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Saracens united after ‘motivated’ Billy Vunipola powers way into final | Paul Rees

The No 8’s outstanding display in the 32-16 win against Munster helped Saracens stride into the European Champions Cup finalThe closest Munster got to Saracens was when one of their supporters clad in the province’s red jersey came within a few metres …

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‘There was no intention to hurt anyone’ says Billy Vunipola on social media row

• ‘Behind closed doors, I felt a lot of love and kindness’• Vunipola confronted by spectator after final whistleBilly Vunipola played down more hostile reaction to him following his liking of Israel Folau’s social media tirade against sinners after hel…

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‘There was no intention to hurt anyone’ says Billy Vunipola on social media row

• ‘Behind closed doors, I felt a lot of love and kindness’• Vunipola confronted by spectator after final whistleBilly Vunipola played down more hostile reaction to him following his liking of Israel Folau’s social media tirade against sinners after hel…

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Billy Vunipola in the spotlight as Saracens keep focus amid turmoil | Michael Aylwin

The No8 has been under scrutiny for his support of Israel Folau and delivered an intense performance in a hostile atmosphere against MunsterHe must have thought he had begun to leave the last 10 days behind him. No sooner had Billy Vunipola scored the …

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Billy Vunipola try helps Saracens power past Munster into Champions Cup final

• Saracens 32-16 Munster• Man-of-the-match Vunipola booed throughout gameSaracens reached their third Champions Cup final in four years with a decisive, if hard fought, victory over Munster who fell at this stage for the third season bin a row. Billy V…

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Billy Vunipola try helps Saracens power past Munster into Champions Cup final

• Saracens 32-16 Munster• Man-of-the-match Vunipola booed throughout gameSaracens reached their third Champions Cup final in four years with a decisive, if hard fought, victory over Munster who fell at this stage for the third season bin a row. Billy V…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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Joey Carbery helps Munster kick battling Exeter Chiefs out of Europe

• Pool 2: Munster 9-7 Exeter• Don Armand try not enough in epicSaracens will again be the only English club in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup after Exeter lost narrowly in a gruelling match at Thomond Park. The Chiefs did not just hav…

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Alone It Stands: Munster rugby takes down All Blacks, moves on Manhattan

John Breen’s very Irish play, finally brought to New York, tackles the meaning of sport – and therefore life itselfIt’s a shame, in a way, that John Breen’s opera from 2014, Breakdown, is not in fact about rugby. In his play Alone It Stands, at 59E59 i…

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Exeter target finest Champions Cup feat with qualification on line at Munster

• Premiership club must win at Thomond Park in pool decider• Baxter unhappy at having less recovery time than MunsterExeter are being challenged to pull off one of the great escapes in European rugby history when they face Munster in their Pool Two dec…

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Gloucester out after Munster’s Joey Carbery eclipses Danny Cipriani

• Gloucester 15-41 Munster• Ireland fly-half scores two tries and 26 pointsGloucester did not so much bow out of Europe last night as sink without trace on another bruising evening for English self-esteem. Munster may not be quite the force of old but …

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Gloucester dogged by inconsistency, Edinburgh and Glasgow head for the last eight and Leinster have look of championsThe pool of champions has polarised. Leinster, for all Toulouse’s attempts to recapture past glories, are the team in control, even if …

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Champions Cup preview: Carbery to start for Munster; Kruis back at Saracens

• Graham Kitchener makes return for Leicester• Newcastle ring changes against Edinburgh Related: Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson Continue reading…