Priestland holds his nerve to ensure Champions Cup rugby for Bath

Blackadder’s men edge late success at Leicester.

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Billy Vunipola ‘the best number eight in the world’ – Jamie George

The England number eight was in dominant form as Saracens clinched their third European title in four seasons.

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Cullen wary of Munster mission after Leinster's weekend woes

Leo Cullen is hopeful his bruised and fallen European champions can recover from their Saracens loss but wary of Munster’s own desire for silverware as preparations begin for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final.

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Sexton: Your decisions are as good as they are in hindsight

The received wisdom for Leinster’s loss was poles apart in the moments after Saturday’s final whistle and in the hours that followed when thousands of post-mortems had been undertaken in the pubs and eateries around Newcastle.

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Conan: We didn’t play the Leinster rugby that got us to the final

Brendan O’Brien Conan: We didn’t play the Leinster rugby that got us to the final

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A culture of success driven by project manager McCall

Mark McCall leans against a wall, his back to one of the many framed photos celebrating the local football club’s storied past, as he processes questions about his own club’s route towards legendary status.

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We won’t be pushed into panic measures, says Cullen

It would be lazy to dismiss Leinster as just another PRO14 casualty of the Saracens juggernaut.

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Leinster got suckered into playing too much rugby at a time they didn’t need to

An absorbing Heineken Cup final that lived up to its billing in every way. The Leinster players must have woken up yesterday wondering what hit them.

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Champions Cup Team of the Tournament: Furlong and Ryan stand tallest in adversity

Peter Jackson picks his XV for the Heineken Champions Cup Team of the Tournament.

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Goode vibrations for Sarries star Alex Goode

Alex Goode feels he is the victim of a witch hunt at Saracens as the club’s all-for-one, one-for-all attitude goes out of the window when it comes to the squad’s fantasy football league.

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Sexton remains Leinster’s North Star in Euro odysseys

Dig around through the entrails of Leinster’s last ten years of European triumphs and there are surprisingly few threads connecting them all.

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Leinster and Saracens hope to continue trend of European exhilaration

After a scarcely believable few nights of footballing drama, Europe’s two best rugby teams are this evening faced with the unenviable task of delivering a Heineken Champions Cup final to rival the beautiful game’s capacity to exhilarate.

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Could the Champions Cup final come down to just Sexton v Farrell?

Donal Lenihan on the players and performances that could shade today’s meeting of the European superpowers in Newcastle.

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Leinster focus is on Saracens rather than history

History will be in the air when Leinster face Saracens in tomorrow's Heineken Champions Cup final in Newcastle, but Leo Cullen won't feel the need to highlight the drive for five when he addresses his players before kick-off at St James' Park.

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Cullen: Leinster selection process far from easy

Leinster boss Leo Cullen named an unchanged starting line-up from the semi-final win over Toulouse for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final showdown with Saracens but insisted it was a far from straightforward selection process.

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Furlong and Vunipola: A reunion of the props’ mutual admiration club

It is a measure of the quality in play at tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup final that there is so much mutual respect between the two teams, respect borne out of the shared experience of a successful British & Irish Lions tour two summers ago.

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Leinster showed Saracens 'another step-up'

Tadhg Furlong might not have done Leinster any favours when he opened Mako Vunipola’s eyes to what it takes to be a true, world-class prop, on the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.

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Leinster v Saracens is rugby's version of Man City v Liverpool

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline

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In Jo’burg, with no coffee buddies and no answers

When you are idle in a hotel room in Johannesburg, the pre-match statistics booklet for the Heineken Cup final offers welcome respite from the boredom. Where’s the oul paddies out here when you need one for a chat? Which is why a mass of statistics has become my coffee buddy for part of the week.

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Gifted James Lowe can light up Champions Cup final

It’s not often that you’d find yourself sympathising with sports bodies.

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Vunipola motivated to reach top of his game by rival Tadhg Furlong

The pair will be on opposite sides in Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final.

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Gordon D’Arcy: How Leinster built a self-sustaining ecosystem

Gordon D’Arcy remembers when angst was the daily diet in Dublin.

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Price hikes may account for Champions Cup’s dwindling appeal

At face value, European rugby’s semi-finals bore all the hallmarks of sell-out occasions: The champions of England against the Red Army in one, the holders at home in Dublin against the most famous of French clubs in the other.

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Pain of past defeats has helped to shape Saracens, says McCall

Mark McCall, the Saracens director of rugby, handed Munster a crumb of comfort in the aftermath of his team’s 32-16 Champions Cup semi-final win in Coventry.

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Sexton and Leinster produce perfect answer for critics

Not everyone had faith that Leinster were capable of overcoming the challenge of Toulouse in Dublin and yet the European champions rose to the challenge on Easter Sunday to dispel all doubts and tee up a Heineken Champions Cup final to savour against Saracens.

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Leinster find their swagger to set up dream final

With question marks hanging over both provinces heading into their respective Champions Cup semi-finals, the likelihood of an all-Irish European final appeared distinctly unlikely in advance of the weekend’s action.

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Champions Cup review: Quiet Man Mark McCall looking to have the final word

Mark McCall made a record-breaking start to his first crack at the European Cup as head coach of Ulster. He responded by resigning.

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Mako Vunipola praises brother Billy’s self-control after boos in Saracens win

The England number eight was booed throughout the semi-final clash against Munster.

