# Challenge Cup

This year
Ex-France centre Bastareaud to retire
The 34-year-old played his 54th and final Test for Les Bleus in 2019.
Toulon run in six tries as Glasgow fall short in Challenge Cup bid
Kyle Steyn crossed twice for the Scottish side.
Irish coaches Carolan and Coughlan central to Challenge Cup final
Glasgow and Toulon meet in the decider in Dublin on Friday night.
Good news for Connacht as Toulon book Challenge Cup final date with Glasgow
Treviso would have denied Connacht a place in next year’s Champions Cup had they pulled off an unlikely Challenge Cup success.
Boost for Connacht as Glasgow beat Scarlets to reach first European final
The Scots will face either Toulon or Benetton on 19 May.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to host 2024 Champions and Challenge Cup finals
The London ground has a capacity of 62,850.
Andy Friend laments second-half collapse after Connacht make tame exit
The Irish side bowed out with a disappointing 41-19 loss away to Benetton Rugby.
Hansen and Aki return as Connacht name six Ireland internationals to face Benetton
Andy Friend’s side will travel to Treviso this weekend.
Aki poised for first Connacht appearance since December
A training ground incident led to speculation about Aki’s future at Connacht, but he is available for this weekend’s clash with Benetton.
Connacht's Prendergast emerges as injury concern for Six Nations
The 22-year-old made his Irish debut off the bench against Fiji in November.
'We picked the team which we thought was good enough to win' - Andy Friend defends selection
Connacht must now travel to Benetton for last 16 Challenge Cup match.
Bealham hat-trick not enough to stop Connacht losing away to Newcastle
Connacht lost out by 14 points at Kingston Park.
Connacht make six changes for trip to Newcastle with Aki not named in squad
Connacht heading to Kingston Park tomorrow.
Plenty on the line as Irish provinces turn attention back to European Cup
All four provinces are in action on Saturday across a busy weekend in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
Last year
Friend thrilled Connacht's squad depth strengthened by Challenge Cup games
“We’ve got to be brave enough to use it. There would have been a lot of people scratching their heads wondering what are we doing.”
Connacht rest several key players but still earn deserved Challenge Cup win
The Irish side were too good for Newcastle Falcons.
Connacht to rest Irish internationals during European pool games
The province kick-off their Challenge Cup campaign against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday.
Cheetahs will join South African teams in Europe next season, EPCR confirms
A total of five South African sides will now be involved across the 2022/23 Champions and Challenge Cups.
Lyon dominate Toulon to land maiden Challenge Cup crown
It’s a first European title for the Top 14 team.
London Irish hooker cited for alleged hair-pull on World Cup-winner Eben Etzebeth
The incident supposedly took place during the European Challenge Cup quarter-final.
Two-legged last-16 Champions Cup games scrapped as 2022/2023 season dates announced
The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup competitions will get underway in December.
Postponed Champions Cup ties won't be rescheduled, as Leinster's 28-0 loss to Montpellier remains
Five postponed Champions Cup fixtures and two Challenge Cup games have been recorded as 0-0 draws.
All time
Pearce to referee Champions Cup final as Irish officials appointed for Challenge Cup decider
The games take place the weekend after next.
Pollard makes injury return as Montpellier reach Challenge Cup final
The South African World Cup winner made his first appearance since September.
'You don’t move on from this quickly. It was a chance to be in a European final'
Dan McFarland felt Ulster’s kicking game in the third quarter cost them in Leicester.
Ulster fail to rise to the Challenge as Leicester seal comeback win
Ulster lost 33-24 to Leicester in tonight’s Challenge Cup semi-final.
Leicester v Ulster, European Challenge Cup semi-final
Ulster lost to Leicester Tigers in tonight’s Challenge Cup semi-final despite leading 17-6 at half-time.
Twickenham to host European finals with crowds of up to 10,000 people
Meanwhile, EPCR confirmed that 24 teams will take part in next season’s Champions Cup.
Ulster will never have a better chance to end their trophy drought than now
It is 15 years since Ulster last won a major trophy – but the province are now two games away from Challenge Cup glory.
Lions coaches to attend as Ulster and Leicester big guns get last shot
Warren Gatland will name his Lions squad next Thursday.
Five changes as Ulster name team for Challenge Cup semi-final
Dan McFarland’s side face Leicester Tigers tomorrow night as they aim to take a step closer to ending a 15-year trophy drought.
Mouthwatering Champions Cup draw as Leinster pitted against La Rochelle in semis
Ulster will travel to Leicester Tigers in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
Ulster progress to Challenge Cup semis with comeback win over Northampton
Dan McFarland’s side beat the Saints by eight points to secure place in the last four.
Ulster assistant boss rejects claims Harlequins devalued the Challenge Cup
Roddy Grant has been one of the few to defend the English side.
Dates and times confirmed for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals
Leinster’s meeting with Exeter on Saturday will clash with the Wales v Ireland game in the Women’s Six Nations.
Connacht's European season ends with high-scoring defeat to Leicester
Andy Friend’s men scored 32 points but conceded 48 in their Challenge Cup clash.
Connacht have no reason to fear much-changed Leicester at Welford Road
The Tigers have left out a raft of first-team players for tonight’s game.
Friend insists Connacht out to break 'hoodoos' as he names side for Welford Road
It’s a showdown with Leicester tomorrow night.
Ulster boosted by Burns' return for do-or-die clash with Harlequins
Star men Iain Henderson and Marcell Coetzee are missing from the match day squad but Quins have rested nine key players including Joe Marler and Danny Care.
'The Pro14 hasn't been competitive outside the Irish teams. It's the worst I have seen it'
Former Munster man Jerry Flannery is now in charge of the Harlequins defence.