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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Saturday 16 November, 2019

Sexton remains wary of under-strength Saracens
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Sexton remains wary of under-strength Saracens

Nov 16th 2019, 10:27 AM 9,905 Views 1 Comment

The reigning champions have moved Europe down their list of priorities, but they still have time and resources to make a statement.

Out-of-sorts Ospreys mean Munster have chance for perfect start in Europe
# On The Road
# On The Road

Out-of-sorts Ospreys mean Munster have chance for perfect start in Europe

Nov 16th 2019, 7:30 AM 9,524 Views 15 Comments

Johann van Graan’s side must not miss their opportunity to begin with a win in Swansea.

O'Brien brought into Leinster camp as they ramped up to take on Europe again
# Pedigree
# Pedigree

O'Brien brought into Leinster camp as they ramped up to take on Europe again

Nov 16th 2019, 6:00 AM 18,176 Views 52 Comments

Hot favourites for the opener and the tournament, Leinster don’t just switch on for Europe by accident.

Ulster front up for Europe on traditional happy hunting ground
# Early Bath
# Early Bath

Ulster front up for Europe on traditional happy hunting ground

Nov 16th 2019, 1:29 AM 5,256 Views 6 Comments

The northern province have won all four meetings with Bath in Europe, but continuing the trend will be a difficult task today.

# champions-cup - Friday 15 November, 2019

Lineout kills Gloucester as Toulouse begin Connacht's pool with comeback win
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Lineout kills Gloucester as Toulouse begin Connacht's pool with comeback win

Nov 15th 2019, 11:05 PM 10,440 Views 3 Comments

The hosts lost seven of their 14 lineouts as Toulouse completed a second-half comeback.

Back issue keeping Furlong sidelined as Leinster prefer Larmour for opener
# Hampered
# Hampered

Back issue keeping Furlong sidelined as Leinster prefer Larmour for opener

Nov 15th 2019, 1:57 PM 9,616 Views 6 Comments

Leo Cullen is in no rush to bring back his star tighthead.

Healy and Dillane return from injury in Connacht team to face Montpellier
# Team News
# Team News

Healy and Dillane return from injury in Connacht team to face Montpellier

Nov 15th 2019, 12:17 PM 6,601 Views 9 Comments

Head coach Andy Friend is, however, missing several important players due to injury.

Johnny Sexton back in blue as Leinster begin Champions Cup chase at home to Benetton
# Team-Sheet
# Team-Sheet

Johnny Sexton back in blue as Leinster begin Champions Cup chase at home to Benetton

Nov 15th 2019, 12:08 PM 10,618 Views 37 Comments

Garry Ringrose, Jordan Larmour, James Ryan and Josh van der Flier also return to the Leinster side.

Earls back for Munster as Loughman gets start at loosehead against Ospreys
# Named
# Named

Earls back for Munster as Loughman gets start at loosehead against Ospreys

Nov 15th 2019, 12:02 PM 14,739 Views 34 Comments

Tadhg Beirne is set for his first appearance of the season off the bench in Wales.

Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier
# Fronting Up
# Fronting Up

Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier

Nov 15th 2019, 6:00 AM 3,470 Views 1 Comment

The 26-year-old second row makes a timely return on Sunday in Galway.

# champions-cup - Thursday 14 November, 2019

Planning and prep paves the way for new forwards coaches in Munster and Leinster
# Pack Leaders
# Pack Leaders

Planning and prep paves the way for new forwards coaches in Munster and Leinster

Nov 14th 2019, 11:09 AM 11,492 Views 0 Comments

The World Cup delayed the arrival of Rowntree and McBryde, but communication has been ongoing.

Ruddock carrying form and fire from World Cup to Leinster duty
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Ruddock carrying form and fire from World Cup to Leinster duty

Nov 14th 2019, 7:00 AM 4,347 Views 5 Comments

The back row was a stand-out in Ireland’s disappointing stint in Japan and he is primed to continue his form as European competition gets under way.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Scannell hoping small Larkham tweaks make a big difference at business end of Munster's season
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Scannell hoping small Larkham tweaks make a big difference at business end of Munster's season

Nov 12th 2019, 7:00 AM 8,426 Views 28 Comments

‘Our attack has been good over the last couple of years. But it hasn’t been good in the semi-finals’.

Confidence, rather than 'Leinster style'  the key difference for Ireland in 2019, says Lancaster
# Different Strokes
# Different Strokes

Confidence, rather than 'Leinster style' the key difference for Ireland in 2019, says Lancaster

Nov 12th 2019, 6:30 AM 9,146 Views 8 Comments

Leinster’s senior coach was drawn into the autopsy of Ireland’s disappointing year by Isa Nacewa and Brian O’Driscoll.

