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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Cancellations mean Leinster and Munster set to go straight to knockout rugby
# New Plan
# New Plan

Cancellations mean Leinster and Munster set to go straight to knockout rugby

Jan 14th 2021, 5:09 PM 46,682 Views 20 Comments

The remaining games in the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup group stage have been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

# champions-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 23,252 Views 23 Comments

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

'Change or be changed' - Provinces get used to dealing with uncertainty
# Planning
# Planning

'Change or be changed' - Provinces get used to dealing with uncertainty

Jan 11th 2021, 1:01 AM 7,125 Views 5 Comments

Connacht and Munster insisted they had no idea what would come next after Saturday night’s clash.

# champions-cup - Saturday 9 January, 2021

Champions Cup set to be postponed amidst latest wave of Covid-19
# Postponed
# Postponed

Champions Cup set to be postponed amidst latest wave of Covid-19

Jan 9th 2021, 12:33 PM 33,410 Views 16 Comments

French authorities are believed to have major concerns about cross-border competition at present.

# champions-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 16,730 Views 7 Comments

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

# champions-cup - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

Northampton's Tom Wood handed three-week ban for JVDF hit
# SAINTS SINNER
# SAINTS SINNER

Northampton's Tom Wood handed three-week ban for JVDF hit

Dec 23rd 2020, 8:37 PM 8,898 Views 15 Comments

He’ll be free to play again when the sides meet in round three.

# champions-cup - Monday 21 December, 2020

Baird honing in on fundamentals for Leinster
# Big Hitter
# Big Hitter

Baird honing in on fundamentals for Leinster

Dec 21st 2020, 8:30 AM 6,692 Views 21 Comments

Ireland’s call will surely come soon enough for the powerful lock.

# champions-cup - Sunday 20 December, 2020

Connacht on the brink of European exit after losing to Bristol
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Connacht on the brink of European exit after losing to Bristol

Dec 20th 2020, 7:37 PM 25,431 Views 15 Comments

Pat Lam’s team win 27-18 in the Sportsground leaving Connacht effectively out of the Champions Cup.

'He's a very special player and a very special bloke. He wants an Irish jersey'
# Skipper
# Skipper

'He's a very special player and a very special bloke. He wants an Irish jersey'

Dec 20th 2020, 11:58 AM 42,879 Views 14 Comments

23-year-old Paul Boyle captains Connacht against Bristol in the Champions Cup today.

# champions-cup - Saturday 19 December, 2020

Munster produce their greatest comeback in years to beat Clermont
# Comeback Kings
# Comeback Kings

Munster produce their greatest comeback in years to beat Clermont

Dec 19th 2020, 7:45 PM 72,960 Views 124 Comments

Munster come from 28-9 down to win 39-31 against Clermont in the Champions Cup.

Cullen content to wait for offical channels to discuss dangerous hit on Van Der Flier
# The Clash
# The Clash

Cullen content to wait for offical channels to discuss dangerous hit on Van Der Flier

Dec 19th 2020, 6:40 PM 14,096 Views 18 Comments

Tom Wood’s clear-out attempt caught the Ireland flanker full in the face.

Ulster blow lead and bow out after 9-try thriller in Gloucester
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Ulster blow lead and bow out after 9-try thriller in Gloucester

Dec 19th 2020, 6:08 PM 10,998 Views 13 Comments

George Barton’s try on the last play of the game consigned Ulster to back-to-back defeats in Europe.

Baird to the fore as re-jigged Leinster see off Saints
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Baird to the fore as re-jigged Leinster see off Saints

Dec 19th 2020, 2:55 PM 25,033 Views 42 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side notched another bonus point win despite a spate of pre and post kick-off injury issues.

McCloskey a key man in all aspects as Ulster look for crucial away win
# Suftum
# Suftum

McCloskey a key man in all aspects as Ulster look for crucial away win

Dec 19th 2020, 8:30 AM 2,486 Views 1 Comment

The English side have brought back most of their frontliners for the clash at Kingsholm.

Saints alive now but Leinster will kill their European hopes by 3pm
# Byrne Ultimatum
# Byrne Ultimatum

Saints alive now but Leinster will kill their European hopes by 3pm

Dec 19th 2020, 8:08 AM 7,207 Views 14 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side will see off their English challengers today to move a step closer to the Champions Cup quarters.

