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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Sunday 20 September, 2020

How Leinster were left with an insurmountable hill to climb against Saracens
# Analysis
# Analysis

How Leinster were left with an insurmountable hill to climb against Saracens

Sep 20th 2020, 11:10 AM 10,201 Views 33 Comments

Sloppy errors, aerial losses, maul failings, scrum penalties, and a brilliant Sarries try were all involved.

Seven scrum pens and five misses in the 22 - Leinster left with big regrets
# Woes
# Woes

Seven scrum pens and five misses in the 22 - Leinster left with big regrets

Sep 20th 2020, 7:45 AM 12,379 Views 44 Comments

Saracens’ pack dominated Leo Cullen’s men up front in an impressive performance.

Challenge of terrific Toulouse a world away from when Ulster broke their duck in France
# Landmark
# Landmark

Challenge of terrific Toulouse a world away from when Ulster broke their duck in France

Sep 20th 2020, 7:00 AM 12,218 Views 1 Comment

Ulster reached two European finals before recording their first win in France. The 2013 win is long forgotten but stands as a useful stepping stone for today’s crop.

'It's not my first dark day in a Leinster jersey, so it's how we react' - Ringrose
# Exit
# Exit

'It's not my first dark day in a Leinster jersey, so it's how we react' - Ringrose

Sep 20th 2020, 6:00 AM 6,957 Views 23 Comments

The Leinster centre rued his side’s poor performance in the first half against Saracens.

# champions-cup - Saturday 19 September, 2020

Zebo and Ryan help Racing into European semi-final against Saracens
# Onwards
# Onwards

Zebo and Ryan help Racing into European semi-final against Saracens

Sep 19th 2020, 9:10 PM 19,520 Views 12 Comments

The Parisians beat Clermont 36-27 in a big quarter-final win on the road.

'We got a little bit spooked... they probably managed the big occasion better'
# Gutted
# Gutted

'We got a little bit spooked... they probably managed the big occasion better'

Sep 19th 2020, 6:23 PM 16,052 Views 41 Comments

Leinster boss Leo Cullen had major regrets over his side’s first-half showing against Saracens.

Superb Saracens power to shock victory in Dublin to end Leinster's European quest
# Upset
# Upset

Superb Saracens power to shock victory in Dublin to end Leinster's European quest

Sep 19th 2020, 4:58 PM 62,537 Views 165 Comments

Johnny Sexton and co. were second best against Mark McCall’s outstanding Sarries.

As it happened: Leinster v Saracens, Champions Cup quarter-final
# Showdown
# Showdown

As it happened: Leinster v Saracens, Champions Cup quarter-final

Sep 19th 2020, 2:15 PM 100,194 Views 74 Comments

Two of the game’s great rivals faced off in Dublin.

Leinster 'still chasing' Saracens as foes finally meet again
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Leinster 'still chasing' Saracens as foes finally meet again

Sep 19th 2020, 6:47 AM 5,628 Views 11 Comments

It’s been 16 months and zero defeats since Leinster faced Mark McCall’s European champions. They’re eager to avenge the result in Newcastle.

# champions-cup - Friday 18 September, 2020

Two European debutants start as Sexton returns for Leinster's crunch clash with Saracens
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Two European debutants start as Sexton returns for Leinster's crunch clash with Saracens

Sep 18th 2020, 12:19 PM 35,621 Views 42 Comments

Sean Cronin also earns the nods after the line-out struggles against Ulster.

Cooney recalled but Coetzee misses out as Ulster eye up semi-final spot
# John Cooney
# John Cooney

Cooney recalled but Coetzee misses out as Ulster eye up semi-final spot

Sep 18th 2020, 12:11 PM 9,612 Views 15 Comments

Dan McFarland has made four changes to the side that were defeated by Leinster in last week’s Pro14 final.

22-year-old Hume shining for Ulster as he knuckles down to show potential
# Rising Star
# Rising Star

22-year-old Hume shining for Ulster as he knuckles down to show potential

Sep 18th 2020, 7:00 AM 7,063 Views 21 Comments

The outside centre scored an excellent try in last weekend’s Pro14 final against Leinster.

