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Pat Lambie has retired from rugby at 28-years-old. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat Lambie retired from rugby this week at the age of 28, the latest player done too soon after suffering repeated concussions. The South Africa outha(...)

Rémi Talés fails to score a last-minute drop goal for Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final against Leinster. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

European Champions Cup final Leinster 15 Racing 12 Like all great teams – and Leinster can now be bracketed thus – it can’t always be all-singing an(...)

Leinster celebrate Champions Cup final victory over Racing 92. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Leinster are kings of Europe for a record-equalling fourth time, after Saturday’s edgy 15-12 win over Racing 92 in a soaked Bilbao. The province are (...)

 Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the Champions Cup trophy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If you’re of the rugby faith and your twin Gods are Leinster and Ireland, then at this point you’re perched on a cloud numbered nine floating just abo(...)

 Leinster’s Isa Nacewa kicks the winning penalty. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 15 Racing 12 Not their best performance of the season, but Leinster showed another side to their nerve and character to earn that fourth sta(...)

Johnny Sexton at Leinster’s captain’s run at San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Racing 92   Kick-off: 5.45pm/ 4.45pm Irish time. Venue: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao. On TV: Live on BT Sport and Sky Sp(...)

Fear of further failure fuelled Leinster’s Heineken Cup victory over Leicester in 2009. File photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster never needed to lose a final to learn how to win a final. There had been enough suffering by the time we got to Murrayfield in 2009. Leo Cul(...)

Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas  passes the ball to his captain Maxime Machenaud to score their third  try in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Stade  Chaban-Delmasin Bordeaux. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Racing 27 Munster 22 Something of a Groundhog Day for Munster. This sixth successive semi-final defeat in the European Champions Cup was as anti-clim(...)

Munster scrumhalf  Conor Murray slides over to score his side’s first try in the    Champions Cup match against Racing 92 at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 14 Racing 92 7 Cometh the hour, cometh the man. After 60 scoreless minutes, Conor Murray’s charge down and alert finish broke the deadlock, a(...)

Ian Keatley takes the number 10 jersey for the visit of Racing 92. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster v Racing 92, Thomond Park, 5.30, live on Sky Sports Arena  Even by the rather grand benchmark established by Munster’s European Cup Satu(...)

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