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John Robbie: ‘The apartheid leaders wanted to kill me with a crossbow’

John Robbie made his name playing for Ireland, the Lions and in South Africa, yet his life after rugby has been more dramaticBy Jonathan Drennan for the Guardian Sport NetworkJohn Robbie has lived in South Africa for nearly 40 years but he has not lost…

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Chris Boyd smiling again as Northampton make comeback in Lyon

• Saints win 36-24 in France• Bath’s Ross Batty sees red in UlsterThe Northampton players were castigated by their director of rugby Chris Boyd for their lacklustre display against Benetton Treviso last weekend but the Saints recovered to keep their f…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

Danny Cipriani’s injury has hurt Gloucester with a crunch match to come while Saracens and Racing 92 meet in a game to savourA sure sign of a good team is one that keeps winning convincingly even when not entirely striking its best form. Leinster curre…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

Danny Cipriani’s injury has hurt Gloucester with a crunch match to come while Saracens and Racing 92 meet in a game to savourA sure sign of a good team is one that keeps winning convincingly even when not entirely striking its best form. Leinster curre…

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Exeter carry the English standard but French clubs look a real force | Robert Kitson

Racing 92 and Toulouse are a threat in the European Champions Cup while Leinster are a dominant force this seasonAt first glance this year’s European Champions Cup is not noticeably awash with suspense, with four of the five pool winners plus Clermont …

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Exeter carry the English standard but French clubs look a real force | Robert Kitson

Racing 92 and Toulouse are a threat in the European Champions Cup while Leinster are a dominant force this seasonAt first glance this year’s European Champions Cup is not noticeably awash with suspense, with four of the five pool winners plus Clermont …

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Champions Cup preview: Exeter’s Hogg heads to Glasgow to meet former club

• Munster seek to deny Racing 92 top spot in Pool Four• Leinster host Lyon, Toulouse travel to face ConnachtLeinster are already guaranteed to finish top of the pool and their focus is on securing a home draw in the quarter-finals with two points separ…

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Garry Ringrose scores hat-trick as Leinster overwhelm Saints again

• Leinster 50-21 Northampton• Saints can still qualify for last eightLeinster became the first team to qualify for the knock-out stage with two rounds to go after overwhelming Northampton for the second time in a week, again scoring seven tries. Despit…

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Six Nations coaches need to freshen up squads or face falling behind | Robert Kitson

In 2000 Warren Gatland used World Cup players and Ireland lost so he tore up the teamsheet and turned things aroundIt has been a curious European Champions Cup season so far, with very few sides performing above pre-tournament expectations. Gloucester …

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

It was a difficult weekend for English clubs, with Irish provinces picking up a triple crown of victories over Premiership sidesIreland look like going into the Six Nations Larmour-plated. Joe Schmidt, who stood down as the national side’s head coach a…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

It was a difficult weekend for English clubs, with Irish provinces picking up a triple crown of victories over Premiership sidesIreland look like going into the Six Nations Larmour-plated. Joe Schmidt, who stood down as the national side’s head coach a…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

It was a difficult weekend for English clubs, with Irish provinces picking up a triple crown of victories over Premiership sidesIreland look like going into the Six Nations Larmour-plated. Joe Schmidt, who stood down as the national side’s head coach a…

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Seven-try Leinster tear Premiership leaders Northampton apart

• Northampton 16-43 Leinster• Johnny Sexton’s injury mars winThe clash of the two unbeaten teams in the group who were also leading their leagues was not as one-sided as the scoreboard suggested but it showed leading the Premiership is not a sign of ar…

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Champions Cup preview: Munster expect monster crowd for Saracens visit

• Holders leave most of England stars at home• Northampton unbeaten at home since start of AprilDan Biggar returns at fly-half for Northampton in the match of the round between teams who have lost one match between them in the league and Europe this se…

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Champions Cup preview: Munster expect monster crowd for Saracens visit

• Holders leave most of England stars at home• Northampton unbeaten at home since start of AprilDan Biggar returns at fly-half for Northampton in the match of the round between teams who have lost one match between them in the league and Europe this se…

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European Champions Cup roundup: Glasgow too strong for Sale

• Warriors open their campaign with 13-7 victory• Leinster, Harlequins and Ospreys v Munster laterDTH Van Der Merwe’s try gave Glasgow a winning start to their Champions Cup campaign as they edged out Sale 13-7. Dave Rennie’s team dominated the first h…

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Ireland suffer Rugby World Cup injury blow as Sean O’Brien is ruled out

• Leinster flanker out for six months with hip injury• O’Brien joins Dan Leavy in missing tournamentIreland’s Rugby World Cup hopes have suffered a blow with the news that flanker Sean O’Brien will miss the tournament in Japan with a hip injury, his cl…

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Leinster ruin Stuart Hogg’s farewell to claim Pro14 title against Glasgow

Glasgow 15-18 LeinsterTries: Fagerson, Stewart. Con: Hastings. Pen: HastingsTries: Ringrose, Healy. Con: Sexton. Pens: Sexton 2Leo Cullen knew the European Champions Cup finalists would be up against it playing Warriors in their own city, and the vast …

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Mark McCall ensures Saracens’ dominance is set to run and run | Robert Kitson

With three European crowns in four seasons there are no signs Saracens’ reign is coming to an end anytime soonThis time next year European rugby’s finals will be held in the south of France rather than the north-east of England, with Marseille’s Vieux …

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Billy Vunipola lives up to Champions Cup final rallying cry for Saracens

• Maro Itoje: ‘He told us he would show up’• No 8 scores decisive try in final against LeinsterBilly Vunipola gave a rousing speech on the eve of Saracens’ Champions Cup final victory, promising to deliver a match-winning performance. He then proceeded…