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Rugby - Saturday 12 January, 2019

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.

Summer signing Mike Haley building trust in Munster's 15 shirt

The former Sale Sharks fullback has been first-choice for Johann van Graan this season.

Munster and Leinster name teams for 'A' inter-pro at Thomond Park

The game will be streamed live on YouTube on Friday afternoon.

'I hope it will go away': England star admits fear on injury return

Billy Vunipola has missed 47 weeks through injury since September 2017.

Byrne primed for Leinster's 10 shirt with Sexton set to miss out

Stuart Lancaster has backed Byrne to step up against Toulouse this weekend.

Leinster Rugby announces new TV deal for 2019 Senior Schools Cup

FreeSports will broadcast eight games between the first round and the St Patrick’s Day decider.

Positive scan clears Chris Farrell to start Munster's crucial Champions Cup clash in Gloucester

Meanwhile, the hosts in Kingsholm will be boosted by the return of Danny Cipriani.

'We're well able to match any Pro14 team,' says Carty as he targets a higher grade of European rugby

The in-form out-half has sampled two runs through the Champions Cup pool stage and wants to double that during his new contract.

'You just can't afford to let up for one second': Pain of defeat driving Ringrose's on-field intensity

The Leinster centre comfortably switches between very different personas on and off the field.

McFarland taking leaf from Schmidt's attention to detail to raise Ulster standards

Scrum-half John Cooney says Ulster are feeling the benefit of a trickle down effect after Ireland’s success.

Rugby - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

McKinley and uncapped Sisi among Italy's Six Nations squad

Conor O’Shea will bring his squad together for training camp on 20 January.

Toulouse's Ntamack one of five new faces in French training squad for Six Nations

The teenage centre is in line to emulate his father Émile.

Ultan Dillane signs contract extension at Connacht

It’s 73 and far-from-out for the Paris-born lock.

Connacht head coach has no fears about them becoming a development province again

Andy Friend spoke on the topic after Cian Kelleher’s departure was confirmed on Tuesday.

'Big players rise to these big occasions': Leinster ready for toughest test

Jack Conan says there is a mix of excitement and tension within the dressing room ahead of Toulouse showdown.