Titi Lamositele in action for Saracens during the 2019 Champions Cup final. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

A torrid season for Saracens continues, with their Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster in jeopardy after European Rugby announced the defendi(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray in training ahead of their clash with must-win Saracens. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster v Saracens, Thomond Park, Saturday, 5.30 - Live on BT Sport The dust having settled on the thriller with Racing a fortnight ago, that draw ha(...)

AJ MacGinty starts for the USA against England on Thursday. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Cardiff wing Blaine Scully will lead the USA into their World Cup opener against England at Kobe Misaki Stadium on Thursday. The 31-year-old veteran (...)

AJ MacGinty in action for the USA against Ireland in 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

USA Who are they The USA have been an ever-present at the Rugby World Cup, appearing in every tournament since 1987, but they are yet to progress be(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores the crucial try despite James Lowe and Luke McGrath of Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Saracens 20 Leinster 10 The drive for five will have to be resumed next year. Leinster gave it the good fight, defending heroically and they kept pr(...)

Owen Farrell at St James’ Park ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

15 Alex Goode Age: 30 Height: 5’11” Weight: 91 kg (14st 4lbs) Minutes: 640 Points: 0 He has beaten more defenders (35) is this season’s tournament t(...)

Leinster have named their team for Saturday’s final at St James’ Park in Newcastle. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Champions Cup final: Leinster v Saracens Kick-off: 5pm, Saturday. Venue: St James’ Park. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start at 4pm. O(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery gets in some kicking practice at the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

US Eagles v Ireland, Red Bull Arena, Saturday, 10pm (Irish time) – live Eir Sport Spoken like a true disciple, Rhys Ruddock delivered the gospel acco(...)

Jerome Kaino playing with local children at Smith Park, Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

In another world, Jerome Kaino could have run out in Chicago on Friday in a USA shirt to face the New Zealand Maori. As it is, he is now 75 times an A(...)

Matt Scott scored one of Scotland’s five second half tries as they beat the USA 39-16 at Elland Road. Photograph: Reuters

Scotland 39 USA 16 We should have known a giant-killing was in the air when the USA took a trip to the nearby Royal Armouries a few days ago and found(...)