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Saracens begin Champions Cup defence without big-hitters

Saracens begin the defence of their Champions Cup title in Paris on Sunday without all their superstars. The Londoners, reeling from a 35-point penalty handed to them for breaching the salary cap, have taken the decision to focus on Premiership survival. That means seven of their eight players who featured for England in the World […]

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Johnny Sexton primed for Leinster return in Champions Cup

Johnny Sexton is set to return to Leinster’s starting XV for their Champions Cup opener against Benetton at the RDS on Saturday. The out-half is one of several Ireland internationals in line to feature should they come through today’s training session unscathed. Please log in or register with Independent.ie for free access to this article. […]

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Champions Cup preview: Pool 4 – Munster, Ospreys, Racing 92, Saracens

Champions Cup Pool 4 undoubtedly earns the ‘group of death’ tag for 2019/20, comprising of defending champions Saracens, two-time winners Munster, French powerhouses Racing 92 and Welsh region Ospreys. Indeed, at least two of Saracens, Munster and Racing have made up European Cup semi-finalists in six of the last seven seasons: 2018/19 (Saracens & Munster), […]