# Amlin Challenge Cup

Last year
# Injury Report
Thornbury and Boyle serious injury concerns as Connacht win comes at a price
Thornbury suffered a suspected dislocated kneecap, while Boyle injured his shoulder in win against Brive.
# Final Destination
Aviva Stadium to host 2023 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals
The finals were originally scheduled to be staged at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
All time
# Decider
Clermont crowned Challenge Cup champions after one-sided final victory
They had 20 points to spare over Top 14 rivals La Rochelle on Friday night.
# Challenge Cup
Aki set for surprise Connacht return as Friend's men turn attention to Europe
The Ireland centre is due to head back to New Zealand for his wedding, but could be involved this weekend.
# Anscombeth The Hour
Cardiff pull off magnificent comeback with last-minute penalty to snatch Challenge Cup
Gareth Anscombe was the Cardiff hero in Bilbao.
# cherry and whites
Challenge Cup kings Gloucester book ticket to Bilbao with emphatic win
A third European Challenge Cup crown is a win away for Gloucester after they easily disposed of Newcastle Falcons on Friday.
# Last Four
Challenge Cup semi-final line up confirmed after Cardiff's impressive win at Murrayfield
The Blues will face French opposition in the last four after getting past Edinburgh this evening.
Connacht v Gloucester, Challenge Cup quarter-final
We were live from the Sportsground as Kieran Keane’s side looked to reach the last four.
# Challenge Cup
Connacht hope European home form helps them past quarter-final stumbling block
Today’s Challenge Cup shoot-out with Gloucester has taken on added significance for Kieran Keane’s men.
# starting XV
Aki and Marmion back to boost Connacht for Challenge Cup quarter-final
The western province host Gloucester tomorrow afternoon.
# success
Matt Healy-inspired Connacht maintain winning start to Challenge Cup
The Irish side were too good for a Worcester Warriors team, for whom Donncha O’Callaghan featured from the bench.
# that's a first
Former Ireland captain Joy Neville made European rugby history last night
The Limerick native became the first woman to officiate in either the Challenge Cup or the Champions Cup.
# Challenge Accepted
Disappointment for O'Shea and Quins as Montpellier edge Challenge Cup final
The 26-19 defeat was Conor O’Shea’s last game in charge before taking the reins of the Italian national team.
# Friday
We'll Leave It There So: Munster in jersey mix-up, Ladyball stunt revealed and all today’s sport
James McGee is closing in on a place at the Australian Open, while the Irish provinces are in European action this weekend.
# Silverware
David Humphreys' Gloucester survive red card to clinch inaugural Challenge Cup
Bill Meakes saw red for a high, off the ball tackle but the Premiership side hung on.
# All over
Connacht exit Challenge Cup despite second-half fightback
James Hook created the first two scores of the game as Gloucester took a 14-point advantage into the break.
# title hopes
'Silverware would be huge' - Connacht dreaming big in Challenge Cup
Pat Lam’s side face the highly-fancied Gloucester in Kingsholm this evening.
Connacht v Exeter, Challenge Cup
We went minute-by-minute as the western province set out to take over top spot in Pool 2.
# west by sud-ouest
Blade cuts deep as Connacht claim brilliant win away to Bayonne
The 20-year-old scrum-half scored twice including a late game-changer.
# best in the west
Danie Poolman on the double as five-try Connacht maul Bayonne
Pat Lam’s men stretched their unbeaten run in Galway to seven games.
# men of the west
Connacht likely to save Henshaw for Leinster clash, Roux hopes to prove fitness for Bayonne
The Pro12 is the priority for Pat Lam’s men and they’ve got a tough set of fixtures between European games.
# Soft touch
This Bordeaux-Begles wing showed a touch Messi would be proud of to finish this special try
One kick is nice, two kicks is just plain cheeky.
# Kicking On
Muliaina aiding Connacht's young backs despite injury absence
The Westerners are refusing to take their foot off the pedal even during the break from the Pro12.
# broken strings
Challenging times for Peter Stringer and Bath as Saints march on
Northampton came back from 13-6 down to win by 14 points.
# Strings
Peter Stringer flies the flag for Irish players on European finals weekend
The Bath scrum-half has been named on the bench for the Amlin Challenge Cup decider against Northampton.
# Hero
Former Munster scrum-half Stringer helps Bath into Amlin Challenge Cup final
The 36-year-old scrum-half has another European final to prepare for as his side deservedly beat Wasps.
# gunslinger
Former Munster scrum-half Peter Stringer targets European glory with Bath
The Irish scrum-half and Harlequins director of rugby are hoping to get to next month’s final at the Cardiff Arms Park.
# Knockout Blow
European dreams end for Kilkenny's Peter Lydon after Harlequins defeat
The Stade Francais man started at fullback in his side’s home loss to Conor O’Shea’s men.
# Prospect
21-year-old Kilkenny man Lydon to start Amlin quarter-final for Stade Français
The former Seapoint RFC player has been selected at fullback for the clash against Harlequins.
# schedule
Here's the Heineken and Amlin Cup fixtures set to take place this weekend
Check out the dates, times and venues for the fixtures.
# schedule
Here’s the Heineken and Amlin Cup fixtures set to take place this weekend
Check out the dates, times and venues for the fixtures.
# 100 Not Out
Former Munster scrum-half Stringer to join Europe's elite
The Bath number nine is set to make his 100th European club appearance this weekend in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
# schedule
Here’s the Heineken and Amlin Cup fixtures set for this weekend
Check out the dates, times and venues for the fixtures.
# Irish Abroad
20-year-old Irishman Shane O'Leary enjoying life at Grenoble
The former Young Munster out-half made his debut last weekend and is set for another appearance tonight.
# Stats
Sean Cronin was the best hooker in Europe last weekend
According to the official Amlin Opta Index anyway.
# schoolyard bully
Sale second row with inspired keep-away before lumbering in for a try
Biarritz defenders just ain’t what they used to be.
# Exiles
Hagan harbours hope of further international honours at London Irish
The former Leinster and Connacht prop is focused on more caps as he gets set for the Amlin Challenge Cup.
# schedule
Here's the opening Heineken and Amlin Cup fixtures for this weekend
Check out the dates, times and venues for the fixtures.
# Exiles
20-year-old Shane O'Leary set for Grenoble debut
The former Young Munster out-half is part of the squad for Thursday’s clash against Bayonne.
# Rugby
Pic: Are these the greatest sideburns in the world of sport?
Step forward Paul Griffen.