Why Richie Mo'unga pressure is different in 2019
It was the talking point that dominated New Zealand rugby circles throughout 2018: Should Richie Mo'unga replace Beauden Barrett as the All Blacks No.10? The conversation recommences on Saturday, Craig Dowd writes.
Australian conference Super Rugby preview
The Waratahs will again start favourites for the Australian Super Rugby conference, but with the Brumbies, Rebels and Reds all boasting improved squads, it promises to be a keenly fought division in 2019. Full preview here.
New Zealand conference Super Rugby preview
Will All Blacks' rest weeks derail the Crusaders' hopes of a Super Rugby three-peat? Is this the year the Blues get going? How much will the Chiefs miss Sam Cane? Your ultimate New Zealand conference preview is here.
Scotland's Huw Jones out of Six Nations
Scotland midfielder Huw Jones is set to miss the remainder of the Six Nations, but head coach Gregor Townsend is hopeful that injured Stuart Hogg can still play a part in the campaign.
ESPN Fantasy Rugby: Team of Week 2
Jonny May's hat-trick against France means he tops the point-scoring charts in ESPN Fantasy Rugby -- but who else joined the England winger in the best XV of Week 2?
ESPN Fantasy Rugby: Set your team, make transfers, check your score!
Cipriani hit with three-week ban
Gloucester and England fly-half Danny Cipriani has been banned for three weeks after he was sent off for a dangerous tackle.
Former Springboks flanker Deysel retires
Deysel, who joined Ulster from Guinness Pro14 rivals Munster in 2017, made his decision because of a "combination of lower-body injuries and various niggles".
Cipriani sent off in Gloucester defeat
Danny Cipriani's week went from bad to worse as he was sent off against Munster in the European Champions Cup on Saturday.
Billy Vunipola out of autumn internationals
England will be without Billy Vunipola for the autumn internationals after he fractured his arm in Saracens' win over Glasgow Warriors at the weekend.
Vunipola brothers both injured in Saracens win
Billy and Mako Vunipola both went off injured in Saracens' victory over Glasgow on Sunday, putting their participation in England's Autumn internationals in doubt.
O'Driscoll: Exeter level with Saracens, Leinster
Brian O'Driscoll has tipped Exeter Chiefs as favourites to win the Champions Cup title this season, alongside recent winners Leinster and Saracens.
Patience pays dividends for 'ugly' Leinster
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen admitted the final 20 minutes of his side's Champions Cup final victory were "torturous" as he praised his players' resilience.
European review: Player of the week, flop & more
Rugby union displayed its best side in Bilbao over the weekend, as a 61-point thriller of a Challenge Cup final was followed by a tense, nerve-shredding Champions Cup showpiece.
Lambie suffers serious knee injury
Pat Lambie is almost certain to miss the Springboks' Tests against England after sustaining what is believed to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the European Rugby Champions Cup final.
Dan Carter ruled out of Champions Cup final
Racing 92 fly-half Dan Carter has been ruled out of the Champions Cup final with a hamstring injury.
O'Driscoll: Lancaster in no rush for Test return
Leinster legend Brian O'Driscoll has praised the "exceptional" work Stuart Lancaster has done in helping the Irish province to the brink of a fourth European Cup success. But he does not think he will rush back into the Test arena.
Bilbao rain could give way to Racing tears
Those who headed to northern Spain in search of sun this weekend look set for disappointment but those who have found a way to Bilbao should witness a fine Champions Cup final.
Weekend predictions: Champions, Challenge Cup finals
All eyes are on Bilbao this weekend as Leinster, Racing 92, the Cardiff Blues and Gloucester contest this season's European finals.
Leinster must find 'another gear' in Bilbao
Dan Leavy believes Leinster must find an extra gear if they are to beat Racing 92 and secure a fourth European Cup triumph.
Barnes to ref Leinster vs. Racing 92 final
Wayne Barnes will take charge of Leinster against Racing 92 in the 2018 Champions Cup final at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao on Saturday, 12 May.
Sexton, Furlong among Euro POTY nominees
Leinster and Racing 92 dominate the shortlist for the EPCR European Player of the Year after both sides booked their places in the Champions Cup final.
European review: Player of the week, flop & more
Then there were four. Following a thrilling weekend of rugby, we now know who will contest the Champions and Challenge Cup finals.
Sexton: Biggest test awaits Leinster in Bilbao
Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton was able to look forward to a special occasion in Bilbao next month after helping the Irish province to a comfortable win over Scarlets in the Champions Cup semifinal in Dublin.
Racing united in bid to create European history
Donnacha Ryan faces his former Munster teammates with Racing on Sunday but he won't let sentimentality get in the way of his side's quest for a first Champions Cup title.
Piutau wants to give Ulster parting gift
Ulster's former All Black Charles Piutau is determined to "make the jersey proud" as he aims to help deliver Champions Cup qualification in his final two appearances for the Irish province.
Weekend predictions: Champions, Challenge Cups
Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
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