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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Friday 17 January, 2020

Marmion returns for Connacht as Friend seeks win in France
# Back In Business
# Back In Business

Marmion returns for Connacht as Friend seeks win in France

Jan 17th 2020, 12:22 PM 6,119 Views 7 Comments

The Irish international is back after a two-month absence

Our problems are curable, says Kilcoyne
# On The Mend
# On The Mend

Our problems are curable, says Kilcoyne

Jan 17th 2020, 7:31 AM 6,543 Views 26 Comments

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne believes the province have found the solutions to their problems.

'We know we've got a target on our backs... they want to put a shot on us'
# Number One Contender
# Number One Contender

'We know we've got a target on our backs... they want to put a shot on us'

Jan 17th 2020, 6:30 AM 7,178 Views 11 Comments

James Lowe knows that Leinster can take nothing for granted if they want to secure Champions Cup top seeding.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

‘Be patient and stop comparing us to the old Munster’
# Fight Of The Earls
# Fight Of The Earls

‘Be patient and stop comparing us to the old Munster’

Jan 15th 2020, 7:14 AM 12,865 Views 36 Comments

Keith Earls is convinced Munster are on the right track.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Crisis? Yes for the English, Welsh and Scots but not Munster
# Fighting Back
# Fighting Back

Crisis? Yes for the English, Welsh and Scots but not Munster

Jan 14th 2020, 7:54 PM 40,493 Views 64 Comments

Irish provinces have consistently punched above their weight in Europe and here are the facts that prove it.

'At this level of rugby it’s ruthless' - Racing's Prendergast feels Munster aren't far away
# Irish Abroad
# Irish Abroad

'At this level of rugby it’s ruthless' - Racing's Prendergast feels Munster aren't far away

Jan 14th 2020, 6:30 AM 9,796 Views 3 Comments

The French side are targeting trophy glory in the Champions Cup this season.

# champions-cup - Monday 13 January, 2020

Champions Cup Power Rankings: Where Irish sides really stand
# Lottery
# Lottery

Champions Cup Power Rankings: Where Irish sides really stand

Jan 13th 2020, 9:11 PM 34,898 Views 37 Comments

The system is flawed and Johann van Graan’s side need to be cut a little slack. The pool of death has killed Munster’s European dreams.

Friend willing to step back and reassess Connacht approach as they bow out of Europe
# Windfall
# Windfall

Friend willing to step back and reassess Connacht approach as they bow out of Europe

Jan 13th 2020, 7:00 AM 6,463 Views 2 Comments

The Australian also welcomed news confirming €20 million-worth of grants to go towards the Sportsground’s redevelopment.

'We’d all have a pretty sick feeling if we don’t': Leinster a win away from securing top seed
# Finishing Touches
# Finishing Touches

'We’d all have a pretty sick feeling if we don’t': Leinster a win away from securing top seed

Jan 13th 2020, 1:17 AM 7,917 Views 9 Comments

The eastern province have done the hard work, now a win in Italy will guarantee top seeding in the last eight.

# champions-cup - Sunday 12 January, 2020

'We spoke in the dressing room - we stick together as a group, as we always do'
# Dejected
# Dejected

'We spoke in the dressing room - we stick together as a group, as we always do'

Updated Jan 12th 2020, 9:30 PM 41,043 Views 74 Comments

Munster have been dealt more disappointment in the Champions Cup.

Cullen pleased with Leinster's half-time problem-solving
# Reaction
# Reaction

Cullen pleased with Leinster's half-time problem-solving

Jan 12th 2020, 5:29 PM 10,548 Views 18 Comments

Leinster head into the final round as top seeds after keeping Lyon scoreless in the second half.

Kearney double helps Leinster sweep aside Lyon
# Dangerous Dave
# Dangerous Dave

Kearney double helps Leinster sweep aside Lyon

Jan 12th 2020, 3:01 PM 29,130 Views 28 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side scored six tries as they moved one step closer to securing top seed for the quarter-finals.

Munster fighting for European lives in monumental clash against Racing
# Make Or Break
# Make Or Break

Munster fighting for European lives in monumental clash against Racing

Jan 12th 2020, 6:00 AM 14,229 Views 29 Comments

The task is a hugely demanding one for Johann van Graan’s men.

# champions-cup - Saturday 11 January, 2020

'It’s a plus to have intent back... we just have to make sure we’re more clinical'
# Better
# Better

'It’s a plus to have intent back... we just have to make sure we’re more clinical'

Jan 11th 2020, 7:00 PM 8,524 Views 3 Comments

After last week’s unraveling in Leinster, Andy Friend was pleased with how his side took on another European Cup favourite.

