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#Champions Cup

# 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 6,091 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 7,945 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 21,024 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 7,484 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 9,804 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 28,657 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 10,998 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 43,669 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 11,781 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 7,572 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 7,652 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 10,802 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 9,489 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 10,259 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 16,845 Views 9 Comments

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

Friend's call for 'trust' pays off in the end for Connacht
# Clutch
# Clutch

Friend's call for 'trust' pays off in the end for Connacht

Dec 14th 2019, 5:30 PM 8,126 Views 6 Comments

The head coach took delight in the simplicity of Connacht’s expertly executed winning try.

Munster left empty-handed as Saracens finish over the top in London
# Dispiriting
# Dispiriting

Munster left empty-handed as Saracens finish over the top in London

Dec 14th 2019, 5:04 PM 35,460 Views 84 Comments

Johann van Graan’s side led heading into the final quarter but couldn’t cling on.

As it happened: Leinster v Northampton Saints, Champions Cup
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Leinster v Northampton Saints, Champions Cup

Dec 14th 2019, 4:15 PM 33,871 Views 10 Comments

Kick-off at the Aviva Stadium is at 17:15.

Connacht stare down the barrel of defeat, but dig out miraculous win
# Hanging Tough
# Hanging Tough

Connacht stare down the barrel of defeat, but dig out miraculous win

Dec 14th 2019, 2:55 PM 33,659 Views 23 Comments

Late tries from Shane Delahunt and Robin Copeland turned the game on its head in a frenetic finale.

As it happened: Connacht v Gloucester, European Rugby Champions Cup
# Minute-by-Minute
# Minute-by-Minute

As it happened: Connacht v Gloucester, European Rugby Champions Cup

Dec 14th 2019, 12:19 PM 42,181 Views 8 Comments

Andy Friend’s charges rallied from the jaws of defeat to get a vital victory at the Sportsground.

'It's one week after another' - Cooney continues to shine for McFarland's Ulster
# In Form
# In Form

'It's one week after another' - Cooney continues to shine for McFarland's Ulster

Dec 14th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,357 Views 14 Comments

The scrum-half’s superb form rolled on last night in London.

Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester
# Connacht
# Connacht

Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester

Dec 14th 2019, 12:15 AM 7,588 Views 5 Comments

The western province were unable to claim a point on their travels and Andy Friend can feel his resources getting tighter.

# champions-cup - Friday 13 December, 2019

Classy Cooney hammers home Six Nations claim as Ulster notch win away to Quins
# On Fire
# On Fire

Classy Cooney hammers home Six Nations claim as Ulster notch win away to Quins

Dec 13th 2019, 9:43 PM 29,583 Views 43 Comments

The scrum-half provided 19 of Ulster’s points in a stunning display in London.

As it happened: Harlequins v Ulster, European Rugby Champions Cup
# Minute-by-Minute
# Minute-by-Minute

As it happened: Harlequins v Ulster, European Rugby Champions Cup

Dec 13th 2019, 6:44 PM 34,561 Views 18 Comments

Dan McFarland’s ran in five tries to pick up a bonus-point win at the Twickenham Stoop.

Fitzgerald takes over 10 shirt as Connacht switch Carty to fullback
# The Fitz Is In
# The Fitz Is In

Fitzgerald takes over 10 shirt as Connacht switch Carty to fullback

Dec 13th 2019, 12:18 PM 8,719 Views 4 Comments

Andy Friend has made seven changes to refresh his side on a six-day turnaround between Gloucester clashes.

# champions-cup - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Unfazed, in-form Doris ready for full run-out at the Aviva
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Unfazed, in-form Doris ready for full run-out at the Aviva

Dec 12th 2019, 7:00 AM 7,744 Views 12 Comments

The Leinster 8 is hoping to force his way into an Ireland jersey at the venue before the season is out.

Boyle keen to atone for errors that kept him out of Connacht's loss in Gloucester
# Back In The Mix
# Back In The Mix

Boyle keen to atone for errors that kept him out of Connacht's loss in Gloucester

Dec 12th 2019, 6:00 AM 3,840 Views 0 Comments

The back row was dropped for the trip to England, but is ready to help his side mount an unlikely playoff push.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Munster's Arno Botha suspended for three weeks after red card against Saracens
# Banned
# Banned

Munster's Arno Botha suspended for three weeks after red card against Saracens

Dec 11th 2019, 3:26 PM 7,886 Views 36 Comments

The South African back row was red-carded late in his team’s win last weekend.

Munster need 'close to the perfect performance' to win on the road against Saracens
# Away Day
# Away Day

Munster need 'close to the perfect performance' to win on the road against Saracens

Dec 11th 2019, 6:00 AM 7,803 Views 58 Comments

Johann van Graan knows his team have been some way off perfect so far.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Strongman days behind him, sword sheathed as McBryde settles in at Leinster
# The Man The Myth
# The Man The Myth

Strongman days behind him, sword sheathed as McBryde settles in at Leinster

Dec 10th 2019, 6:15 AM 12,084 Views 6 Comments

Warren Gatland’s long-term scrum coach is adapting to his new surroundings, but old tales continue to follow him.

# champions-cup - Monday 9 December, 2019

Munster must now muster something special on the road in Europe
# Away Days
# Away Days

Munster must now muster something special on the road in Europe

Dec 9th 2019, 9:12 AM 12,363 Views 21 Comments

Johann van Graan’s men are away to Saracens and Racing 92 in the next two rounds.

'Dev has been fantastic... you can see that he wants back into the national squad'
# Pillars Of Success
# Pillars Of Success

'Dev has been fantastic... you can see that he wants back into the national squad'

Dec 9th 2019, 5:00 AM 7,768 Views 42 Comments

Leo Cullen’s side are thriving thanks to the presence of in-form men all over the pitch.