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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Today’s News

Van Graan wary of Edinburgh away from 'deafening' Thomond Park cauldron

Munster’s head coach quickly turned his thoughts to how tight the last knockout clash between the sides was.

# champions-cup - Yesterday’s News

All-Ireland derby at the Aviva Stadium as Champions Cup quarters confirmed

Munster, meanwhile, face an away trip to Edinburgh.

As it happened: Wasps vs Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute as Leinster made the trip to Coventry to take on Wasps.

Van Graan hails 'pure class' Carbery after he kicks Munster to quarter-final

The Athy man stayed cool is a red-hot atmosphere to keep Munster’s winning run at Thomond Park in tact.

Leinster have home quarter-final in their sights on return to Coventry

The defending champions have already qualified for the quarter-finals, but are bidding to secure a home tie in the knockout rounds.

# champions-cup - Saturday 19 January, 2019

Knee knock the only down side to another brilliant Tadhg Beirne performance

The lock will undergo a scan after his man-of-the-match display in Munster’s narrow win over Exeter.

Munster show their mettle under pressure to take quarter-final berth with win over Chiefs

Tadhg Beirne led the way as Munster found a way to beat a brilliant Exeter side.

Saracens see off Glasgow to advance to quarter-finals as top seeds

The English side will pose a serious threat to Leinster’s European crown this season.

As It Happened: Munster v Exeter, Heineken Champions Cup Liveblog This post contains a poll

As It Happened: Munster v Exeter, Heineken Champions Cup

All the minute-by-minute action from Munster’s Champions Cup clash with Exeter.

Cullen dismisses suggestion salary cap stops English sides competing

‘Saracens usually do a very good job, don’t they?’

Another strong finish required from Munster in showstopping battle with Chiefs

The finish line is in sight and Munster have proven adept at closing over the years.

McCloskey and Ulster look to take the next step in Europe

Dan McFarland’s side face Leicester Tigers later bidding to reach the knockout stages for the first time in five years.

# champions-cup - Friday 18 January, 2019

Leinster secure Champions Cup quarter-final spot as Edinburgh beat Montpellier

The result is also positive for Ulster who travel to Welford Road tomorrow evening.

'It's difficult when you miss out but Ross just needs to focus on playing well'

Ross Byrne has the chance to produce a big performance for Leinster against Wasps at the end of a disappointing week for the out-half.

'He's so excited about playing': O'Brien hungrier after latest injury lay-off

The Ireland international is back on the Leinster bench for Sunday’s trip to Wasps.

Henderson returns to help Ulster force a way into European quarter-finals

Henderson returns to help Ulster force a way into European quarter-finals

The second row has been nursing a thumb injury for the past month, but looks set to lend his weight to both Ulster and Ireland in the coming weeks.

# champions-cup - Thursday 17 January, 2019

'This is a team who is absolutely capable of winning the Heineken Cup'

Speaking on the latest episode of Heineken Rugby Weekly, Andy Dunne says he has been convinced that Johann van Graan’s side can be European champions.

'It's going to be hard on the bodies': No room for error when Exeter come chasing history in Thomond Park

Exeter are aiming to record their second win on Irish soil, and take a spot in the quarters away from Munster.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

'There's 47 guys who want to be picked': Munster promise fire without fatigue for decider against Chiefs

Munster will be pumped for the visit of Exeter with or without Peter O’Mahony.

# champions-cup - Monday 14 January, 2019

Here's what your province needs from the final round of European pool matches

There are plenty of twists and turns to come in the race for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Sting of heaviest European loss lingers for Leinster ahead of Ricoh return

‘It will be in the back of our minds,’ says Garry Ringrose.

Concern for Ulster as half-back pair doubts for Leicester trip

The loss of John Cooney and Billy Burns would be a blow for the northern province.

European clean sweep another marker of Irish rugby's rude health

All four provinces are in a strong position to advance through to the quarter-finals after an excellent weekend.

O'Mahony rated as '50-50, at best' to be fit for Munster's showdown with Exeter

The Munster captain sustained the injury during Friday’s bonus-point win at Gloucester.

'We have to create our own legacy': Best unmoved by the spirit of '99 and focused on Ulster's present

Approaching the 20th anniversary of Ulster’s European title, Best doesn’t want the current crop to remain empty-handed when the next big gathering rolls around.

'The job's not done': Cullen focuses Leinster minds for another big week

The defending European champions are in a strong position to secure a home quarter-final, but there is still work to do.

# champions-cup - Sunday 13 January, 2019

Long-serving Steenson determined to help Exeter lay down a marker on Thomond Park return

Exeter’s Irish captain is an outsider turned landlord after nearly 11 years with the Devon club.

McFarland hails 'amazing stuff' as Ulster empty the tank to beat Racing

While Jacob Stockdale grabbed the headlines, his pack had to dig good and deep to deny Racing a comeback win.

Cullen: 'Toulouse win a really important step for a lot of Leinster players'

The eastern province may have been depleted by injuries, but they again demonstrated an unrivalled strength in depth to march towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

# champions-cup - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Man-of-the-match Ringrose leads the way for Leinster

The 23-year-old was outstanding for Leo Cullen’s side against Toulouse.

'Leinster are really phenomenal, they're a class team'

Toulouse are still in the hunt for a quarter-final spot, but their 12-game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt in Dublin.

Super Stockdale inspires Ulster to thrilling win over Racing

The northern province beat last year’s runners-up to put themselves in an excellent position to make the knockout stage.

McGrath's knee injury the only blemish on Leinster's five-star afternoon

The scrum-half limped off in pain during the province’s big win over Toulouse this afternoon.

Leinster show their champion mettle to topple Toulouse in thrilling RDS battle

Leo Cullen’s side produced a breathtaking four-try performance to seize control of Pool 1.

As it happened: Leinster v Toulouse, Heineken Champions Cup

As it happened: Leinster v Toulouse, Heineken Champions Cup

It’s the four-time champions versus the four-time champions.

Racing mark defining day in Ulster's campaign

The Paris giants lead the way to the quarter-finals, but Ulster have ensured they will be ready.

# champions-cup - Friday 11 January, 2019

'I'm not worried about what we don't have - we have so much faith in the players'

Leinster are without several key players for their clash against Toulouse, but Leo Cullen is not concerned.

As it happened: Gloucester v Munster, Heineken Champions Cup Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: Gloucester v Munster, Heineken Champions Cup

We followed all the action from Kingsholm as Johann van Graan’s side bid to take a big step towards the knockout stages.

Cullen provides positive news on Seán O'Brien's fitness ahead of Six Nations

The flanker is due back from a broken arm in the coming weeks.

Sexton rehabbing knee issue as Leinster provide update on injured players

Rob Kearney and Dan Leavy picked up injuries in training during the week.

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