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Josh van der Flier will start for Leinster in their Champions Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Josh van der Flier will come into the Leinster team to replace the injured Rhys Ruddock for their Champions Cup Pool Three clash with Exeter Chiefs at(...)

Robbie Henshaw: “It’s such a good club. I think the base we have here, and the talent, is exceptional, and it’s home-grown as well. Yeah, I want to be here for the long haul.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

This is the meaty middle of the season. After tomorrow’s daunting assignment in Sandy Park against the reigning English champions and high-flying Prem(...)

 Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell   celebrates with team-mate Gareth Steenson (left) after scoring a  try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens at Sandy Park.  Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Strip bare the pageantry, the Tomahawk Chop chant, inflatable or foam replicas, drums, the Red Indian nomenclature that extends to the club’s name, th(...)

 Gareth Steenson:  “We are very excited about the game. We know we have to be on our mettle but we feel we are in a good place.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Once upon a time, well 2005 to be precise, there were two young outhalves who competed for the Ireland number 10 jersey at the Under-21 Rugby World C(...)

Owen Williams of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Keith Earls  and Jaco Taute of Munster during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  at Welford Road in December 2016. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

This weekend in rugby’s Champions Cup there is something of a “reverse Brexit”, so to speak, taking place in that three English clubs – the Exeter Chi(...)

 Leinster’s Jordi Murphy runs in a try against Treviso last weekend. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Jordi Murphy will leave Leinster at the end of the season to join Ulster. The Irish Times has learned that the 26-year-old backrow will end a seven-ye(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney is tackled by Botia Veivuke of La Rochelle during their European Champions Cup round two encounter at  Stade Marcel-Deflandre, La Rochelle, France. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It couldn’t last forever and when the first defeat for an Irish province in the opening two rounds of European rugby arrived on Sunday it was not part(...)

Scarlets’ Ken Owens, Ospreys’ Ashley Beck, Ulster’s Rory Best, Munster’s Peter O’Mahony, Glasgow Warriors’ Stuart Hogg, Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and Benetton Treviso’s Dean Budd at the Champions Cup launch in Dublin last week. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The bully boys in the Anglo-French alliance which shredded the old Heineken Cup and ERC would be loathe to admit it, but last season’s revival by the (...)

Ireland sevens coach Anthony Eddy has made two changes to his squad for the Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series at Sandy Park. Photograph: Stephen White/Inpho

Ireland Sevens coach Anthony Eddy has made two changes to the squad for the final leg of the Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series at Sandy Park, Exeter thi(...)

Connacht’s record try scorer Fionn Carr is a key member of the Ireland sevens set-up. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s victory in the first leg of the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix series in Moscow at the weekend has allowed them to take a significant step f(...)

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