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Dublin: 7 °C Wednesday 25 April, 2018

#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Today’s News

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 - Yesterday’s News

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.

Lessons and mining vast experience in Leinster doesn't end with place in the final

Leo Cullen has built a team to compete on two fronts and sustaining momentum in the Pro14 could be vital to hopes of hoisting silverware in Bilbao.

'It's a serious effort to get back in that timeframe': Henshaw huge for Leinster after shoulder injury

Robbie Henshaw worked tirelessly to make a remarkably quick return from shoulder injury.

'I'd never criticise my players. When we lose, it's on me' - Van Graan

The Munster head coach believes his team will bounce back from the disappointment in Bordeaux.

# champions-cup - Sunday 22 April, 2018

Donnacha Ryan a difference-maker in Racing's win over Munster

The 34-year-old made his presence felt in typically unfussy fashion in Bordeaux.

Leinster will be favourites but Racing a real danger with Teddy Thomas and co.

The Irish province will be expected to secure the Champions Cup title in the final in Bilbao on 12 May.

Munster's dire first-half leaves them with too much to do against Racing

Johann van Graan’s side scored late consolation tries but were clearly second best in Bordeaux.

As it happened: Racing 92 v Munster, Champions Cup semi-final

We went minute-by-minute in Bordeaux as Racing earned a place alongside Leinster in the Bilbao final on 12 May.

Munster not thinking about all-Irish final before facing the heat in Bordeaux

Peter O’Mahony and his side have a big hurdle in front of them in the shape of Racing 92.

# champions-cup - Saturday 21 April, 2018

Sexton on Larmour: 'He backs himself... he backed himself against 10 Scarlets on the short side'

The playmaker was a touch frustrated by the precociously talented 20-year-old.

Letter from Bordeaux: Munster fans out in force in French sunshine

The southern province will have the greater support for tomorrow’s semi-final against Racing 92.

Talking points as Leinster thrash Scarlets to reach Champions Cup final

Leo Cullen’s side dismantled the Pro12 champions and will be a formidable foe for Racing or Munster in Bilbao.

'We’ve got a lot of world-class players in our back three' - Zebo misses out

The experienced fullback has missed out on a start for the clash with Racing 92.

'It will have an impact' - Munster and Racing to do battle in scorching weather

It’s set to hit 27°C in Bordeaux tomorrow.

As it happened: Leinster v Scarlets, Champions Cup semi-final

We went minute-by-minute as Irish and Welsh rivals chased a European final place.

Nacewa moving through the gears to thwart mentor-turned-tormentor Pivac

Leinster’s club captain endured a slow start to the week, but back on the wing he’s ready for another crack at his fellow Aucklander.

Sexton willing to curb fiery instincts with captaincy as Leinster embrace Scarlets test

Last year’s Pro12 semi-final defeat to Scarlets was a painful lesson for Sexton and Leinster. Today’s Champions Cup semi is the perfect opportunity to show what they’ve learned.

# champions-cup - Friday 20 April, 2018

'I was with Munster for 13 years and my appreciation of what I had there has gone through the roof'

Donnacha Ryan is preparing to face his former club in Sunday’s Champions Cup showdown, but the 34-year-old has gained a fresh perspective since moving to France.

'He cleans up other people's mistakes': Sexton thrilled to have Henshaw back to battle Scarlets

The captain is hoping the ‘hard truths’ learned in two semi-final losses last year can be put to good use tomorrow.

Sean O'Brien underwent surgery on his shoulder today

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen revealed that the flanker required a procedure on the issue this morning.

Henshaw returns as Leinster go with JGP over Lowe for semi-final clash with Scarlets

Cullen and Lancaster have picked Scott Fardy and Jamison Gibson-Park as their two permitted ‘non-Europeans’.

Munster and Holland feel they're no longer 'a little bit one-dimensional'

Tipperary totem Donnacha Ryan will be targeting Munster’s lineout on Sunday in France.

# champions-cup - Thursday 19 April, 2018

Lowe and McGrath set to miss out as Henshaw makes Leinster return

Isa Nacewa looks likely to shift to the wing as Henshaw comes into the midfield.

'Happy days if people want to underestimate us but we will do our talking on the field'

Rob Evans and Scarlets have no fear coming to Dublin to face Leinster.

'If I'm still watching it on YouTube and thinking about it, then it's no good to me'

Andrew Conway will be looking to make another game-changing impact for Munster against Racing 92.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 18 April, 2018

Fardy determined not to come up short again

The 33-year-old knows the feeling of finishing second best.

'He's just incredible' - Murray the main man for Munster ahead of France trip

The Ireland international is vital for the southern province this weekend against Racing 92.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 17 April, 2018

Earls return to training could give Munster 'a massive boost' for Racing tie

The 30-year-old win will return to training with Munster tomorrow.

# champions-cup - Monday 16 April, 2018

O'Donoghue a doubt for Racing, but Earls set to return to Munster training

There is also good news on James Cronin and Duncan Williams.

'We need to see if we have learned those lessons, so it's a huge week for us'

The painful memories of two semi-final defeats last year are driving Leinster on towards Scarlets this weekend.

# champions-cup - Sunday 15 April, 2018

Prospect of an all-Irish Champions Cup final thrilling for Munster and Leinster fans

The semi-finals in Dublin and Bordeaux next weekend promise to excite.

'If I had £20 spare I’d definitely put it on Scarlets beating Leinster and winning the whole thing'

Confident Welshmen are dangerous Welshmen and Leinster will face plenty of them in the Champions Cup semi-final.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 11 April, 2018

JP Doyle to referee Munster's Champions Cup semi-final against Racing, Poite given Leinster-Scarlets gig

The Leinster-born ref was also in charge of Racing’s October visit to Thomond Park.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 10 April, 2018

Leinster confident that Sean O'Brien will see game-time this weekend

‘We are very, very hopeful he is going to be involved this weekend. He knows he needs more minutes under his legs, more game-time.’

# champions-cup - Monday 9 April, 2018

'Johnny and Isa, they’ve been there before and know what it takes to win'

The impressively mature Garry Ringrose prefers to celebrate team-mates’ tries, rather than his own.

# champions-cup - Friday 6 April, 2018

'I was at every Leinster final. The Millennium was the best one, for me that stuck out'

21-year-old second row James Ryan is hungry for more trophy success this season.

# champions-cup - Thursday 5 April, 2018

'I need those games' - SOB keen on Australia tour after missing Grand Slam

The 31-year-old expects to return for Leinster next week against Benetton.

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