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Speaking about Joey Carbery,  Ronan O’Gara said: “People forget that Joey Carbery is 22 years of age. It’s staggering to see his growth as a player. I just hope people aren’t expecting too much of him in his first full season playing ‘10’.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heineken are back as title sponsors and arguably no team is more synonymous with the competition, nor provided more of its greatest memories, than Mun(...)

Donnacha Ryan: has been almost an ever-present for Racing 92 this season as he again proves his worth to the French Top 14 club.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Racing 92 are keen to hold on to Donnacha Ryan and are set to table a new one- or two-year contract for the former Irish international. The 34-year o(...)

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(...)

Rémi Talés fails to score a last-minute drop goal for Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final against Leinster. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

European Champions Cup final Leinster 15 Racing 12 Like all great teams – and Leinster can now be bracketed thus – it can’t always be all-singing an(...)

Racing 92 captain Yannick Nyanga carries during his side’s narrow defeat to Leinster. Photograph: Cristophe Simon/AFP

Louis Dupichot Mixed under the high ball. Survived a HIA after a clash of heads with Henshaw and spurned a late chance by kicking straight at Ringros(...)

Johnny Sexton at Leinster’s captain’s run at San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao on Friday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster Rugby v Racing 92   Kick-off: 5.45pm/ 4.45pm Irish time. Venue: San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao. On TV: Live on BT Sport and Sky Sp(...)

 Donnacha Ryan: “It’s important that I bring the intensity, which is the easiest part of being a rugby player – you love playing. As a job it is fantastic.” Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Incredible just about covers the journey so far. At least Donnacha Ryan won’t know the Leinster calls. In Bordeaux he stood waiting for CJ Stander to(...)

Leinster players congratulating James Ryan after he scored a try against Scarlets.  The genesis of the try  was a sharp lineout move. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Perusing the statistics relating to the knock-out stages of the season’s Champions Cup ahead of Saturday’s final between Leinster and Racing 92 in the(...)

Devin Toner: “It’s a bit of a double-edged sword. Do I bluff him or do I not bluff him?”.

Devin Toner knows the lineout will be one of the most highly contested areas when Leinster meet Racing 92 on Saturday in Bilboa. With former Munster l(...)

Racing 92’s  Juan Imhoff  runs with the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing 92 and SU Agen, at La Rabine Stadium in Vannes, western France, last Saturday. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images

While the loss of captain, playmaker and primary goalkicker Maxime Machenaud has dominated the headlines regarding Racing 92 since they disposed of Mu(...)

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