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Andrew Porter carries for Leinster against Montpellier last December. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

While familiarity has long since taken some of the shine off the competition, the draw for the 2021-22 Champions Cup, which was made on Wednesday in L(...)

Referee Luke Pearce gestures during the European Champions Cup final  between La Rochelle and Toulouse at Twickenham Stadium. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The US defence secretary under President George W Bush was Donald Rumsfeld. He famously informed us about his “known unknowns”, and also his “unknown (...)

Ronan O’Gara consoles Geoffrey Doumayrou after La Rochelle’s loss to Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup final at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ronan O’Gara had to suffer two defeats in finals with Munster before they reached their Holy Grail and for the second time as an assistant coach, afte(...)

Head coach Ronan O’Gara, assistant forwards coach Romain Carmignani and director of rugby Jono Gibbes during the La Rochelle Captain’s Run at Twickenham on Friday ahead of the Heineken Champions Cup Final. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Final: La Rochelle v Toulouse, Twickenham, Saturday, 4.45 – Live on Channel 4/ Virgin Media/BT Sport There have been some grum(...)

La Rochelle    coach Ronan O’Gara: ‘I’m very proud of what this club has . . .  but at the same time, there’s a game to play and you know I’m in it to win. I’m not in it to partake.’ Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP via Getty Images

It’s rare for a club to win the Heineken Champions Cup without having cut their teeth and suffered a little pain along the way. Pedigree also counts, (...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne dejected after their 32-23 loss to La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Marcel Deflandre on Sunday. Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Inpho

So, no five-star Heineken Champions Cup final after all, rather a sixth all-French final after La Rochelle thoroughly eclipsed Leinster to earn a deci(...)

Munster’s Ronan O’Gara goes by Bryce Williams and Malcolm O’Kelly of Leinster during their Heineken Cup semi-final in 2006. Photograph:  Getty Images/Inpho

“Ollie Campbell organised it for me; it was an extension of my childhood – we got paid and I got an apartment, and there were a couple of restaurants (...)

La Rochelle’s Will Skelton against Gloucester in the Champions Cup Round of 16 at Kingsholm Stadium, England. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/InphoLa

Not the least disconcerting factor for Leinster’s prospects in La Rochelle on Sunday is the presence of Jono Gibbes and Ronan O’Gara in the home coach(...)

La Rochelle’s Ihaia West is fit to start against Leinster on Sunday. Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-final: La Rochelle v Leinster. Venue: Stade Marcel Deflandre. Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm local time/3pm Irish. On TV: Live on BT Sport. (...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner is tackled by Sam Simmonds and Jacques Vermeulen of Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at  Sandy Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Devin Toner, Michael Bent and Scott Fardy lifted the Pro 14 trophy together after Leinster’s win over Munster five weeks ago, it looked for all t(...)

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