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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath in the Heineken Champions Cup final. Photograph: Billy Stickland

Leinster 10 Saracens 20 What was feared duly transpired. This wasn’t quite on the scale of England’s win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Februar(...)

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(...)

Leinster have named their team for Saturday’s final at St James’ Park in Newcastle. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Champions Cup final: Leinster v Saracens Kick-off: 5pm, Saturday. Venue: St James’ Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start at 4pm. O(...)

Scarlets’ Aled Davies is tackled by Ulster’s Sean Reidy  before Scarlets are awarded a penalty try and a yellow card is given to Reidy. Photograph: Ben Evans/Presseye/Inpho

Like any significant directive or law amendment from World Rugby, the game’s global governing body, there will always be inconsistencies and teething(...)

French connection: dormice arrived in Ireland with hay imported by racehorse trainers. Illustration: Michael Viney

Any warm day someone out in a garden in Co Kildare will catch a glimpse of a mouse of a different colour – brightly tawny, golden or even chestnut red(...)

Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)