Ex-Connacht man Ahki wary of threat Ulster's McCloskey poses to Toulouse
# Midfield
# Midfield

Ex-Connacht man Ahki wary of threat Ulster's McCloskey poses to Toulouse

Sep 18th 2020, 6:00 AM 5,840 Views 6 Comments

The New Zealander enjoyed his time in Galway but has thrived with the Top 14 club.

# champions-cup - Thursday 17 September, 2020

'It's just about earning your stripes, some lads develop quicker' - Keenan
# Taking Chances
# Taking Chances

'It's just about earning your stripes, some lads develop quicker' - Keenan

Sep 17th 2020, 6:05 AM 9,681 Views 9 Comments

The 24-year-old Leinster man had a key role to play in the province’s Pro14 success.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

Talismanic back row Coetzee an injury doubt for Ulster's trip to Toulouse
# Concern
# Concern

Talismanic back row Coetzee an injury doubt for Ulster's trip to Toulouse

Sep 15th 2020, 5:18 PM 5,941 Views 8 Comments

The South African carried injury niggles into last weekend’s Pro14 final.

'You can't ignore the threat' - Maro Itoje in fine form for Leinster showdown
# Wrecking Ball
# Wrecking Ball

'You can't ignore the threat' - Maro Itoje in fine form for Leinster showdown

Sep 15th 2020, 6:30 AM 7,406 Views 8 Comments

The England second row will be a key man as Sarries look to cause an upset in Dublin.

Toulouse's thrilling start to season a concern for travelling Ulster
# Jouez
# Jouez

Toulouse's thrilling start to season a concern for travelling Ulster

Sep 15th 2020, 6:00 AM 6,077 Views 4 Comments

The Top 14 side are targetting a record-setting fifth Heineken Champions Cup crown.

# champions-cup - Monday 14 September, 2020

Much-changed Saracens have 'a few plans up our sleeve' for Leinster
# Rematch
# Rematch

Much-changed Saracens have 'a few plans up our sleeve' for Leinster

Sep 14th 2020, 7:59 PM 29,069 Views 8 Comments

Leo Cullen’s men have a score to settle after last year’s Champions Cup final.

Tadhg Furlong's fitness to be reviewed by Leinster as Saracens signal Vunipola return
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Tadhg Furlong's fitness to be reviewed by Leinster as Saracens signal Vunipola return

Sep 14th 2020, 1:42 PM 6,435 Views 5 Comments

The Wexford man has missed out since rugby’s restart due to a back complaint.

# champions-cup - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Kolbe brace helps Toulouse warm up for Ulster with win over Rog's La Rochelle
# Top14
# Top14

Kolbe brace helps Toulouse warm up for Ulster with win over Rog's La Rochelle

Sep 12th 2020, 4:47 PM 8,364 Views 1 Comment

Ulster have eyes only for the Pro14 final today, but next week’s opponents look in ominous shape.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Toulouse 'enormously' frustrated at 5,000-person limit for Ulster quarter-final
# Away Day
# Away Day

Toulouse 'enormously' frustrated at 5,000-person limit for Ulster quarter-final

Sep 9th 2020, 2:29 PM 10,589 Views 4 Comments

The Top 14 club has moved the fixture to their smaller home venue of Stade Ernest Wallon.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Referees appointed for Leinster and Ulster Champions Cup quarter-finals
# Taking Charge
# Taking Charge

Referees appointed for Leinster and Ulster Champions Cup quarter-finals

Sep 8th 2020, 1:26 PM 6,028 Views 1 Comment

EPCR has confirmed the officiating line-ups.

# 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 36,201 Views 70 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 6,657 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 26,068 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 9,061 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 32,375 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 10,418 Views 15 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 20,162 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 6,304 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 16,496 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 18,831 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 5,306 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 4,933 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 8,123 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 6,827 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 2,578 Views 5 Comments

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