Dan Carter of Racing 92 is tackled by Simon Zebo of Munster during a   Champions Cup Round Two match  at Thomond Park in October. Photograph:  Getty Images

Robbie Deans used to run alongside Neville Carter. Actually, it was the other way round, what with Deans being an All Black in the Canterbury Country’(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy: he  is possibly the best rugby brain in the Leinster squad. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

What does it take to complete a nine-dart finish? In his entire career legend Phil “The Power” Taylor has managed it on TV a miserly (but record) 11 t(...)

This year’s Champions Cup final will be played in Bilbao. Photograph: Inpho

State of Play Saturday’s Champions Cup final between Leinster and Racing 92 will be held at the rebuilt 53,000-seater San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao. Th(...)

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(...)

Fear of further failure fuelled Leinster’s Heineken Cup victory over Leicester in 2009. File photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster never needed to lose a final to learn how to win a final. There had been enough suffering by the time we got to Murrayfield in 2009. Leo Cul(...)

 Leinster’s Luke McGrath:  he  must prove the ankle damage sustained against  Saracens  has healed sufficiently.  Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

The Natal Sharks and a second South African side are set to join the Guinness Pro 14 in 2019/20. Having become increasingly disillusioned with the Sup(...)

Joey Carbery: His conundrum will find its own solution; elite rugby tends to. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

What is success? Dare I wonder, in this professional era, what Connacht coach Kieran Keane’s definition might be? In the beginning of professional rug(...)

Leinster players Scott Fardy and Tadhg Furlong are on the shortlist for European Player of the Year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Champions Cup finalists Leinster and Racing 92 have dominated the shortlist for the EPCR European Player of the Year 2018 award. Scott Fardy is one o(...)

Teddy Thomas scores a try for Racing 92 in their Champions Cup semi-final win over Munster. Photo: Nicolas Tucat/Getty Images

It had just gone 21 minutes when Teddy Thomas took on the ball in a right channel and turned in field side stepping and gliding through the thin red l(...)

Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas  passes the ball to his captain Maxime Machenaud to score their third  try in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Stade  Chaban-Delmasin Bordeaux. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Racing 27 Munster 22 Something of a Groundhog Day for Munster. This sixth successive semi-final defeat in the European Champions Cup was as anti-clim(...)

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