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Wales captain  Gareth Thomas is tackled by Lionel Beauxis  and Dimitri Szarzewski of France during a Test match    at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Gareth Thomas came clad in pink for his first game as an openly gay rugby player. As did his Cardiff team-mates. “They must have known you were maki(...)

Montpellier’s South African lock Jacques Du Plessis  in action against Lyon last week. Photograph: Getty Images

Montpellier v Newcastle Falcons  GGL stadium (1.0, Irish time, live on BT Sport)  The Falcons produced a memorable finish to pickpocket the (...)

  Andrew Conway is tackled by Willis Halaholo. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 39 Cardiff Blues 16 Munster mined 14 points from a second half sin-binning as they put Cardiff Blues away 39-16 at Thomond Park. John Ryan an(...)

Conor Murray trains with Munster at  UL. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Munster v Cardiff Blues Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick Kick-off: 1.30pm On TV: Live on Sky Sports The return of Munster’s three test Lions could ha(...)

Leinster’s Jamison Gibson-Park in action against  Ospreys: he starts at scrumhalf for  Cardiff game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cardiff v Leinster, Cardiff Arms Park, 7.35pm. TG4. Leinster’s remarkable supremacy over their capital city rivals from Wales can rarely have looked(...)

Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow: synthetic surface gives exciting rugby a chance. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

According to Gregor Townsend of the Glasgow Warriors last weekend, “It’s going to be tough; they’ve always been excellent around the breakdown. They (...)

Cardiff Blues’ Dan Fish scores a late  try against Munster in the Guiness Pro 12 game at Musgrave Park. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 23 Cardiff Blues 24 Munster fell to their first loss of the Pro 12 season as tries from Andrew Conway and Dave Kilcoyne could not deny Cardif(...)

Alex Wootton carries Conor Murray on his back during Munster squad training at University of Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster v Cardiff Blues, Musgrave Park, TG4, BBC Wales, Friday, 7.25pm The influence of new head coach Rassie Erasmus has had an immediate impact, (...)

Leinster’s Isa Nacewa scores his side’s try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Cardiff 13 Leinster 14 Leinster went top of the Guinness Pro12 for the first time this season thanks to a performance in which Isa Nacewa scored th(...)

Johnny Sexton in action against Wales in their Six Nations opener. “On seeing his demeanour on the field last Sunday it looked to me like he was enjoying his rugby again.” Photograph: Getty Images

The well-worn line about doing the jersey justice resonates in the wake of Paul O’Connell’s retirement from rugby. But a genuine tribute to Paulie’s l(...)

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