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Leinster’s Isa Nacewa consoles Racing 92’s Teddy Thomas after the latter’s error handed the Irish province victory in the Champions Cup final in Bilbao last year. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

With four exciting matches featuring the form club teams in Europe, the Champions Cup quarter-finals weekend is my favourite in the club rugby season.(...)

France’s outhalf Romain Ntamack scores his side’s first try of the game against Scotland during the Six Nations victory  at the Stade De France, Paris. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Beware a becalmed France. Ireland’s next opponents on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) in the 2019 Six Nations arrive in such a new-found sense of relative cont(...)

France’s Gael Fickou in action during the victory over Scotland. “I know that our fans are also very critical, it’s normal. Their disappointment, I understand it. I share it.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jacques Brunel will never want for advice, the French coach inundated with suggestions from sundry sources including ex-players, media and supporters.(...)

Toulouse’s Romain Ntamack could be set for his international breakthrough. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Team: France Prospects Mercurial, maverick, brittle, combustible, thrilling and frustrating - it is hard to be sure which France will turn up, but t(...)

Joe Schmidt: a fourth Six Nations title in six years would be a fitting farewell. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

So it begins then, the long goodbye. And it’s not just Joe Schmidt, who is coming into his sixth and last Six Nations as Ireland’s head coach. Ditto (...)

 Ulster’s Marty Moore  during training  at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

 Ulster Rugby v Racing 92 (Pool 4) Venue: Kingspan Stadium. Kick-off: Sat, 3.15pm. On TV: Live on BT Sport What’s seldom can indeed be wonder(...)

 Ben Morgan: Munster will have to restrain the impact of  Gloucester’s primary ball carrier  at Kingsholm. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

There are some familiar names in terms of the headline performers statistically in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup ahead of the weekend’s round f(...)

 Johnny Sexton celebrates with Bundee Aki after scoring the match-winning  drop goal. Photograph:  Getty Images

Six Nations: France 13 Ireland 15 - February 3rd, Stade de France, Paris “Would you go back please!” “But I’m the captain,” Johnny Sexton informs re(...)

  Jacob Stockdale scores his  try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

November Internationals: Ireland 16 New Zealand 9 - November 17th, Aviva Stadium Only one thing really rankled about the historic first win in Soldie(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe tackles Cheslin Kolbe of Toulouse during their Heineken Champions Cup meeting in October. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Akin to two-legged eliminators in their own right, the Heineken Champions Cup returns with its traditional back-to-back double headers and, not unexpe(...)

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