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#Challenge Cup

# challenge-cup - Friday 20 October, 2017

Bundee's back as Connacht welcome Worcester in Challenge Cup

Kieran Keane has made nine changes to his side, bu

Donncha O'Callaghan out to earn respect that only a clash of compatriots can bring

“I don’t mind playing against any of the English teams and knocking lumps out of them but when you are looking over and it’s one of your own across the way I find it kind of tough.”

Healy just happy to flex his try-scoring muscle memory after hitting Connacht record

The prolific wing has endured a relative drought since his last try in February.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 14 October, 2017

Connacht get Challenge Cup campaign off to winning start in Geneva

Kieran Keane’s team earned a bonus point victory against Oyonnax.

# challenge-cup - Friday 13 October, 2017

Aki left out while Deegan and Coulson come in for Connacht's European opener

Kieran Keane has shown his hand for the province’s Challenge Cup clash against Oyonnax.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 12 October, 2017

'This competition is a clean slate for us': Connacht desperate for spark to ignite their season

The western province are on the road in the Challenge Cup this weekend.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 4 July, 2017

You'll only need one sports subscription to watch the Champions Cup from next year

BT Sport has secured exclusive rights to both the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup in 2022.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Connacht handed tough draw in next season's Challenge Cup

The western province will be in a pool with Brive, Worcester Warriors and Oyonnax.

# challenge-cup - Friday 12 May, 2017

Connacht to face Northampton in Champions Cup play-off after Stade Francais triumph

The Paris club had previously lost four European finals — two in the premier European Cup.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

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French lock Pape warned over 'exaggerated fall' during red-card incident

The Stade Francais second row didn’t cover himself in glory against Edinburgh.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 15 October, 2016

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Justin Tipuric might have already sewn up the Try of the Season award with this cracker

Outrageous skills from the Welsh back rower.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 1 May, 2016

England prop Joe Marler says he's seeking psychological help after recent on-field incidents

He’s received a pair of two-week bans in the past two months.

# challenge-cup - Friday 29 April, 2016

Ireland's John Lacey to referee European Challenge Cup final, Owens gets the big gig

Ireland will be represented on the touchline in European finals.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

Disciplinary committee choose to ignore 'gypsy boy' history and give Joe Marler two-week ban for kick

Wasps prop Simon McIntyre received the same punishment for a similar offence.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 23 April, 2016

Du Plessis brothers help Montpellier secure Challenge Cup final berth alongside 'Quins

Fulgence Ouedraogo was an instrumental Frenchman amidst a host of South African powerhouses.

Conor O'Shea defends Joe Marler over kick

He’s just back after his ‘gypsy boy’ comment ban.

# challenge-cup - Friday 22 April, 2016

Bad night for Jackman's Grenoble as classy Quins storm into Challenge Cup final

Jamie Roberts, the returning Nick Evans and George Lowe all scored tries this evening.

Jackman's Grenoble hope to create legacy but O'Shea's Quins stand in way

The two Irish head coaches meet in the Challenge Cup semi-finals tonight.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 12 April, 2016

23-year-old Ulsterman Farrell showing quality for Jackman's Grenoble

The imposing centre was in superb form against Connacht on Saturday night.

# challenge-cup - Monday 11 April, 2016

Jackman: 'All our French players were saying, 'Who's that guy, Matt Healy?''

The Grenoble head coach has been impressed by the way Pat Lam’s side operate.

'Ireland was right behind us' - Lam feels the support for classy Connacht

The western province’s head coach wants his inexperienced side to learn from their defeat in Grenoble.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 9 April, 2016

'If Connacht had won the game, there'd be absolutely no regrets on my part'

Bernard Jackman said Connacht showed Europe what they are capable of.

'I'm extremely proud of the guys' - Lam lauds Connacht effort in Grenoble

Connacht’s head coach said his players won’t let their heartbreak linger.

European heartbreak for Connacht as Wisniewski drop goal denies Lam's men

Stade des Alpes played host to a thrilling Challenge Cup quarter-final.

As it happened: Grenoble v Connacht, Challenge Cup quarter-final

We stepped on our seatbelts and went minute-by-minute for the battle between province and adopted province in the Challenge Cup knock-out stages.

Nigerian native Adeolokun seizing his chance with Lam's Connacht

The 25-year-old wing has been excellent since joining from Trinity in 2014.

Connacht meet their match in European quarter clash with Grenoble

Pat Lam’s side meet a Grenoble team that uses many similar attacking ideas.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 7 April, 2016

'It'd be remiss of the whole organisation if we stood back and went ‘Oh, we’re happy''

Connacht captain John Muldoon won’t be taking his foot off the pedal.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 6 April, 2016

7 great reasons Leinster, Munster and Ulster fans should still watch rugby this weekend

Plus, where and when you can watch mighty Connacht (and the rest) in action.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 23 January, 2016

Lam delighted as Connacht set to meet Grenoble in Challenge Cup quarter-final

Robbie Henshaw was among the try scorers on his return from injury.

Connacht run riot in Galway to secure place in Challenge Cup quarters

The western province’s European campaign will extend into the spring as they got the job done in Galway.

# challenge-cup - Monday 18 January, 2016

Brive match-winner buys drinks for Connacht fans before starring in singsong French Toast This post contains videos

Brive match-winner buys drinks for Connacht fans before starring in singsong

Thomas Laranjeira kicked the winning score in the French side’s 21-18 Challenge Cup win on Saturday.

# challenge-cup - Monday 11 January, 2016

Here's what Ulster and Connacht need to happen to reach their European quarter-finals

A few wins could make everything quite straightforward.

# challenge-cup - Monday 21 December, 2015

Lam counts cost of injuries ahead of festive interpro

St Stephen’s Day PRO12 clash with in-form Ulster next on the agenda for Connacht.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 20 December, 2015

Injury-ravaged Connacht slip to first European defeat of season at Newcastle

Pat Lam’s squad was stretched to the extreme, resulting in a heavy defeat.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 15 December, 2015

Connacht's injury crisis shows no signs of abating as Buckley goes under the knife

Saba Meniugara has been added to the Challenge Cup squad.

# challenge-cup - Monday 14 December, 2015

Two talented backs from Galway get two-year deals at Connacht

The western province continue to underline the importance of homegrown talent.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 12 December, 2015

‘I am so proud of these guys, the injuries have been horrendous’

Pat Lam heaps praise on players after depleted squad grind out another impressive win.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 10 December, 2015

Lam pieces together squad for visit of Newcastle

Connacht boss forced to shuffle the deck and includes plenty of youngsters for Challenge Cup clash.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 22 November, 2015

Lam hails 'gutsy' Connacht but loses in-form Fox-Matamua to worrying injury

The back row was stretchered off in last night’s 21-17 win over Brive in Galway.

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