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Leinster rise impressively to the occasion on Easter Sunday

Leinster refuse to be a team that limits their eggs to the one basket.

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EPCR condemns ‘regrettable incident’ after fan appears to confront Vunipola

In a statement, European Professional Club Rugby said: “EPCR does not condone the entry of a spectator to the field of play.

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Van Graan: Munster came to win but were 'beaten by a better side'

Peter O’Mahony and Johann van Graan put their hands up after another Heineken Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Saracens and admitted they had simply been beaten by a better side.

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O'Driscoll: Beirne 'milking' penalty 'not a good look for our game'

Brian O'Driscoll has said the manner in which Tadhg Beirne won a penalty for Munster in the Champions Cup quarter-final is "not a good look" for rugby.

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'Complex' knee injury rules Dan Leavy out of World Cup

Ireland flanker Dan Leavy is set to miss the Rugby World Cup.

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Toulouse earn semi-final date with Leinster following thrilling win over Racing

Toulouse overcame the first-half dismissal of Zack Holmes to beat Racing 92 22-21 in a thrilling Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final.

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'To the Ulster fans...I let you down': Stockdale apologises for Champions Cup error

Jacob Stockdale has apologised to Ulster fans after he made what Brian O'Driscoll called an 'unforgivable' error.

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McFarland refuses to focus on Stockdale slip as Ulster fall short

Dan McFarland wore a knowing smile as he entered the auditorium for the evening's main press duties.

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Leinster earn Champions Cup semi-final spot with thrilling hard-fought win over Ulster

Brexit may have been delayed this week but Ulster have crashed out of Europe despite their best efforts tonight.

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Strettle shines in Farrell’s absence as Saracens reach Champions Cup semi-finals

David Strettle capitalised on the late withdrawal of Owen Farrell to cross twice as Saracens stormed into the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals with a 56-27 victory over Glasgow.

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No Johnny Sexton or Rob Kearney for Leinster's Euro derby with Ulster

No Jonathan Sexton, Rob Kearney on the bench and Jack McGrath given the weekend off.

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Johnny Sexton ruled out of Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final

Rhys Ruddock will captain the Leinster Rugby team taking on Ulster tomorrow, while Johnny Sexton has been ruled out following an injury.

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Jack O'Donoghue and Joey Carbery in Munster team to face Edinburgh

Joey Carbery has been named in the Munster team for tomorrow's Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

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Johnny Sexton a doubt for Leinster's Champions Cup clash with Ulster

Ross Byrne is on stand-by to start Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final against Ulster at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.

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Iain Henderson a doubt for Ulster's European clash with Leinster

Iain Henderson remains a doubt for Ulster's Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final with Leinster.

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Champions Cup semi-final venues confirmed

The venues for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals have been confirmed.

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Munster come to boil in Thomond "pressure cooker"

Munster’s season can now truly begin. The drama, tension and excitement that this pool stage of the Heineken Champions Cup has provided may well have kept us gripped, absorbed and thrilled through the past four months but negotiating it and coming out the other side with a ticket punched to the knockout stages is the province’s oft-stated minimum requirement.

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Joey Carbery ticking and kicking all right boxes for Munster

Joey Carbery’s mission to make a difference as Munster’s fly-half is being driven by his ambition to match his predecessors in the famous red ‘10’ jersey.

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Leo Cullen wary of derby with Dublin flavour

All’s well that ends well for Leinster.

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Not pretty to watch but so sweet to win for Munster

The journey continues for all the Irish provinces after another pulsating weekend of European action.

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Munster must find another knockout punch against Exeter

It is not as if Munster have not been here before, standing on the brink of a European quarter-final but still needing the final game to close out their progress to the knockout stages.

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Henderson returns for Leicester clash

Iain Henderson has recovered from injury to take his place in the Ulster team that will face Leicester Tigers at Welford Road in tomorrow's crucial Champions Cup tie, in what will be his 100th appearance for the province.

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Exeter aiming to rewrite history at Thomond Park

Peter Jackson gets over the gain line, behind the headline.

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Resilient Chiefs are capable of derailing Munster's Euro train

The omens for a first Heineken Champions Cup win on the road for Munster this season took a turn for the better when, against the odds, Chris Farrell was named to start in midfield when the team was announced last Thursday.

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Liam O’Connor added to Munster squad against Exeter Chiefs

Loosehead prop Liam O’Connor has been added to Munster’s Heineken Champions Cup squad for Saturday’s final pool game against Exeter Chiefs.

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Ulster boss McFarland appeals for witnesses to any Zebo taunts

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has reiterated the province’s condemnation of any verbal abuse allegedly directed at former Munster and Ireland star Simon Zebo last weekend. McFarland also urged any supporter who knows what happened to get in touch with the club.

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Wales forward Taulupe Faletau suffers broken arm – reports

The 28-year-old returned for Bath in Saturday’s 18-16 Heineken Champions Cup win over Wasps.

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Cockerill again seeking to rearrange rugby landscape

Richard Cockerill found out a long time ago that when one door opened another was always liable to smash him in the face.

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Exeter set up crunch Champions Cup clash with Munster after win over Castres

Exeter kept alive their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final hopes with a 34-12 bonus-point victory over Castres at Sandy Park.

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Why all the fuss over Franco Mostert?

There are many examples that can be given to demonstrate just how talented a player Franco Mostert is.

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