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At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Leinster’s Joe Tomane tackled by Josh Matavesi and Alex Tait of Newcastle during the  pre-season friendly at Donnybrook. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Leinster 17 Newcastle Falcons 42 A lot of rust on offer in Donnybrook. A kick straight to touch from Ciarán Frawley, a wrong option from captain Scot(...)

Viktor Gresev scored two of Krasny Yar’s five tries in the Challenge Cup win over Stade Francais in Krasnoyarsk. Photograph: Inpho

Russian minnows Krasny Yar pulled off one of the biggest shocks in club rugby by beating holders Stade Francais 34-29 in the opening round of matches.(...)

Toby Flood in action against Ireland in 2011. Photograph: Billy Stickland

Former England outhalf Toby Flood is considering switching allegiance to play for Germany. The 32-year-old won the last of his 60 caps in 2013 and ef(...)

Outhalf Ian Madigan has struggled to hold down a first-team place at Bordeaux-Bégles. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan needs Bordeaux-Bégles to sign a back-up outhalf for Simon Hickey before negotiations can begin to join another French or English club. Ma(...)

 Mark McCall,  Saracens director of rugby, celebrates with Sean Maitland after their victory over RC Toulon  at Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon last weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Saturday Pool4 Castres Olympique v Northampton Saints, Stade Pierre Antoine (3.15, Sky Sports 2) – England captain and hooker Dylan Hartley, fellow E(...)

Ultan Dillane is congratulated by fans after Connacht’s win over Toulouse in the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 1 at the  Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Connacht revolution deepens. On another night of giant strides in the Sportsground, Pat Lam’s squad unveiled its latest spectacular demonstration (...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki touches down for the game-winning try in the Champions Cup match against Toulouse at The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Connacht 23 Toulouse 21 Another black-magic night for Connacht rugby. On one of the great nights for the West of Ireland club, they executed a sublim(...)

Ball control is the key factor for Connacht in their opening Champions Cup fixture against Toulouse, writes Liam Toland. Photo: Inpho

Are Toulouse a heavyweight of French rugby? Certainly they have a squad packed with international stars and boy does their European squad impress. But(...)

Toulouse scrumhalf Sebastien Bezy says return trip will be hard for Ulster. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

A conflux of historical precedent and statistical data illustrates the magnitude of the task facing Ulster at the Stade Earnest Wallon on Sunday. Th(...)

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