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Rob Kearney, Brad Thorn and Isa Nacewa celebrate after beating Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the standout features of this dismembered rugby season was when Damian de Allende and RG Snyman appeared in Munster colours. De Allende, a 28(...)

Leinster players after  the defeat to Saracens in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

We’re putting on the hindsight goggles again. Leinster used the World Cup analogy coming out of lockdown. The theory was sound. Pool matches were the(...)

Toulouse and South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe is one of world rugby’s most exciting players. File photograph: Getty Images

Occasionally it is worth pausing for a moment and asking why people prefer to watch certain team sports compared to others. Football, for example, i(...)

 Mark McCall talks to the media after his team’s win over Leinster on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Inpho

‘That’s Life’ by Frank Sinatra blared from giant speakers in the Aviva rafters as Maro Itoje and Vincent Koch strolled off the turf behind a flash of (...)

Maro Itoje wins a lineout for Saracens during their Champions Cup quarter-final win over Leinster. Photograph: Getty Images

“We-know! We-know!” roared Maro Itoje after Leinster’s umpteenth mistake in the desperate wake of Alex Goode’s lovely break, dummy and try had made it(...)

Maro Itoje celebrates Saracens’ win over Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster 17 Saracens 25 Leinster’s season came crashing to earth on a bare, blustery day in the Aviva echo chamber with a first defeat in 26 games, n(...)

Saracens lock Maro Itoje says he is aware of the significance of Saturday’s clash with Leinster. File photograph: Getty Images

England and Saracens lock Maro Itoje says he hopes to spend at least one season overseas to broaden his horizons and experience a new challenge. Itoj(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola is confronted by a Munster fan after the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the  Ricoh Arena in  Coventry in April 2019. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A few weeks after Saracens 35-point deduction and a fine of more than €6.4 million for breaching the salary cap former Ulster centre Darren Cave mused(...)

Ryan Baird and Jack Conan in action during the Leinster Captain’s Run at the  Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster will be playing in their third successive knock-out match when facing Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final on Saturday, with (...)

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall pictured before the Heineken Champions Cup match against Racing 92  at Allianz Park back in January. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

The life and times of Mark McCall will always be connected to Saracens FC. That also means the Bangor native is tainted by a level of disgrace attaina(...)

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