Munster’s Keith Earls: his  remarkable rehabilitation from injury forced Johann van Graan to make a selection decision in the back three. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Racing 92 v Munster Kick-off: 3.15pm, Sunday. Venue: U Arena. On TV: Live on BT sport. Ronan O’Gara, the late Anthony Foley, Donnacha Ryan (...)

Billy Holland: will be making his 14th European start in a row when he lines up against Racing 92 in Bordeaux. Photograh: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If at first you don’t succeed and all that. Time was when Billy Holland could scarcely get a look in, what with some fella called O’Connell on the sce(...)

Tadhg Furlong has offloaded the ball more than any of his Leinster teammates. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Drilling down into categories of comparison between Leinster and Scarlets ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva stadium the bare f(...)

Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan said his team can take a lot from their tour of South Africa. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

When Munster were landed with a two-game, two-week trek to South Africa in readiness for next Sunday’s European Champions Cup semi-final against Racin(...)

Racing 92 supporters cheer during the  Champions Cup final against  Saracens at the Stade de Lyon in  May, 2016. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Beyoncé and Jay Z will put Dan Carter and Racing 92 out of the U Arena on May 5th. Paris can always attract a bigger superstar and Jacky Lorenzetti ha(...)

Racing 92’s Donnacha Ryan celebrates after his side’s victory over Clermont Auvergne in the Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Marcel-Michelin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 17 Racing 92 28 Racing 92 recovered from a shaky start to beat fellow French club Clermont 28-17 away and secure a Champions Cup se(...)

Jacob Stockdale: the Ireland winger’s  seven tries proved a Six Nations record.  Photograph: Paul Harding/PA

A third Grand Slam, 12 consecutive victories in the Test arena from the final match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship to the game that marked the s(...)

France players celebrate at the final whistle of the Six Nations match against England at Stade de France. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

France 22 England 16 Eddie Jones insists England are negotiating an inevitable slump where the “game does not love you” after France handed Ireland t(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud powers over to score France’s third try in their win over Italy. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

France 34 Italy 17 Hugo Bonneval’s second-half try proved pivotal as France ended their nine-match winless run and left Italy facing another Six Nati(...)

 Francois Trinh Duc is chased by  Mathieu Bastareaud during a training session at the Maurice David stadium in Aix-en-Provence ahead of Friday’s Six Nations game against Italy in Marseille. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

France coach Jacques Brunel reshuffled his backline as Les Bleus look to end an eight-game winless streak when they face Italy in the Six Nations on F(...)

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