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#Champions Cup

# 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.

# 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 24,096 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 11,376 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 3,895 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 5,719 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 8,653 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 13,597 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 24,672 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 17,932 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 38,993 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 20,001 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 17,767 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 49,987 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 15,112 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 28,852 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 44,341 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 8,680 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
Live Jan 18th 2020, 12:00 PM

As it happened: Benetton v Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup

'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 7,170 Views 15 Comments

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

# 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 6,547 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 7,179 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 12,866 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 40,495 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 9,801 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 34,900 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 6,471 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 41,047 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 10,549 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 14,234 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 8,526 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 23,148 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 9,822 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.