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Rugby - Sunday 13 January, 2019

Exeter keep European hopes alive ahead of Thomond visit

The Chiefs picked up a bonus-point win to ensure their trip to Limerick next week means plenty.

Ulster Rugby vow to 'robustly investigate any complaints' after Simon Zebo says he was abused by fans

The Irish star suggested he was subjected to racial comments at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

'Just don't give up': Finnegan living proof that there is always a better day ahead

Mick Finnegan has an invaluable tale to pass on to anyone struggling with mental health.

Friend satisfied with narrow win over Sharks as destiny in Connacht's hands

A win in Bordeaux next weekend will guarantee a quarter-final spot in the Challenge Cup.

Long-serving Steenson determined to help Exeter lay down a marker on Thomond Park return

Exeter’s Irish captain is an outsider turned landlord after nearly 11 years with the Devon club.

McFarland hails 'amazing stuff' as Ulster empty the tank to beat Racing

While Jacob Stockdale grabbed the headlines, his pack had to dig good and deep to deny Racing a comeback win.

Ex-Ireland prop Fitzpatrick embedded in US rugby's exciting rise

The former Ulster man is head coach of the Houston SaberCats in Major League Rugby.

Cullen: 'Toulouse win a really important step for a lot of Leinster players'

The eastern province may have been depleted by injuries, but they again demonstrated an unrivalled strength in depth to march towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Rugby - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Man-of-the-match Ringrose leads the way for Leinster

The 23-year-old was outstanding for Leo Cullen’s side against Toulouse.

Stockdale 'stardust' leaves Ulster in control of their destiny

Dan McFarland has the northern province on the verge of their first quarter-final since 2014.

Garryowen dump Bateman Cup holders Lansdowne out in dramatic fashion

Liam Cronin was the hero as the Limerick club booked their place in the decider against City of Armagh.

'Leinster are really phenomenal, they're a class team'

Toulouse are still in the hunt for a quarter-final spot, but their 12-game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt in Dublin.

Super Stockdale inspires Ulster to thrilling win over Racing

The northern province beat last year’s runners-up to put themselves in an excellent position to make the knockout stage.

Connacht withstand Sale comeback to earn big Challenge Cup win

Andy Friend’s men head to Bordeaux in round six with a quarter-final within their grasp.

McGrath's knee injury the only blemish on Leinster's five-star afternoon

The scrum-half limped off in pain during the province’s big win over Toulouse this afternoon.

Leinster show their champion mettle to topple Toulouse in thrilling RDS battle

Leo Cullen’s side produced a breathtaking four-try performance to seize control of Pool 1.

As it happened: Ulster v Racing 92, Heineken Champions Cup

Get up to date on all the action from Kingspan Stadium.

As it happened: Leinster v Toulouse, Heineken Champions Cup

As it happened: Leinster v Toulouse, Heineken Champions Cup

It’s the four-time champions versus the four-time champions.

MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle Aj

MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle

The Dublin-born out-half misses Sale’s game against Connacht this afternoon, but won’t let his injury setback knock him off course.

Racing mark defining day in Ulster's campaign

The Paris giants lead the way to the quarter-finals, but Ulster have ensured they will be ready.

Injury-hit Leinster set for biggest test of their Champions Cup defence

Leo Cullen’s side are not at full strength but will need to produce a big performance against Toulouse at the RDS this afternoon.

Carbery shines for Munster in 'special performance' at Kingsholm

The 23-year-old out-half scored two tries and kicked at 100% for the third time in a row.

Rugby - Friday 11 January, 2019

O'Mahony's popped rib the only dampener on a brilliant night for Munster

The captain was forced off early in the second half after an excellent performance.

Sensational Joey Carbery guides Munster to superb five-try win in Gloucester

Johann van Graan’s men were excellent against the Premiership outfit.

'I'm not worried about what we don't have - we have so much faith in the players'

Leinster are without several key players for their clash against Toulouse, but Leo Cullen is not concerned.

As it happened: Gloucester v Munster, Heineken Champions Cup Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: Gloucester v Munster, Heineken Champions Cup

We followed all the action from Kingsholm as Johann van Graan’s side bid to take a big step towards the knockout stages.

Cullen provides positive news on Seán O'Brien's fitness ahead of Six Nations

The flanker is due back from a broken arm in the coming weeks.

Sexton rehabbing knee issue as Leinster provide update on injured players

Rob Kearney and Dan Leavy picked up injuries in training during the week.

England flanker ruled out of Six Nations after undergoing ankle surgery

Sam Underhill suffered the injury while playing for Bath in late December.

O'Halloran returns from injury as Connacht reinstate Aki to starting line-up for Challenge Cup duty

Denis Buckley has also been named to start against Sale Sharks this weekend.

All-Ireland Cup semi-finals take centre stage this weekend

Lansdowne are bound for Dooradoyle to meet top-flight rivals Garryowen, while City of Armagh face fellow Division 1B side Buccaneers.

Leinster without Sexton, Henshaw, Toner and Kearney for Toulouse showdown

Leo Cullen has named his team for Saturday’s Pool 1 clash at the RDS.

Baloucoune back from ban to make European debut in Ulster's daunting date with Racing

Simon Zebo will start opposite Jacob Stockdale as last season’s runners-up bid to seal their passage to the knockout stage.

Good news for fans as Munster's European pool decider set for free-to-air TV

Virgin Media also have coverage of Leinster’s showdown with Toulouse tomorrow afternoon.

'We're treating it as a final': Toulouse ready to raid the RDS

Flanker Rynhardt Elstadt provides an insight into the Toulouse dressing room ahead of Saturday’s showdown against Leinster.

Farrell boost adds to Munster confidence for Kingsholm clash

Danny Cipriani’s return boosts Gloucester for what should be an absorbing European tie.

Larmour v Kolbe: 'You’d pay money to see them on the same field, wouldn’t you?'

Two of the most exciting attacking talents in the game are set to be on show at the RDS on Saturday.

Friend confident scrum-half Marmion will be fit for Ireland's Six Nations defence

The Connacht nine had ankle surgery in November, but has stepped up his recovery in recent weeks.

Rugby - Thursday 10 January, 2019

How they stand: The state of play across the Champions Cup pools

Defending champions Leinster are in a strong position, Munster lead the way in their pool and Ulster are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.

Can Ross Byrne fill Johnny Sexton's boots for Leinster's pivotal clash with Toulouse? Heineken Rugby Weekly This post contains videos

Can Ross Byrne fill Johnny Sexton's boots for Leinster's pivotal clash with Toulouse?

Byrne, 23, looks set to deputise for the World Player of the Year in the European champions’ crunch tie at the RDS.