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#Challenge Cup

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 11 January, 2022

Postponed Champions Cup ties won't be rescheduled, as Leinster's 28-0 loss to Montpellier remains
# Decision
# Decision

Postponed Champions Cup ties won't be rescheduled, as Leinster's 28-0 loss to Montpellier remains

Jan 11th 2022, 8:20 PM 27,860 Views 57 Comments

Five postponed Champions Cup fixtures and two Challenge Cup games have been recorded as 0-0 draws.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 11 May, 2021

Pearce to referee Champions Cup final as Irish officials appointed for Challenge Cup decider
# Men In The Middle
# Men In The Middle

Pearce to referee Champions Cup final as Irish officials appointed for Challenge Cup decider

May 11th 2021, 11:48 AM 5,963 Views 8 Comments

The games take place the weekend after next.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 1 May, 2021

Pollard makes injury return as Montpellier reach Challenge Cup final
# Comeback
# Comeback

Pollard makes injury return as Montpellier reach Challenge Cup final

May 1st 2021, 10:33 PM 7,349 Views 2 Comments

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'
# Regrets
# Regrets

'You don’t move on from this quickly. It was a chance to be in a European final'

May 1st 2021, 8:34 AM 26,876 Views 28 Comments

Dan McFarland felt Ulster’s kicking game in the third quarter cost them in Leicester.

# challenge-cup - Friday 30 April, 2021

Ulster fail to rise to the Challenge as Leicester seal comeback win
# Same Old Story
# Same Old Story

Ulster fail to rise to the Challenge as Leicester seal comeback win

Apr 30th 2021, 10:36 PM 28,513 Views 80 Comments

Ulster lost 33-24 to Leicester in tonight’s Challenge Cup semi-final.

As it happened: Leicester v Ulster, European Challenge Cup semi-final
Live Apr 30th 2021, 7:31 PM

As it happened: Leicester v Ulster, European Challenge Cup semi-final

Twickenham to host European finals with crowds of up to 10,000 people
# Supporters
# Supporters

Twickenham to host European finals with crowds of up to 10,000 people

Apr 30th 2021, 10:20 AM 5,522 Views 11 Comments

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
# The Big Challenge
# The Big Challenge

Ulster will never have a better chance to end their trophy drought than now

Apr 30th 2021, 7:01 AM 4,840 Views 11 Comments

It is 15 years since Ulster last won a major trophy – but the province are now two games away from Challenge Cup glory.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 29 April, 2021

Lions coaches to attend as Ulster and Leicester big guns get last shot
# Scouting
# Scouting

Lions coaches to attend as Ulster and Leicester big guns get last shot

Apr 29th 2021, 5:24 PM 6,500 Views 11 Comments

Warren Gatland will name his Lions squad next Thursday.

Five changes as Ulster name team for Challenge Cup semi-final
# Selection
# Selection

Five changes as Ulster name team for Challenge Cup semi-final

Apr 29th 2021, 12:20 PM 9,880 Views 35 Comments

Dan McFarland’s side face Leicester Tigers tomorrow night as they aim to take a step closer to ending a 15-year trophy drought.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 11 April, 2021

Mouthwatering Champions Cup draw as Leinster pitted against La Rochelle in semis
# French Exchange
# French Exchange

Mouthwatering Champions Cup draw as Leinster pitted against La Rochelle in semis

Apr 11th 2021, 5:33 PM 46,570 Views 60 Comments

Ulster will travel to Leicester Tigers in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 10 April, 2021

Ulster progress to Challenge Cup semis with comeback win over Northampton
# Marching On
# Marching On

Ulster progress to Challenge Cup semis with comeback win over Northampton

Apr 10th 2021, 10:01 PM 14,595 Views 40 Comments

Dan McFarland’s side beat the Saints by eight points to secure place in the last four.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 7 April, 2021

Ulster assistant boss rejects claims Harlequins devalued the Challenge Cup
# Reaction
# Reaction

Ulster assistant boss rejects claims Harlequins devalued the Challenge Cup

Apr 7th 2021, 8:05 AM 22,350 Views 6 Comments

Roddy Grant has been one of the few to defend the English side.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 4 April, 2021

Dates and times confirmed for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals
# Last 8
# Last 8

Dates and times confirmed for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals

Apr 4th 2021, 9:33 PM 15,161 Views 14 Comments

Leinster’s meeting with Exeter on Saturday will clash with the Wales v Ireland game in the Women’s Six Nations.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 3 April, 2021

Connacht's European season ends with high-scoring defeat to Leicester
# Over And Out
# Over And Out

Connacht's European season ends with high-scoring defeat to Leicester

Apr 3rd 2021, 10:03 PM 17,705 Views 25 Comments

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
# Second String
# Second String

Connacht have no reason to fear much-changed Leicester at Welford Road

Apr 3rd 2021, 9:30 AM 7,162 Views 12 Comments

The Tigers have left out a raft of first-team players for tonight’s game.

# challenge-cup - Friday 2 April, 2021

Friend insists Connacht out to break 'hoodoos' as he names side for Welford Road
# Tiger Raid
# Tiger Raid

Friend insists Connacht out to break 'hoodoos' as he names side for Welford Road

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:50 PM 5,847 Views 4 Comments

It’s a showdown with Leicester tomorrow night.

Ulster boosted by Burns' return for do-or-die clash with Harlequins
# Billy
# Billy

Ulster boosted by Burns' return for do-or-die clash with Harlequins

Apr 2nd 2021, 12:07 PM 6,393 Views 15 Comments

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'
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

'The Pro14 hasn't been competitive outside the Irish teams. It's the worst I have seen it'

Apr 2nd 2021, 9:49 AM 17,188 Views 6 Comments

Former Munster man Jerry Flannery is now in charge of the Harlequins defence.

