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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Friday 6 December, 2019

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 11,106 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 6,099 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 8,753 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 7,550 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 14,148 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 35,874 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 18,773 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.

As it happened: Lyon v Leinster, European Rugby Champions Cup
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Lyon v Leinster, European Rugby Champions Cup

Nov 23rd 2019, 2:37 PM 36,602 Views 16 Comments

Last year’s runners-up went to France to take on the Top14 leaders.

Larkham enthusiastic about Munster's attack progress as Racing come to town
# Skills
# Skills

Larkham enthusiastic about Munster's attack progress as Racing come to town

Nov 23rd 2019, 9:00 AM 11,021 Views 23 Comments

The Australian has made a positive impact since joining during the summer.

# champions-cup - Friday 22 November, 2019

Cooney's match-winner years in the making
# Playmaker
# Playmaker

Cooney's match-winner years in the making

Nov 22nd 2019, 10:50 PM 16,804 Views 8 Comments

Head coach Dan McFarland admits he was not initially confident his 9 had made the right call to go it alone.

Coetzee and Cooney to the fore as Ulster sink Clermont
# Suftum
# Suftum

Coetzee and Cooney to the fore as Ulster sink Clermont

Nov 22nd 2019, 9:51 PM 28,024 Views 42 Comments

Tries from Jordi Murphy and John Cooney delivered the result for Ulster.

As it happened: Ulster v Clermont, Heineken Champions Cup

As it happened: Ulster v Clermont, Heineken Champions Cup

Nov 22nd 2019, 7:10 PM 48,464 Views 15 Comments

John Cooney was outstanding as Ulster secured a vital home win.

# champions-cup - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Racing will hope their cultivated club mentality will help in their 'daunting' trip to Thomond Park
# Rugby Weekly
# Rugby Weekly

Racing will hope their cultivated club mentality will help in their 'daunting' trip to Thomond Park

Nov 21st 2019, 8:00 PM 15,843 Views 34 Comments

Players at the Parisienne club have bought into the jersey, which might bring some consistency back when they need it.

Ryan prepares for first match in Ireland since move to Racing
# Skin
# Skin

Ryan prepares for first match in Ireland since move to Racing

Nov 21st 2019, 7:00 AM 10,627 Views 41 Comments

The second row has understandably proven a popular figure in Paris.

Van der Flier happy to mix it in open Leinster style, but loves the grind of hard-fought Tests
# Glutton For Punishment
# Glutton For Punishment

Van der Flier happy to mix it in open Leinster style, but loves the grind of hard-fought Tests

Nov 21st 2019, 6:30 AM 4,415 Views 7 Comments

Maybe he likes the misery.

Tom Farrell eager to size himself up against Toulouse
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Tom Farrell eager to size himself up against Toulouse

Nov 21st 2019, 6:00 AM 5,154 Views 2 Comments

The centre was left as a bystander on the bench when Connacht last travelled to face the French giants.

Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs
# Number Two
# Number Two

Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs

Nov 21st 2019, 1:00 AM 5,216 Views 12 Comments

The 27-year-old is keen to go to another World Cup with his country.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Analysis: Vakatawa and Ringrose's lines cleverly exploit off-guard defences
# Hidden
# Hidden

Analysis: Vakatawa and Ringrose's lines cleverly exploit off-guard defences

Nov 20th 2019, 4:49 PM 7,858 Views 1 Comment

The Racing centre was in devastating form in his side’s big win over Saracens last weekend.

Murray excited by 'fresh' Farrell era after Ireland's World Cup failings
# New Boss
# New Boss

Murray excited by 'fresh' Farrell era after Ireland's World Cup failings

Nov 20th 2019, 12:00 PM 20,679 Views 43 Comments

The Munster scrum-half is focused on enjoying his rugby again after the dejection in Japan.

Henshaw relishing a raucous atmosphere in France after missing Galway return
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Henshaw relishing a raucous atmosphere in France after missing Galway return

Nov 20th 2019, 6:00 AM 4,180 Views 10 Comments

Leinster are preparing for a bear-pit of an atmosphere in Lyon.

