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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

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

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

Sep 2nd 2020, 12:00 PM 36,175 Views 69 Comments

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
# Rule Book
# Rule Book

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

Aug 18th 2020, 5:38 PM 6,551 Views 10 Comments

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
# Markers
# Markers

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

Aug 11th 2020, 12:00 PM 26,063 Views 34 Comments

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.

Lancaster would relish facing Crusaders after in-depth discussions with Super Rugby champs
# North V South
# North V South

Lancaster would relish facing Crusaders after in-depth discussions with Super Rugby champs

Aug 11th 2020, 7:00 AM 9,055 Views 7 Comments

The Leinster senior coach took great interest in finding out how the best team in the southern hemisphere would target the Pro14 champions.

# champions-cup - Thursday 30 July, 2020

The Munster depth chart: Big-name signings and fascinating selection battles
# Beefed Up
# Beefed Up

The Munster depth chart: Big-name signings and fascinating selection battles

Jul 30th 2020, 9:00 PM 32,327 Views 63 Comments

Johann van Graan’s 43-man senior squad looks well set to push on this season.

# champions-cup - Saturday 18 July, 2020

South African franchises eyeing up Champions Cup in global shake-up
# New Look
# New Look

South African franchises eyeing up Champions Cup in global shake-up

Jul 18th 2020, 9:17 AM 10,401 Views 14 Comments

Threat to Super Rugby has left four of South Africa’s teams in limbo.

# champions-cup - Thursday 9 July, 2020

This year's European Cup finals will no longer take place in Marseille
# New Venue
# New Venue

This year's European Cup finals will no longer take place in Marseille

Jul 9th 2020, 11:50 AM 20,156 Views 12 Comments

EPCR is now looking for a new venue or venues for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup deciders.

# champions-cup - Monday 29 June, 2020

Saracens captain Barritt extends deal to include Leinster quarter-final
# Stalwart
# Stalwart

Saracens captain Barritt extends deal to include Leinster quarter-final

Jun 29th 2020, 10:48 AM 6,301 Views 6 Comments

The 33-year-old hopes to finish on a high with the Championship-bound club.

# champions-cup - Thursday 25 June, 2020

New dates announced for completion of 2019/20 Champions Cup season
# CONFIRMED
# CONFIRMED

New dates announced for completion of 2019/20 Champions Cup season

Jun 25th 2020, 12:00 PM 16,477 Views 25 Comments

The 2020/21 season of European rugby is now due to start on 11/12/13 December.

# champions-cup - Thursday 14 May, 2020

EPCR looking at possible 24-team Champions Cup for next season
# Format
# Format

EPCR looking at possible 24-team Champions Cup for next season

May 14th 2020, 9:30 PM 18,830 Views 16 Comments

Eight clubs from each of the leagues would qualify and the competition would be played over eight weekends.

# champions-cup - Thursday 7 May, 2020

Top 14 chiefs postpone decision on next season's Champions Cup places
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Top 14 chiefs postpone decision on next season's Champions Cup places

May 7th 2020, 8:17 AM 5,304 Views 8 Comments

EPCR is considering reformatting the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup for next season.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

EPCR insists it will do utmost to complete the 2019/20 Champions Cup
# On Hold
# On Hold

EPCR insists it will do utmost to complete the 2019/20 Champions Cup

Apr 28th 2020, 6:12 PM 4,932 Views 24 Comments

France has confirmed that major sport will not resume there before September.

# champions-cup - Monday 6 April, 2020

EPCR say Club World Cup could 'complement' Champions Cup
# Discussions
# Discussions

EPCR say Club World Cup could 'complement' Champions Cup

Apr 6th 2020, 9:35 PM 5,715 Views 9 Comments

The Champions Cup organisers have said that a global club tournament is already under consideration.

Bernard Laporte wants an annual Club World Cup instead of the Champions Cup
# Radical
# Radical

Bernard Laporte wants an annual Club World Cup instead of the Champions Cup

Apr 6th 2020, 12:54 PM 9,830 Views 25 Comments

The French Rugby Federation president says ‘it could be a breath of fresh air for the whole of world rugby.’

# champions-cup - Monday 30 March, 2020

One year on from Leavy's horror injury and Stockdale's drop
# 365 Turnaround
# 365 Turnaround

One year on from Leavy's horror injury and Stockdale's drop

Mar 30th 2020, 5:40 PM 11,280 Views 10 Comments

Last year’s inter-pro European quarter-final was an epic.

