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Montpellier players under the posts after conceding a try in their 89-7 defeat to Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Along the western seaboard and to the south of France lies the true heartland of French rugby. The strongholds of La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Bay(...)

 Peter O’Mahony is back in training after missing out against Ulster last weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster have been boosted by the return to full training of captain Peter O’Mahony and lock Jean Kleyn ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup game agai(...)

Munster's Keith Earls reaches for the ball during the weekend game against Castres. Photograph: Morgan  Treacy/Inpho

From the exhilaration of the Triple A rated match against Wasps last week, a large crowd went to Thomond Park. Hoping for more of the same, they were(...)

Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson scores the bonus point try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 36 Stade Francais 9 Connacht produced the ideal result to open their European Champions Cup campaign, and in the end it was a comfortable v(...)

 Luke Pearce shows a yellow card to Codie Taylor of New Zealand. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

“There’ll be days like this. When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit . . . there’ll be days like this.” Van Morrison. Very hard (...)

New Zealand’s players dejected at the end of the game against Ireland. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In the build-up to Ireland’s magnificent win over the All Blacks on Saturday, the New Zealand press seemed to display a cautious trepidation that bord(...)

Ireland’s Caelan Doris celebrates with Rónan Kelleher after scoring a try during the autumn international against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium. Photograpgh: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland 29 New Zealand 20 At the end of a throbbing, absorbing and often deafening afternoon at a feverish Aviva, not many in the capacity crowd were(...)

Andy Farrell will be hoping to mastermind a famous win over the All Blacks. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The All Blacks. A name which strikes fear and awe into rugby teams and supporters around the world. New Zealand are on a European tour and their next(...)

Johnny Sexton will be braced for a sterner challenge against the All Blacks on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Don’t expect it next week, when New Zealand breeze into this neck of the woods. But we’ve just seen that it can be done.The Aviva Stadium saw Ireland (...)

Referee Luke Pearce gestures during the European Champions Cup final  between La Rochelle and Toulouse at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The US defence secretary under President George W Bush was Donald Rumsfeld. He famously informed us about his “known unknowns”, and also his “unknown (...)

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