Dominant Toulouse crush Connacht's Champions Cup hope
# Overpowered
# Overpowered

Dominant Toulouse crush Connacht's Champions Cup hope

Jan 11th 2020, 5:26 PM 23,139 Views 9 Comments

Toulouse sealed their qualification and conceded just a penalty try despite finishing with 13 men.

'You have to have your internationals performing and we mightn't have'
# Worries
# Worries

'You have to have your internationals performing and we mightn't have'

Jan 11th 2020, 6:30 AM 9,821 Views 20 Comments

Peter O’Mahony is expecting much better from his Munster team tomorrow after some substandard performances recently.

Rejuvenated Carty key as Connacht take on Toulouse
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Rejuvenated Carty key as Connacht take on Toulouse

Jan 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 2,737 Views 0 Comments

Connacht will return to full strength as they aim for a repeat of their 2016 win over the four-time champs.

# champions-cup - Friday 10 January, 2020

Ryan and Sexton on the mend - Cullen aiming for top seed
# Reaching For The Sky
# Reaching For The Sky

Ryan and Sexton on the mend - Cullen aiming for top seed

Jan 10th 2020, 2:39 PM 7,452 Views 5 Comments

The Leinster coach has set his players a target to secure home quarter-final.

Irish internationals return to boost Connacht for crunch clash with Toulouse
# Into The West
# Into The West

Irish internationals return to boost Connacht for crunch clash with Toulouse

Jan 10th 2020, 12:29 PM 6,950 Views 4 Comments

Jack Carty and Bundee Aki are both back for Andy Friend’s side.

Coetzee and Murphy return to Ulster team for Clermont clash
# Suftum
# Suftum

Coetzee and Murphy return to Ulster team for Clermont clash

Jan 10th 2020, 12:16 PM 8,353 Views 14 Comments

Head coach Dan McFarland has made just two changes to the team that beat Munster last Friday.

'Now that we're here we don’t want to let this massive opportunity slip'
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

'Now that we're here we don’t want to let this massive opportunity slip'

Jan 10th 2020, 6:45 AM 6,089 Views 5 Comments

Connacht worked hard to be in the top tier of the competition for days just like this.

If Munster miss out on quarters it won't be a failure, argues Quinlan
# Last Chance Saloon
# Last Chance Saloon

If Munster miss out on quarters it won't be a failure, argues Quinlan

Jan 10th 2020, 6:05 AM 7,941 Views 25 Comments

Former Munster great says perspective is needed as Johann van Graan’s side face survival Sunday in Paris.

# champions-cup - Thursday 9 January, 2020

'Munster need to take a deep breath and be given a year or two to develop'
# The42 Rugby Weekly
# The42 Rugby Weekly

'Munster need to take a deep breath and be given a year or two to develop'

Jan 9th 2020, 5:00 PM 21,018 Views 62 Comments

Speaking on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly, Andy Dunne urged people to be patient.

Cian Healy happy to meet challengers in competitive Leinster squad
# Wolf On The Rock
# Wolf On The Rock

Cian Healy happy to meet challengers in competitive Leinster squad

Jan 9th 2020, 6:30 AM 7,483 Views 8 Comments

‘They want to knock the old boy off the top’.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

Larmour stepping up to take more responsibility in Leinster attack
# Growth
# Growth

Larmour stepping up to take more responsibility in Leinster attack

Jan 8th 2020, 7:00 AM 7,922 Views 6 Comments

‘I want to step up and more of a ball player.’

# champions-cup - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Hanrahan in line to make return for Munster for massive Racing clash
# 10
# 10

Hanrahan in line to make return for Munster for massive Racing clash

Jan 7th 2020, 8:12 PM 9,802 Views 27 Comments

The Kerry man’s fitness is vital with Joey Carbery and Tyler Bleyendaal out injured.

# champions-cup - Monday 6 January, 2020

Carbery a doubt for Six Nations following wrist ligament injury
# Injury Report
# Injury Report

Carbery a doubt for Six Nations following wrist ligament injury

Jan 6th 2020, 8:13 PM 28,653 Views 86 Comments

Luckless Munster out-half needs surgery for the injury.

Connacht fight on with bare bones and determined to give Toulouse a rattle
# Numbers Game
# Numbers Game

Connacht fight on with bare bones and determined to give Toulouse a rattle

Jan 6th 2020, 10:48 AM 6,039 Views 16 Comments

Head coach Andy Friend is keen to bolster his squad with some of the talent floating under the radar in Leinster.

