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A general view of Thomond Park ahead of the meeting of Munster and Gloucester in October 2018. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Picture the scene. Around tea-time on a Saturday, it’s approaching kick-off. Munster have their backs to the wall yet again, some Fancy Dans from Engl(...)

The French team face up to New Zealand as the latter perform the Haka before the dramatic World Cup quarter-final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final: France 20 New Zealand 18 - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff This is tricky. To begin with, to be a fan or no(...)

Joe Rokocoko reckons Leinster will have enogh to see off Saracens in the Champions Cup final. Photo: Dave Winter/Icon Sport

Racing 92’s former All Black wing Joe Rokocoko has faced both Saracens (2016) and Leinster (2018) in Champions Cup finals and in his experience he fee(...)

 Johnny Sexton is engulfed by his teammates after scoring the winning  drop goal in Paris. Photograph:  Getty Images

The clock has passed the 77 minute mark. Ireland trail France by 13-12 and their goose looks cooked. Anthony Belleau is lining up a kickable penalty a(...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt with his New Zealand counterpart, Steve Hansen, speaking before the match at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pre-game. Aviva Stadium. As the tracksuited Joe Schmidt strides on to the Lansdowne field the black-suited Steve Hansen hands over an envelope. Brain (...)

Ben Smith of the All Blacks makes a break during the win over England at Twickenham Stadium in London last week. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

“I’ve copped stick ever since really,” says Ben Smith turning to smile at Beauden Barrett. The All Black right wing, who started against England last (...)

Rémi Talés fails to score a last-minute drop goal for Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final against Leinster. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

European Champions Cup final Leinster 15 Racing 12 Like all great teams – and Leinster can now be bracketed thus – it can’t always be all-singing an(...)

Isa Nacewa slips the tackle from Richard Wigglesworth of Saracens during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When it comes to naming Leinster’s best overseas signing, it says everything about Isa Nacewa’s impact at his adopted home that there really is no deb(...)

Racing’s   Joe Rokocoko:  “This is a totally different team to what we’d had.” Photograph: Getty Images

Leinster will bring more to the European Champions Cup final than Saracens did when they beat Racing two years ago in the 2016 final. Despite the cons(...)

 Conor Murray practices his goal-kicking in Bordeaux. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster encountered hotter conditions than they expected for their Captain’s Run at the Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux on Saturday. Head coach Johann(...)

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