# champions-cup - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Leinster's unbeaten bid now carries an asterisk, whatever way the season unfolds
# Streak
# Streak

Leinster's unbeaten bid now carries an asterisk, whatever way the season unfolds

Mar 28th 2020, 4:00 PM 8,119 Views 16 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side were in sensational form as they amassed an incredible 21 straight wins. But the postponed season means the achievement will be a qualified success.

# champions-cup - Thursday 26 March, 2020

How Cullen and Lancaster's Leinster have used 51 players this season
# BALANCING ACT
# BALANCING ACT

How Cullen and Lancaster's Leinster have used 51 players this season

Mar 26th 2020, 4:57 PM 6,804 Views 22 Comments

Max Deegan, James Lowe, and Scott Fardy have racked up the most minutes in the squad.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Rugby's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals postponed indefinitely
# On Hold
# On Hold

Rugby's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals postponed indefinitely

Mar 24th 2020, 9:38 AM 2,575 Views 5 Comments

The 2020 finals weekend had been set for Marseille on 22/23 May.

# champions-cup - Monday 16 March, 2020

Leinster and Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-finals have been postponed
# OFFICIAL
# OFFICIAL

Leinster and Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-finals have been postponed

Mar 16th 2020, 6:07 PM 24,095 Views 27 Comments

The European club season has been suspended.

# champions-cup - Friday 13 March, 2020

Training set to be suspended for Leinster, Ulster, Connacht, and Munster
# Measures
# Measures

Training set to be suspended for Leinster, Ulster, Connacht, and Munster

Updated Mar 13th 2020, 4:24 PM 11,375 Views 10 Comments

The provinces have no certainty around when they will next play.

Top 14 suspended, putting Champions Cup quarter-finals in even greater doubt
# Off
# Off

Top 14 suspended, putting Champions Cup quarter-finals in even greater doubt

Mar 13th 2020, 2:41 PM 3,889 Views 0 Comments

The suspension includes all collective training by the professional clubs in France.

# champions-cup - Monday 9 March, 2020

EPCR will support any 'preventative measures' in relation to coronavirus
# Concerns
# Concerns

EPCR will support any 'preventative measures' in relation to coronavirus

Mar 9th 2020, 4:56 PM 5,715 Views 6 Comments

Leinster and Ulster are due to play Champions Cup quarter-finals on the first weekend of April.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Leinster promise 'a different game' when English stars visit Aviva with Saracens
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Leinster promise 'a different game' when English stars visit Aviva with Saracens

Feb 25th 2020, 6:10 AM 8,755 Views 4 Comments

Six of the 23 who helped England trounce Ireland will be on duty with Saracens in the Champions Cup quarter-final.

# champions-cup - Monday 24 February, 2020

Jack Conan on course to be fit before Saracens clash after return to training
# Best Foot Forward
# Best Foot Forward

Jack Conan on course to be fit before Saracens clash after return to training

Feb 24th 2020, 1:17 PM 8,649 Views 26 Comments

The number eight has been working his way back from a broken foot since the World Cup.

# champions-cup - Sunday 9 February, 2020

Racing criticise 'ludicrous' and 'grotesque' decision to only fine Saracens
# Anger
# Anger

Racing criticise 'ludicrous' and 'grotesque' decision to only fine Saracens

Feb 9th 2020, 5:46 PM 13,594 Views 9 Comments

The French club are not happy.

# champions-cup - Friday 7 February, 2020

Saracens escape points deduction and are fined just €50,000 at hearing
# Decision
# Decision

Saracens escape points deduction and are fined just €50,000 at hearing

Feb 7th 2020, 10:15 PM 24,660 Views 30 Comments

The English club are free to face Leinster in the quarter-finals, although EPCR can appeal the decision.

Racing 92 say they will 'enforce their rights' as Saracens hearing gets underway
# Mess
# Mess

Racing 92 say they will 'enforce their rights' as Saracens hearing gets underway

Feb 7th 2020, 6:30 PM 17,930 Views 20 Comments

The Top 14 club expressed surprise not to have been contacted about the misconduct charge.

