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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Saturday 14 December, 2019

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 35,458 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 33,864 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 42,179 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 29,581 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 34,522 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 3,839 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 7,880 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 12,022 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 7,767 Views 42 Comments

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

# champions-cup - Sunday 8 December, 2019

Friend laments fruitless return from Gloucester as pool picture dims
# Pool 5
# Pool 5

Friend laments fruitless return from Gloucester as pool picture dims

Dec 8th 2019, 4:35 PM 8,055 Views 4 Comments

‘Instead of captialising on the half-time lead, we give an interception and given them a reason to believe.’

Cipriani swings it as Connacht suffer four-try loss in Gloucester
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Cipriani swings it as Connacht suffer four-try loss in Gloucester

Dec 8th 2019, 3:03 PM 20,580 Views 9 Comments

John Porch and Jack Carty helped the Westerners to a half-time lead, but it unravelled from there.

Carty back at 10 as Connacht look for statement win on the road in Gloucester
# Kingpin
# Kingpin

Carty back at 10 as Connacht look for statement win on the road in Gloucester

Dec 8th 2019, 1:00 AM 6,854 Views 3 Comments

Gloucester’s interest in the Champions Cup may be diminished but they possess real quality.

# champions-cup - Saturday 7 December, 2019

Evans sees red after 37 seconds for reckless challenge as Racing stay top of Munster's group

Evans sees red after 37 seconds for reckless challenge as Racing stay top of Munster's group

Dec 7th 2019, 9:49 PM 22,091 Views 11 Comments

The Ospreys full-back was dismissed after his boot collided with Teddy Thomas’ face.

'We'll take a win against Saracens any day of the week' - Munster's Van Graan
# Tight Pool
# Tight Pool

'We'll take a win against Saracens any day of the week' - Munster's Van Graan

Dec 7th 2019, 9:06 PM 14,615 Views 19 Comments

The Munster boss had no arguments with Arno Botha’s late red card.

McCall promises to bring back the big guns for Munster's visit to Saracens
# Big Challenge
# Big Challenge

McCall promises to bring back the big guns for Munster's visit to Saracens

Dec 7th 2019, 8:25 PM 11,943 Views 17 Comments

The Sarries boss had mixed feelings after his side’s 10-3 defeat in Thomond Park.

Jonathan Sexton to undergo scan on knee injury
# Waiting Game
# Waiting Game

Jonathan Sexton to undergo scan on knee injury

Dec 7th 2019, 4:08 PM 9,310 Views 10 Comments

The out-half looks set to miss at least the return fixture against Northampton.

Sexton injured, Larmour lights it up as Leinster thrash Saints
# 7 Deadly Tries
# 7 Deadly Tries

Sexton injured, Larmour lights it up as Leinster thrash Saints

Dec 7th 2019, 3:06 PM 33,139 Views 41 Comments

Seven different try-scorers crossed for Leinster as they brought their winning streak to 10 this season.

Stockdale determined to 'work his arse off' through try-scoring drought
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Stockdale determined to 'work his arse off' through try-scoring drought

Dec 7th 2019, 7:30 AM 5,019 Views 7 Comments

The brilliant wing has not crossed the try-line for Ulster since January.

# champions-cup - Friday 6 December, 2019

Clermont overtake Ulster to top Champions Cup pool after bonus-point victory
# Battle At The Top
# Battle At The Top

Clermont overtake Ulster to top Champions Cup pool after bonus-point victory

Dec 6th 2019, 10:35 PM 11,376 Views 3 Comments

The Irish province can still regain pole position when they host Harlequins on Saturday.

Cullen keen to see Leinster impose attack on Saints
# Step Up
# Step Up

Cullen keen to see Leinster impose attack on Saints

Dec 6th 2019, 4:01 PM 4,862 Views 0 Comments

Last time out in Lyon was too close for comfort.

