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Leinster 22 Exeter 17: Irish battle back in gladiatorial Champions Cup clash as Chiefs squander 14-point lead

The miserable run for English clubs in the Champions Cup continued in Dublin on Saturday but not without a monumental effort from Exeter Chiefs in a gladiatorial contest that has all but secured Leinster a quarter-final place.<p>There may have been a hint of controversy about the winning try, with …

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Exeter vs Leinster preview: Chiefs irked by enduring perception as plucky overachievers

Hardworking. Honest. A team greater than the sum of its parts. It seems no matter how many games the Exeter Chiefs win – and they are on a run of nine straight in all competitions right now – or how many titles they acquire, the perception endures that they are good, solid professionals but without …

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Exeter 8 Leinster 18: Chiefs suffer first home defeat in 12 months as visitors take firm grip on Pool 3

How these two teams are going to stage a repeat of this fixture in six days’ time is anyone’s guess.<p>A match of brutal, almost Test-match intensity saw Leinster do to Exeter what the Chiefs have done to so many teams over the last few years. They strangled the life out of them, soaking up what …

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Ireland 28 Argentina 19: Joe Schmidt's side put in commanding performance as Jacob Stockdale stars again

On a day when England racked up almost a half-century of points against Samoa, Scotland showed the strides they are making under Gregor Townsend with a sensational victory over Australia, and Wales’ curse against the All Blacks continued unfettered, this Ireland win over Argentina felt like a bit …

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Confident Ireland look to avenge painful 2015 World Cup defeat against weakened Argentina

For all that they have insisted this week that they are not motivated by thoughts of revenge, there is little doubt their chastening 43-20 defeat by Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be playing on Irish minds on Saturday.<p>Injuries to key men such as Paul O’Connell, …

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England have talent and experience but lack depth of leadership to make them world beaters

I am not a fan of comparing teams from different eras. The game has evolved so rapidly most comparisons are fairly pointless.<p>I will break my own rule, however, when looking at the size and strength of the senior player group within this England squad. Last week, I speculated what Eddie Jones would …

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The Wrap: All of the winners and losers from ‘Super Saturday’

The first weekend of what is, depending on which direction water swirls down the plughole, known as either the ‘autumn internationals’ or the ‘end of …

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Ireland v South Africa offers chance to measure tilt in rugby union’s axis | The Breakdown

With autumn comes a fall and a rise. For the first time since the world rankings were introduced in 2003, two European countries are in the top four at the midway point between World Cups.<p>England will remain there into the new year unless they manage to lose to Argentina and a Samoan side who have …

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What it's like to train with the All Blacks

A fence surrounds a single rugby pitch at the Lensbury in Teddington, New Zealand’s training base for the first leg of their end-of-year tour. The dark material pinned to it obscures the playing surface from prying eyes and a thick covering of early-morning mist provides a sense of mystique. None …

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Wales line up three-man shortlist to replace Warren Gatland after 2019 World Cup

Wales are wasting no time in their search for a successor to head coach Warren Gatland with a shortlist of three men already in place to take the job post the 2019 World Cup.<p>Gatland, who has been Wales boss since 2007, will leave his role after the tournament in Japan and the Welsh Rugby Union have …

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Leinster 24 Montpellier 17: Nail-biting finish in Dublin as Robbie Henshaw inspires opening victory

Leinster survived a nail-biting finish to begin their Champions Cup campaign with a bonus-point win over Montpellier at the RDS.<p>Man of the match Robbie Henshaw and European debutant Barry Daly went over after the interval to add to first-half tries from Joey Carbery and Josh van der Flier to give …

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Will the real threat to the All Blacks come from the North in 2019?

A lot can change in a couple of months. The All Blacks’ drawn series against the British and Irish Lions already seems like a distant memory, and …

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Sean O'Brien has let the Lions down by publicly criticising the coaches

Total honesty amongst sports stars is a rarity and should be cherished. But finger-pointing, and especially name-checking, does Sean O'Brien no favours.<p>The Lions went into the tour to New Zealand as underdogs, albeit predicted to at least put up more of a challenge than in 2005. Indeed, the touring …

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Warren Gatland to seek meeting with Sean O'Brien to clarify reasons for fierce criticism of Lions coaches

Warren Gatland is to seek a meeting with Sean O’Brien in an attempt to clarify the reasons behind fierce criticism by the Ireland flanker of the British and Irish Lions' coaching team during the drawn series with New Zealand.<p>Gatland, the Lions head coach, is thought to have been both surprised and …

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MCGRATTAN JOINS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT STAFF

The Flames announced today that Brian McGrattan has joined the team's player development staff in the role of player assistance. In this position …

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WNBA players and teams will now be a part of NBA Live 18

WNBA fans will now be able to play with their favorite stars and teams in this year’s edition of the popular video game.<p>According to multiple reports …

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WNBA will make video game debut in NBA Live 18

<i>The WNBA will be included in the latest version of NBA Live 18.</i> A very special day — and moment — has happened for the WNBA today. Today, Electronic …

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Tomales Bay search suspended for 70-year-old oyster farm owner

The search for the missing 70-year-old owner of a Marin County oyster farm who went missing in Tomales Bay on Tuesday was called off on Wednesday, an official said.<p>Charles “Tod” Friend, an owner of the Tomales Bay Oyster Co. in Marshall, vanished about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday after embarking on a short …

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British and Irish Lions draw 15-15 with New Zealand as series ends level at 1-1

A long-range penalty three minutes from time from Owen Farrell snatched a draw for the Lions in an epic third Test and with it a share of the series.

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All Blacks 15 Lions 15: Series drawn as Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly kick points in thriller

Owen Farrell kicked a penalty two minutes from time as the Lions claimed a dramatic 15-15 draw against world champions New Zealand at Eden Park.<p>In …

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All Blacks v Lions third Test RECAP: Epic series ends in sensational draw after huge late decision

12:14Matthew Southcombe<p>Press conference ends<p>That’s your lot folks.<p>What a tour it has been.<p>Thanks for joining us for all the thrills and spills.<p>I’m …

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Lions vs All Blacks: Series shared after epic 15-15 draw

Brothers-in-arms, the Lions and the All Blacks simply could not be separated after a titanic battle, a match of drama and a drawn series of real heart and soul, an elemental contest that went right to the wire. It is the most unusual of results, unsatisfactory in some ways, but a tribute to the …

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Sean O'Brien warns the Lions: 'The All Blacks will be going out to hurt us'

Sean O’Brien had no hesitation in replying when asked what he would be thinking if he were an All Black contemplating the third and deciding test seven days after being beaten at home for the first time in eight years.<p>“They’ll be coming to try and hurt us, won’t they?” said O’Brien, …

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British and Irish Lions unchanged for decisive third Test against New Zealand

The British and Irish Lions have named an unchanged team and bench for the third and decisive Test against New Zealand.

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