Leinster opponents Saracens in trouble again over possible ineligible player
# Shambles
# Shambles

Leinster opponents Saracens in trouble again over possible ineligible player

Feb 7th 2020, 12:36 PM 38,989 Views 45 Comments

EPCR has brought a misconduct complaint against Sarries, who could be facing a fine or points deduction.

# champions-cup - Friday 31 January, 2020

Springbok signings are complete game-changers for van Graan's Munster
# Intent
# Intent

Springbok signings are complete game-changers for van Graan's Munster

Jan 31st 2020, 4:56 PM 18,980 Views 66 Comments

RG Snyman and Damian de Allende are likely to become fan favourites at Thomond Park.

# champions-cup - Monday 20 January, 2020

Champions Cup power rankings: Leinster first, Ulster seventh and the smell that won’t go away
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Champions Cup power rankings: Leinster first, Ulster seventh and the smell that won’t go away

Jan 20th 2020, 8:46 PM 17,762 Views 30 Comments

You can’t write Saracens off even if you want to.

European campaign long gone for Munster and the future starts now
# Bright Sparks
# Bright Sparks

European campaign long gone for Munster and the future starts now

Jan 20th 2020, 7:07 AM 8,356 Views 19 Comments

Without a Champions Cup quarter-final ahead, Munster have room to prime their squad to chase the Pro14 title.

# champions-cup - Sunday 19 January, 2020

Leinster to face Saracens as Champions Cup quarter-final ties are confirmed
# Last Eight
# Last Eight

Leinster to face Saracens as Champions Cup quarter-final ties are confirmed

Updated Jan 19th 2020, 9:54 PM 49,986 Views 57 Comments

Ulster will play Toulouse away from home.

Late heartbreak for Connacht in thriller with Montpellier
# Exit
# Exit

Late heartbreak for Connacht in thriller with Montpellier

Jan 19th 2020, 7:46 PM 12,442 Views 17 Comments

The Westerners recovered from a 21-0 deficit but were ultimately beaten in a dead-rubber in Pool 5.

'Freak' training ground knock kept Farrell from lining out for Munster
# Hard Knocks
# Hard Knocks

'Freak' training ground knock kept Farrell from lining out for Munster

Jan 19th 2020, 4:54 PM 14,601 Views 15 Comments

Meanwhile, Johann van Graan lamented the ‘moments’ that ensured Munster fell just short of the knock-out stages.

14-man Saracens grind out Racing win to put themselves in frame for European quarter-finals
# Doff Your Salary Cap
# Doff Your Salary Cap

14-man Saracens grind out Racing win to put themselves in frame for European quarter-finals

Jan 19th 2020, 3:33 PM 15,110 Views 72 Comments

The victory came at an – ahem – cost, with Billy Vunipola forced off with a reported broken arm.

Cold comfort as Munster force five-try win over Ospreys
# Academic
# Academic

Cold comfort as Munster force five-try win over Ospreys

Jan 19th 2020, 3:05 PM 28,849 Views 39 Comments

Craig Casey’s try-scoring cameo was a highlight as Munster played out a final pool match with knockout hopes already dashed.

# champions-cup - Saturday 18 January, 2020

Glasgow victory confirms Munster's Champions Cup exit
# No Miracle Matches
# No Miracle Matches

Glasgow victory confirms Munster's Champions Cup exit

Jan 18th 2020, 9:29 PM 44,337 Views 64 Comments

Warriors ran in six tries against Sale to consign Johann Van Graan’s side to an early elimination.

Addison, Stockdale, and The Cat impress as 'very happy' Ulster advance to quarters
# Back Three
# Back Three

Addison, Stockdale, and The Cat impress as 'very happy' Ulster advance to quarters

Jan 18th 2020, 6:57 PM 8,678 Views 4 Comments

Tom O’Toole suffered a rib injury in his side’s 22-15 win over Bath.

As it happened: Benetton v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup
# Minute-by-Minute
# Minute-by-Minute

As it happened: Benetton v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup

Jan 18th 2020, 12:00 PM 47,490 Views 12 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side did enough to clinch the number one seeding for the quarter-finals.

'I'd like to think I am' - Cooney feels ready for a Six Nations start for Ireland
# Confidence
# Confidence

'I'd like to think I am' - Cooney feels ready for a Six Nations start for Ireland

Jan 18th 2020, 8:30 AM 7,162 Views 15 Comments

The Ulster scrum-half is brimming with energy and belief in a superb run of form with Ulster.