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A fight breaks out between Saracens and Munster players in the 50th minute during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool match at Allianz Park, Barnet.  Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Saracens 15 Munster 6 There was no shame in losing to the reigning champions after going toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow in this heavyweight Heineken C(...)

 A mass brawl breaks out between the teams during the Heineken Champions Cup  match between Saracens and Munster  at Allianz Park in Barnet, England. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The fortunes of the four proud provinces could hardly be more contrasting. Leinster’s progress to the knockout stages has already been serenely comp(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander and Jack O’Donoghue compete for the ball with Billy Vunipola. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 15 Munster 6 Munster died with their boots on in withstanding the loss of captain Peter O’Mahony just before kick-off and all manner of othe(...)

Saracens’ Nick Isiekwe and Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue compete in the line out during the Champions Cup clash last weekend. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Champions Cup: Saracens v Munster Kick-off: 3pm. Venue: Allianz Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin from 2.30pm. On TV: Live on (...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony stretches out to score a try during the Heineken Champions Cup match against Saracens at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Munster 10 Saracens 3 If this was the proverbial game of two halves, the cause was the weather. Munster were deserving of their hard-earned 10-3 inte(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray in training ahead of their clash with must-win Saracens. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster v Saracens, Thomond Park, Saturday, 5.30 - Live on BT Sport The dust having settled on the thriller with Racing a fortnight ago, that draw ha(...)

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(...)

 Gloucester supporters wave fake money during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against  Saracens  at Kingsholm. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Gloucester 12 Saracens 21 Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is prepared to sacrifice their chances of more European glory as he admitted this se(...)

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(...)

George Kruis is seemingly unfazed by the incoming game of the decade. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Topics to file George Kruis interview under: Black Monday. Stuart Lancaster. Felling Munster. Leinster revisited. Cannabis (minus the THC). That abou(...)

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