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Leinster into European Champions Cup final after Sexton smites Scarlets

• Leinster 38-16 Scarlets• Sexton try completes crushing win to put Leinster into finalIt is not an opportune time to play Irish sides. A contest between league champions and the team they defeated in last season’s Pro12 semi-final across the road from…

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Munster hope to make experience count in clash of styles with Racing | Paul Rees

The Irish are in their 13th European Cup semi-final while the French are in only their second, so the stage is set for another memorable night in BordeauxMunster’s long European love affair started 18 years ago at the Stade Chaban-Delmas and it is to B…

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Ruan Ackermann targets European Challenge Cup victory with Gloucester

• ‘We will have to be at our best’ against Newcastle, says flanker• Gloucester sixth in Premiership as season reaches its finaleThe European Challenge Cup has in recent years been Gloucester’s consolation ticket after Premiership campaigns that flicker…

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Welsh regions still playing catch-up with Irish despite Scarlets’ success

The provinces and their exploits in Europe inspired radical restructuring in Wales but finance and player development hold the regions backLeinster meet the Scarlets in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The…

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Stadium for Cornwall moves step closer with £3m of council funding

• Councillors approve big tranche of cash for £14.3m project• Bristol rebrand serves up dummy pass to local gay clubA new stadium for Cornish Pirates rugby club is a significant step closer to being constructed after Cornwall council agreed to pay £3m …

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Wayne Pivac’s thrilling Scarlets put heart and soul back into Welsh rugby

The storming run to a European Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster has reunited a proud rugby town and brought the fans flooding backAfter the Scarlets had beaten La Rochelle last month to reach their first European Cup semi-final for 11 years, P…

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Northampton deal a big blow to Leicester’s top-four hopes

• Leicester 21-27 Northampton• Stephen Myler kicks 12 points in Saints victoryNorthampton’s coaching consultant, Alan Gaffney, wondered before the match whether some of his players had switched off early: as early as October, it could be argued given t…

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Power in danger of squeezing out skill in rugby union’s battle of big hits | Paul Rees

Bulkier players, greater fitness and replacements use is shrinking the space in which artistry like Phil Bennett’s can be displayedThe chairman of Augusta International, Fred Ridley, this week expressed his concern that modern golfers were smashing the…

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Wayne Pivac to rest leading Scarlets players in preparation for Leinster

• Welsh side in last four in Europe for first time since 2007• Pivac: ‘We are where we wanted to be at this stage of the season‘The Scarlets will rest some of their leading players this weekend to keep them fresh for the following Saturday’s European C…

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What England can learn from the Celtic renaissance | The Breakdown

Two sides from Ireland and one from Wales have made the semi-finals of the Champions Cup – Premiership teams are now playing catch-upA Celtic one, two, three in the Six Nations for the first time was followed by two sides from Ireland and one from Wale…

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Dan Carter rolls back years while Pro14 dominance leaves England on outside | Paul Rees

Former All Black is gunning for European Champions Cup glory before he goes to Japan but obdurate Munster stand in his wayRacing is not a word associated with Dan Carter’s running style, which is more a languid glide as he assesses his options with def…

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Leinster’s Devin Toner primed to take advantage in Saracens’ combat zone

Leinster second-row believes Irish strength at the breakdown may be crucial against the European championsSaracens, who retained the Champions Cup last season, face Leinster in Dublin on Sunday cast in the unfamiliar role of underdogs, having crawled i…

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Stephen Jones expects ‘special night’ as Scarlets host La Rochelle

Llanelli’s attack coach has experienced some great times with the Welsh region and believes Friday’s Champions Cup quarter-final could be anotherThe Scarlets have always been a refuge for romantics. A side who spawned Barry John, Phil Bennett and Carwy…

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Relegation becomes live issue as Premiership Rugby plots next course | Paul Rees

Premiership now wants an end to relegation with Championship clubs hardly fit to make the jump upThe Saracens chairman, Nigel Wray, reflected in his programme notes for the Premiership match against Harlequins at the Olympic Stadium last weekend that h…

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Scarlets’ Aaron Shingler: ‘I need to keep pressing for World Cup place’

A year ago Aaron Shingler’s Wales career looked over. Now, as Scarlets prepare to face La Rochelle in the Champions Cup quarter-final, his challenge is to stay in Warren Gatland’s plansAaron Shingler was one of Wales’s standout players in the Six Natio…

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London Irish face fight for their future beyond relegation battle

Declan Kidney, London Irish’s recently appointed technical consultant, will need to pull off a miracle with Exiles 12 points adrift at bottom of Premiership as club also faces fight for its professional futureDeclan Kidney does not need to be a qualifi…

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Saracens’ problems reflect those of England with Irish shadow looming | The Breakdown

In their most challenging season this decade, Sarries face Leinster in the Champions Cup on Easter Sunday looking to do what Eddie Jones’ men could not – beat an Irish sideLast May, English rugby celebrated a double double. Saracens retained the Europe…

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Six Nations 2018: the unsung heroes of this year’s championship

Rory Best held Ireland together, England’s Chris Robshaw worked tirelessly and Sergio Parisse’s experience helped ItalyThe Ireland captain was asked after the grand slam victory whether Eddie Jones’s derogatory remarks about the country revealed a few …

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From Ireland’s win to England’s loss, the Six Nations was settled in Paris | Paul Rees

Ireland and England’s campaigns were summed up by their final few seconds in the French capital, with Ireland surging to victory and England losing after a fumble at the breakdownThe outcome of the 2018 Six Nations was settled in Paris. It was where Jo…

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Warren Gatland calculates risks as Wales look to absorb France blows | Paul Rees

Coach laces abandon with pragmatism in Six Nations against French side who rely on power and straight-line runningPoints make prize money in the Six Nations. The title may have gone west but the cost to the Welsh Rugby Union of defeat against France in…