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Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton in training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Bath. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1: Bath v Leinster Kick off: 3.15pm, Saturday. Venue: Recreation Grounds. How to follow: Full coverage on The Irish Times(...)

Andy Farrell: “These boys are gung-ho to play a Test match and draw a series, make it level at the weekend. There’s no excuses there.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the course of their record dozen victories in a row, and especially so during the Six Nations window, this Irish squad have shown a capacity to imp(...)

Conor Murray poses for photos with fans during Ireland’s training session at Buccaneers RFC in Atholone. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Like a bad dream, or witnessing a car crash, Joe Schmidt feared he could see Robbie Henshaw being injured before he grounded the ball and quietly impl(...)

France’s Maxime Médard clashes with Tadhg Furlong at Stade de France in 2016. Away wins are hard to come by in the Six Nations – which rarely follows preordained scripts. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The time to back Ireland has passed. At 6-4 second favourites to win the title, and down to 7-2 to win the Grand Slam, neither odds offer especially t(...)

New Zealand All Blacks’ Sonny Bill Williams is shown the red card by referee Jerome Garces during the second Lions Test in Wellington. Photo: Marty Melville/Getty Images

Highlight To put this in some kind of context, nobody beats the All Blacks, especially in New Zealand. Ireland had been there five times between 2002(...)

Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman: “I don’t want to go to Munster, Leinster and Ulster and get hammered but I have to take a medium- to long-term plan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bernard Jackman is his own man. But when he was playing with Leinster in 2005, an Australian coach arrived to the RDS and began a wholesale change tha(...)

Jonathan Sexton training in Auckland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton, redemption man. He shouldn’t really have to prove anything to anybody after all he’s achieved, but venturing into the finale of the ult(...)

Sean O’Brien arriving at a judicial hearing at the New Zealand Rugby offices in Wellington on Sunday. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Had Sean O’Brien been suspended for the third Test it would undoubtedly have been a game changer in favour of the All Blacks. Hereabouts, they respect(...)

 Lions’ Conor Murray in action scoring a try on Saturday. Photograph: Anthony Phelps/Reuters

New Zealand 21 British & Irish Lions 24 An epic occasion has an epic match. It was flawed, fierce, dramatic, improbable, unrelenting, unpredictab(...)

Lions coach Warren Gatland leaves the pitch following his side’s Test win over New Zealand in Wellington. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland hailed his team’s character after becoming the first side in 46 games to beat the All Blacks on New Zealand terrain, but was far from t(...)

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