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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Today’s News

Toulouse go to Munster, Leinster welcome Wasps as Champions Cup 1/4 finals are set

Connacht miss out on the last eight, but Munster could have home advantage through to the semi-finals.

As it happened: Toulouse v Connacht, Champions Cup pool finale

Pat Lam’s went looking for their first ever Champions Cup knock-out spot.

'It was a good grind': Rassie satisfied with 2nd seed and Munster's steep upward curve

The South African’s team continue to show a hunger to work their way through problematic matches.

# champions-cup - Yesterday’s News

'I forgot how good this place was': ROG moved by warm Limerick reception

“It’s great for players to taste the real Thomond Park,” says the Munster legend who was plotting their downfall.

Glasgow humiliate Leicester, Toulon scrape through and MacGinty stars for Sale

Clermont also impressed when securing a victory against Exeter today.

Racing deliver a stern test, but Munster grind their way to home quarter-final

Ian Keatley’s late try ensured Munster are second only to Clermont after the Champions Cup pool stage.

Massive blow for France as star centre is ruled out of Six Nations with ruptured Achilles

Wesley Fofana sustained the injury in Clermont’s victory against Exeter.

Ulster's poor European campaign ends with defeat to Ian Madigan's Bordeaux

It was a battle between two of Ireland’s potential No 10s in Belfast.

# champions-cup - Friday 20 January, 2017

As it happened: Castres v Leinster, Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute as Leinster tried to wrap up a home quarter-final berth.

Tommy Bowe back in matchday XV despite Ulster's European ambitions coming to an end

They face Bordeaux at Kingspan Stadium tomorrow.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Injury boosts (including at 10) as Lam welcomes host of players back to Connacht training

Jack Carty and Shane O’Leary are at least fit enough to take part in training this week.

Captain, leader, legend: John Muldoon signs on for a 15th season with Connacht

“I have always said that I would like to continue playing if I had the physical fitness and mental hunger to do so.”

Scrum-half Lloyd among three additions to Munster European squad

Rassie Erasmus has promoted the Dubliner to replace Cathal Sheridan.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 17 January, 2017

Leinster lock Triggs cited, joins Frans Steyn at disciplinary hearing tomorrow

The Kiwi has been called before a disciplinary committee for making contact with the eye are of Nic White.

# champions-cup - Monday 16 January, 2017

Lam demands defensive solidity as Connacht go in search of more history in Toulouse

Unfortunately it looks like Denis Buckley will join the list of injured Connacht men.

'There was a lot of doom and gloom': Youthful Leinster side have come of age in Europe

It’s a year today since Leo Cullen gave six players a full European debut and so much has changed since.

# champions-cup - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Confidence rekindled as Lam prepares for 'biggest game of Connacht's history'

For the first time in five weeks Pat Lam was able to set out a full training schedule, the attack benefited.

Connacht philosophy on full display as they carve up Zebre for 10-try win

Despite some early frustration, Pat Lam’s side secured a bonus point inside 27 minutes.

'We know we're close': McCloskey vows to improve Ulster fortunes with a little extra focus

The struggling northern province go to Exeter in need of a win tomorrow.

Bristling Warriors will be ready to move on Munster

Gregor Townsend desperately wants to put his side in the knock-out stages before departing for the international stage.

Provincial success in Europe has driven Ireland standards at Test level

Ireland’s recent Six Nations titles have coincided with disappointing provincial results. Is there a link or mere coincidence?

'A red card distorts it a bit, but it was pleasing in the first 20 minutes' -- Cullen

Leo Cullen refused to waste much time patting his team on the back after their eight-try thrashing of Montpellier.

# champions-cup - Friday 13 January, 2017

Conan power, Isa magic and a red card see Leinster cruise past Montpellier into 1/4 finals

14 mad first-half minutes set Leinster on the way to an eight-try rout and sealed a quarter-final.

Cooney makes move to out-half as Connacht change five for Zebre

Pat Lam’s side are in action in the Sportsground tomorrow.

Leinster acutely aware of Nadolo threat, but determined to impose pace on Montpellier

Leinster acutely aware of Nadolo threat, but determined to impose pace on Montpellier

It’s win and in for Leinster tonight. But victory won’t come easy this time around.

# champions-cup - Thursday 12 January, 2017

Nacewa braced for 'Test match' intensity from Montpellier to heat up RDS

Meanwhile, head coach Leo Cullen is enthusiastic about the form and fitness of Jonathan Sexton.

Leinster expect O'Brien back next weekend, but planning without Cronin

A tight calf caused Leo Cullen to keep the Tullow Tank out of the Montpellier firing line.

Connacht look to Leinster's template as they target a big win over Zebre

Kieran Marmion hopes some quickfire tries will force Zebre’s heads to drop on Saturday.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Ulster European hopes hang on Exeter clash, but Kiss insists it won't define the season

Ulster must win in Sandy Park this weekend to stand a chance at extending their European campaign.

Connacht add Farrell and Andress to European squad

Ulster have also added a front row to their Champions Cup squad and a confirmed date to their fixture list.

# champions-cup - Saturday 7 January, 2017

Here's what your province needs to happen in the decisive Champions Cup pool matches

We broke out the calculators and a crystal ball to clarify what you should be rooting for over the next fortnight.

# champions-cup - Thursday 5 January, 2017

'Rassie always preaches 'play what you see', even if it's on your own try-line' -- Keatley

The Munster out-half backed his skill-set on a tough night in Galway.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 4 January, 2017

'Our style of play has Axel written all over it': O'Mahony keeping emotions channelled for return to Paris

“We’re not going to think about Axel any more than we do every other week.”

# champions-cup - Monday 2 January, 2017

Joy on the face, but hard work at the heart of Rory O'Loughlin's rise

The 22-year-old has had to ply his trade out of position, but is clearly enjoying his rugby.

Rassie ready for 'emotional week' as Munster turn thoughts back to Racing in Paris

Anthony Foley is never far from Munster’s thoughts, and this week will provide more painful reminders.

# champions-cup - Thursday 29 December, 2016

Ireland's form means there's a lot to get excited about as rugby rolls into 2017

Let’s all just agree to calm down about the Lions though, eh?

# champions-cup - Monday 19 December, 2016

Leinster firmly in control of pool and can start the chase for home European quarter-final

Leo Cullen has been forced to dig down into the depth chart, but his side are riding high in both competitions.

# champions-cup - Sunday 18 December, 2016

Three second-half tries not enough for Ulster as powerful Clermont ease home

Tommy Bowe scored twice as Ulster gave a spirited second-half display after trailing by 21-0 at the interval.

Connacht's victory over Wasps marred by late try that 'should not have been awarded'

The EPCR have confirmed that the result still stands.

Cullen delighted with composure and clinical finishing of youthful Leinster side

The head coach also praised the way Ross Byrne steered his team around on his first European start.

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