal to p(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

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