Munster insist there's 'no frustration' at Carbery returning from World Cup injured
# Sidelined
# Sidelined

Munster insist there's 'no frustration' at Carbery returning from World Cup injured

Nov 20th 2019, 1:00 AM 8,686 Views 13 Comments

The 24-year-old is rehabbing an issue he carried throughout Ireland’s campaign in Japan.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Hanrahan returns to Munster training ahead of huge clash with Racing
# Injury Update
# Injury Update

Hanrahan returns to Munster training ahead of huge clash with Racing

Nov 19th 2019, 2:25 PM 7,522 Views 7 Comments

Meanwhile, Stephen Larkham paid tribute to Alby Mathewson ahead of his departure.

Leinster look back to 'huge lesson' learned in Toulouse last season
# Souvenir
# Souvenir

Leinster look back to 'huge lesson' learned in Toulouse last season

Nov 19th 2019, 6:30 AM 5,748 Views 1 Comment

The Top14 leaders look set to deliver a statement of intent in front of their home support.

Zebo set for 'special occasion' on return to Thomond Park to face Munster
# Homecoming
# Homecoming

Zebo set for 'special occasion' on return to Thomond Park to face Munster

Nov 19th 2019, 1:00 AM 12,371 Views 57 Comments

The Racing 92 man is hopeful new Ireland boss Andy Farrell will call him up to the national squad.

# champions-cup - Monday 18 November, 2019

Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers
# Breakdown
# Breakdown

Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers

Nov 18th 2019, 4:33 PM 15,429 Views 9 Comments

Andy Friend’s side made some vital breakdown steals in their victory over Montpellier.

Furlong and Doris among Leinster doubts ahead of trip to Top14 leaders Lyon
# The Maybe Pile
# The Maybe Pile

Furlong and Doris among Leinster doubts ahead of trip to Top14 leaders Lyon

Nov 18th 2019, 2:08 PM 6,955 Views 1 Comment

Sean Cronin will step up his training as he returns from neck injury.

Munster confirm Mathewson will leave province after Racing clash
# Exit Door
# Exit Door

Munster confirm Mathewson will leave province after Racing clash

Nov 18th 2019, 12:24 PM 24,796 Views 56 Comments

The 33-year-old initially joined as short-term cover when Conor Murray was injured.

Loughman's flash of skill highlights strengthening depth in Munster
# Prop Up
# Prop Up

Loughman's flash of skill highlights strengthening depth in Munster

Nov 18th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,950 Views 8 Comments

The Athy man scored and created vital tries on his first European start.

Connacht in talks with IRFU about short-term signings as injury list mounts
# Reinforcements
# Reinforcements

Connacht in talks with IRFU about short-term signings as injury list mounts

Nov 18th 2019, 5:30 AM 11,611 Views 9 Comments

The western province now have 16 players out injured.

'They're the best changing rooms to win in': Henderson proud of Ulster's tight squeeze
# Suftum
# Suftum

'They're the best changing rooms to win in': Henderson proud of Ulster's tight squeeze

Nov 18th 2019, 5:00 AM 3,983 Views 7 Comments

The lock led his province out for the first time since being named captain, and it proved to be a very memorable day.

# champions-cup - Sunday 17 November, 2019

'In a weird way, that's actually what builds this team. It makes you have character'
# RISE UP
# RISE UP

'In a weird way, that's actually what builds this team. It makes you have character'

Nov 17th 2019, 9:30 PM 19,427 Views 4 Comments

Andy Friend’s Connacht will have a ‘red-hot crack’ at Toulouse after beating Montpellier.

Friend's Connacht overcome injury crisis to notch impressive win over Montpellier
# Dogged
# Dogged

Friend's Connacht overcome injury crisis to notch impressive win over Montpellier

Nov 17th 2019, 2:58 PM 29,327 Views 42 Comments

Conor Fitzgerald’s penalty edged the western province to their impressive victory.

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

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

Nov 17th 2019, 12:04 PM 43,016 Views 24 Comments

Catch up on all the action as Andy Friend’s side scored a thrilling win over the Top 14 outfit.

'We nearly tried to beat ourselves at the end' - Relief for Ulster after dramatic win
# Crucial Win
# Crucial Win

'We nearly tried to beat ourselves at the end' - Relief for Ulster after dramatic win

Nov 17th 2019, 9:56 AM 5,450 Views 2 Comments

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland praised his players after defeating Bath in their Champions Cup opener.