Stuart Hooper

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Clermont wing Samuel Ezeala in action against Bath during the Heineken Champions Cup game at  The Rec. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Bath 17 Clermont Auvergne 34 Nothing less than victory was going to save Bath in Europe this season and the guillotine has effectively fallen. Three (...)

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale celebrates after the victory over Bath at the Rec. photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland and his players are looking forward to a big Friday night in Belfast next week when they welcome Clermont Auvergne to (...)

 Saracens’ celebrate with the trophy after beating Leinster in last year’s final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pool 1 Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Captain: Johnny Sexton. Last season: Runners-up. How they qualified: Pro 14 champions. Key man: Sexton is the(...)

Bath’s Freddie Burns runs behind the posts but fails to ground the ball to score during the European Champions Cup game against Toulouse. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Showboating, I know something of this idiotic art-form. Truth be told, such antics very nearly wrote my sporting epitaph. The Freddie Burns gift for (...)

RC Toulon’s Australian fullback James OConnor  vies with Bath’s Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni  during the European Champions Cup rugby union match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 12 Bath 9 Bath came agonisingly close to a little piece of history beside the Mediterranean but, barring something extraordinary, their Champi(...)

 Josh van der Flier runs in for his side’s try during the European Champions Cup game against Bath at The Recreation Ground. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Bath 19 Leinster 16 Rejuvenated by their Kiwi contingent, there was no shame in losing this game to a 77th minute penalty. Mentally and physica(...)

Bath coach Mike Ford believes Sam Burgess “didn’t have the stomach” to fight for his future at Bath after he decided to return to rugby league. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Mike Ford believes Sam Burgess “didn’t have the stomach” to fight for his future at Bath. Cross-code convert Burgess has left Bath after just a year i(...)