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Munster aim to overcome Champions Cup semi-final sticking point

• Munster have lost past six at this stage in the cup• Saracens’ Mako Vunipola fit for Ricoh Arena semi-finalThe last time Saracens won the European Champions Cup, in 2017, they defeated Glasgow in the quarter-finals and Munster in the last four to set…

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Munster aim to overcome Champions Cup semi-final sticking point

• Munster have lost past six at this stage in the cup• Saracens’ Mako Vunipola fit for Ricoh Arena semi-finalThe last time Saracens won the European Champions Cup, in 2017, they defeated Glasgow in the quarter-finals and Munster in the last four to set…

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Brad Barritt: ‘I had to be selfish and tell my three-year-old son to fill the ice machine’

The Saracens captain has relied on the goodwill of his family to recover from an ankle injury in time to tackle Munster in Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-finalLittle escapes the TV cameras now poking into every pre-match huddle but, in Brad Barritt’s ca…

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The Breakdown | Return of the flamboyant fly-half: daring No 10s are back in fashion

An outside-half who poses an attacking threat is once more a premium product and the Champions Cup semis will provide a fascinating contrast in stylesIt has been a season when number 10s have come back in from the outside. This weekend’s European Champ…

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Conor Murray: ‘Winning the European Cup with Munster means the world to me’ | Donald McRae

Ireland and Lions scrum-half faces Saracens on Saturday and, with the World Cup looming, is ready for a ‘career-defining’ six months‘I’m in the real world now,” Conor Murray says with amusement soon after he opens the front door to his house in Castlet…

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Jamie George spells out Saracens double vision and relishes clash with Munster

• Hooker says side aim to go unbeaten for rest of season• Acknowledges Champions Cup semi-final will be tough testJamie George has set his sights on another domestic and European double after Saracens made a “statement of intent” by thrashing Glasgow W…

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Jacob Stockdale and Racing 92 left to regret what might have been | Robert Kitson

Ulster wing’s failure to ground ball let Leinster off the hook while 14-man Toulouse held off their French rivalsWhichever team ends up winning the Champions Cup this will go down as the year of the European clanger. Maybe Leinster, Munster and Toulous…

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Jamie George leads from the front for Saracens in Owen Farrell’s absence | Gerard Meagher

The hooker chose a good time to impress the watching England coach, Eddie Jones, at Allianz ParkOn afternoons like this it is easy to forget just how long Jamie George had to wait for his first England start – that he was named as a replacement 19 time…

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Liam Williams bags two tries as Saracens storm to semi-final

• Saracens 56-27 Glasgow• England’s leading club secure Munster meetingIt duly turned out to be a repeat of the Calcutta Cup, but the 2017 version when England cut loose at Twickenham rather than this month’s Scottish revival. Saracens dominated after …

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Keith Earls sinks Edinburgh to put Munster in Champions Cup semi-finals

• Edinburgh 13-17 Munster• Winger scores twice to cap comeback win for visitorsTwo tries from Keith Earls secured Munster a 17-13 victory at Edinburgh and a 14th Champions Cup semi-final appearance.The winger scored a brilliantly executed second try wi…

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Toulouse’s youngsters bring swagger back to Champions Cup hopefuls

The aristocrats of French rugby endured a spell in the wilderness but face Racing 92 feeling full of confidenceNo team have appeared in more European Cup finals than Toulouse but after winning the last of the six, in 2010, the aristocrats of French rug…

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Edinburgh aim to ‘out-Munster Munster’ for place in Champions Cup semi-finals

• Richard Cockerill’s team includes seven Scotland forwards• More than 35,000 expected at Murrayfield on SaturdayRichard Cockerill seemed as surprised as anyone to be namechecked by the Rugby Football Union this year as a possible candidate to succeed …

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Champions Cup quarter-finals: team news for the weekend’s quarter-finals

• Maro Itoje and Stuart Hogg both back for Saracens v Glasgow• Johnny Sexton misses out for Leinster against Ulster12.45pm, BT Sport 3 Continue reading…

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Alex Lozowski: ‘You have to be ready to go to places that are likely to be violent’

The Saracens centre is ready for another bruising encounter with Glasgow on Saturday, and is not prepared to give up on his World Cup dream with England just yetName the England international who began his career at Chelsea and scored at West Ham last …

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Alex Lozowski: ‘You have to be ready to go to places that are likely to be violent’

The Saracens centre is ready for another bruising encounter with Glasgow on Saturday, and is not prepared to give up on his World Cup dream with England just yetName the England international who began his career at Chelsea and scored at West Ham last …

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Glasgow’s Adam Hastings: ‘Saracens away is the ultimate test in Europe’

Adam Hastings and the Glasgow side will be looking to make a mark at Allianz Park in Saturday’s European Cup quarter-finalLittle more than a year ago Adam Hastings was playing Premiership rugby in Scotland for Currie, having left Bath. He has since won…

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Saracens coach rejects Glasgow’s claim before Champions Cup quarter-final

• Dave Rennie says ‘push and shove’ utilised to get decisions• I’m not here to talk about them, says Mark McCallSaracens have rejected claims of gamesmanship made by Glasgow’s head coach, Dave Rennie, before Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final betwe…

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Schools’ rugby sevens heaven should be taken much more seriously | Robert Kitson

Many greats, including Gareth Edwards and Will Carling, have played in the Rosslyn Park National Sevens and skills acquired here can be priceless in top-level XVsEveryone in Mumbai knows about the Oval Maidan where 100 games of cricket can take place s…

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Glasgow’s Callum Gibbins warns Saracens may suffer Twickenham hangover

Co-captain says European Champions Cup quarter-final next Saturday could resound to impact of Scotland’s stunning Six Nations fightback against EnglandGlasgow have not beaten Saracens in five attempts in the European Cup, but after last week’s astonish…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Dan Robson’s display is silver lining for Wasps, Tadhg Beirne outmuscles Exeter while Saracens look Leinster’s biggest threatDan Robson’s performance for Wasps was one of the few shining lights on what was a difficult day for the home side, even if the…