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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 in

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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 on

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Racing 92 blow away Munster to set up Champions Cup final with Leinster

Racing 92 27-22 Munster: Teddy Thomas scored twice as Racing made a lightning-quick start to an enjoyable semi-final in Bordeaux

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'A very monumental occasion': NOLA down Houston in Major League Rugby

No one could agree on the final score but the Gold definitely shocked the SaberCats as the US pro league began with a bang“It’s got to start somewhere,” said Tim Falcon, owner of the NOLA Gold. Related: Firefighters and cops face off as New York's p

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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 ba

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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 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 Bo

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Northampton Saints centre Rob Horne forced to retire at 28 after suffering career-ending arm injury

The 28-year-old was knocked unconscious just 13 seconds into the club's 27-21 victory at Leicester Tigers on 14 April

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Gloucester power past Newcastle to make European Challenge Cup final

• Johan Ackermann says Gloucester have ‘a long way to go’• Dean Richards bemoans missed chances in semi-finalJohan Ackermann declared a sense of satisfaction after Gloucester reached their third European Challenge Cup final in four seasons.The Glo

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Eddie Jones’ England Japan travel plans ripped apart by tournament officials

EDDIE JONES’ radical World Cup travel blueprint has been ripped apart by tournament chiefs. The England boss has been dealt a blow by organisers of Japan 2019 who have told his team to pack their bags and make sure they spend the full week in host c

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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 c

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Ashley Johnson suspended by RFU after Wasps forward fails drugs test

South African returned the 'prohibited substance' in an out-of-competition test on 7 February

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Brad Shields asks for New Zealand release in order to play for England

• Hurricanes flanker could join Eddie Jones’s squad in South Africa• New Zealand-born Shields qualifies for England through parentsBrad Shields has made an official request to be released by New Zealand Rugby for England’s tour of South Africa in

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Scarlets head to Dublin confident of an upset as Gareth Davies relishes European Champions Cup underdog tag

Exclusive: History shows the Scarlets have nothing to fear in facing Leinster on their own turf as Wayne Pivac's side plot another downfall for the European favourites

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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

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Waratahs win inaugural Super W grand final in golden point thriller

New South Wales 16-13 Queensland at Allianz StadiumCaptain Ash Hewson kicks winning penalty in 92nd minuteCaptain Ash Hewson has landed an after-the-siren extra-time penalty goal to give NSW a dramatic 16-13 win in the inaugural Super W women’s rugby fi

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Meet ex-gun cop Johan Ackermann who was banned for drugs but now hopes to lead Gloucester to rugby glory

EX-GUN cop Johan Ackermann dodged chasing South Africa’s most-deadly criminals during a career in the force. But the Gloucester boss has proved he can hunt down trophies. The South African arrived at Kingsholm just FOUR days before their first pre-s

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Dear Israel Folau, I’ve already been to hell | Kim Baker Wilson

I don’t need anyone to tell me I’m going to hell, I’ve already beenSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekdayI used to describe it like having my own funeral. The old Kim disappeared, he isn’t here now.It happened after

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England and New Zealand dispute over Brad Shields may end up in court

• New Zealand have threatened to block England picking Shields• Eddie Jones may select player for summer tour of South AfricaEngland and New Zealand will be on a collision course that may end in the courtroom should Eddie Jones seek to select Brad Shi

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Rugby shows the way where football fails as Spanish bans make mockery of Gianluigi Buffon case

There is a problem when it comes to respect in football, as showcased by Buffon's reaction to his dismissal in the Champions League quarter-final. Rugby, in contrast, treads a very different path

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Newcastle Falcons looking to bring substance and legacy to the north-east as bright new future beckons

With the Falcons enjoying increased success and profile, both on and off the pitch, there's an emerging sense that Newcastle is entering a new chapter in its relationship with rugby

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Five Spain players banned for up to 43 weeks for physically and verbally abusing referee after Belgium defeat

Sebastian Rouet was handed a 43-week ban with four other Spanish players suspended for confronting Romanian referee Vlad Iordachescu

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All Blacks scrum-half Brad Weber hits out at Israel Folau over anti-gay Instagram comments

Chiefs half-back tweeted he 'can't stand having to play this game that I love with people like Folau' following his remark that gay people will go to 'hell' unless they repent

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Rugby Australia caught between a rock and a hard place by Israel Folau | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia chose not to sanction their star player but will be holding their breath to see how sponsors respondWhether or not they are religious, Australian rugby officials will be praying major sponsors have been appeased by Israel Folau’s explana

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Joy Neville: ‘Coping in a male-dominated world? I don’t know anything else’

Former Ireland women’s captain turned referee has had a remarkable rise, culminating in her beating the men to win the World Rugby Referee of the Year AwardJoy Neville never wanted to be a referee. The former Ireland rugby captain had only just retired

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Four men summonsed to court over calling England head coach Eddie Jones a 'baldy c***'

The England rugby coach was targeted with verbal and physical abuse while making his way back from Edinburgh by train following the Six Nations defeat by Scotland

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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, Phil

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Bristol supporters furious with 'Bears' rebrand and fear they will be called the 'Yogis, Boo Boos or Fuzzies'

Bristol Rugby Supporters Club treasurer Mike West has questioned why the fans were not consulted about the club's controversial rebrand

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