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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Wednesday 20 June, 2018

Cullen looking forward to reunion with Girvan Dempsey and Bath

The Leinster coach will have familiar rivals throughout the pool.

Munster pitted against Exeter, Leinster take on Wasps and Toulouse in next season's Champions Cup

Ulster will meet Simon Zebo’s Racing 92 and Scarlets while, in the Challenge Cup, Connacht have been pitted against Sale, Bordeaux and Perpignan.

A little luck could go a long way for Irish provinces as Champions Cup draw sets stall for the season ahead

To avoid another clash with Racing 92, Munster will hope the seedings fall their way ahead of this afternoon’s draw.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 23 May, 2018

'I'd like to think that I have a lot more to give' - Leinster's Larmour looking up

The 20-year-old will travel to Australia but hopes to finish his Leinster season with another medal.

The 'brothers' culture that has been a key part of Leinster's rebuild

‘It’s something the players came up with and we’ve seen that when we’re at our most distressed on the field.’

# champions-cup - Tuesday 22 May, 2018

Cooney looking forward to either Tests or Thailand after delivering on personal promise

The scrum-half has put in an exceptional first season with Ulster, but Ireland’s remain well-stocked for nines.

# champions-cup - Sunday 20 May, 2018

Changing of the guard makes Champions Cup a vital pillar for Ulster's rebuild

Some cherished figures won’t be around for Ulster next season, but today’s win brings reasons to get excited about the year ahead.

Two-try Gilroy helps Ulster see off Ospreys to take place in Champions Cup

John Cooney underlined his importance to the northern province as he kicked 15 points to help seal victory.

# champions-cup - Saturday 19 May, 2018

Leinster's fresh faces make their presence truly felt against Munster

The likes of James Lowe and Jack Conan came in to make a big impact in the win over Munster.

# champions-cup - Friday 18 May, 2018

Ref review: Were the big calls in the Champions Cup final correct?

We asked a current referee to review some of the incidents from Leinster’s narrow win over Racing.

Best and Henderson ruled out of Champions Cup play-off as potential debutant makes Ulster bench

Former Leinsterman and Ireland U20 could make his first senior appearance off the bench.

# champions-cup - Monday 14 May, 2018

Analysis: How Leinster dug out the win in a compelling final five minutes

The Champions Cup final came down to the very death in Bilbao but Leinster found a way.

'When I first saw him, he was a string bean. He was tall, he was talented'

James Ryan has had a sensational season with Leinster and Ireland, and there may be more to come.

Even with a dour final, this should go down as Leinster's greatest European glory

The Irish province are already thinking about driving onto further glory in the Champions Cup.

# champions-cup - Sunday 13 May, 2018

Lancaster's redemption a happy tale in Leinster's European success Stu

Lancaster's redemption a happy tale in Leinster's European success

The 48-year-old has been central to the Irish province’s return to former heights.

'Obsessed is the word... we have a love affair with this tournament'

There is enough youth in Leinster’s squad to start dreaming about trophy number five before too long.

# champions-cup - Saturday 12 May, 2018

Touch of class with Jordi Murphy says a whole lot about this Leinster team

Johnny Sexton challenge the province to improve their culture in 2016 and the results are clear.

'It was great for Isa to win it for us with the last couple of kicks'

The 35-year-old stepped up when his side needed him most in the closing 10 minutes.

James Ryan is already one of the best in the world at the age of 21

The second row was magnificent once again as Leinster overcame Racing in Bilbao.

Donnybrook to host homecoming celebration for Leinster squad on Sunday

Tickets will be available free of charge on the Leinster Rugby website.

As it happened: Leinster v Racing 92, Champions Cup final

We went minute-by-minute from Bilbao as Leo Cullen’s side went in search of a fourth European crown.

Massive setback for Racing as Dan Carter ruled out of Champions Cup final in Bilbao

Racing 92 have been forced into a late change, with Carter ruled out with a hamstring injury.

'It was so smart of Leo, so strategic, to bring someone like Stuart in'

Leinster have thrived since Leo Cullen’s decision to pick up the phone and call Stuart Lancaster.

# champions-cup - Friday 11 May, 2018

Letter from Bilbao: Leinster feel a bond in the Basque Country

Leo Cullen’s men took in some of the sights in the city after their captain’s run in the sun.

'I just came over to France for a different experience and a new challenge'

The Racing man will be out to deny Leinster’s bid for a fourth Champions Cup title tomorrow.

'It’s not just James. There’s a host of players we had difficult conversations with'

Kiwi wing James Lowe has missed out on making Leinster’s squad for the Champions Cup final.

Donnacha Ryan at the heart of Racing side showing just one enforced change from win over Munster

The Paris club have again opted to keep Dan Carter in reserve when they take on Leinster.

Leinster go into Champions Cup final without James Lowe as Gibson-Park provides cover

Isa Nacewa is captain on what will be his final European match for the province.

Millions of Lorenzetti's euros have gone in but Racing's rise is impressive

Lolo and Toto, the head coaches, have done an impressive job with the Parisian club.

# champions-cup - Thursday 10 May, 2018

The Rugby Show: Champions Cup final 2018 preview Analysis This post contains videos

The Rugby Show: Champions Cup final 2018 preview

Eddie O’Sullivan joins Murray and Gavan to preview Leinster v Racing 92 this weekend.

'Our whole thing was that we've got to have the same attitude as Donnacha'

Tipperary man Donnacha Ryan has had a telling impact on Racing 92 since joining last summer.

# champions-cup - Sunday 6 May, 2018

‘If you strip it all back in rugby, it’s who hits who the hardest’

We spoke to Dan Leavy about his mindset, physicality and breakdown skills.

# champions-cup - Saturday 5 May, 2018

Bath thrash London Irish to confirm Ulster will face Ospreys for last Champions Cup berth

We’re set for a Sunday showdown at Kingspan Stadium.

JVDF taking inspiration from Jordi Murphy's post-knee injury excellence

Both back rows suffered serious ACL damage on famous days for Ireland, and Van der Flier is intent on following Murphy’s footsteps.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 1 May, 2018

Pro14 clarify how Leinster can smooth Ulster's path into next season's Champions Cup

The northern province could reach next season’s tournament without the need of a playoff, but they will need a few results to go their way this weekend.

# champions-cup - Friday 27 April, 2018

Arnold only man retained as Munster rest front-liners for Ulster clash

All but six members of Munster’s matchday squad in Bordeaux will rest up this weekend.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 25 April, 2018

Analysis: How Leinster brilliantly negated Tadhg Beirne's jackal threat

The Scarlets second row was left deeply frustrated by Leinster’s excellent rucking.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

Fardy and Furlong join Sexton in European Player of the Year shortlist

There are two Racing players in the five-man shortlist, Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa and French scrum-half Maxime Machenaud.

Munster trophy hopes rest on Pro14 as Racing build towards Leinster

Johann van Graan’s men get back to training in Limerick today.

# champions-cup - Monday 23 April, 2018

Analysis: A clever little moment that sums up Donnacha Ryan's excellence

Munster looked to use a clever lineout play early on against Racing but the Tipp man stopped it.

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