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Saints' chances of progress remain slim despite victory

Skrela puts boot in to humble flashy Stade

Toulouse 42 Stade Francais 16

Heaslip turns the tide as Leinster squeeze home

Leinster 29 Clermont 28

O'Driscoll could be lured into France move

Brian O'Driscoll has raised the prospect of eventually linking up with Michael Cheika when the outgoing Leinster coach joins Stade Francais.

Disgraced Richards deserves award nomination says McGeechan

Sir Ian McGeechan believes banned former Harlequins boss Dean Richards deserves his nomination for a top European Rugby Cup award.

Kidney at a loss after Irish stung by Killer Bs

Ireland 20 Scotland 23

Parks stirs Scotland to avoid the wooden spoon

Ireland 20 Scotland 23: Last-gasp penalty means inconsistent Ireland miss out on the Triple Crown

Brian Ashton: France's 'total rugby' is reward for stunning skill

Tackling The Issues: France emphasise all-round footballing skill in training from the under-sevens up

O'Driscoll urges Ireland to adapt to laws

Brian O'Driscoll insists Ireland must adapt to the controversial new interpretation of the tackle law as soon as possible.

Terry Wogan named coolest Irish celebrity

Broadcaster Terry Wogan has been voted the coolest Irish celebrity in a poll of the British public to mark St Patrick's Day.

Earls too fast for beached Wales

Ireland 27 Wales 12: No comeback this time as another yellow card leaves Gatland's men high and dry in Dublin

Lee Byrne: I am so annoyed at being the sinner

Fifteen to one

O'Driscoll celebrates 100th cap as Ireland beat Wales

Ireland 27 Wales 12

Wales better than results suggest says Williams

Wing wizard Shane Williams is adamant Wales are a far better team than recent results suggest.

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