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#Challenge Cup

# challenge-cup - Monday 2 April, 2018

'Man, when we get it right, we get it right' - Connacht coach Keane

It’s what happens between the peak of their performance that has Connacht facing another year in the Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 1 April, 2018

KK focuses on the positives as 'naive' Connacht take aim at another crucial clash

‘It just put a smile on my face that we kept coming back and coming back. That’s pleasing for me.’

# challenge-cup - Saturday 31 March, 2018

Connacht out-gunned by Gloucester in crazy Challenge Cup quarter-final

The western province refused to lie down as they shared eight tries with the Premiership side.

Connacht hope European home form helps them past quarter-final stumbling block

Today’s Challenge Cup shoot-out with Gloucester has taken on added significance for Kieran Keane’s men.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 28 March, 2018

'It’s good to run around that dirty pitch': Aki more than happy to ground himself after Slam success

‘At the moment it feels like I’m the new player in the squad,’ says the centre ahead of Saturday’s European quarter-final clash with Gloucester.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 25 March, 2018

Romanian referee withdrawn from Challenge Cup quarter-final over security fears

Vlad Iordachescu was due to be fourth official for Pau’s clash with defending champions Stade Francais.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

'Unprecedented sales' leads Connacht to put extra capacity on Sportsground for Challenge Cup quarter

The temporary stands will be back on College Road and Bohermore ends come 31 March.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 25 January, 2018

Connacht, Leinster and Munster quarter-final dates and times confirmed

Munster and Connacht play on the Saturday, with Leinster on the Sunday.

# challenge-cup - Monday 22 January, 2018

'We'd love to get one over them': Connacht can't wait to welcome old foes Gloucester to Galway

The western province had to tackle Gloucester in Kingsholm twice at the end of the 2014/15 season. Can they change their fortunes at the Sportsground?

# challenge-cup - Sunday 21 January, 2018

Connacht to host Gloucester in Challenge Cup quarter, but face potential away semi-final

Kieran Keane’s side advanced through to the knockout stages as third seeds.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 20 January, 2018

Adeolokun hat-trick helps Connacht secure home quarter-final in style

The hosts ran in eight tries as they steamrolled past hapless Oyonnax in Galway.

# challenge-cup - Friday 19 January, 2018

Connacht prop Carey determined to catch up with former Ireland U20 team-mates

The 26-year-old came through the underage levels alongside Tadhg Furlong, Marty Moore and Finlay Bealham.

Healy to make 100th Connacht appearance as Keane's men go in search of home quarter

Kieran Keane makes two changes from last week’s draw with Worcester for tomorrow’s game in Galway.

# challenge-cup - Friday 12 January, 2018

Aki's back as Connacht close in on Challenge Cup quarter-finals

He’s one of three Irish internationals returning for Kieran Keane’s men.

Connacht eye up success at Sixways to shake up horrid form on English soil

Warren Gatland was at the helm for one memorable, but all-too-rare Connacht win in England.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 11 January, 2018

Back from injury, brilliant Butler doesn't want to miss a beat for Connacht

‘The way they work rotation you never know when you are going to be in the 15 or the 23 so you just take the opportunities as you get them.’

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 9 January, 2018

80-minute man McCartney intent on pushing Connacht back to best form after dip in Munster

The hooker dotted down a late consolation try in Thomond Park, but the Western province can guarantee pool success in England this weekend.

# 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.

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.

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