Butler ready to burst into European campaign as Connacht return to the Champions Cup
# Top Tier
# Top Tier

Butler ready to burst into European campaign as Connacht return to the Champions Cup

Nov 12th 2019, 6:00 AM 4,818 Views 7 Comments

Montpellier will pose a serious obstacle for Connacht to get around on opening weekend. And the western province know they will have to think their way through.

# champions-cup - Monday 11 November, 2019

Sean Cronin to resume skill work on return from neck injury
# Injury Update
# Injury Update

Sean Cronin to resume skill work on return from neck injury

Nov 11th 2019, 1:21 PM 6,242 Views 11 Comments

The hooker has not played since Ireland’s win over Russia.

Plenty for Andy Farrell to admire as provinces gear up for Europe
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Plenty for Andy Farrell to admire as provinces gear up for Europe

Nov 11th 2019, 6:00 AM 16,388 Views 47 Comments

There is a lot of Champions Cup rugby to play out before the new Ireland head coach gets to pick his first squad.

# champions-cup - Sunday 10 November, 2019

Defeat in Thomond still leaves Ulster primed for battle in Bath
# Cranking Up
# Cranking Up

Defeat in Thomond still leaves Ulster primed for battle in Bath

Nov 10th 2019, 8:00 AM 15,513 Views 17 Comments

‘We go from one European fortress to another.’

# champions-cup - Saturday 9 November, 2019

Hanrahan hamstring an added concern for Munster ahead of European campaign
# Back-Up Plan
# Back-Up Plan

Hanrahan hamstring an added concern for Munster ahead of European campaign

Nov 9th 2019, 8:12 PM 16,929 Views 43 Comments

Ireland U20 playmaker Ben Healy could be the next 10 Johann van Graan turns to.

# champions-cup - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Marmion 'is very aware that we would like him to stay,' says Friend
# Home Comforts
# Home Comforts

Marmion 'is very aware that we would like him to stay,' says Friend

Nov 7th 2019, 9:38 AM 6,904 Views 0 Comments

The Connacht 9 was reportedly a target of Saracens last week, but their salary cap sanction will force a re-think of all their recruitment.

'It'll be raw for four years': Sexton looks back on World Cup woe and forward to whatever's next
# Hurt
# Hurt

'It'll be raw for four years': Sexton looks back on World Cup woe and forward to whatever's next

Nov 7th 2019, 8:00 AM 24,541 Views 86 Comments

The Ireland number 10 is hungry for competition again after parting ways with Joe Schmidt.

Van Graan hopes to see Carbery back by Christmas, but won't rush another return for the 10
# Aggravated
# Aggravated

Van Graan hopes to see Carbery back by Christmas, but won't rush another return for the 10

Nov 7th 2019, 1:30 AM 9,498 Views 43 Comments

The Athy man aggravated an ankle injury at the World Cup and will miss the opening rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 6 November, 2019

Robshaw brands Saracens' breach as 'cheating' with champions a no-show for European launch
# Black Mark
# Black Mark

Robshaw brands Saracens' breach as 'cheating' with champions a no-show for European launch

Nov 6th 2019, 11:17 AM 15,851 Views 23 Comments

Meanwhile, Exeter boss Rob Baxter is not expecting Saracens to be stripped of titles.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 30 October, 2019

Joey Carbery returns to Munster with ankle injury after World Cup
# Rehab
# Rehab

Joey Carbery returns to Munster with ankle injury after World Cup

Oct 30th 2019, 5:41 AM 23,233 Views 98 Comments

The 23-year-old is now a doubt for the opening rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Champions Cup injury blow for Connacht as O'Halloran undergoes surgery
# Stretched
# Stretched

Champions Cup injury blow for Connacht as O'Halloran undergoes surgery

Oct 23rd 2019, 12:20 PM 8,221 Views 24 Comments

The win over Dragons came at a cost for the fullback and prop Paddy McAllister.

# champions-cup - Monday 14 October, 2019

Three Irish referees set for Champions Cup duty as appointments confirmed
# European Rugby
# European Rugby

Three Irish referees set for Champions Cup duty as appointments confirmed

Oct 14th 2019, 1:18 PM 8,406 Views 10 Comments

Frank Murphy, Andrew Brace and George Clancy will take charge of pool stage fixtures next month.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

Ulster unveil new home and away kits for 2019-20 season
# New Gear
# New Gear

Ulster unveil new home and away kits for 2019-20 season

Aug 27th 2019, 8:13 PM 7,956 Views 6 Comments

The jerseys will be worn in both the Guinness Pro14 and Heineken Champions Cup in the upcoming campaign.

