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Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Mark McCall celebrates Saracens’ Champions Cup win. Photograph: David Davies/PA

It has been a long time since the Rugby Football Union trusted anyone from a high-profile English club side to coach its national team. In theory the (...)

Munster backs and attack coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery: leaving the province after 10 and 14 years of service, respectively. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster’s loss is set to be Ulster’s gain as Bill Johnston moves to Belfast. This could become a reversal of fortunes following the impact Chris Farre(...)

George Kruis is seemingly unfazed by the incoming game of the decade. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Topics to file George Kruis interview under: Black Monday. Stuart Lancaster. Felling Munster. Leinster revisited. Cannabis (minus the THC). That abou(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe celebrates his try against Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium in April 2018. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Final Leinster Rugby v Saracens Kick-off: 5pm. Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle. On TV: Live on BT Sport 2/Channel 4/Virgin M(...)

  Rob Kearney celebrates at the final whistle after the battle with Clermont in 2012. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

April 2012. Someway, somehow we kept out Clermont Auvergne under blazing Bordeaux sun. Walking back down the tunnel at Stade Chaban-Delmas that unmist(...)

Garry Ringrose in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

For the fifth time in the last 11 years, Leinster’s chances of winning a Heineken Champions Cup final are noticeably enhanced by having a brilliant nu(...)

Robbie Henshaw’s return in time for the Toulouse semi-final, and for the European Champions Cup final against English side Saracens is vital for Leinster. Photograph: Getty Images

Familiarity breeds contempt it’s said, but for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final it’s surely more a case of respect. For not the least intriguin(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Saracens’ Owen Farrell in  a scuffle during last year’s  Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva  Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Next Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final isn’t so much a case of two tribes going to war, more two machines finally colliding in the biggest North(...)

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