Captain Butler back to bolster Connacht for Gloucester trip
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Captain Butler back to bolster Connacht for Gloucester trip

Dec 6th 2019, 12:27 PM 6,267 Views 13 Comments

A training ground injury for Matt Healy has forced Friend to switch John Porch to fullback.

Saracens start Itoje but leave raft of England front-liners at home for Munster trip
# Rested
# Rested

Saracens start Itoje but leave raft of England front-liners at home for Munster trip

Dec 6th 2019, 12:21 PM 18,626 Views 24 Comments

Owen Farrell, Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George, George Kruis, and Elliot Daly are all absent.

Larmour, Porter and Doris in harness as Leinster travel to face Premiership-leading Saints
# Team News
# Team News

Larmour, Porter and Doris in harness as Leinster travel to face Premiership-leading Saints

Dec 6th 2019, 12:12 PM 11,105 Views 22 Comments

Tadhg Furlong, Rob Kearney and Scott Fardy head up a vastly experienced Leinster bench.

In-house criticism and The Obstacle guiding John Cooney to peak form
# Cloud 9
# Cloud 9

In-house criticism and The Obstacle guiding John Cooney to peak form

Dec 6th 2019, 6:30 AM 6,095 Views 8 Comments

The Ulster scrum-half has been among the stand-out performers in the opening rounds of Europe.

'I'm probably the last guy to try and offload' - Stander embracing Munster attack
# Skills
# Skills

'I'm probably the last guy to try and offload' - Stander embracing Munster attack

Dec 6th 2019, 5:00 AM 8,752 Views 4 Comments

The number eight says Stephen Larkham has been giving the players confidence to play.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 3 December, 2019

Competition enabling Leinster to 'rotate without a dent in performance'
# Seamless
# Seamless

Competition enabling Leinster to 'rotate without a dent in performance'

Dec 3rd 2019, 6:30 AM 7,549 Views 13 Comments

The Champions Cup favourites made wholesale changes in between rounds two and three, but kept their winning streak going.

# champions-cup - Monday 2 December, 2019

Tomane fit again as Leinster suit up to tackle in-form Saints
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Tomane fit again as Leinster suit up to tackle in-form Saints

Dec 2nd 2019, 1:49 PM 6,567 Views 12 Comments

The centre was in excellent form before a hamstring kept him out of the opening rounds of Europe.

Munster install additional seating in Thomond Park for massive Saracens clash
# European Nights
# European Nights

Munster install additional seating in Thomond Park for massive Saracens clash

Dec 2nd 2019, 12:28 PM 14,146 Views 15 Comments

The reigning European and Premiership champions are coming to Limerick this weekend.

# champions-cup - Sunday 24 November, 2019

'We're a club that doesn’t know how to give up' - Van Graan takes the two points
# Honours Even
# Honours Even

'We're a club that doesn’t know how to give up' - Van Graan takes the two points

Nov 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 20,611 Views 45 Comments

Munster now face into back-to-back ties with Saracens in Europe.

# champions-cup - Saturday 23 November, 2019

Late JJ drop-goal slips wide as Russell inspires Racing to draw in Limerick
# Shared Spoils
# Shared Spoils

Late JJ drop-goal slips wide as Russell inspires Racing to draw in Limerick

Nov 23rd 2019, 7:31 PM 35,869 Views 136 Comments

Johann van Graan’s men nearly grabbed a late, late win at Thomond Park.

Ridiculous Finn Russell skill on full display as he nutmegs his way to Thomond Park try
# Finn-possible
# Finn-possible

Ridiculous Finn Russell skill on full display as he nutmegs his way to Thomond Park try

Nov 23rd 2019, 6:25 PM 18,770 Views 12 Comments

Stop it!

Heartbreak for Connacht, as they fall just short of repeating 2013 Toulouse shock
# Disappointment
# Disappointment

Heartbreak for Connacht, as they fall just short of repeating 2013 Toulouse shock

Nov 23rd 2019, 3:07 PM 15,254 Views 18 Comments

Andy Friend’s men were full of bravery against a home side who started with 13 full internationals.