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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(...)

Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell scores a   try against Bath  during the Gallagher Premiership match at the Recreation Ground, Bath.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup victory over the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park last season will have provided source material in analysis terms for th(...)

Munster have added scrumhalf Neil Cronin to their Heineken Champions Cup squad in time for Saturday’s clash with the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in th(...)

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 (...)

 Leinster coach Leo Cullen:  “There will be guys disappointed that they’re not going to be involved next week and that is the way we want it.” Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

As much as anything this latest instalment in this auld rivalry was a reminder that Leinster simply remain spoilt for choice. The champions could make(...)

Munster’s Tadhg Beirne is tackled by  James Tracy with Jack McGrath during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mitigating circumstances for Stephen Archer. Tadhg Furlong recently spoke about a tighthead’s state of mind, or lack thereof, moments after pounding (...)

At the launch of the  European competitions in Dublin were (L-R) Jonathan Sexton (Leinster), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh) and Jarrad Butler (Connacht). Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

 To repeat, or not to repeat, that is the huge challenge facing Leinster as they seek to add to that hard-earned fourth star above their crests a(...)

Fear of further failure fuelled Leinster’s Heineken Cup victory over Leicester in 2009. File photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster never needed to lose a final to learn how to win a final. There had been enough suffering by the time we got to Murrayfield in 2009. Leo Cul(...)

Ian Keatley: Munster outhalf is the product of  Belvedere College, UCD and the  Leinster academy and also played for  Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Leinster completed the sleeves-rolled-up win in Sandy Park last Sunday which reaffirmed their status as European Champions Cup contenders, 18 of (...)

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