Ulster determined to 'take step forward' insists Rob Herring
# Euro Vision
# Euro Vision

Ulster determined to 'take step forward' insists Rob Herring

Apr 2nd 2021, 8:43 AM 2,855 Views 9 Comments

Ulster face Quins at The Stoop on Sunday.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 1 April, 2021

Boyle outlines lofty ambitions ahead of first visit to 'proper old school' Welford Road
# Challenge Cup
# Challenge Cup

Boyle outlines lofty ambitions ahead of first visit to 'proper old school' Welford Road

Apr 1st 2021, 6:30 AM 5,404 Views 1 Comment

Connacht take on Leicester Tigers in the Challenge Cup this Saturday.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 30 March, 2021

'I'd love to come back, and to keep that door open I need to keep relevant'
# Moving On
# Moving On

'I'd love to come back, and to keep that door open I need to keep relevant'

Mar 30th 2021, 1:16 PM 13,180 Views 1 Comment

Connacht attack coach Nigel Carolan is set to leave the province this summer.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

Tigers the focus for Connacht as they prepare to rotate in Pro14
# Opportunity Knocks
# Opportunity Knocks

Tigers the focus for Connacht as they prepare to rotate in Pro14

Mar 10th 2021, 6:44 AM 6,507 Views 2 Comments

Andy Friend and Denis Buckley have their eye on European silverware.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Connacht to travel to Leicester as Ulster draw Quins in Challenge Cup
# Fixtures
# Fixtures

Connacht to travel to Leicester as Ulster draw Quins in Challenge Cup

Mar 9th 2021, 12:33 PM 6,173 Views 16 Comments

Both provinces will be away from home in the round of 16.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Leinster and Munster get home advantage in revised Champions Cup knockout format
# Euro Vision
# Euro Vision

Leinster and Munster get home advantage in revised Champions Cup knockout format

Feb 24th 2021, 8:07 PM 34,333 Views 18 Comments

Draws for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup knockout rounds will take place on 9 March.

# challenge-cup - Monday 11 January, 2021

EPCR confirms suspension of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup
# Directive
# Directive

EPCR confirms suspension of Champions Cup and Challenge Cup

Jan 11th 2021, 5:45 PM 23,332 Views 24 Comments

A directive from the French government meant Top 14 clubs couldn’t play this month.

# challenge-cup - Friday 8 January, 2021

Champions Cup under threat as EPCR wait on French government decision
# Concerns
# Concerns

Champions Cup under threat as EPCR wait on French government decision

Updated Jan 8th 2021, 3:00 PM 16,818 Views 7 Comments

The Top 14 clubs could be forced to withdraw from two rounds of games this month.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 17 October, 2020

Adeolokun among the ex-Connacht men involved in Bristol's European success
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

Adeolokun among the ex-Connacht men involved in Bristol's European success

Oct 17th 2020, 3:09 PM 13,333 Views 4 Comments

The likes of Conor McPhillips and John Muldoon have been influential behind the scenes.

# challenge-cup - Friday 16 October, 2020

Pat Lam's Bristol see off Toulon to lift Challenge Cup
# Victorious
# Victorious

Pat Lam's Bristol see off Toulon to lift Challenge Cup

Oct 16th 2020, 10:27 PM 13,380 Views 6 Comments

The Bears were 32-19 winners tonight, having scored a try in the opening 15 seconds of the game.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

IRFU refs Brace and Murphy appointed to European semi-final clashes
# On The Whistle
# On The Whistle

IRFU refs Brace and Murphy appointed to European semi-final clashes

Sep 22nd 2020, 11:27 AM 4,983 Views 0 Comments

Nigel Owens and Mike Adamson will be in charge of the other two fixtures.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

EPCR relax 'non-European' player limit ahead of Champions Cup quarter-finals
# Rule Book
# Rule Book

EPCR relax 'non-European' player limit ahead of Champions Cup quarter-finals

Aug 18th 2020, 5:38 PM 6,712 Views 10 Comments

Teams will be allowed to register as many players as they like, including players who have already represented another club in this season’s competitions.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 7 May, 2020

Top 14 chiefs postpone decision on next season's Champions Cup places
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

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

May 7th 2020, 8:17 AM 5,308 Views 8 Comments

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
# On Hold
# On Hold

Rugby's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals postponed indefinitely

Mar 24th 2020, 9:38 AM 2,582 Views 5 Comments

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
# OFFICIAL
# OFFICIAL

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

Mar 16th 2020, 6:07 PM 24,100 Views 27 Comments

The European club season has been suspended.

# challenge-cup - Monday 9 March, 2020

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

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

Mar 9th 2020, 4:56 PM 5,736 Views 6 Comments

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
# New Season
# New Season

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

Aug 23rd 2019, 11:40 AM 11,250 Views 13 Comments

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
# Newcastle 2019
# Newcastle 2019

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

May 10th 2019, 6:30 AM 6,061 Views 6 Comments

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
# Pro14 Focus
# Pro14 Focus

MacGinty haunts Connacht but Bealham injury not as bad as feared

Apr 1st 2019, 7:30 AM 7,515 Views 12 Comments

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
# Bounce Back
# Bounce Back

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

Mar 30th 2019, 8:44 AM 6,321 Views 7 Comments

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
# Injury Blows
# Injury Blows

Bealham heads to hospital but Connacht hopeful on Carty bicep injury

Mar 29th 2019, 10:40 PM 11,659 Views 8 Comments

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

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