Michael Rhodes

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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(...)

Michael Rhodes of Saracens tackles Leinster’s Jordan Larmour during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens flanker Michael Rhodes’s citing for headbutting Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw in their Champions Cup quarter-final match last Saturday has b(...)

Saracens’ Maro Itoje celebrates his team’s win over Leinster at the full time whistle. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 17 Saracens 25 Every game is unique and this one certainly had its own storyline, but it also had uncanny echoes of Anglo-Irish matches from(...)

Leo Cullen has said Leinster were ‘spooked’ at the start of their defeat to Saracens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leo Cullen used the word “spooked” repeatedly in describing his team’s first-half performance following their uncertain start against a predictably fi(...)

Saracens celebrates winning a scrum penalty against Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

How to beat Leinster in 2020: step one, “harass” their inexperienced backf ield into making mistakes. Step two, build a lead before, step three, defen(...)

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(...)

 Richard Barrington scores  Saracens’  fifth try during the Gallagher Premiership  match against  London Irish  at  Twickenham Stoop  in London. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

London Irish 12 Saracens 40 Discerning precisely what the point is of mismatches like this can be easier said than done. All things considered, howev(...)

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is identifying players to be trimmed from the squad. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty

England’s erstwhile champion club Saracens will be playing in the Championship next season after repeatedly failing to adhere to the Premiership’s sal(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores the crucial try despite James Lowe and Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 20 Leinster 10 The drive for five will have to be resumed next year. Leinster gave it the good fight, defending heroically and they kept pr(...)

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