Nick Abendanon

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Garry Ringrose in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

For the fifth time in the last 11 years, Leinster’s chances of winning a Heineken Champions Cup final are noticeably enhanced by having a brilliant nu(...)

La Rochelle winger Victor Vito  will miss the European Challenge Cup final  against Clermont. Photograph: Getty Images

Clermont Auvergne and La Rochelle will clash in the first all-French European Challenge Cup final for seven years on Friday. The Top 14 clubs meet a(...)

Tadgh Furlong is one of three Leinster players in the running for European Player of the Year. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose have been shortlisted for the EPCR European Player of the Year award. The trio are aiming to emulate th(...)

Alex Goode of Saracens dives to score his team’s third try during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Saracens at Murrayfield Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Everyone talks about winning being a habit. In rugby it is more complicated than that: nothing comes easy and conquering Everest always has to be done(...)

Saracens’ Alex Goode slips the tackle of Clermont Auvergne’s Peceli Yato on the way to scoring their third try in the Champions Cup final at Murrayfield. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 28 Clermont Auvergne 17 Alex Goode’s late try ensured Saracens secured their second straight European Champions Cup triumph as they edged ou(...)

Saracens’ head coach Mark McCall: his side attempt to become the first English side since Leicester in 2002 to successfully defend the title. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Preview: Clermont Auvergne v Saracens, Murrayfield, 5pm Live on TV: Sky Sports 3, BT Sport 2 It is clear Chris Ashton means business when scoring t(...)

Clermont outhalf Camille Lopez kicks the first of his two drop goals in their Champions Cup semi-final semi-final against Leinster at Stade de Gerland in Lyon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont 27 Leinster 22 Oh, what might have been. Leinster left themselves something of a mountain to climb at a vibrant, throbbing Stadium de Gerlan(...)

Munster celebrate as CJ Stander scores a try against Toulouse in Saturday’s European  Champions Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park, Limerick.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The cream riseth to the top, and all that. In time-honoured fashion, it gets harder now, and the Irish provinces will both be underdogs when Munster h(...)

Michael Murphy is temporarily swapping Gaelic football for rugby as part of RTÉ’s The Toughest Trade series. Photograph: Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Donegal footballer Michael Murphy did not look out of place while training with rugby side Clermont Auvergne, according to the French club’s former En(...)

Clermont’s Nick Abendanon scores a try against Ulster. Photograph: Thierry Zocolan/Presseye/Inpho

Clermont 38 Ulster 19 A rueful Les Kiss saw his Ulster side return from the Auvergne empty-handed after a 38-19 defeat to Clermont in the Stade Marce(...)

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