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# 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.

Leavy gets the nod, Murray's fitness, and more Champions Cup talking points

We reflect on the team news ahead of Munster and Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-finals

Former Leinster man included in star-studded Wasps backline for Aviva quarter-final

Jimmy Gopperth lines out at inside centre while prop Marty Moore will start the game among the replacements.

Sexton and Carbery both start Leinster's Champions Cup clash with Wasps

Jack Conan has been able to shake off a calf issue to start alongside Sean O’Brien in the back row.

Doussain starts at 10 against Munster as Toulouse go for beefy 6-2 bench split

The Top 14 side are clearly expecting a big battle up front in Thomond Park.

# champions-cup - Thursday 30 March, 2017

Premiership 'like Leinster v Munster every single week' -- Gopperth

The former Leinster 10 spoke about the merits of the Premiership, shifting in to 12 and defensive adaptations.

'It's a tough time for us': Toulouse and McAlister out to lift gloom by upsetting Munster

The four-time winners return to the quarter-finals for the first time since their 2014 thrashing at Thomond Park.

More than just 'farm strength': Gopperth always believed Tadhg Furlong was bound for greatness

“He’s more or less booked his place in New Zealand with the Lions this summer.”

# champions-cup - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

O'Mahony works towards his peak as Munster return to European knock-outs

O’Mahony says his side will embrace the challenge of re-integrating their international players this week.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

'I'm impressed by the whole team': Wasps and Young wary of much-improved Leinster

The Wasps director of rugby has been impressed with Leo Cullen’s side this season.

Henshaw eager to 'exploit' Wasps defence as he prepares for quarter-final bow

The Athlone man is steadily forging a strong defensive relationship not only with Garry Ringrose, but also Jonathan Sexton.

Lancaster maintaining phaseplay focus to help Leinster overcome Wasps

“You should try and play as much unstructured rugby in training as possible.”

# champions-cup - Monday 27 March, 2017

2016 thrashing has little relevance to 1/4 final, but Leinster won't forget bitter memory of Wasps

“As a younger player who has never won any European titles with Leinster, you might feel you left the jersey down that day.”

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