# champions-cup - Friday 18 December, 2020

Wasps see off 14-man Montpellier to top Champions Cup pool
# Stinging
# Stinging

Wasps see off 14-man Montpellier to top Champions Cup pool

Dec 18th 2020, 11:12 PM 5,526 Views 7 Comments

Over to you, Leinster…

No 'blame' but Bath, Glasgow and champions Exeter handed 4-try defeats for Covid cancellations
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

No 'blame' but Bath, Glasgow and champions Exeter handed 4-try defeats for Covid cancellations

Dec 18th 2020, 7:33 PM 12,715 Views 11 Comments

La Rochelle, Lyon and Toulouse have been given bonus-point victories after their opponents were deemed unable to safely field teams.

Toulon pull out of Champions Cup clash in Wales citing Covid-19 concerns
# Chaos
# Chaos

Toulon pull out of Champions Cup clash in Wales citing Covid-19 concerns

Updated Dec 18th 2020, 4:59 PM 9,243 Views 12 Comments

The French club said the health of their players and staff is of the utmost importance.

Ringrose returns for Leinster and Harry wins battle of the Byrne brothers
# Brotherly Love
# Brotherly Love

Ringrose returns for Leinster and Harry wins battle of the Byrne brothers

Dec 18th 2020, 12:13 PM 11,972 Views 37 Comments

Ryan Baird starts a European game for the first time in the RDS Arena tomorrow and is joined by James Ryan in the second row.

# champions-cup - Thursday 17 December, 2020

'It was illegal' - Munster dismiss Harlequins 'rolling around and diving' claims
# Fallout
# Fallout

'It was illegal' - Munster dismiss Harlequins 'rolling around and diving' claims

Updated Dec 17th 2020, 8:26 AM 33,262 Views 20 Comments

Ben Healy was left injured by two late hits at Thomond Park.

Leinster wary of Saints after applying Saracens lesson on opening weekend
# Win Or Learn
# Win Or Learn

Leinster wary of Saints after applying Saracens lesson on opening weekend

Dec 17th 2020, 6:29 AM 6,771 Views 4 Comments

‘When you lose it’s important you don’t lose the lesson.’

# champions-cup - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

Two Champions Cup games cancelled due to Covid-19 cases in Exeter squad
# Upheaval
# Upheaval

Two Champions Cup games cancelled due to Covid-19 cases in Exeter squad

Dec 16th 2020, 2:46 PM 10,193 Views 20 Comments

There could be huge ramifications for Munster, Ulster, and Connacht in Pool B.

Van der Flier has bit between his teeth in battle for 'disputed' 7 shirt
# Competitor
# Competitor

Van der Flier has bit between his teeth in battle for 'disputed' 7 shirt

Dec 16th 2020, 9:32 AM 6,947 Views 18 Comments

Competing for a starting slot is different at 27 than it was at 23 for Josh van der Flier.

# champions-cup - Monday 14 December, 2020

Munster already chasing as Leinster take control of European pool
# Standings
# Standings

Munster already chasing as Leinster take control of European pool

Dec 14th 2020, 6:00 AM 19,755 Views 40 Comments

Three of the Irish provinces are already playing catch up in the new Champions Cup format.

# champions-cup - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Coombes try on European debut helps Munster to win over Harlequins
# Job Done
# Job Done

Coombes try on European debut helps Munster to win over Harlequins

Dec 13th 2020, 7:25 PM 17,794 Views 78 Comments

The southern province scored two tries in wet conditions at Thomond Park.

Connacht dig in to give Racing 92 one hell of a fright
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Connacht dig in to give Racing 92 one hell of a fright

Dec 13th 2020, 5:23 PM 20,214 Views 15 Comments

The French giants seemed to be cruising for a bonus point win, but tries from Matt Healy, Alex Wootton and Conor Oliver gave Connacht a hard-won losing bonus.

The Premiership is a land of hype and glory and Munster will prove that
# Battle Lines
# Battle Lines

The Premiership is a land of hype and glory and Munster will prove that

Dec 13th 2020, 7:30 AM 20,151 Views 16 Comments

Munster’s consistency in Europe over the last 10 years has been disregarded. They are good enough to reach another semi-final.

