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 Marcell Coetzee  in action against Harlequins last week. The talismanic number eight has been in inspirational form for Ulster. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Champions Cup Pool 3: Harlequins v Ulster Kick-off: 7.45pm, Friday. Venue: The Stoop. On TV: Live on BT Sport. These return meetings in the piv(...)

Niall Saunders: “I set my goal at being the number nine at Harlequins and that is something that I want to achieve.” Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Niall Saunders steeled himself momentarily; then pushed open the door to the then director of rugby at Harlequins, John Kingston’s office, walked in a(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Argentina’s Martin Landajo during training at  UCD, Dublin, ahead of their match against Ireland on Saturday. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Nobody told Argentina it was monsoon season at the Belfield Bowl. A dog of an afternoon. Rain strafing the roof of the sheds and drowning voices as th(...)

There’s a lot of excitement over Richie Mo’unga getting his chance in the All Blacks number 10 jersey. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand v Argentina When: Saturday 8.35am Irish time Where: Trafalgar Park, Nelson (capacity: 21,480 with temporary seats) Referee: Pascal Gauzere(...)

Cory Hill: “It’s a case of one last effort and I’m sure the boys will put the hard yards in. A first series win here since 1999 is all the motivation we need.” Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Wales captain Cory Hill hopes he can be the man to lead his country to a first series win in Argentina since 1999 when the two sides meet in Saturday (...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale runs in his second try in Saturday’s Guinness Series Test match against Argentina at the  Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 For half an hour it was excellent, and even for the guts of an hour it remained pretty good, but maybe it’s no bad thing that(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton maks the break that led to Jacob Stockdale’s first try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 Job done. The final scoreline is more of a testimony to Argentina’s resilience and spirit, as well as qualities, but Ireland (...)

Argentina players celebrate beating Ireland in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in what was the last time the two sides met. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ireland v Argentina Venue: Aviva Stadium Kick-off: 5.30pm On TV: RTE Two/Sky Sports Main Event, 4.30pm The South African game, á la Chicago a year ag(...)

Connor Murray next to the scrum during Ireland’s defeat to Argentina in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For Conor Murray and the rest of the Ireland squad, this Guinness Series has made for a much lighter load than the memorable November of last year. Fe(...)

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