Exeter Chiefs celebrate their Champions Cup final win. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Getty/AFP

Exeter Chiefs 31 Racing 92 27 Exeter were crowned kings of European club rugby for the first time after a thrilling 31-27 Heineken Champions Cup fina(...)

Maro Itoje dives to scores for Saracens against Racing 92. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 27 Racing 92 24 Owen Farrell kept Saracens’ competitive season alive by landing a late penalty that clinched a 27-24 Champions Cup victory o(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy played two of their interpro derbies over the festive period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s National Player Management Programme is much admired outside the country, or certainly appears to be given how often it gets an airing from (...)

Bordeaux Bègles’  lock Cyril Cazeaux tackles Racing 92’s  number eight Yoan Tanga. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

The sense of occasion is always slightly diluted if Simon Zebo is in the stands rather than on the pitch, and that will certainly be the case if, as s(...)

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(...)

 James Ryan and Jonathan Sexton celebrate the win at the final whistle. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rob Kearney Leaped into a frustrating first half with a great catch on 29 minutes but a poor garryowen in his own 22 put Leinster under unnecessary p(...)

Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas  passes the ball to his captain Maxime Machenaud to score their third  try in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Stade  Chaban-Delmasin Bordeaux. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Racing 27 Munster 22 Something of a Groundhog Day for Munster. This sixth successive semi-final defeat in the European Champions Cup was as anti-clim(...)

Racing 34 Munster 30 A surreal setting for a slightly surreal game. Munster had more than enough of it, and certainly more than enough chances, but w(...)