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#Challenge Cup

# challenge-cup - Thursday 7 May, 2020

Top 14 chiefs postpone decision on next season's Champions Cup places

EPCR is considering reformatting the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup for next season.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Rugby's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals postponed indefinitely

The 2020 finals weekend had been set for Marseille on 22/23 May.

# challenge-cup - Monday 16 March, 2020

Leinster and Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-finals have been postponed

The European club season has been suspended.

# challenge-cup - Monday 9 March, 2020

EPCR will support any 'preventative measures' in relation to coronavirus

Leinster and Ulster are due to play Champions Cup quarter-finals on the first weekend of April.

# challenge-cup - Friday 23 August, 2019

Leinster host Benetton while Munster travel for Ospreys clash in Champions Cup openers

The fixtures details for the European pool stages have been announced.

# challenge-cup - Friday 10 May, 2019

Challenge Cup final pits Jono Gibbes' La Rochelle against scarred Clermont

It’s an all-French decider at St James’ Park this evening.

# challenge-cup - Monday 1 April, 2019

MacGinty haunts Connacht but Bealham injury not as bad as feared

Andy Friend’s side have refocused rapidly on their play-off pursuit in the Pro14.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 30 March, 2019

Connacht to 'regroup' for huge Pro14 run-in after disappointment against Sale

Andy Friend’s side will fly home with regrets after their Challenge Cup quarter-final.

# challenge-cup - Friday 29 March, 2019

Bealham heads to hospital but Connacht hopeful on Carty bicep injury

The tighthead prop suffered a serious hand injury in the defeat to Sale Sharks.

Connacht crash out of Europe with injury concerns for Carty and Bealham

Andy Friend’s side left it too late in their comeback bid against Sale in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

As it happened: Sale Sharks v Connacht, Challenge Cup quarter-final

We went minute-by-minute as Andy Friend’s side continued their European campaign at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Adeolokun hungry to boost Connacht's two-pronged challenge after long lay-off

The winger is back from injury and starts tonight’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Sale Sharks.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 28 March, 2019

Aki, Marmion and Carty start as Connacht rotate for Challenge Cup quarter-final

Andy Friend has recalled some big guns but rested others for the trip to Sale Sharks.

Connacht continue to grow under Friend as they fight on two fronts

“We’ve got to keep both dreams alive and keep pushing for both.”

# challenge-cup - Monday 21 January, 2019

Clean sweep for the provinces tees up riveting European quarter-finals

Irish rugby’s good health has been underlined in the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 20 January, 2019

'To win in France is a great achievement': Friend and Connacht march on

The western province snatched a dramatic comeback win over Bordeaux to book their place in the Challenge Cup last eight.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 19 January, 2019

Connacht face Sale rematch as Challenge Cup quarter-final line-up confirmed

Andy Friend’s side will travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on the last weekend of March.

Carty's last-gasp intercept sends Connacht through to Challenge Cup quarter-finals

The western province came back from the dead to snatch victory over Bordeaux this afternoon.

'It needs to be a win': Friend's Connacht head to France with a clear focus

The western province can round off an excellent week by securing a Challenge Cup quarter-final berth today.

# challenge-cup - Friday 18 January, 2019

Ireland call-ups Blade and Carty on the bench as Connacht name side for Bordeaux

Andy Friend has shuffled the deck for Connacht’s trip to Bordeaux, where a win would guarantee them a quarter-final spot.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 13 January, 2019

Friend satisfied with narrow win over Sharks as destiny in Connacht's hands

A win in Bordeaux next weekend will guarantee a quarter-final spot in the Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Connacht withstand Sale comeback to earn big Challenge Cup win

Andy Friend’s men head to Bordeaux in round six with a quarter-final within their grasp.

MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle Aj

MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle

The Dublin-born out-half misses Sale’s game against Connacht this afternoon, but won’t let his injury setback knock him off course.

# challenge-cup - Friday 11 January, 2019

O'Halloran returns from injury as Connacht reinstate Aki to starting line-up for Challenge Cup duty

Denis Buckley has also been named to start against Sale Sharks this weekend.

# challenge-cup - Friday 14 December, 2018

Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan

Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan

The Irish province ran in five tries at the Stade Aime Giral this evening.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 13 December, 2018

Jackson will face Irish province tomorrow night for first time since move to France

Perpignan have recalled Jackson for their clash with Connacht.

Connacht ready to perform whatever the weather in Perpignan

From South Africa to Galway and now on to Perpignan, the breadth of Connacht’s skill-set is being tested.

# challenge-cup - Monday 10 December, 2018

Connacht in the market for Irish-qualified scrum-half as injury cover

Andy Friend is also keen to seek cover in the back field after injuries to Niyi Adeolokun, Peter Robb and Colm de Buitléar.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 8 December, 2018

Friend's Connacht building momentum and vital squad depth

Hard-earned win over Perpignan maintains the feel-good factor around Galway as the province march on.

Connacht weather the Galway storm to get European campaign back on track

Andy Friend’s side managed the conditions brilliantly to grind out an important Challenge Cup win over Perpignan.

'It's an exciting time. There's a great buzz around Galway and within the camp'

Back in Connacht green, Finlay Bealham is relishing the prospect of running out at the Sportsground again this afternoon.

# challenge-cup - Friday 7 December, 2018

Bundee Aki back to boost Connacht for visit of Perpignan

Andy Friend’s side are bidding to get their Challenge Cup campaign back on track in Galway tomorrow.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

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.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Munster and Connacht make changes to their European squads

Prop Jeremy Loughman has been added to the southern province’s Champions Cup panel.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 20 October, 2018

Splash zone! Chris Ashton hat-trick gives Sale a bonus-point win against Connacht

Sale too strong for Andy Friend’s experimental side.

Promising academy pair get first starts as Connacht look for Sale scalp

Andy Friend’s men are hoping to back up last weekend’s Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux.

# challenge-cup - Friday 19 October, 2018

In-form Farrell credits Aki influence after making massive strides

The 25-year-old went to Bedford before getting his big chance with the western province.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Chris Ashton to make return against Connacht after pre-season suspension

The prolific try-scorer was slapped with a seven-week ban for a tip tackle against Castres.

# challenge-cup - Friday 12 October, 2018

Two academy players included in Connacht squad for Challenge Cup opener against Bordeaux

Out half Conor Fitzgerald and Connemara man Colm de Buitlear are named among the Connacht replacements.

Glamour aplenty in the Challenge Cup, but Connacht best served pushing hard in Pro14

The 2016 Pro12 champions sorely needed the Challenge Cup last season. With renewed confidence this time around, they are well equipped to compete for a top-three place in their conference.

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