# champions-cup - Saturday 12 December, 2020

Japan star scores hat-trick in Clermont win over Pat Lam's Bristol
# Standing Out
# Standing Out

Japan star scores hat-trick in Clermont win over Pat Lam's Bristol

Dec 12th 2020, 3:49 PM 9,898 Views 5 Comments

Kotaro Matsushima scored three times in the impressive victory.

Big guns holstered as Leinster begin another European assault
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Big guns holstered as Leinster begin another European assault

Dec 12th 2020, 8:30 AM 9,569 Views 10 Comments

Leo Cullen’s pack won’t use a complicated set of calls in Montpellier as they bring 11 Ireland internationals back in the side.

# champions-cup - Friday 11 December, 2020

European debut for Coombes as Munster welcome back big guns for 'Quins clash
# SUAF
# SUAF

European debut for Coombes as Munster welcome back big guns for 'Quins clash

Dec 11th 2020, 12:27 PM 19,164 Views 39 Comments

Peter O’Mahony continues at 7 while Conor Murray is back to partner JJ Hanrahan.

Sexton, Ryan on bench as Ross Byrne starts Leinster's Champions Cup opener
# Plenty In Reserve
# Plenty In Reserve

Sexton, Ryan on bench as Ross Byrne starts Leinster's Champions Cup opener

Dec 11th 2020, 12:12 PM 12,595 Views 28 Comments

Byrne, Robbie Henshaw and Caelan Doris are among the men who jump straight from Ireland duty to the starting Leinster XV.

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport
# Looking Ahead
# Looking Ahead

Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport

Dec 11th 2020, 6:15 AM 12,661 Views 3 Comments

The biggest hurling game of the year is one of many big events coming up.

# champions-cup - Thursday 10 December, 2020

Stockdale, McCloskey, Herring back to fire Ulster's European bid

Stockdale, McCloskey, Herring back to fire Ulster's European bid

Dec 10th 2020, 12:17 PM 6,114 Views 15 Comments

Iain Henderson’s injury is a major blow but Ulster look primed for Toulouse battle.

Stalwart lock Alan O'Connor keeps getting better for McFarland's Ulster
# Pride Of Skerries
# Pride Of Skerries

Stalwart lock Alan O'Connor keeps getting better for McFarland's Ulster

Dec 10th 2020, 7:05 AM 3,371 Views 4 Comments

The 28-year-old second row has been in strong form for Ulster in recent seasons.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

'He will be a real loss' - Munster's Matt Gallagher set for shoulder surgery
# Setback
# Setback

'He will be a real loss' - Munster's Matt Gallagher set for shoulder surgery

Dec 9th 2020, 1:41 PM 10,383 Views 13 Comments

The province have welcomed back their Ireland internationals for Sunday’s clash with Harlequins.

Connacht and their 'bouncers' out to cause major upset against Racing
# Impact
# Impact

Connacht and their 'bouncers' out to cause major upset against Racing

Dec 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 5,478 Views 2 Comments

Andy Friend’s side are looking for a big performance from their entire matchday 23.

'Every point counts': Leinster intent on setting European pace through training
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

'Every point counts': Leinster intent on setting European pace through training

Dec 9th 2020, 6:30 AM 5,852 Views 10 Comments

Scrum-half Luke McGrath feels the 2018 champions must attack to ensure they don’t fall in Montpellier.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 8 December, 2020

Rugby director Steve Diamond leaves Sale after 10 years for personal reasons
# Shock Departure
# Shock Departure

Rugby director Steve Diamond leaves Sale after 10 years for personal reasons

Dec 8th 2020, 2:08 PM 6,621 Views 2 Comments

Paul Deacon takes responsibility for first-team matters.

Ulster's 'star quality' will be crucial in massive test against Toulouse
# Friday Night Lights
# Friday Night Lights

Ulster's 'star quality' will be crucial in massive test against Toulouse

Dec 8th 2020, 7:00 AM 5,159 Views 12 Comments

The Top 14 side will bring some big-name players to Belfast with them in the Champions Cup.

Leinster won't rush Furlong or Sexton
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Leinster won't rush Furlong or Sexton

Dec 8th 2020, 6:30 AM 6,734 Views 7 Comments

The prop has not played since February, the out-half suffered a dead leg against Scotland but could feature this weekend.

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