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Speaking about Joey Carbery,  Ronan O’Gara said: “People forget that Joey Carbery is 22 years of age. It’s staggering to see his growth as a player. I just hope people aren’t expecting too much of him in his first full season playing ‘10’.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken are back as title sponsors and arguably no team is more synonymous with the competition, nor provided more of its greatest memories, than Mun(...)

 Geordan Murphy: “There’s always pressure. My good buddy James Ferris always told me, ‘Pressure is for tyres’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In early September Geordan and Anneka were christening Rex’s little brother Oscar when the Leicester board came calling. Matt O’Connor had been sacke(...)

Gareth Steenson in action for Exeter against Worcester at Sandy Park. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Munster supporters visiting Devon for the first time this weekend should brace themselves for a strangely familiar experience. A south-west based band(...)

The summit of Exeter’s European  achievements in five campaigns has been one quarter-final three seasons ago. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

In the storied history of the Heineken Champions Cup, none too surprisingly there’s been a particular edge between the Irish and the English, and not (...)

Tadhg Beirne: his  incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Johns has no knee cartilage but the 50-year-old remains an iron man. Literally. The former Ireland captain does triathlons in his spare time awa(...)

Racing 92’s  Simon Zebo scoring  a try against  Castres on Saturday  at the Paris La Defense Arena in Nanterre. Photograph:  Getty Images

There’s a scene during Amazon Prime’s watchable All or Nothing: All Blacks documentary where Steve Hansen and his wife Natasha are in the back garden (...)

 Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara before his side’s clash with  Hurricanes earlier this year. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho

Those who attended this week’s World Rugby Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Rugby, across the road from William Webb Ellis’s old playing fields, wer(...)

 Munster’s Joey Carbery on his debut for the province against the Cheetahs last weekend: his move from Leinster  has provoked more angst, interest and excitement than most. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Maybe it was the tan, maybe it was the ongoing warm rays of summer, but somehow Joey Carbery just didn’t look the same in the all red of Munster, did (...)

New Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi speaks at a press conference. Photo: Laszlo Geczo /Inpho

Looking back on his first season with the Crusaders, Ronan O’Gara last week admitted that on joining the high achieving Canterbury-based franchise the(...)

Anne Griffin was the first to be employed after Dublin was confirmed as the venue for the Meeting of Families. Photograph:  Enda O’Dowd

The beating heart of the World Meeting of Families is behind the high wall around a former seminary in the shadow of Croke Park in Dublin. The Holy C(...)

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