Scott Spedding

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The Castres and Munster packs battle it out during the Heineken Champions Cup match at Stade Pierre Fabre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Castres 13 Munster 12 The Munster veterans who dogged out dramatic wins on the European stage over the years must have cringed as they watched the cu(...)

Castres’ Antoine Tichit celebrates at the final whistle of the Heineken Champions Cup game against  Munster at Stade Pierre Fabre. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster head coach Johann van Graan was left to rue missed opportunities and unfavourable refereeing decisions after seeing his side lose the second o(...)

Casters forwards celebrate after they turn over a late Munster scrum in their narrow 13-12 Champions Cup win. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Castres 13 Munster 12 Munster were unable to make it a clean sweep of Irish wins for the second weekend-in-a-row when they came up just short in a br(...)

Man of the match JJ Hanrahan celebrates his score against Castres. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 30 Castres 5 As with their previous home win over Gloucester, there was a discernibly underwhelmed feeling amongst the Thomond Park faithful (...)

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

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Scott Spedding (centre) of Clermont  celebrates with team-mates Morgan Parra (left) and Fritz Lee after kicking the last -minute  penalty against Saracens  at Stade Marcel-Michelin. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Clermont Auvergne 24 Saracens 21 It is hard to imagine two more contrasting rugby occasions than those involving Clermont and Saracens in the past we(...)

Thimoty Lafaele scores for Japan during their draw with France. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Yu Tamura botched his chance to give Japan a famous victory over France when he missed a simple conversion late on in a 23-23 draw at the U Arena in P(...)

Saracens’ Alex Goode slips the tackle of Clermont Auvergne’s Peceli Yato on the way to scoring their third try in the Champions Cup final at Murrayfield. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 28 Clermont Auvergne 17 Alex Goode’s late try ensured Saracens secured their second straight European Champions Cup triumph as they edged ou(...)

Saracens’ head coach Mark McCall: his side attempt to become the first English side since Leicester in 2002 to successfully defend the title. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Preview: Clermont Auvergne v Saracens, Murrayfield, 5pm Live on TV: Sky Sports 3, BT Sport 2 It is clear Chris Ashton means business when scoring t(...)

Felipe Contepomi celebrates with team mates Denis Hickie (left) and Will Green after their victory in Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in 2006. ‘There were a lot of similarities between that game and Leinster’s loss to Clermont.’ Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

History does not always repeat itself but it has a lovely habit of rhyming. Watching Leinster backs tear out of their 22 in Lyon I was instantly remin(...)

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