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Rugby - Saturday 8 December, 2018

Sexton's calf a concern as Leinster emerge from 'mixed' display with victory

Head coach Leo Cullen and his team will take some pride in winning on the road.

Larmour's intercept try crucial as Leinster squeeze out away win in Bath

Leo Cullen’s side weren’t at their best in tricky conditions but found a way to win.

Connacht weather the Galway storm to get European campaign back on track

Andy Friend’s side managed the conditions brilliantly to grind out an important Challenge Cup win over Perpignan.

'We have to take safety seriously' - Bath apologise for confiscating Leinster flags

The English Premiership side said the flags were ‘tested against three safety criteria and failed all three, including fire’.

As it happened: Bath v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup

The champions travelled to the Rec for a crunch European tie.

'Big players stood up, that's the bottom line... We came with an edge'

Ulster delivered an impressive performance to secure a bonus-point win in Llanelli last night.

'It's an exciting time. There's a great buzz around Galway and within the camp'

Back in Connacht green, Finlay Bealham is relishing the prospect of running out at the Sportsground again this afternoon.

Leinster bid to put European defence back on winning track in Bath

‘We know there’s not that much room for error across the course of the games.’

Rugby - Friday 7 December, 2018

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Stringer answers the call as full Dancing With The Stars line up announced

The full line up of 10 amateur dancers has been announced.

'The world's his oyster, he can go wherever he wants' - Addison shines for Ulster

Ulster’s Will Addison was superb once again in the bonus-point win over Scarlets.

Superb Ulster stun Scarlets with stirring bonus-point win in Wales

Dan McFarland’s forwards were brilliant as man of the match Will Addison shone in the backline.

Recent Leinster debutants set for return to AIL club action over the weekend

Patrick Patterson and Jack Kelly among a host of provincial players due to line out in club colours.

Ex-French international Lievremont sacked by Romania after just three games

Thomas Lievremont guided Romania to a November win over Portugal, but defeats to USA and Uruguay have cost him his job.

England star Itoje emerges as injury doubt for Six Nations opener

The second row is nursing a knee problem.

Bundee Aki back to boost Connacht for visit of Perpignan

Andy Friend’s side are bidding to get their Challenge Cup campaign back on track in Galway tomorrow.

Leavy starts at 8 as Leinster hand 12 shirt to Reid for Bath trip

Leo Cullen has recalled his Ireland front-liners for tomorrow’s visit to the Rec.

Carbery and Stander back as fully-loaded Munster welcome Castres

Johann van Graan is very close to having his first-choice XV for the back-to-back meetings with the French champions.

Six Nations and Guinness strike naming rights deal until 2024

The move increases the brand’s visibility in rugby and will come into effect immediately with the Six Nations kicking off in just eight weeks.

'Any time there is medication involved everyone needs to be very, very cautious'

Leinster coach Leo Cullen underlined the quality of the province’s medical team.

Speight eager to work for Ulster as his departure date draws near

The Wallaby is keen to make up for lost time and leave an impression on the Champions Cup before returning to the Brumbies.

'We’ve a bit of a relationship with them': O'Mahony prepared to tough it out against familiar foe Castres

Munster’s long love affair with Europe has pitted tham against Castres more than any other side.

Rugby - Thursday 6 December, 2018

Long-awaited Carbery-Murray axis makes for a special occasion as Munster take on Castres

Johann van Graan is just over a year in charge of Munster, and all the pieces are beginning to come together for him.

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How common is the use of painkillers in modern rugby?

Brian O’Driscoll spoke frankly about the use of pills last night.

'He's telling me he's very happy at the moment anyway' - Cullen on Lancaster's Leinster future

Leo Cullen and Leinster remain hopeful that Stuart Lancaster will stay with the province.

Betting adverts to be banned 'whistle-to-whistle' during live sports broadcasts in the UK

Between 28,000 and 40,000 people in Ireland suffer from a gambling disorder.

Ireland pair Henderson and Addison return to Ulster team for Scarlets trip

Captain Rory Best and wing Jacob Stockdale are also included for Friday’s European fixture.

'Joe is the coach who has picked me over my career. I wouldn’t be here without him'

Devin Toner has been one of Joe Schmidt’s most reliable performers in his eight years in Irish rugby.

'A difene and a couple of co-codamol': O'Driscoll opens up on painkiller use in rugby

‘It almost became like habit where it gave me a fighting chance if I wasn’t feeling 100%.’

McFarland enjoying the journey as Ulster set for 'biggest game of the Champions Cup so far'

‘Sometimes you get the feeling that there isn’t enough respect given to the Pro14,’ he said ahead of their Scarlets clash though.

Rugby - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

'Rugby Australia should be mortgaging the bank and the house to get David Nucifora back'

Former Wallabies hooker Brendan Cannon believes the IRFU’s High Performance Director should be snapped up by Australia.

England not ruling out approach to re-hire Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster

The 49-year-old has also been linked with a position on Andy Farrell’s Ireland coaching ticket.

Contepomi: 'Leinster are not the Barcelona of rugby - we have a lot to improve'

The defending European champions have developed a high-possession, high strike-rate style of play.

Aki set for surprise Connacht return as Friend's men turn attention to Europe

The Ireland centre is due to head back to New Zealand for his wedding, but could be involved this weekend.

'It's all I think about every day': Keith Earls desperate to claim a European medal to call his own

The Munster wing doesn’t count his 2008 Heineken Cup medal as a true winners’ medal as he was an unused replacement in Cardiff.

Rugby - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

'Just being on the safe side': Halfpenny out of Ulster clash due to concussion

The Scarlets fullback has not played since Wales’ Autumn Test win over Australia.

45% of international rugby players felt pressure to train or play when not fully fit

The International Rugby Players survey covers injury rates, concussion and club versus country demands.

Ulster release South African prop from his contract after just three appearances

Schalk van der Merwe’s career at the northern province failed to take off after his arrival from the Southern Kings.

Tom Tierney names exciting Ireland U19 side to face Australian Schools

Ulster’s Aaron Sexton is named to start on the wing in Saturday’s game at Donnybrook.

Munster and Connacht make changes to their European squads

Prop Jeremy Loughman has been added to the southern province’s Champions Cup panel.

Munster hoping to have Conway and Haley in harness for Castres clash

Johann van Graan could be without Stephen Archer as the Champions Cp back-to-backs get into gear.