# champions-cup - Friday 23 August, 2019

Leinster host Benetton while Munster travel for Ospreys clash in Champions Cup openers
# New Season
# New Season

Leinster host Benetton while Munster travel for Ospreys clash in Champions Cup openers

Aug 23rd 2019, 11:40 AM 11,250 Views 13 Comments

The fixtures details for the European pool stages have been announced.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Leinster the big winners as Munster face a formidable task
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

Leinster the big winners as Munster face a formidable task

Jun 19th 2019, 3:33 PM 25,086 Views 38 Comments

Connacht can look forward to some big European nights in Galway when the Champions Cup returns in November.

Champions Cup draw pits Munster against Saracens and Racing 92
# Road To Marseille
# Road To Marseille

Champions Cup draw pits Munster against Saracens and Racing 92

Jun 19th 2019, 1:57 PM 20,192 Views 91 Comments

Beaten finalists Leinster will go up against Lyon, Northampton and Benetton.

Munster face tough pool draw as provinces to learn Champions Cup opponents
# Road To Marseille
# Road To Marseille

Munster face tough pool draw as provinces to learn Champions Cup opponents

Jun 19th 2019, 6:00 AM 18,656 Views 15 Comments

The draw for the 2019/20 competition takes place in Lausanne this afternoon.

# champions-cup - Friday 17 May, 2019

'I felt when I came back my skills were probably better than when I got injured'
# Playmaker
# Playmaker

'I felt when I came back my skills were probably better than when I got injured'

May 17th 2019, 7:30 AM 6,107 Views 6 Comments

Luke Marshall hit the ground running after his long injury lay-off and is intent on helping Ulster get back to Glasgow in a week’s time.

# champions-cup - Saturday 11 May, 2019

Sensational Saracens deny Leinster a fifth European star with victory in Newcastle
# Powerful
# Powerful

Sensational Saracens deny Leinster a fifth European star with victory in Newcastle

May 11th 2019, 6:53 PM 41,179 Views 161 Comments

Mark McCall’s men claimed their third Heineken Champions Cup in a stunning game at St James’ Park.

As it happened: Leinster v Saracens, Champions Cup final
# Liveblog
# Liveblog

As it happened: Leinster v Saracens, Champions Cup final

May 11th 2019, 6:00 PM 101,954 Views 94 Comments

We followed all the action from St James’ Park as Leo Cullen’s side chased a record fifth star.

Leinster's fifth star? Saracens' third title? A nail-biter awaits in Newcastle
# Decider
# Decider

Leinster's fifth star? Saracens' third title? A nail-biter awaits in Newcastle

May 11th 2019, 7:45 AM 7,497 Views 27 Comments

The Heineken Champions Cup finalists are extremely evenly-matched.

# champions-cup - Friday 10 May, 2019

From scraps to shoot-outs, Byrne's boot to Billy's boos: Saracens and Leinster's path to the 2019 final
# St James' Way
# St James' Way

From scraps to shoot-outs, Byrne's boot to Billy's boos: Saracens and Leinster's path to the 2019 final

May 10th 2019, 4:07 PM 5,089 Views 2 Comments

Here’s how Europe’s best two teams proved themselves this season.

McGrath's 'experience' edges him in as Leinster go for 'important' Bent over Porter
# Prop Life
# Prop Life

McGrath's 'experience' edges him in as Leinster go for 'important' Bent over Porter

May 10th 2019, 3:00 PM 25,959 Views 33 Comments

Leo Cullen says Leinster are hopeful Sean Cronin will come through after his recent calf injury.

Cronin and Lowe start, McGrath returns as Leinster unveil team chasing back-to-back Champions Cup glory
# Final XV
# Final XV

Cronin and Lowe start, McGrath returns as Leinster unveil team chasing back-to-back Champions Cup glory

May 10th 2019, 12:07 PM 26,990 Views 59 Comments

Saracens stand between Leinster and a fifth European title at St James’ Park tomorrow.

European rugby finals will head for the new Spurs stadium in 2021
# Champions Cup
# Champions Cup

European rugby finals will head for the new Spurs stadium in 2021

May 10th 2019, 9:21 AM 8,848 Views 32 Comments

It will be the seventh Heineken Champions Cup final to be held in England.

'Nerves will play a part but it's a privileged position for us to be in'
# Newcastle 2019
# Newcastle 2019

'Nerves will play a part but it's a privileged position for us to be in'

May 10th 2019, 6:00 AM 4,042 Views 2 Comments

James Ryan’s battle with Maro Itoje at St James’ Park on Saturday evening is just one of several fascinating match-ups.