Toulouse celebrate their Champions Cup final win. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty/AFP

La Rochelle 17 Toulouse 22 Toulouse are the supreme power of European rugby after becoming the first club to win a fifth Champions Cup, but despite p(...)

England celebrate their success in last autumn’s  Nations Cup at  Twickenham Stadium, London. They are favourites, at around even money, to retain their Six Nations trophy. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Inpho

Ireland finished third in the last two editions of the Six Nations, the same again in the Autumn Nations Cup and, accordingly, are third favourites go(...)

Connacht’s Jack Carty in action against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Racing 26 Connacht 22 European rugby continues to compel and confound as Connacht once again stepped onto the big stage and came within a score of p(...)

Exeter Chiefs celebrate their Champions Cup final win. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Getty/AFP

Exeter Chiefs 31 Racing 92 27 Exeter were crowned kings of European club rugby for the first time after a thrilling 31-27 Heineken Champions Cup fina(...)

Simon Zebo pictured with son Jacob and daughter Sofia. Photograph courtesy of Simon Zebo

Simon Zebo still has zero regrets about moving to Racing 92 and Paris. It has not only been what he dreamed it might be but, if anything, more than th(...)

Racing 92’s Virimi Vakatawa celebrates his crucial late try against Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Racing 39 Munster 22 The final scoreline hardly tells the tale of this absorbing contest, but then again it was hard to argue with as well. Munster w(...)

Bordeaux Bègles’  lock Cyril Cazeaux tackles Racing 92’s  number eight Yoan Tanga. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

The sense of occasion is always slightly diluted if Simon Zebo is in the stands rather than on the pitch, and that will certainly be the case if, as s(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan misses a late drop goal  in the Heineken Champions Cup match against  Racing 92 at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 21 Racing 92 21 As ever with Munster, this was high drama, although as ever with draws, neither side will feel entirely satisfied with a shar(...)

Simon Zebo: the former Munster man will prove a potent threat at fullback for Racing 92 at Thomond Park. Photograph: Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Heineken Champions Cup: Munster v Racing 92 Kick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday. Venue: Thomond Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 5p(...)

Finn Russell celebrates his try against Saracens with Donnacha Ryan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Racing 92 30 Saracens 10 The defence of the Champions Cup may not be Saracens’ priority because they have 35 docked Premiership points to make up, bu(...)

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