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Leinster take Ireland’s assault on European rugby to new heights | Michael Aylwin

Leo Cullen’s side’s dominance over Scarlets was total, and an all-Ireland final against Munster now feels inevitable – and highly appropriateThe grip of the Irish on European rugby tightens ever more mercilessly. Ireland won the grand slam on the back …

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Leinster into European Champions Cup final after Sexton smites Scarlets

• Leinster 38-16 Scarlets• Sexton try completes crushing win to put Leinster into finalIt is not an opportune time to play Irish sides. A contest between league champions and the team they defeated in last season’s Pro12 semi-final across the road from…

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Leinster’s James Ryan spearheads twin Irish assault on Champions Cup

• Young lock aims to stay unbeaten in Saturday’s Scarlets semi• Keith Earls back from injury for Munster’s game with Racing 92It bears repeating that James Ryan, the Leinster and Ireland lock, is yet to lose a senior first-team match for club or countr…

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Scarlets’ James Davies: ‘I’d rather have fun than be boring and have more Welsh caps’

The Welsh club hope their openside flanker’s rugby skills will be as sharp as his comic timing when they meet Leinster in Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-finalNot since Llanelli’s fabled win over the All Blacks in 1972 has west Wales felt so muc…

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Welsh regions still playing catch-up with Irish despite Scarlets’ success

The provinces and their exploits in Europe inspired radical restructuring in Wales but finance and player development hold the regions backLeinster meet the Scarlets in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The…

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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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Wayne Pivac’s thrilling Scarlets put heart and soul back into Welsh rugby

The storming run to a European Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster has reunited a proud rugby town and brought the fans flooding backAfter the Scarlets had beaten La Rochelle last month to reach their first European Cup semi-final for 11 years, P…

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Wayne Pivac to rest leading Scarlets players in preparation for Leinster

• Welsh side in last four in Europe for first time since 2007• Pivac: ‘We are where we wanted to be at this stage of the season‘The Scarlets will rest some of their leading players this weekend to keep them fresh for the following Saturday’s European C…

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Wales open talks with Wayne Pivac about succeeding Warren Gatland

• Scarlets coach confirms initial discussions with WRU• Manu Tuilagi’s hopes of England tour rest on LeicesterThe Scarlets coach, Wayne Pivac, has confirmed he has held talks with the Welsh Rugby Union with a view to replacing Warren Gatland as Wales h…

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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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Scott Williams try puts Scarlets into semi-finals with win over La Rochelle

• Scarlets 29-17 La Rochelle• Record crowd sees Scarlets go into last four of European CupThe Scarlets became the first Welsh region to reach the last four of the European Cup for nine years as they overcame a nervy start against imposing and enterpris…

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Stephen Jones expects ‘special night’ as Scarlets host La Rochelle

Llanelli’s attack coach has experienced some great times with the Welsh region and believes Friday’s Champions Cup quarter-final could be anotherThe Scarlets have always been a refuge for romantics. A side who spawned Barry John, Phil Bennett and Carwy…

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Scarlets’ Aaron Shingler: ‘I need to keep pressing for World Cup place’

A year ago Aaron Shingler’s Wales career looked over. Now, as Scarlets prepare to face La Rochelle in the Champions Cup quarter-final, his challenge is to stay in Warren Gatland’s plansAaron Shingler was one of Wales’s standout players in the Six Natio…

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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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Dan Jones inspires Scarlets to edge past Toulon and into knockout rounds

• Scarlets 30-27 Toulon• Welsh side into knockout stage for first time since 2007The Scarlets, playing before the biggest crowd in the Champions Cup here, are known for their silky qualities but it was the steel they showed in defending a slender lead …

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Scarlets turn back clock 13 years to Stephen Jones’ thrilling Paris dash | Paul Rees

Champions Cup victory over Bath brings back memories of Wales’ 2005 Grand Slam, plus Toulon president in hot waterWatching the velvet Scarlets reducing Bath to despair was to be transported back 13 years when Wales won the Grand Slam after ripping up t…

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Tadhg Beirne powers Scarlets to verge of last eight in masterclass at Bath

• Bath 17-35 Scarlets• Tadhg Beirne shows the way as Scarlets give Bath a masterclass in broken playThe Scarlets are on course to make the last eight of the Champions Cup despite losing their two opening matches after giving Bath, who started the night…

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Scarlets’ plan to hit Bath with power dented by Leigh Halfpenny injury

• Full-back fails late fitness test before key European Champions Cup tie• Sam Underhill returns for Bath in sole change to impress Eddie JonesThe Scarlets are aiming to invoke the spirit of 2002 at Bath on Friday night in their quest to reach the knoc…

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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…