Stephen Archer

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Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath during last year’s Champions Cup final at St James’s Park, Newcastle. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They were the team nobody else wanted to face, or probably even see, in the knock-out stages but, with an almost foreboding inevitability, Leinster’s (...)

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(...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan will start in the number 10 jersey on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan has been named in the Munster team to face Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday afternoon. Johann van Graan’s squad will go through their final t(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy played two of their interpro derbies over the festive period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s National Player Management Programme is much admired outside the country, or certainly appears to be given how often it gets an airing from (...)

Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue in action against  Connacht’s Quinn Roux during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  the Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 14 Munster 19 Munster will be top of the tree at Christmas after successfully quelling the fervour of the home team and the home crowd alike(...)

 Connacht’s Tiernan O’Halloran in action for Benetton in October. The player returns from injury to face Munster at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Munster, Sportsground, Saturday, 5.15pm - Live on TG4, Free Sports The obvious impact of the national player management programme notwiths(...)

A fight breaks out between Saracens and Munster players in the 50th minute during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool match at Allianz Park, Barnet.  Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Saracens 15 Munster 6 There was no shame in losing to the reigning champions after going toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow in this heavyweight Heineken C(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander and Jack O’Donoghue compete for the ball with Billy Vunipola. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 15 Munster 6 Munster died with their boots on in withstanding the loss of captain Peter O’Mahony just before kick-off and all manner of othe(...)

Saracens’ Nick Isiekwe and Munster’s Jack O’Donoghue compete in the line out during the Champions Cup clash last weekend. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Champions Cup: Saracens v Munster Kick-off: 3pm. Venue: Allianz Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin from 2.30pm. On TV: Live on (...)

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