Laurent Labit

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taly head coach Conor O’Shea is unconcerned about rumours around him potentially losing his job. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Conor O’Shea has insisted he has no problems if his Italy bosses are assessing alternative coaching options. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) this (...)

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(...)

Racing 92’s  Simon Zebo scoring  a try against  Castres on Saturday  at the Paris La Defense Arena in Nanterre. Photograph:  Getty Images

There’s a scene during Amazon Prime’s watchable All or Nothing: All Blacks documentary where Steve Hansen and his wife Natasha are in the back garden (...)

The triumphant Leinster team in Bilbao. There is no club or province in the world achieving what Leinster are doing. Photograph: Getty Images

Any given season in European rugby is merely a snapshot in history. Further evidence is required to justify talk of eras or dynasties. So it was that (...)

Leo Cullen and John Fogarty celebrate Leinster’s win over Racing 92. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If only Laurent Labit knew the creative differences that regularly occur between Leinster and the IRFU. (Joey Carbery and Jordi Murphy were, understa(...)

Johnny Sexton at Leinster’s captain’s run at San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Racing 92   Kick-off: 5.45pm/ 4.45pm Irish time. Venue: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao. On TV: Live on BT Sport and Sky Sp(...)

Racing 92’s  Juan Imhoff  runs with the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing 92 and SU Agen, at La Rabine Stadium in Vannes, western France, last Saturday. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images

While the loss of captain, playmaker and primary goalkicker Maxime Machenaud has dominated the headlines regarding Racing 92 since they disposed of Mu(...)

Conor Murray shows his dejection after Munster’s  European  Champions Cup semi-final defeat to  Racing 92  at the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

For the sixth time in the decade since they last reached a European Champions Cup final, and won, Munster have come up one game short after yesterday’(...)

Racing 92’s prop Georges-Henri Colombe stretches during a training session at the club’s new stadium, the  U Arena,  in Nanterre near Paris. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty HE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

Racing 92 v Munster, Sunday, 4.15pm local time/3.15pm Irish. Live on Sky Sports Action As if Simon Zebo’s impending departure to Racing 92, following(...)

Ronan O’Gara is held in high esteem by former Crusaders great Dan Carter with whom he built up a close friendship at Racing 92. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

When reports of Ronan O’Gara and his family relocating from Paris to Christchurch first broke, on some levels it seemed a little unlikely. But when it(...)

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