Ryan Donnacha

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CJ Stander in action against England’s George Ford during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Strange days. The best-case scenario has rugby returning before summer as panic is eventually replaced by relief and even a little joy. In the likely (...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray with referee Mathieu Raynal during the meeting with Wales last year. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland v Scotland Referee: Mathieu Raynal Raynal, who red carded CJ Stander for a collision that knocked out Springbok outhalf Patrick Lambie in 20(...)

Racing 92’s Virimi Vakatawa celebrates his crucial late try against Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Racing 39 Munster 22 The final scoreline hardly tells the tale of this absorbing contest, but then again it was hard to argue with as well. Munster w(...)

CJ Stander: his return will boost Munster. In four rounds he has made the most carries (80) of any player in the tournament – and he has the joint highest tackle count of 66. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Racing 92 v Munster, Paris La Defense Arena, Sunday, 4.15pm local time/3.15pm Irish - Live on BT Sport The natives are restless and even some of thei(...)

Bordeaux Bègles’  lock Cyril Cazeaux tackles Racing 92’s  number eight Yoan Tanga. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

The sense of occasion is always slightly diluted if Simon Zebo is in the stands rather than on the pitch, and that will certainly be the case if, as s(...)

 Racing 92’s Donnacha Ryan  catches the ball  during the Top 14  match against   Castres  at the U Arena. Photograph: Lucas Barioulet/AFP via Getty Images

Early December tends to overlap two seminal moments in the career of a rugby player. The European campaign is on the line but so is your family’s fina(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan misses a late drop goal against Racing 92 at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster  21 Racing 21 Fittingly for their first draw in 79 home games which have liberally garnished the Champions Cup, this was new territory f(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in the post-match press confererence following their game against Racing 92 at Thomond Park, Limerick on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The sight of Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander (not once, but twice) offloading the ball, the former in his own half, at Thomond Park on Saturday night wa(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan misses a late drop goal  in the Heineken Champions Cup match against  Racing 92 at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 21 Racing 92 21 As ever with Munster, this was high drama, although as ever with draws, neither side will feel entirely satisfied with a shar(...)

Leinster’s Woodstock 50th anniversary celebratory tie-dye squashed, fifty shades of blue is in the running for the gong in the worst jersey of 2019 category. Photograph: Inpho

It appears there are two types of clubs in this seasons Champions Cup. The wolves and the sheep. You can follow where this is going, can’t you? Yes, (...)

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