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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Today’s News

Ulster bid to go top of Champions Cup pool by maintaining strong home form

Back-to-back wins over Scarlets will boost the province’s chances of a first quarter-final in five seasons.

# champions-cup - Yesterday’s News

Van Graan forever chasing the perfect game

The South African hasn’t enjoyed a settled team since arriving last year, but there are clear signs of progress.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Bath point to new UK safety guidelines in defence of move to ban Leinster flags

‘Whilst we understand that flags present a low risk of injury, we cannot and will not ignore the guidance that we are mandated to as part of our safety certificate.’

Van Graan confident Sam Arnold can continue solving 'puzzles' for Munster's midfield

Chris Farrell’s absence will give the 22-year-old another big stage to perform on this weekend.

Furlong demands Leinster hit another gear in Aviva showdown with Bath

The defending European champions have yet to hit their straps in the pool stages, but that leaves a lot of room for improvement.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Ulster add on-loan lock Ian Nagle to European squad for Scarlets showdown

Exeter, Toulouse and Newcastle Falcons have also added to their ranks.

# champions-cup - Monday 10 December, 2018

After wins for three Irish provinces, who makes your Champions Cup Team of the Week?

We could have squeezed a few more Ulstermen into our first XV from round 3.

Nothing to celebrate but the win as Munster look forward to the Castres cauldron

The French champions did their damnedest to kill the game and left Munster to sort out the mess.

# champions-cup - Sunday 9 December, 2018

Zebo scores again as rampant Racing show their intentions

The Top 14 side restored their healthy lead in Pool 4 with victory over Leicester Tigers.

'Our squad depth got tested today': Munster adapt after injury withdrawals

Joey Carbery and Chris Farrell were due to start, but hamstring and thigh issues took them out of contention against Castres.

Influential Murray ensures Munster adapt to beat destructive Castres

Tries from Rory Scannell, CJ Stander and JJ Hanrahan helped Munster ride out enforced changes and re-take top spot in their pool.

Munster braced for Castres clash and wary of 'fool's gold'

Van Graan is cautious, but his team look in rude health with Carbery, Murray and the frightening prospect of Chris Farrell promising to improve.

# champions-cup - Saturday 8 December, 2018

'We have to take safety seriously' - Bath apologise for confiscating Leinster flags

The English Premiership side said the flags were ‘tested against three safety criteria and failed all three, including fire’.

# champions-cup - Friday 7 December, 2018

Carbery and Stander back as fully-loaded Munster welcome Castres

Johann van Graan is very close to having his first-choice XV for the back-to-back meetings with the French champions.

'We’ve a bit of a relationship with them': O'Mahony prepared to tough it out against familiar foe Castres

Munster’s long love affair with Europe has pitted tham against Castres more than any other side.

# champions-cup - Thursday 6 December, 2018

Long-awaited Carbery-Murray axis makes for a special occasion as Munster take on Castres

Johann van Graan is just over a year in charge of Munster, and all the pieces are beginning to come together for him.

'Joe is the coach who has picked me over my career. I wouldn’t be here without him'

Devin Toner has been one of Joe Schmidt’s most reliable performers in his eight years in Irish rugby.

McFarland enjoying the journey as Ulster set for 'biggest game of the Champions Cup so far'

‘Sometimes you get the feeling that there isn’t enough respect given to the Pro14,’ he said ahead of their Scarlets clash though.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

Contepomi: 'Leinster are not the Barcelona of rugby - we have a lot to improve'

The defending European champions have developed a high-possession, high strike-rate style of play.

'It's all I think about every day': Keith Earls desperate to claim a European medal to call his own

The Munster wing doesn’t count his 2008 Heineken Cup medal as a true winners’ medal as he was an unused replacement in Cardiff.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

'Just being on the safe side': Halfpenny out of Ulster clash due to concussion

The Scarlets fullback has not played since Wales’ Autumn Test win over Australia.

Munster and Connacht make changes to their European squads

Prop Jeremy Loughman has been added to the southern province’s Champions Cup panel.

Munster hoping to have Conway and Haley in harness for Castres clash

Johann van Graan could be without Stephen Archer as the Champions Cp back-to-backs get into gear.

Injuries mount for Leinster but strength in depth softens the blow ahead of Bath

Dan Leavy, Jack Conan, Rory O’Loughlin and Jordan Larmour are in a race to be fit for Saturday.

# champions-cup - Friday 16 November, 2018

Mathewson extends stay with Munster as Farrell returns to full training

However, Jean Kleyn looks set to miss the European clashes with Castres after undergoing surgery on his thumb.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 24 October, 2018

Cipriani hit with three-week ban after Thomond Park red

The Gloucester star had a six-week sanction halved owing to his previously clear rap-sheet.

Castres powerhouse Vaipulu free to face Munster as he gets 6-week ban

The number eight’s ban was reduced by four weeks due to his guilty plea and expression of remorse.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

England's Lozowski to miss Springbok Test after EPCR extend ban

The Saracens centre was originally handed a two-week suspension, but will now be unavailable for England’s opening November Test.

'The result stands': EPCR reject Bath's request for Toulouse replay

The tournament organisers say Irish referee Andrew Brace didn’t end the match early.

# champions-cup - Monday 22 October, 2018

Toulouse may be back, but Saracens remain the clear and present danger to Leinster's crown

The English champions have ominously marched their way through wins in all eight games this season.

EPCR to apologise to Cardiff and Glasgow over 'ridiculous' kit clash

Cardiff out-half Gareth Anscombe described the situation as an ‘out-and-out disgrace.’

Champions Cup try of the round: Médard's knockout blow or Mafi's storming burst? Try Time This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Champions Cup try of the round: Médard's knockout blow or Mafi's storming burst?

Here are the six contenders for the round two award.

What is it about personality that Rugby Twitter hates so much?

An awful lot of people let themselves get riled up by the sight of sportsmen enjoying their sport.

Locks away! It's our Champions Cup Team of the Week

Munster were the only Irish province to take a win from the European weekend, so we’ve turned to Racing and Toulouse to fill big chunks in our team.

# champions-cup - Sunday 21 October, 2018

Glasgow a few shades better and claim bonus point win in Cardiff Colour Clash This post contains videos

Glasgow a few shades better and claim bonus point win in Cardiff

Jonny Gray finished off a sensational team try to seal the bonus point for the Warriors.

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Chick scores 89th minute try after 39 phases as Newcastle snatch late win over Montpellier

Newcastle followed their away win over Toulon with another dramatic victory over French powerhouses Montpellier.

As it happened: Toulouse v Leinster, Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute as the four-time champions met in France.

Late slump and injuries a concern as Munster march ahead in pool race

There was a lot to like about the stars Munster had on show and the pool standings are in great shape given the stars they have done without.

# champions-cup - Saturday 20 October, 2018

'Do we constantly want to see 14 play 15?': Ackermann fumes at Cipriani red card

‘If you hit your car it’s an accident. Get on a plane, maybe it’s going to fall,’ argued Ackermann as he called on officials to judge intent behind tackles.

14-man Castres beat Exeter to leave Munster's pool wide open

December double-header between Munster and French champs will go a long way towards deciding Pool 2.

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