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At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Dan Leavy will switch to openside flanker for Leinster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

European Champions Cup semi-final: Clermont Auvergne v Leinster   Kick off: 4.00pm local time (3.00pm Irish). Venue: Matmut Stadium de Ger(...)

Stuart Lancaster on Clermont: “They are probably the best coached of the Top 14 teams in terms of their organisation and structure. They are fit. They have got X-factor players all over the park.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Not the least impressive feature of Leinster’s rejuvenation this season has been their attacking game. In 30 games last season they scored 60 tries. A(...)

 Clermont Auvergne forwards coach Jono Gibbes is looking forward to teaming up with Les Kiss. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Where to begin with Jono Gibbes? Waikato stadium, June 11th 2005, and that stirring version of Timatanga seems as good a place as any. There he stood(...)

 Clermont’s Damien Penaud scores a late try to wrap up victory over Toulon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 29 Toulon 9 Damien Penaud’s late try capped a powerful second-half display as Clermont dismissed Toulon to set up a Champions Cup s(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is among thosse nominated for the European Player of the Year award. Phiti: Inpho

Six Irish-based players have been nominated for for this year’s European Player of the Year award. EPCR have officially revealed the full list of nom(...)

Guy Noves has made four changes to his France side for their Six Nations clash with Italy. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Fullback Brice Dulin will start for France against Italy in the Six Nations as manager Guy Noves makes four changes to his team for Saturday’s game at(...)

Conor Murray’s try was pivotal against France but his game management was arguably even more important in getting Ireland over the line. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

I hope supporters enjoyed this victory over France. The reaction afterwards seemed to focus on why Ireland only came away with a solitary try, but a r(...)

Ireland outhalf  Jonathan Sexton celebrates kicking a drop goal with  Rob Kearney during the Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 19 France 9 This was as tough, exhausting, draining and full-on as we expected, and perhaps, as the rain came in the second half, even more s(...)

The French side go through some drills at the Arboras Stadium, Nice,  as they prepare to face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

15 Scott Spedding Age: 30 Height: 6’2” Weight: 97kg (15st 2lbs) Caps: 20 Points: 21 The South African-born player has ben in excellent form of late (...)

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