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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Sunday 9 February, 2020

Racing criticise 'ludicrous' and 'grotesque' decision to only fine Saracens

The French club are not happy.

# champions-cup - Friday 7 February, 2020

Saracens escape points deduction and are fined just €50,000 at hearing

The English club are free to face Leinster in the quarter-finals, although EPCR can appeal the decision.

Racing 92 say they will 'enforce their rights' as Saracens hearing gets underway

The Top 14 club expressed surprise not to have been contacted about the misconduct charge.

Leinster opponents Saracens in trouble again over possible ineligible player

EPCR has brought a misconduct complaint against Sarries, who could be facing a fine or points deduction.

# champions-cup - Friday 31 January, 2020

Springbok signings are complete game-changers for van Graan's Munster

RG Snyman and Damian de Allende are likely to become fan favourites at Thomond Park.

# champions-cup - Monday 20 January, 2020

Champions Cup power rankings: Leinster first, Ulster seventh and the smell that won’t go away

You can’t write Saracens off even if you want to.

European campaign long gone for Munster and the future starts now

Without a Champions Cup quarter-final ahead, Munster have room to prime their squad to chase the Pro14 title.

# champions-cup - Sunday 19 January, 2020

Leinster to face Saracens as Champions Cup quarter-final ties are confirmed

Ulster will play Toulouse away from home.

Late heartbreak for Connacht in thriller with Montpellier

The Westerners recovered from a 21-0 deficit but were ultimately beaten in a dead-rubber in Pool 5.

'Freak' training ground knock kept Farrell from lining out for Munster

Meanwhile, Johann van Graan lamented the ‘moments’ that ensured Munster fell just short of the knock-out stages.

14-man Saracens grind out Racing win to put themselves in frame for European quarter-finals

The victory came at an – ahem – cost, with Billy Vunipola forced off with a reported broken arm.

Cold comfort as Munster force five-try win over Ospreys

Craig Casey’s try-scoring cameo was a highlight as Munster played out a final pool match with knockout hopes already dashed.

# champions-cup - Saturday 18 January, 2020

Glasgow victory confirms Munster's Champions Cup exit

Warriors ran in six tries against Sale to consign Johann Van Graan’s side to an early elimination.

Addison, Stockdale, and The Cat impress as 'very happy' Ulster advance to quarters

Tom O’Toole suffered a rib injury in his side’s 22-15 win over Bath.

As it happened: Benetton v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup Minute-by-Minute This post contains a poll

As it happened: Benetton v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup

Leo Cullen’s side did enough to clinch the number one seeding for the quarter-finals.

'I'd like to think I am' - Cooney feels ready for a Six Nations start for Ireland

The Ulster scrum-half is brimming with energy and belief in a superb run of form with Ulster.

# champions-cup - Friday 17 January, 2020

Marmion returns for Connacht as Friend seeks win in France

The Irish international is back after a two-month absence

Our problems are curable, says Kilcoyne

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne believes the province have found the solutions to their problems.

'We know we've got a target on our backs... they want to put a shot on us'

James Lowe knows that Leinster can take nothing for granted if they want to secure Champions Cup top seeding.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

‘Be patient and stop comparing us to the old Munster’

Keith Earls is convinced Munster are on the right track.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Crisis? Yes for the English, Welsh and Scots but not Munster

Irish provinces have consistently punched above their weight in Europe and here are the facts that prove it.

'At this level of rugby it’s ruthless' - Racing's Prendergast feels Munster aren't far away

The French side are targeting trophy glory in the Champions Cup this season.

# champions-cup - Monday 13 January, 2020

Champions Cup Power Rankings: Where Irish sides really stand

The system is flawed and Johann van Graan’s side need to be cut a little slack. The pool of death has killed Munster’s European dreams.

Friend willing to step back and reassess Connacht approach as they bow out of Europe

The Australian also welcomed news confirming €20 million-worth of grants to go towards the Sportsground’s redevelopment.

'We’d all have a pretty sick feeling if we don’t': Leinster a win away from securing top seed

The eastern province have done the hard work, now a win in Italy will guarantee top seeding in the last eight.

# champions-cup - Sunday 12 January, 2020

'We spoke in the dressing room - we stick together as a group, as we always do'

Munster have been dealt more disappointment in the Champions Cup.

Cullen pleased with Leinster's half-time problem-solving

Leinster head into the final round as top seeds after keeping Lyon scoreless in the second half.

Kearney double helps Leinster sweep aside Lyon

Leo Cullen’s side scored six tries as they moved one step closer to securing top seed for the quarter-finals.

Munster fighting for European lives in monumental clash against Racing

The task is a hugely demanding one for Johann van Graan’s men.

# champions-cup - Saturday 11 January, 2020

'It’s a plus to have intent back... we just have to make sure we’re more clinical'

After last week’s unraveling in Leinster, Andy Friend was pleased with how his side took on another European Cup favourite.

Dominant Toulouse crush Connacht's Champions Cup hope

Toulouse sealed their qualification and conceded just a penalty try despite finishing with 13 men.

'You have to have your internationals performing and we mightn't have'

Peter O’Mahony is expecting much better from his Munster team tomorrow after some substandard performances recently.

Rejuvenated Carty key as Connacht take on Toulouse

Connacht will return to full strength as they aim for a repeat of their 2016 win over the four-time champs.

# champions-cup - Friday 10 January, 2020

Ryan and Sexton on the mend - Cullen aiming for top seed

The Leinster coach has set his players a target to secure home quarter-final.

Irish internationals return to boost Connacht for crunch clash with Toulouse

Jack Carty and Bundee Aki are both back for Andy Friend’s side.

Coetzee and Murphy return to Ulster team for Clermont clash

Head coach Dan McFarland has made just two changes to the team that beat Munster last Friday.

'Now that we're here we don’t want to let this massive opportunity slip'

Connacht worked hard to be in the top tier of the competition for days just like this.

If Munster miss out on quarters it won't be a failure, argues Quinlan

Former Munster great says perspective is needed as Johann van Graan’s side face survival Sunday in Paris.

# champions-cup - Thursday 9 January, 2020

'Munster need to take a deep breath and be given a year or two to develop'

Speaking on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly, Andy Dunne urged people to be patient.

Cian Healy happy to meet challengers in competitive Leinster squad

‘They want to knock the old boy off the top’.

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