Rugby

Racing 92 kept alive their European Champions Cup quarterfinal hopes by claiming a comfortable Pool Four victory over Castres in Paris. The bonus-point win moved them level on points with group leaders Munster — who play on Sunday against Leicester — and was secured thanks to tries from Leone Nakarawa, Virimi Vakatawa, Dimitri Szarzewski and
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Montpellier kept themselves in the hunt for the European Champions Cup quarterfinals by making it back-to-back victories over Glasgow with a bonus-point 36-26 win in France. The visitors had the better of a thrilling first half and led 19-14 at the interval, largely thanks to tries from Fraser Brown, Peter Horne and Nick Grigg. Nemani
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Leicester boss Matt O’Connor has welcomed the return of “world-class operators” Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua for Sunday’s crucial European Champions Cup clash against Munster. Both players have recovered from knee problems to team up in midfield, with England centre Tuilagi making a first appearance since early September. England and Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford
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7:20 PM GMT Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Three UK venues are being considered for the potential world heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn
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6:49 PM GMT ESPN staff Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has joined international teammate Tadhg Furlong in committing his future to Ireland. O’Mahony, 28, has signed a contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) that will keep him at Thomond Park until 2021. Ireland international prop Tadhg Furlong has committed his future to Leinster Rugby
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The drama and intrigue surrounding Allister Coetzee and the Springbok coaching situation is going to spill over into 2018. Coetzee reportedly met with new director of rugby Rassie Erasmus on Wednesday, with various reports suggesting that the Springbok coach will be fired before the end of the year. However, SA Rugby confirmed via email that
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Australia not so super anymore Fans endured the most miserable season in Super Rugby history, with Australian teams not only losing all 26 clashes with New Zealand opposition, but losing an entire franchise in the embarrassingly drawn-out downsizing saga. Western Force fans shows their support for the club, and disdain for the ARU Paul Kane/Getty Images
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South Africa Super Rugby side the Lions have confirmed the departure of long-serving defence coach JP Ferreira, who will join Irish side Munster in January. Ferreira has been a key part of the Lions set-up that has reached two consecutive Super Rugby finals, though both ended in defeat. His departure has long been mooted, but
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