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Leinster to face Saracens in Champions Cup final after beating Toulouse

• Leinster 30-12 Toulouse• Three tries take holders into fifth European finalAs long ago as October the smart money was on Leinster and Saracens contesting this season’s Champions’ Cup final and a brutal Anglo-Irish slugfest duly awaits. On the evidenc…

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Ireland’s Johnny Sexton fails to lift wilting shamrock against England | Robert Kitson

No 10 frequently an Irish saviour but influence goes missing as green machine is rolled over by men in whiteNo grand slam this time, just the eerie thud of lofty Irish reputations crashing back down to earth. One bad result does not suddenly make Irela…

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Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks

• Ireland 16-9 New Zealand• Ireland see out their second victory over New ZealandBrutal does not even begin to describe the contest but, for Ireland, the outcome was as beautiful as any in their rugby history. For the first time they have beaten the Al…

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Dan Leavy inspires Leinster to beat holders Saracens in Champions Cup

• Leinster 30-19 Saracens• Leavy on scoresheet as Irish side set up semi-final with ScarletsThe jerseys were blue rather than green but otherwise this was an entirely familiar Anglo-Irish storyline. Leinster are through to the last four of the European…

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Dan Leavy inspires Leinster to beat holders Saracens in Champions Cup

• Leinster 30-19 Saracens• Leavy on scoresheet as Irish side set up semi-final with ScarletsThe jerseys were blue rather than green but otherwise this was an entirely familiar Anglo-Irish storyline. Leinster are through to the last four of the European…

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Vunipola brothers keep good times rolling as Saracens aim for glory

Sarries flew to Barcelona for a bonding session just hours after reaching their second successive Champions Cup final with a 26-10 win over Munster

Keeping up with Saracens grows ever tougher. Not content with reaching their third European final in four years, the defending champions have now flown to Barcelona for their latest impromptu bonding session at a time when most title-chasing clubs are looking to keep players on the straight and narrow. Sarries view the world differently and the results are hard to argue with.

Their senior players continue to detect a direct link between the good times they share off the field and the collective desire that ultimately sapped Munster’s spirit on Saturday. Had they not twice spilled the ball with the try-line begging, the visitors could conceivably have won by 30 points in the most hostile of surroundings. It will take a supreme effort from their opponents Clermont Auvergne to deny them a second successive European crown at Murrayfield on 13 May.

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Emerald flytrap shuts on England once again in Six Nations | Robert Kitson

Ireland can toast wins against Eddie Jones’s side and the All Blacks – the top two sides in the world – inside four months after a super-charged show of defiance

Say what you like about Ireland’s rugby men but they keep everyone guessing. This season they have been up and down more often than an addicted bungee jumper, mixing huge adrenaline rushes with regular descents back to square one. Since the joy and incredulity of Soldier Field in Chicago last November, they have been short of comparable highlights – until now. Beating the English in Dublin will never lose its appeal.

Related: England pursuit of grand slam and record foiled by defiant Ireland

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Ireland see off England to stay on course for Six Nations glory

• Ireland 19-9 England
• Henshaw try and four Sexton penalties seal win for Ireland
• As it happened: Ireland v England minute-by-minute report

Ireland are the only unbeaten side left standing in this year’s Six Nations championship after this ruthless dismantling of England in Dublin.

The Irish still have two away fixtures to play in Wales and Scotland but Joe Schmidt’s side had the edge over a previously confident England team in almost every department of the game.

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