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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Friday 18 December, 2020

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 9,267 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 12,017 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 33,292 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 6,786 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 10,199 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 6,957 Views 19 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 19,776 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 17,811 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 20,224 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 20,173 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 9,910 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 9,576 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 19,174 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 12,603 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 12,678 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 6,119 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 3,411 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 10,425 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 5,501 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 5,855 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 6,632 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 5,166 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 6,741 Views 7 Comments

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

# champions-cup - Monday 7 December, 2020

Lowe and Ryan doubts, but Sexton set to lead Leinster in Montpellier
# Back In Blue
# Back In Blue

Lowe and Ryan doubts, but Sexton set to lead Leinster in Montpellier

Dec 7th 2020, 4:01 PM 7,341 Views 9 Comments

Will Connors is also set to be fit for Leo Cullen’s side.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 10 November, 2020

Ringrose has Lions ambitions but first focus is return from injury with Leinster
# Recovery
# Recovery

Ringrose has Lions ambitions but first focus is return from injury with Leinster

Nov 10th 2020, 4:05 PM 9,097 Views 3 Comments

The Ireland centre hopes to be back in action for the Champions Cup games in December.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Munster draw Clermont and Quins as Champions Cup pool draw is confirmed
# CONFIRMED
# CONFIRMED

Munster draw Clermont and Quins as Champions Cup pool draw is confirmed

Oct 28th 2020, 3:15 PM 23,690 Views 28 Comments

Leinster will face Northampton Saints and Montpellier, while Connacht take on Pat Lam’s Bristol and Racing 92.

# champions-cup - Saturday 17 October, 2020

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

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

Updated Oct 17th 2020, 8:30 PM 43,968 Views 87 Comments

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
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

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

Oct 17th 2020, 10:00 AM 29,188 Views 41 Comments

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'
# Talent
# Talent

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

Sep 30th 2020, 3:14 PM 33,701 Views 35 Comments

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'
# The Leinster Model
# The Leinster Model

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

Sep 29th 2020, 7:10 AM 12,387 Views 20 Comments

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
# Marching On
# Marching On

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

Sep 26th 2020, 5:22 PM 13,938 Views 14 Comments

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
# Finalists
# Finalists

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

Sep 26th 2020, 3:02 PM 21,060 Views 33 Comments

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
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

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

Sep 25th 2020, 2:30 PM 10,618 Views 12 Comments

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'
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

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

Sep 23rd 2020, 7:00 PM 12,158 Views 9 Comments

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
# Off The Hook
# Off The Hook

Saracens' Rhodes has citing complaint over Henshaw incident dismissed

Sep 22nd 2020, 10:56 PM 12,114 Views 11 Comments

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
# Talent
# Talent

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

Sep 22nd 2020, 12:00 PM 21,649 Views 7 Comments

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

IRFU refs Brace and Murphy appointed to European semi-final clashes
# On The Whistle
# On The Whistle

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

Sep 22nd 2020, 11:27 AM 4,962 Views 0 Comments

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
# Errors
# Errors

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

Updated Sep 21st 2020, 5:00 PM 36,968 Views 31 Comments

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
# Superstar
# Superstar

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

Sep 21st 2020, 4:08 PM 6,570 Views 8 Comments

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'
# Season Over
# Season Over

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

Sep 21st 2020, 6:00 AM 20,057 Views 44 Comments

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