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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…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Munster set the early pace after a standout performance from JJ Hanrahan while Saracens look in ominous formThe two most successful sides in the tournament’s history are in charge of the pool. Much is made of the regular rest given to Ireland’s leading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Danny Cipriani sent off for shoulder to face of Munster’s Rory Scannell

• Gloucester fly-half apologises after being shown red card• Premiership player of the month left out of England squadDanny Cipriani’s bad week got considerably worse when the fly-half rejected by England was sent off for a high tackle during Glouceste…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Toulon’s nightmare speaks to French woes, Saracens are miles ahead of the pack and Freddie Burns had a weekend to forgetIt seemed as if all talking points would have to revolve around the 52-3 destruction on Friday night of the former multiple champion…

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CJ Stander try salvages draw for Munster to deny Exeter

• Exeter 10-10 Munster• Chiefs frustrated in Champions Cup openerNothing stimulates Munster more than Europe. They arrived at Exeter, whose only defeat in their previous 17 matches had been in the Premiership final against Saracens last May, without an…

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Champions Cup 2018-19: six players to watch in Europe’s elite competition | Robert Kitson

From Lyon’s back-row star Carl Fearns to rampaging Bath winger Joe Cokanasiga, who could be this year’s standout stars?The 2018-19 Heineken Champions Cup kicks off on Friday in what is always a keenly anticipated weekend in the European club rugby cale…

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England’s finest seek Champions Cup atonement at feet of Leinster | Paul Rees

Wasps have the first shot at the imposing holders in Dublin on Friday but Saracens look ready to wrest back the trophyThe pressing question in European rugby union as the Champions Cup starts is how do you stop Leinster winning it for a record fifth ti…

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Ronan O’Gara: ‘There’s no secret to the All Blacks but no one believes that’

Former Ireland fly-half has cut his coaching teeth with Crusaders in New Zealand and says the world champions are undeniably brilliant but still beatableThose who attended this week’s World Rugby Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Rugby, across the roa…

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Gerbrandt Grobler: ‘If Eddie Jones came calling, I wouldn’t turn it down’

The lock remains optimistic about his future and hopes his move to Gloucester will finally turn a page on his doping pastIf Gerbrandt Grobler needed a reminder that he can never fully escape his doping past, it came within days of his arrival at Glouce…

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Leinster ready to take their seat at the head of European rugby’s top table

It will take a monumental effort in the final from Racing 92 to deny Leinster victory in a Champions Cup that feels seminal, if certainly not vintageIt has not been a vintage Champions Cup by any stretch but after a weekend of deep intensity, if little…

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Teddy Thomas runs in two tries as Racing power past Munster

• French side set up Champions Cup final with Leinster in Bilbao• Munster caught cold in first half and go down to 27-22 defeatThe ultimate Irish rugby party may not have materialised but this season’s European Champions Cup final should still be one f…

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Munster hope to make experience count in clash of styles with Racing | Paul Rees

The Irish are in their 13th European Cup semi-final while the French are in only their second, so the stage is set for another memorable night in BordeauxMunster’s long European love affair started 18 years ago at the Stade Chaban-Delmas and it is to B…