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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Yesterday’s News

A week of technical improvement for Munster before facing another fierce French outfit

Two points on the board, but Munster feel they have a point to prove when ROG and Racing come to Limerick on Saturday.

# champions-cup - Monday 16 October, 2017

Rassie: Master of all trades Van Graan well used to pressure situations

The outgoing Munster boss believes his replacement has the work ethic to make up for any lack of experience.

# champions-cup - Sunday 15 October, 2017

'In the last two or three minutes we tried hard to throw it away' - Rassie

Munster’s late indiscipline went unpunished in Castres.

Rory Scannell hits hard and more talking points from Munster's draw in Castres

Nobody is ever happy with a draw, but Munster may well look back with pride at the two points they earned today.

Munster battle out a draw after ferocious contest in Castres

Simon Zebo and Dave KIlcoyne touched down for the southern, but it was their defence which deserves the plaudits.

# champions-cup - Saturday 14 October, 2017

‘This Munster team wants to evolve and I can be a key part of that hopefully’

Chris Farrell has always seen himself as more than just ‘an extra forward’ in the back-line, but he’s determined to add more grunt alongside his under-rated handling ability.

Leinster ready to scrap for every point in toughest Champions Cup pool

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen remains wary of Montpellier’s array of talent eve if Aaron Cruden fell foul of injury.

# champions-cup - Friday 13 October, 2017

Touch of déjà vu for Cullen as Sexton knock opens door for Ross Byrne

The head coach hopes to see Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien and Rory O’Loughlin fit to feature against Glasgow next weekend.

Rested for Leinster, Castres trip a measure of Rory Scannell's rise

Scannell was 17 the last time Munster went away to Castres, now he’s the go-to man in Rassie Erasmus’ midfield.

# champions-cup - Thursday 12 October, 2017

'It’s a lot different to what Belfast was like' - Pienaar aiming to make an impression on return to Ireland

The Ravenhill favourite is settling into life with Montpellier, who face Leinster this weekend.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 11 October, 2017

Zebo primed for return as Erasmus settles on strongest combinations for Munster

Munster’s director of rugby was happy to name the majority of his back-line, and hints that Tyler Bleyendaal is his first choice at out-half.

'They'll work for that badge until the jersey's ripped off them'

Intensity won’t be a problem for Munster next weekend either.

# champions-cup - Monday 9 October, 2017

James Cronin back in full Munster training, but Kleyn still a doubt for Castres

Munster’s second row injury crisis is easing, but fully fit locks are still thin on the ground.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 2 August, 2017

Connacht release Marnitz Boshoff on compassionate leave following the death of his father

Boshoff requested to return home in order to be closer to his family after the sudden passing of his father.

# champions-cup - Monday 17 July, 2017

Munster today unveiled a stunning new red and gold home jersey for the 2017/18 season

The province makes a return to an all-red home kit, as it aims for Pro12 and Champions Cup success next season.

# champions-cup - Friday 7 July, 2017

Munster confirm signing of South African pair

Chris Cloete and Gerbrandt Grobler are joining the Irish province.

# champions-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.

# 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.

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