Van Graan asks for patience as Munster regroup for 'knockout' clash with Racing
# Hurdles
# Hurdles

Van Graan asks for patience as Munster regroup for 'knockout' clash with Racing

Jan 6th 2020, 6:00 AM 9,846 Views 38 Comments

With a new system to bed in, Johann van Graan laments that he has not been able to maintain a consistent starting XV.

# champions-cup - Saturday 4 January, 2020

Racing's Thomas stakes claim for France squad ahead of clash with Munster
# Top 14
# Top 14

Racing's Thomas stakes claim for France squad ahead of clash with Munster

Jan 4th 2020, 7:42 PM 10,997 Views 6 Comments

Racing face Munster next weekend in the Champions Cup while Ulster take on Clermont.

# champions-cup - Monday 23 December, 2019

Misconduct complaint brought against Munster doctor over alleged abusive comment
# Statement
# Statement

Misconduct complaint brought against Munster doctor over alleged abusive comment

Dec 23rd 2019, 8:56 PM 43,664 Views 75 Comments

Saracens defeated the Irish province in a heated Heineken Champions cup meeting earlier this month.

'I took the opportunity and it didn’t work out' - Stander on late penalty call against Saracens
# Reflections
# Reflections

'I took the opportunity and it didn’t work out' - Stander on late penalty call against Saracens

Dec 23rd 2019, 5:53 PM 11,778 Views 18 Comments

The Munster star opted to go for touch but failed to get over for a try.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 18 December, 2019

Ulster issue ban to individual over abusive behaviour during win over Harlequins
# No Place For It
# No Place For It

Ulster issue ban to individual over abusive behaviour during win over Harlequins

Dec 18th 2019, 12:55 PM 7,569 Views 21 Comments

CEO Jonny Petrie today tweeted that supporters had raised a complaint about the abuse.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Three Saints cited following thumping defeat to Leinster
# Bad To Worse
# Bad To Worse

Three Saints cited following thumping defeat to Leinster

Dec 17th 2019, 8:46 PM 19,476 Views 6 Comments

Second row Lewis Bean and centre partners Andy Symons and Matt Proctor have all been cited for dangerous tackles.

Daly dials in big-game moment to underline his value to Connacht
# Competition
# Competition

Daly dials in big-game moment to underline his value to Connacht

Dec 17th 2019, 7:15 AM 7,038 Views 5 Comments

The Carlow man is hungry for opportunity in Connacht and has been on the phone to tell Andy Friend as much.

Leinster keep finding motivating factors as they mount mighty winning run
# Spurred On
# Spurred On

Leinster keep finding motivating factors as they mount mighty winning run

Dec 17th 2019, 6:34 AM 7,650 Views 18 Comments

The eastern province turn their attentions to Ulster after sealing an early qualification for the Champions Cup quarters.

# champions-cup - Monday 16 December, 2019

'If we want to go any further we've got to get two bonus point-wins. That's a no-brainer'
# Tall Order
# Tall Order

'If we want to go any further we've got to get two bonus point-wins. That's a no-brainer'

Dec 16th 2019, 10:19 AM 10,801 Views 3 Comments

After an astounding comeback, Connacht’s attention will turn to matters closer to home and they will hope to see the ‘inter-pro phenomenon’ show itself again..

# champions-cup - Sunday 15 December, 2019

Exeter close in on Champions Cup last eight and Clermont crush Bath
# Winning Ways
# Winning Ways

Exeter close in on Champions Cup last eight and Clermont crush Bath

Dec 15th 2019, 6:23 PM 9,485 Views 4 Comments

Clermont will face Ulster in a crucial match on 11 January.

Munster left with regrets after coming up short away to Saracens
# Missed Chances
# Missed Chances

Munster left with regrets after coming up short away to Saracens

Dec 15th 2019, 6:00 AM 10,254 Views 33 Comments

Saracens boss Mark McCall praised the visiting team’s defence at Allianz Park

# champions-cup - Saturday 14 December, 2019

Dramatic finish sees ROG's La Rochelle leave Glasgow on the brink of elimination
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Dramatic finish sees ROG's La Rochelle leave Glasgow on the brink of elimination

Dec 14th 2019, 9:45 PM 16,843 Views 9 Comments

In Connacht’s pool, Toulouse overcame Montpellier while in Leinster’s, Benneton saw off Lyon.