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Tadhg Beirne: his ability to force turnovers of considerable value  for  Munster. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

No team left in this season’s tournament can match Munster’s track record of success at the quarter-final stage in European club rugby’s premier compe(...)

Peter O’Mahony at Munster Rugby Squad Training at UL, Limerick on Monday.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At first glance, this doesn’t seem ideal, not least as the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals now arrive just a fortnight after the Six Nations fin(...)

Dan Leavy: makes his return to Leinster’s starting line-up for his first game since December 22nd. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Edinburgh v Leinster, Murrayfield (7.35, live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports) Dan Leavy, Joe Tomane, Luke McGrath and Nick McCarthy return to a match en(...)

 Scotland  coach Gregor Townsend: he  is receptive to ideas from his coaching team, and will always test his own theories on the game in a practical way.  Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Drawing a straight-line correlation between Gregor Townsend the former player and his rugby philosophy as a coach may be a fool’s errand for those who(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong with David Denton and Pete Horne of Scotland during last year’s Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland won 28-8. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

One of the issues that spooked Irish players this week was questions about the Rugby World Cup (RWC) later this year. Sensitivities sharpened after de(...)

Huw Jones in action at the Aviva Stadium during the 2018 Six Nations. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Team: Scotland Prospects Last year’s tournament saw Scotland finish in the competition’s top half for the first time since 2006 and they head into t(...)

 Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has named his Six Nations squad. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Gregor Townsend has named seven uncapped players in his 39-man Scotland squad for the 2019 Guinness Six Nations. Three hookers — Edinburgh’s David C(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Scarlets’ Ken Owens is tackled by  Callum Gibbins of Glasgow during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at  Scotstoun. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors 13 Scarlets 28 Scarlets stormed into the Guinness Pro 14 final after dismantling Glasgow 28-13 at Scotstoun. The Warriors have led (...)

Wayne Pivac: “We have got a pretty good environment here now and a pretty good culture. The players enjoy coming to work and enjoy each other’s company.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Amongst a media huddle with Jonathan Davies after the first Lions Test against New Zealand in Eden Park, the Welsh centre was asked if he’d ever been (...)

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