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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Thursday 8 June, 2017

O'Gara and Ryan to take on Munster as provinces learn Champions Cup fate

Leinster have been drawn in Pool 3 with Exeter, Montpellier and Glasgow.

Connacht handed tough draw in next season's Challenge Cup

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

# champions-cup - Friday 26 May, 2017

14-man Northampton deliver magnificent comeback to claim play-off win over Stade

Ahsee Tuala scored the winning try to ensure the Saints’ place in next season’s competition.

# champions-cup - Friday 19 May, 2017

Stade Francais await Connacht (or Saints) in play-off decider after crushing Cardiff Blues

The French side ran in seven tries to end Cardiff Blues’ season.

# champions-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.

Mark McCall braced for another ferocious early onslaught from Clermont

Franck Azema meanwhile, says his side should be proud of their consistency rather than focus on the big days they’ve lost.

Maitland misses out as Saracens go to deny Clermont Champions Cup glory

Clermont have shrugged off the knocks picked up in the breathless win over Leinster.

Quiet build-up as quiet man McCall looks for Saracens to get job done

The English side defend their Champions Cup title against Clermont tomorrow in Murrayfield.

# champions-cup - Thursday 11 May, 2017

Here's the Gloucester team out to earn a play-off against Connacht (and a trophy) Champions Cup This post contains videos

Here's the Gloucester team out to earn a play-off against Connacht (and a trophy)

David Humphreys’ side are taking on Stade Francais in the Challenge Cup final.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

Blow for Connacht as Bundee Aki will definitely miss Champions Cup play-off semi-final

The powerful midfielder’s appeal fails to reduce his punishment.

# champions-cup - Monday 8 May, 2017

Parra shakes off thigh injury for Clermont's third bite at Champions Cup final

Centre Remi Lamerat will also pull through in time to face Saracens in Edinburgh this Saturday.

# champions-cup - Sunday 7 May, 2017

'It's all on the line': Lam rues calamitous Connacht defence, but emphasis firmly on European play-off

“We have numbers, but we’re not connecting.”

# champions-cup - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan on Munster's attack and Leinster's regrets Analysis This post contains videos

The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan on Munster's attack and Leinster's regrets

The former Ireland head coach looks back on the Irish provinces’ semi-final defeat in Europe.

# champions-cup - Monday 24 April, 2017

Pain of defeat and 'what ifs' still raw for Leinster as Cullen sets sights on another semi-final

The head coach says he is ‘genuinely excited’ about Leinster’s future given the age profile of his squad yesterday.

# champions-cup - Sunday 23 April, 2017

'I practice my kicking more than my scrummaging': Vunipolas exemplify Saracens skills

“It’s not enough just to be a set-piece prop any more.”

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

We’re going minute-by-minute as Leo Cullen’s league leaders take on European rugby’s nearly men.

'We gave them 45 minutes of hell,' says Ryan as Munster vow to come back stronger

There was a toll to be paid for Munster’s high-tempo kicking game.

# champions-cup - Saturday 22 April, 2017

'It's hugely reassuring that Rassie's staying' -- Scannell

Munster’s director of rugby has told his players that he is staying despite interest back home.

Sickeningly good Sarries and more talking points as Munster bow out of Europe

It was another semi-final heartbreak for the southern province today.

# champions-cup - Friday 21 April, 2017

O'Brien ruled out with hamstring injury as Nacewa wins 50th European cap

Rhys Ruddock gets the nod ahead of Josh van der Flier in the back row.

Mark McCall 'the rock at the core of Saracens' - Brad Barritt

The Ulsterman is in his eighth year with the Premiership giants, and he has presided over their remarkable rise.

# champions-cup - Saturday 8 April, 2017

Munster 10 Bleyendaal forced off early against Glasgow

Rory Scannell took over at out-half after just eight minutes in Cork tonight.

# champions-cup - Friday 7 April, 2017

'Limited number' of tickets for Munster's Champions Cup semi-final go on sale this afternoon

In case you had other plans for 2pm of a Friday.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

McFadden re-energised by young rivals after 'lost' days of injury and rehab

“When you’re with the same squad for a long period of time, things can become a tiny bit stale.”

# champions-cup - Tuesday 4 April, 2017

Analysis: Munster and Leinster show exciting intent on kick return attack

Jack Conan scored a try on kick return against Wasps, while Munster created pressure for Toulouse.

Cockerill takes charge of Toulon as Ford axed after European exit

The former Tigers boss is Mourad Boudjellal’s third head coach this season.

'I suppose you’ve more of a license playing with Leinster than at international level'

Sean O’Brien is enjoying Leinster’s brand of rugby under Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster.

'Refreshed' Toner unscathed by rare drop out of Ireland XV

The big lock was back at the Aviva as Leinster signalled bright days ahead.

# champions-cup - Monday 3 April, 2017

EPCR confirm dates for Munster and Leinster's Champions Cup semi-finals

Munster play Saracens on Saturday 22 April, with Leinster facing Clermont the following day.

Analysis: Nacewa's brilliant team try underlines the quality of Leinster's attack

Isa Nacewa’s first-half try highlights many of the positives in Leinster’s attacking play.

Adam Byrne hamstrung for Ospreys, as Kearney undergoes surgery again

The fullback has undergone an operation on his bicep.

'Irish people aren't arrogant by nature but we've to tell ourselves we've earned it'

Munster are starting to believe as they face into a Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens.

# champions-cup - Saturday 1 April, 2017

'Maybe they will be able to put their names in the Munster legend' - Dusautoir

Thierry Dusautoir paid tribute to the Thomond Park crowd after his first game at the Limerick stadium.

Wasps boss refuses to 'crucify' Willie le Roux for botched swan dive finish against Leinster

Dai Young felt the occasion got the better of the Premiership leaders.

All-Ireland Champions Cup final dream alive as Leinster and Munster await semi venues

Here’s how tomorrow’s quarter-finals will impact the venues for Ireland’s remaining provinces.

Cullen: Sexton still primary target despite distraction of 'brave' Carbery

The Leinster head coach highlighted the ‘grey area’ of tacklers arriving late on his out-half.

Carbery takes command as Leinster see off Wasps in European quarter-final

Leo Cullen’s men sealed a semi-final spot with tries from Nacewa, Conan, Henshaw and McFadden.

The numbers favour Wasps, but Leinster can reward Cullen's faith in youth

Buckle up, the Aviva Stadium is going to get wild this afternoon.

# champions-cup - Friday 31 March, 2017

More than 75k fans expected as Munster and Leinster get back in the mix

The two Irish provinces are back in the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Balance and sheer talent at the root of tight selection calls -- Cullen

The head coach has given a big vote of confidence to his in-form young back-line.

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