Leinster’s Ryan Baird during the Champions Cup round two match against Northampton Saints: the standout memory will be the performance of the galloping all-action   Baird. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

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Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale is upended. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

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Nic Groom scores Northampton’s second try in their Champions Cup play-off win over Connacht. Photograph: james Crombie/Inpho

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Leinster’s sa Nacewa with Sean O’Brien during the Captain’s Run ahead of their European Champions Cup clash with Northampton Saints. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

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 Mark McCall,  Saracens director of rugby, celebrates with Sean Maitland after their victory over RC Toulon  at Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon last weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

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Mitchell Karpik of New Zealand is challenged by Alec Coombes and Ben Vellacott of Scotland during their World Rugby U20 Championship 2015. Photo: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

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Ireland’s Nick Timoney is tackled by Patrick Kelly of Scotland during their Under-20 Six Nations Championship match at Netherdale, Galashiels, Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

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