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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is remaining optimistic ahead of his side’s clash against a very affluent and physical Montpellier side. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Bracing themselves for the financial and physical monster that billionaire owner Mohed Altrad and new coach Vern Cotter have assembled at Montpellier,(...)

 Darren Sweetnam scores a try to seal Munster’s place in the last four of the Champions Cup. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster 41 Toulouse 16 This wasn’t perfect but in so many ways it was vintage Munster on another vintage Thomond Park occasion. So while they may hav(...)

Toulouse have struggled to recapture former glories and are currently outside the top six for qualification for next season’s Champions Cup. Photograph:  Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Stade Toulousain! The club is synonymous with winning and flair. No team has won more French Championships or European Cups. They also did so with a c(...)

Maxime Medard celebrates his try against Ireland with French team-mate Maxime Machenaud during the Six Nations match at  Stade de France. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A Dublin taxi driver from a strong soccer background told me his grandson came home from his first rugby training session with three simple rugby prin(...)

Seán O’Brien lies injured on the Stade de France turf. The flanker’s substitution was a big blow to Ireland. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Statistics, unfortunately, can confuse. I expected to witness very clever Irish actions on Saturday to cause French ‘reaction’, especially from their(...)

France’s Virimi Vakatawa and  Ireland’s Andrew Trimble compete for the ball during their Six Nations clash in Paris. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

It’s hard not to respect Andrew Trimble. We will miss the Ulster winger’s honesty when he eventually stops lacing up boots. “That’s criminal getting (...)

Virimi Vakatawa will make his first appearance in a side containing four uncapped players. Photograph: Getty Images

New France coach Guy Noves has made a bold choice by picking Sevens stalwart Virimi Vakatawa on the wing in a new-look team to face Italy in their op(...)

Peter O’Mahony’s inclusion in the Munster team is a huge bonus against Toulouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a measure of the Heineken Cup’s status that this quarter-final weekend is almost as pivotal in the story of the 2013-14 season as Ireland(...)

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