Leinster players congratulating James Ryan after he scored a try against Scarlets.  The genesis of the try  was a sharp lineout move. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Perusing the statistics relating to the knock-out stages of the season’s Champions Cup ahead of Saturday’s final between Leinster and Racing 92 in the(...)

 The Leinster team celebrate their Heineken Cup Final win in 2011.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne’s defeat to Racing 92 in the Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Marcel Michelin earlier this month has denied Leinster an opportunity(...)

Racing 92 supporters cheer during the  Champions Cup final against  Saracens at the Stade de Lyon in  May, 2016. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Beyoncé and Jay Z will put Dan Carter and Racing 92 out of the U Arena on May 5th. Paris can always attract a bigger superstar and Jacky Lorenzetti ha(...)

Dan Leavy carries to score during Leinster’s win over Saracens. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Springtime for Ireland and the provinces. The possibility of an all-Irish, European Champions Cup final in Bilbao on May 12th is two games away, albei(...)

Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell, those uber competitive international rivals and two-time Lions team-mates, will both be making their 60th appearances in the competition. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since the quarter-final line-up for the European Champions Cup was finalised on the third weekend in Janua(...)

Peter O’Mahony: “We’ve got to go and win at the weekend and it’s going to be massively difficult because they’re  such a good side.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s never been a European Champions Cup pool finale quite like it, not even in the competition’s Heineken Cup guise. All told, 50 matches have be(...)

New Ulster coach Jono Gibbes. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Jono Gibbes didn’t require massive persuasion or a hard sell to leave behind Clermont Auvergne and agree a two-year contract as head coach at Ulster, (...)

Munster celebrate as CJ Stander scores a try against Toulouse in Saturday’s European  Champions Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park, Limerick.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The cream riseth to the top, and all that. In time-honoured fashion, it gets harder now, and the Irish provinces will both be underdogs when Munster h(...)

The full fixture details for the Champions Cup knockout stages have been revealed. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a case of April Fools’ Day for Leinster and Munster as they look to continue their respective quests for Champions Cup glory. Leo Cullen’s Leins(...)

The Clermont Auvergne will be seeking revenge at the Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

European Champions Cup Pool Five ASM Clermont Auvergne v Ulster Stade Marcel Michelin Sunday, 3.05pm, Live Sky Sports 4 The round-three meeting, (...)

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