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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Leinster the big winners as Munster face a formidable task

Connacht can look forward to some big European nights in Galway when the Champions Cup returns in November.

Champions Cup draw pits Munster against Saracens and Racing 92

Beaten finalists Leinster will go up against Lyon, Northampton and Benetton.

Munster face tough pool draw as provinces to learn Champions Cup opponents

The draw for the 2019/20 competition takes place in Lausanne this afternoon.

# champions-cup - Friday 17 May, 2019

'I felt when I came back my skills were probably better than when I got injured'

Luke Marshall hit the ground running after his long injury lay-off and is intent on helping Ulster get back to Glasgow in a week’s time.

# champions-cup - Saturday 11 May, 2019

Sensational Saracens deny Leinster a fifth European star with victory in Newcastle

Mark McCall’s men claimed their third Heineken Champions Cup in a stunning game at St James’ Park.

As it happened: Leinster v Saracens, Champions Cup final Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: Leinster v Saracens, Champions Cup final

We followed all the action from St James’ Park as Leo Cullen’s side chased a record fifth star.

Leinster's fifth star? Saracens' third title? A nail-biter awaits in Newcastle

The Heineken Champions Cup finalists are extremely evenly-matched.

# champions-cup - Friday 10 May, 2019

From scraps to shoot-outs, Byrne's boot to Billy's boos: Saracens and Leinster's path to the 2019 final St James' Way This post contains videos

From scraps to shoot-outs, Byrne's boot to Billy's boos: Saracens and Leinster's path to the 2019 final

Here’s how Europe’s best two teams proved themselves this season.

McGrath's 'experience' edges him in as Leinster go for 'important' Bent over Porter

Leo Cullen says Leinster are hopeful Sean Cronin will come through after his recent calf injury.

Cronin and Lowe start, McGrath returns as Leinster unveil team chasing back-to-back Champions Cup glory

Saracens stand between Leinster and a fifth European title at St James’ Park tomorrow.

European rugby finals will head for the new Spurs stadium in 2021

It will be the seventh Heineken Champions Cup final to be held in England.

'Nerves will play a part but it's a privileged position for us to be in'

James Ryan’s battle with Maro Itoje at St James’ Park on Saturday evening is just one of several fascinating match-ups.

# champions-cup - Thursday 9 May, 2019

Where to watch Saturday's Champions Cup final as Leinster chase history

The game is available live on free-to-air TV on Virgin Media.

'Not a nice part of the season to miss': JVDF absent for final again, but still aiding Leinster's push

The back row need only look to his backs coach to find someone who understands the pain of missing a European final.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 8 May, 2019

Lancaster confident well-rested Leinster will hit top gear on the big occasion

‘We’re confident in our ability to turn up and play in the big games.’

'He's one of those coaches that you really feel privileged to play under'

Former Ireland centre Mark McCall has been the central figure in Saracens’ success in recent years.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Leinster not over-analysing Garcès' 'slightly different' refereeing style

The Frenchman takes charge of Saturday’s Champions Cup final.

'Be Leinster... we don't have to change': Champions back their ability to dig deep and crack Saracens defence

After three encounters with the English champions this season, Glasgow boss Dave Rennie feels Leinster are well-equipped to trouble them.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 1 May, 2019

'I can't not think about rugby until the next day, I tend to think about it a lot'

James Ryan knows more than most what it would mean to Leinster to win a fifth European crown in Newcastle.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 30 April, 2019

'It's mad how quickly things can change': Byrne intent on pushing for European final berth

The hooker has yet to feature in this season’s Champions Cup, but with Sean Cronin a doubt he is intent on forcing Leo Cullen’s hand.

# champions-cup - Monday 29 April, 2019

McFadden a doubt for Leinster's run-in after citing for alleged headbutt Champions Cup This post contains videos

McFadden a doubt for Leinster's run-in after citing for alleged headbutt

The wing appeared to head-butt Ulster’s Sean Reidy during the inter-pro loss in Belfast.

Cullen confident players can hit peak performance against Saracens

After allowing most stars three weeks on the sideline between semi and final, Leinster’s head coach is keen to see players finish the season strong, rather than ‘stumbling’ over the line.

# champions-cup - Thursday 25 April, 2019

Garcès appointed to referee Leinster's Champions Cup final clash

The Frenchman will be in charge of the decider against Saracens in Newcastle.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 24 April, 2019

BT Sport 'regret' that stance on Billy Vunipola was misinterpreted by 'some viewers' during broadcast

The broadcaster has released a statement to The42, in which it defends its coverage of the controversial Saracens player.

Cronin, Furlong and Ringrose shortlisted for EPCR Player of the Year award

Champions Cup finalists Leinster and Saracens dominate the five-man shortlist.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Munster will not risk Carbery or Earls after disappointing European exit

Johann van Graan will not take a chance on the pair’s fitness as they go in search of a Pro14 home semi-final.

# champions-cup - Monday 22 April, 2019

Sexton braced for backlash as Saracens take lessons from Leinster

The English champions lost last year’s quarter-final to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium, a result Sexton says was a ‘turning point’ for the Premiership side.

Leinster's double-double hopes remain alive as Cullen's men hit their straps

Rob Kearney knows the province are in for a ‘special’ final against Saracens next month.

# champions-cup - Sunday 21 April, 2019

Emotional O'Brien returning to his best as sun begins to set on Leinster career

Leo Cullen hailed the flanker’s ‘exceptional’ contribution against Toulouse.

'It felt like I was cramming for an exam': Sexton makes seamless return to Leinster jersey

The 10 made his first provincial appearance in 2019, but his influence on Leinster is relentless.

Leinster look towards 'biggest battle of our careers' against Sarries

Saracens will be aiming to deny Leinster a record fifth Champions Cup title.

Munster distance themselves from supporter who confronted Billy Vunipola

An irate Munster fan got past security to confront the Saracens number eight yesterday.

Out of 10: How we rated Cullen's Leinster in their semi-final defeat of Toulouse

Johnny Sexton was man of the match, but there were some outstanding performances from those in blue at the Aviva.

As it happened: Leinster v Toulouse, Champions Cup semi-final

Join us for live coverage from the Aviva Stadium as Leo Cullen’s side bid to book their place in next month’s decider.

Leinster forced into late change as Ruddock drops out through illness

Scott Fardy starts in the back row against Toulouse this afternoon.

Cullen's Leinster put their European crown on the line against resurgent Toulouse

The two most successful clubs in European club rugby history go head-to-head in a heavyweight semi-final showdown at the Aviva Stadium today.

Munster set sights on Pro14 trophy as barren run in Europe continues

‘We have come a long way as a team and as a squad,’ said Peter O’Mahony.

Lowe can be Leinster's match-winner after a frustrating period in the shadows

The Kiwi winger is back in Leo Cullen’s team and will be hoping to make a big impact against Toulouse.

# champions-cup - Saturday 20 April, 2019

Unrepentant Vunipola says he did not intend to hurt anyone

BT Sport awarded the number 8 man of the match as Saracens defeated Munster.

'We know we're playing the best team in Europe, but we will be playing our rugby'

A resurgent Toulouse arrive in Dublin confident they can topple the defending champions in tomorrow’s semi-final showdown.

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