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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Saturday 17 October, 2020

Exeter edge to first European crown after stunning final battle with Racing

Simon Zebo scored two tries for the Top 14 side as they came up short in Bristol.

Man for the big occasion Zebo in place to realise Racing dream

The Munster man moved to Paris for opportunities like this.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

'We don't want the starting XV to be comfortable, we've got a very good crop of youngsters'

Munster’s Johann van Graan expects the likes of Craig Casey, John Hodnett, and Ben Healy to push for European starts.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

'We're not going to go out and sign five or six overseas players'

Stuart Lancaster says the province won’t be ripping up their plans after defeat to Saracens.

# champions-cup - Saturday 26 September, 2020

Exeter have too much for Toulouse to set up European final against Racing 92

33-year-old ex-Ulster centre Ian Whitten was excellent in midfield for Rob Baxter’s side.

Late Russell magic sees Racing past Saracens and into Champions Cup final

Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan started for the French club, who won with Juan Imhoff’s 76th-minute try.

# champions-cup - Friday 25 September, 2020

Zebo and Ryan both named in starting XV for Racing's semi-final against Saracens

The two Ireland internationals are part of a formidable looking Racing side as the French club aim to reach their third final in five seasons.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

'The break made me appreciate what we have, really re-focus and re-motivate'

Simon Zebo made his return from injury last weekend as Racing secured a Champions Cup semi-final.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Saracens' Rhodes has citing complaint over Henshaw incident dismissed

Rhodes was cited for headbutting Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw during his side’s Heineken Champions Cup win, but a panel dismissed the charge.

22-year-old Lowry's classy touches a bright note in a tough fortnight for Ulster

The talented playmaker showed his promise after moving to out-half against Toulouse.

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

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

# champions-cup - Monday 21 September, 2020

'It's a little bit of rocks or diamonds from him' - Stockdale struggles in Toulouse

The Ulster wing’s performance was up for discussion on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.

Toulouse sensation Cheslin Kolbe continues to thrill in a sport full of giants

The 26-year-old World Cup winner was a difference-maker for Toulouse against Ulster.

Cullen looks for answers after Leinster lose out in their 'war on two fronts'

The province’s head coach didn’t believe his team were physically overpowered by the English side’s pack.

# champions-cup - Sunday 20 September, 2020

Ulster's season ends with defeat to Toulouse in Champions Cup quarter-final

Cheslin Kolbe was sensational for the Top 14 side as he scored two tries.

How Leinster were left with an insurmountable hill to climb against Saracens

Sloppy errors, aerial losses, maul failings, scrum penalties, and a brilliant Sarries try were all involved.

Seven scrum pens and five misses in the 22 - Leinster left with big regrets

Saracens’ pack dominated Leo Cullen’s men up front in an impressive performance.

Challenge of terrific Toulouse a world away from when Ulster broke their duck in France

Ulster reached two European finals before recording their first win in France. The 2013 win is long forgotten but stands as a useful stepping stone for today’s crop.

'It's not my first dark day in a Leinster jersey, so it's how we react' - Ringrose

The Leinster centre rued his side’s poor performance in the first half against Saracens.

# champions-cup - Saturday 19 September, 2020

Zebo and Ryan help Racing into European semi-final against Saracens

The Parisians beat Clermont 36-27 in a big quarter-final win on the road.

'We got a little bit spooked... they probably managed the big occasion better'

Leinster boss Leo Cullen had major regrets over his side’s first-half showing against Saracens.

Superb Saracens power to shock victory in Dublin to end Leinster's European quest

Johnny Sexton and co. were second best against Mark McCall’s outstanding Sarries.

As it happened: Leinster v Saracens, Champions Cup quarter-final

Two of the game’s great rivals faced off in Dublin.

Leinster 'still chasing' Saracens as foes finally meet again

It’s been 16 months and zero defeats since Leinster faced Mark McCall’s European champions. They’re eager to avenge the result in Newcastle.

# champions-cup - Friday 18 September, 2020

Two European debutants start as Sexton returns for Leinster's crunch clash with Saracens

Sean Cronin also earns the nods after the line-out struggles against Ulster.

Cooney recalled but Coetzee misses out as Ulster eye up semi-final spot

Dan McFarland has made four changes to the side that were defeated by Leinster in last week’s Pro14 final.

22-year-old Hume shining for Ulster as he knuckles down to show potential

The outside centre scored an excellent try in last weekend’s Pro14 final against Leinster.

Ex-Connacht man Ahki wary of threat Ulster's McCloskey poses to Toulouse

The New Zealander enjoyed his time in Galway but has thrived with the Top 14 club.

# champions-cup - Thursday 17 September, 2020

'It's just about earning your stripes, some lads develop quicker' - Keenan

The 24-year-old Leinster man had a key role to play in the province’s Pro14 success.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

Talismanic back row Coetzee an injury doubt for Ulster's trip to Toulouse

The South African carried injury niggles into last weekend’s Pro14 final.

'You can't ignore the threat' - Maro Itoje in fine form for Leinster showdown

The England second row will be a key man as Sarries look to cause an upset in Dublin.

Toulouse's thrilling start to season a concern for travelling Ulster

The Top 14 side are targetting a record-setting fifth Heineken Champions Cup crown.

# champions-cup - Monday 14 September, 2020

Much-changed Saracens have 'a few plans up our sleeve' for Leinster

Leo Cullen’s men have a score to settle after last year’s Champions Cup final.

Tadhg Furlong's fitness to be reviewed by Leinster as Saracens signal Vunipola return

The Wexford man has missed out since rugby’s restart due to a back complaint.

# champions-cup - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Kolbe brace helps Toulouse warm up for Ulster with win over Rog's La Rochelle

Ulster have eyes only for the Pro14 final today, but next week’s opponents look in ominous shape.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Toulouse 'enormously' frustrated at 5,000-person limit for Ulster quarter-final

The Top 14 club has moved the fixture to their smaller home venue of Stade Ernest Wallon.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Referees appointed for Leinster and Ulster Champions Cup quarter-finals

EPCR has confirmed the officiating line-ups.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

EPCR confirm new 24-team Champions Cup next season, and Connacht are in

All four Irish provinces have qualified for the tournament, which will involve two pools of 12 teams.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

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

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.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

'Lockdown has only done him good': Sexton hitting form for Leinster

Stuart Lancaster can’t hide his interest in coaching the Lions and his out-half is showing no signs of easing up his chase for a spot on the tour either.

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