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Wayne Pivac says Scarlets have no worries about facing Leinster in Dublin

• Coach relaxed Aviva Stadium is venue for Champions Cup semi• ‘One of our supporters makes up for 10 of the opposition’Scarlets’ head coach, Wayne Pivac, says the prospect of facing Leinster in Dublin holds no fears for his players and has questioned …

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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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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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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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Shalk Burger happy to have taken tough option as Saracens head to Leinster

A Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium is next up for the Saracens and former South Africa flankerSchalk Burger has a vineyard that sprawls over 180 hectares of Western Cape countryside waiting for him as soon as he decides to retire. Had …

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Brad Barritt back from injury in time to lead Saracens against Leinster

• Saracens captain had metal plate put in cheek on Tuesday• Champions Cup quarter-final is in Dublin on SundayBrad Barritt will lead Saracens in their Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster after displaying miraculous powers of recovery from a br…

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Saracens’ Alex Lozowski ready to step in for Farrell as Leinster tie looms

• Farrell ‘touch and go’ to be fit for Challenge Cup quarter-final• ‘I’ll do whatever the team needs. We all want to play the big games’Alex Lozowski is ready to lead the Saracens backline against Leinster in the European Challenge Cup quarter?final in…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

Saracens became the only Premiership club to gain a European Champions Cup quarter-final place, Scarlets were the comeback kids and injuries made grim viewing for GatlandWasps must be kicking themselves for their late capitulation at Harlequins the pre…

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Wasps win salvages English interest but big picture remains bleak | Robert Kitson

Saracens have their former local rivals to thank as they scrape into quarter-finals but Scarlets are the real ones to watchIn the end it could have been worse. At no stage in the history of European club rugby have England’s clubs endured a leaner pool…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Leinster’s Seán O’Brien to miss start of Six Nations after hip operation• Liam Williams starts for Saracens in make-or-break trip to OspreysChris Robshaw is absent from the Harlequins team to face Wasps after picking up what the club have described a…

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Exciting Jordan Larmour leads the new generation of Ireland whiz-kids | Robert Kitson

Leinster full-back will make his European debut against Glasgow on Sunday and is one of a number of rising stars who should make Ireland a potent force at the 2019 World CupThe name Jordan Larmour sounds like a throwback to Hollywood’s golden age. Eith…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

Of the five Champions Cup groups, Pool 5 looks like going down to the final weekend – with one point separating the top three: Bath, Toulon and ScarletsTake nothing away from Wasps’ hugely impressive victory against La Rochelle but the absence of Victo…

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Exeter failure to exploit early edge punished by Leinster’s Luke McGrath

• Pool 3: Leinster 22-17 Exeter• Exeter Chiefs face struggle to reach Champions Cup quarter-finalsPart of the Great English Humiliation last weekend, Exeter were one of those not quite disgraced then and here their dignity was way beyond reproach. Yet …

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

La Rochelle shine on the biggest stage, England’s finest freeze and the Welsh dragon roars as crunch time approaches in Champions CupHave a side ever taken to Europe as well as La Rochelle? It is supposed to require years of failure and frustration – o…

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Leinster’s Jack Conan seals win over Exeter with late try

• Exeter 8-18 Leinster• Third defeat of an English team by an Irish province in a weekendThis has not been a happy weekend for English clubs in the Champions Cup, either on the field or weather-wise. Not a single victory from five completed fixtures, t…

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Cian Healy punishes wasteful Glasgow as Munster hang on against Racing 92

• Warriors’ hopes effectively ended by 34-18 defeat to Leinster• Tries by Conor Murray and Andrew Conway clinch Munster’s 14-7 winTwo Cian Healy tries subjected Glasgow to another harsh lesson in European rugby as they lost 34-18 at home to Leinster. W…

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Robbie Henshaw puts Leinster on track despite Johnny Sexton absence

• Leinster 24-17 Montpellier• Russian side Krasny Yar shock Stade Français in SiberiaLeinster made light of the absence of Johnny Sexton with a winning start to their European Champions Cup campaign, beating Montpellier 24-17 at the RDS Arena.Sexton ha…

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European rugby review: Wasps fail to adapt while Ashton dents Lions claims

Wasps must learn to deal with unfavourable situations if they are to move on but there were many Lions pointers as Saracens beat GlasgowHome is where the heartache is not in Europe. As Wasps reflect on a European campaign in which they have won only in…

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Leinster zip past Wasps in Champions Cup as Joey Carbery impresses

• Leinster 32-17 Wasps
• Young full-back sets up two of four tries as Irish side reach semi-final

Leinster made April fools of Wasps in a meeting of the league leaders that was so one-sided it looked more like top against bottom. Just as England had been knocked out of their stride here two weeks ago, so Wasps needed more time than they were given by opponents they comfortably defeated twice last season. After providing three semi-finalists last season, England will supply no more than one this year.

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