Sexton fit as Leinster make three changes for return Bath fixture

Sexton has overcome a calf injury to make the starting XV.

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Murray set for 120th cap as Munster team named for Castres clash

Munster have made one change from the team that took to the field in the home fixture last weekend with Joey Carbery set to start at out-half.

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Heineken Champions Cup: Pondering the Pool Two permutations

CJ Stander is not the only one pondering the potential Heineken Champions Cup implications for Munster from the other game in Pool 2 this weekend.

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‘Last year we were hunting... now we are being hunted’

Garry Ringrose believes Bath poachers Sam Underhill and Francois Louw are every bit as dangerous a partnership at the breakdown as the celebrated Australian pairing ...

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Paddy Jackson’s Perpignan bid to scupper Connacht hopes

It’s three years since Connacht last won five games on the spin but they get a chance to equal that this evening when they take on a Peprignan side without ...

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Coetzee: Ulster determined to build on Llanelli performance

Ulster will look to take a giant leap towards the knockout stages in Belfast tonight as they look to complete back-to-back victories over Scarlets.

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‘Steve’s place as a New Zealand rugby legend is guaranteed’

Steve Hansen will leave his role as New Zealand head coach with his record “unsurpassed”, according to All Blacks chairman Brent Impey.

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Steve Hansen: The best All Black coach ever

There are, apparently, lies, damned lies, and statistics, but you can stack the numbers any way you like and still conclude that Steve Hansen is the best coach the ...

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French teenager playing for Stade Francais dies in rugby match

A teenage rugby player with French side Stade Francais has died after being injured in a game.

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CJ Stander predicts hot reception in France

CJ Stander has lent some perspective to the disquiet over Munster’s failure to grab a bonus point against Castres last weekend.

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Steve Hansen’s glittering reign as All Blacks coach to end after 2019 World Cup

The 59-year-old has won 85 of his 96 Tests.

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Paddy Jackson to face Connacht in Perpignan clash

Paddy Jackson is back in the Perpignan side that faces Connacht in the Challenge Cup tomorrow night.

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Rory Best to become Ulster's most capped player in Europe

Ulster Head Coach Dan McFarland has named an unchanged squad for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup Round 4 match against Scarlets at 7.45pm in Kingspan Stadium. ...

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UIster won’t get sloppy in Belfast, vows John Cooney

John Cooney believes that complacency is not a word that will feature in Ulster’s game plan tomorrow night in the second stanza of their Heineken Champions ...

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Johann Van Graan builds towards perfection

A dropped pass in the opposition 22, a botched lineout five metres out or a knock-on in the 12th phase of a try-line siege.

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Banned Leinster flags failed 'snap test, slip test and fire test', say Bath

Bath Rugby have issued a lengthy statement about the reasons behind their decision to prevent Leinster distributing 1,500 flags to travelling supporters last Saturday. ...

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Tony Adams to become new president of England's Rugby Football League

The 52-year-old has forged close links with the RFL through his Sporting Chance charity.

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Joe Schmidt: 'Never say never' on possible coaching return

Joe Schmidt has not ruled out returning to coaching some day.

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Joe Schmidt wins Phillips Manager of the Year Award for the second time

Joe Schmidt has won the 2018 Phillips Manager of the Year Award.

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Conor Murray: 'We took the time that was necessary to get the neck fully right'

Conor Murray may be frustrated he missed Ireland’s historic victory over the All Blacks last month but he has no regrets he took the time to properly rehab ...

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Joe Schmidt turned down All Blacks' approach last year

The Irish boss rejected an offer to join Steve Hansen's backroom staff.

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Dragons part company with Bernard Jackman

Dragons have announced that Bernard Jackman will leave his post at the region with immediate effect.

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Rassie Erasmus to quit coaching role after World Cup

Rassie Erasmus will step down from his role as coach of the Springboks after next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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Jim Mallinder linked with Dragons after Bernard Jackman sacked

Bernard Jackman has been sacked as head coach by the Dragons.

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Even in victory, Tadhg Furlong finds room to improve

Leinster, like Ireland, are no longer governed by the old standards.

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Premiership Rugby ‘on track’ for deal to change face of the game in England

PRL chief executive Mark McCafferty indicated that the deal was so close it might not even require another formal meeting.

