Mark Mccall

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Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong tackle  Saracens’ Owen Farrell during the  Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton booted the ball away like every young boy has done when the invisible referee refuses to punish a filthy hack in the backfield as the et(...)

Toulon head coach Fabien Galthie will arrive in Munster under no illusions. Photograph:  Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images

Several years ago when Toulon travelled to Limerick, I met the then Toulon coach, Philippe Saint-André. A highly intelligent man, Philippe understood (...)

Jamie Heaslip lifts the Heineken Cup after the win over Leicester at Murrayfield in May 2009. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will walk on the pitch before Leinster v Saracens. “Mick Dawson told me this morning they are at just south of 50,000.” Imagine they b(...)

Cian Healy: 'If you want to get to the top of this, you have to beat the best. You don’t want to be looking for an easy route.' Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“We don’t have a hell of a lot of lads left that have won that cup,” says Cian Healy. Today the Leinster losehead prop is refocusing after the glory o(...)

Richard Wigglesworth:  “Obviously the Irish boys have a good thing going, as they proved in the last few weeks.” Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

“If I was in the Irish system I’d have to play for Ireland so I’ll have to pick the English system, mate,” Richard Wigglesworth (no more anglicized a (...)

Brad Barritt (L) and Owen Farrell. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

Owen Farrell will be given until Friday to prove his fitness for Saracens’ Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster but Billy Vunipola has been ru(...)

Maro Itoje of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at London Stadium last weekend. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

What is the more energy efficient ‘fuel’ to propel a team in sport, the pain of disappointment or the elixir of success? There isn’t a definitive answ(...)

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(...)

Alex Lozowski tackles Francis Saili during Saracens’ win over Harlequins. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty

Alex Lozowski is ready to lead the Saracens backline against Leinster in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final in Dublin on Sunday should Owen Farr(...)

Leinster’s Dave Kearney goes off injured  during his side’s defeat to Ospreys on Saturday in Wales. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

The disconsolate figures of Leinster’s Dave Kearney and Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell leaving their respective games with injured arms folded into their (...)

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