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Former Leinster player Noel Reid has joined Agen on a two-year deal. Photograph:  Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Traditionally Irish players have been willing to travel abroad in search of a career in professional rugby when denied options at home but the financi(...)

Munster’s chances of reaching the knockout stages are improbable, but just about possible. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The 2020 Six Nations Championship is creeping ever close, and with it the dawn of a new era for Irish rugby. But before Ireland can take centre stage,(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup, round two, match at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So what is the Larkham effect and is it measurable? The impact of former Australian international outhalf and backs’ coach Stephen Larkham at Munster(...)

Ronan Kelleher scores his second try for Leinster  against Connacht at the Sportsgraound. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ins and Outs Every cloud has a silver lining, right? That would be the try scoring, offloading Ronan Kelleher at the Sportsground last Friday night.(...)

 Munster’s Rory Scannell in action against Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani and Ed Slater during his side’s victory in Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When the fixtures for Pool 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup were first unveiled, it seemed inevitable that all roads would eventually lead to Thomond P(...)

Jack Maunder of Exeter Chiefs  celebrates with fans after the game against Castres at Sandy Park, Exeter. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Exeter boss Rob Baxter is ready for “a fantastic test” when the Chiefs face a Champions Cup showdown against Munster next Saturday. Baxter’s men kept(...)

Exeter winger Tom O’Flaherty  dives over to score his side’s fourth and bonus-point try during the Champions Cup match against Castres  at Sandy Park. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Exeter Chiefs 34 Castres 12 Exeter kept alive their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final hopes with a 34-12 bonus-point victory over Castres at Sandy(...)

Montpellier’s South African lock Jacques Du Plessis  in action against Lyon last week. Photograph: Getty Images

Montpellier v Newcastle Falcons  GGL stadium (1.0, Irish time, live on BT Sport)  The Falcons produced a memorable finish to pickpocket the (...)

 Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the trophy after Leinster’s Champions Cup final victory over Racing 92 in Bilbao, Spain. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s been something of a slow burner but the concluding pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup look like bringing the competition vibrantly to life(...)

 Nathan Hughes of Wasps who are unbeaten in their last 12 home matches against Top 14 opposition, winning 11 and drawing one. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Pool 2 Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester, Sandy Park 1pm The winner here could potentially move to the top with Munster and Castres playing tomorrow. Exete(...)

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