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Farrell ruled out for Munster clash with Castres but hope for Carbery return

Munster will be without Chris Farrell for their Heineken Champions Cup trip to Castres this weekend after the Ireland centre was ruled out with a thigh injury on ...

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'World class' Johnny Sexton signs contract until 2021

Johnny Sexton will continue to play after next year's World Cup in Japan.

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We’re still using flags banned by Bath, say defiant Leinster chiefs

Leinster Rugby chiefs last night issued a hard-hitting statement disputing claims by Bath officials that flags carried by supporters of the province were unsafe.

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Dan McFarland warns against complacency at home

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland is looking for more of the same from his troops when Scarlets come to Belfast looking for revenge on Friday night.

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Mike Haley targets away win after strong showing against Castres

While Simon Zebo was impressing once again for Racing 92, his replacement Mike Haley continued his progression with a strong showing for Munster in their victory ...

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Henshaw a doubt for Ireland's Six Nations opener

Robbie Henshaw has emerged as a major doubt for Ireland's opening Six Nations clash against England in Dublin next year.

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Lancaster coy on future as Leinster contract talks continue

The identity of Stuart Lancaster's employer this time next year remains up for debate.

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Late call-up JJ Hanrahan excels

When the time came, JJ Hanrahan was ready to step into the breach.

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Van Graan: Munster players 'adapted to disruptions' to win heavyweight clash

Munster head coach Johann Van Graan hailed his side's second-half display as they secured a 30-5 win over Castres Olympique in their Heineken Champions Cup clash ...

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Simon Zebo helps Racing beat Leicester to move clear of Ulster

Leicester kept their slim Heineken Champions Cup hopes alive by securing a four-try bonus point in a thrilling 36-26 defeat to Racing 92 in Paris.

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60-second report: Munster's quick start to second half the key moment

After a tense first half saw Munster take a narrow 6-0 lead into the break, the dynamic of this contest changed completely following the restart.

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Saracens show class with second-half fightback against Cardiff

Blues led at half-time but Mark McCall’s men came storming back.

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JJ Hanrahan steps in to guide Munster past Castres

JJ Hanrahan stepped into the breach for Munster and guided the province to a convincing victory over Castres at Thomond Park as Johann van Graan’s side stretched ...

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Baxter admits Exeter fell short of the mark in Gloucester defeat

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter accepted that his side's European campaign was virtually over as they crashed to a surprise 27-19 defeat at the hands of Gloucester ...

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Leinster sink Bath at recreation ground

Holders Leinster gained a priceless away victory and severely dented Bath's Heineken Champions Cup hopes by claiming an intense 17-10 victory at the Recreation Ground. ...

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A Munster post match menu: Tart cherries and turmeric juice

Thomond Park will start to empty as the final whistle sounds tomorrow afternoon when referee JP Doyle calls time on Munster’s European showdown with Castres.

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Former coach Girvan Dempsey intimately familiar with ‘the Leinster Way’

If there is anyone within Bath’s camp who knows what to expect when Leinster come to town this weekend it is Girvan Dempsey.

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Letters from France: Ongoing mayhem as Les Gilets Jaunes protesters refuse to play ball amid turmoil in France

It’s tipping past 9pm on Saturday night and there are still about 15 Agen supporters hanging outside the back of the stand at Stade Pierre Fabre in Castres. ...

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This Castres is different. We take Europe seriously

Castres Olympique coach Joe El-Abd has warned his players to expect an ‘unbelievably tough game’ at Thomond Park, writes James Harrington.

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Leinster to wash away bad Bath memories

Back to Bath. Back to the grim reality that was Leinster’s last visit.

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Twin incentives at play for ambitious Munster

The respect given by Johann van Graan towards Castres this week has been well deserved given their arrival in Limerick tomorrow as champions of France. Yet there ...

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Jacob Stockdale in inspiring form as Ulster edge Scarlets in Champions Cup

Ireland star Jacob Stockdale produced another try-scoring performance as Ulster put a huge hole in Scarlets' Heineken Champions Cup hopes.

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A look ahead to this weekend's All-Ireland League action

Here's a preview of the All-Ireland League ties taking place on Saturday, with all games scheduled to kick off at 2.30pm.

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Perpignan - due to play Connacht tomorrow - in grief after former player killed in bar attack

Perpignan has been plunged into grief after former star player Barend Britz was assaulted and killed outside his bar in the city centre last night.

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