# European Challenge Cup

Last year
# European Rugby
Provinces learn their opponents as Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pool draws made
The draws took place at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
All time
# Called Off
Covid outbreak forces Saracens to forfeit European Challenge Cup clash with Pau
The French club have been awarded 28-0 scoreline and five match points.
# suftum
Henderson absent again as Ulster side to face Northampton Saints is unveiled
Head coach Dan McFarland has selected an unchanged starting XV from the win over Harlequins.
# stoop to conquer
Pressure on Ulster to deliver against a side whose priorities lie elsewhere
Harlequins are missing a lot of talent for this evening’s last-16 clash in the Challenge Cup.
# Castres aside
Castres hit out at EPCR 'amateurism' following Challenge Cup disqualification
The French club confirmed that three players and one manager tested positive for Covid-19.
# finalists
Clermont complete all-French Challenge Cup final after La Rochelle edge past Sale Sharks
Harlequins fell to Clermont this evening after La Rochelle progressed past Sale Sharks earlier on Saturday.
Sale Sharks v Connacht, Challenge Cup quarter-final
We went minute-by-minute as Andy Friend’s side continued their European campaign at the AJ Bell Stadium.
# playing with confidence
'Everything he touches seems to turn to gold': Carty's rich vein of form
Andy Friend says the out-half’s confidence is spreading in the Connacht dressing room.
# Out West
Roux a major doubt as Connacht look to rotate for Challenge Cup quarter-final
Andy Friend’s side are fighting on two fronts and the head coach will look to shuffle his pack for Friday’s trip to Sale Sharks.
# starting XV
Academy players to start as Connacht make 6 changes for trip to France to face Perpignan
Andy Friend’s side won out 22-10 at the Sportsground last weekend.
# regulation 14
EPCR stands by decision to block German club from Challenge Cup
EPCR say they made Dr Hans-Peter Wild, benefactor of Heidelberger RK and now chairman of Stade Francais, aware of the regulations last year.
# Anscombeth The Hour
Cardiff pull off magnificent comeback with last-minute penalty to snatch Challenge Cup
Gareth Anscombe was the Cardiff hero in Bilbao.
# cherry and whites
Challenge Cup kings Gloucester book ticket to Bilbao with emphatic win
A third European Challenge Cup crown is a win away for Gloucester after they easily disposed of Newcastle Falcons on Friday.
Connacht v Gloucester, Challenge Cup quarter-final
We were live from the Sportsground as Kieran Keane’s side looked to reach the last four.
# Job Done
O'Halloran wonder try seals draw at Sixways and a quarter-final slot for Connacht
Connacht battled the Warriors to a draw and sealed their place in the Challenge Cup last eight.
# Cannon fall
Injury rules Connacht lock out of European showdown with Worcester
James Cannon won’t be involved at Sixways on Saturday after being injured against Munster.
# French Invasion
Connacht come from 19 points down to score brilliant comeback win in Brive
Kieran Keane’s side remain firmly on course for a home quarter-final in the Challenge Cup.
# The Green Party
Academy flanker handed first start for Connacht's trip to France
Cillian Gallagher has been given the nod by Kieran Keane for tomorrow’s Challenge Cup outing.
# New clobber
What do you think of Connacht's new away and European kits?
They’re different anyway.
# schedule
Home comforts for Leinster and Ulster while Munster head to France for European opener
EPCR have announced the 2017-18 fixture details.
# venue switch
Fixture clash with Swansea means Ospreys move European quarter to Cardiff
The 74,500-seater venue will host the Challenge Cup quarter-final in April.
# the line-up
Connacht among the five top seeds for next week's Champions Cup draw
The pool draws for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will take place in Neuchâtel on Wednesday.
# Hot Water
England international Joe Marler could be in trouble again following return from 'gypsy boy' ban
The prop was involved in another controversial incident in tonight’s European Challenge Cup semi-final match.
Grenoble v Connacht, Challenge Cup quarter-final
We stepped on our seatbelts and went minute-by-minute for the battle between province and adopted province in the Challenge Cup knock-out stages.
# French connection
Training ground injury forces Lam to rethink his Connacht team for Grenoble
Jake Heenan has been ruled out of the European showdown in the Stade des Alpes.
# Euro Vision
'The fans who have been in this for the long haul are pinching themselves, wondering if it's real'
Connacht set for Grenoble mission with a home European semi-final very much on their minds.
# Team news
Connacht welcome Robbie Henshaw back to their starting XV
All four players named in the Ireland squad midweek are set to start.
# Handy Timing
Boost for Connacht's European hopes as Henshaw primed for comeback
Centre expected to get the green light for return when he meets doctors on Friday.
# West's awake
Pat Lam's Connacht notch another win in Galway as Brive are banished
Rory Parata, Ben Marshall and Kieran Marmion all scored tries but there was no bonus point.
# Ch ch ch ch changes!
Just the 13 changes for Connacht ahead of home Challenge Cup opener
Pat Lam’s men are still thawing out after their prolonged trip to Siberia.
# Postponed
EPCR say rescheduled games will not take place before mid-December
However, they remain adamant the games will be played.
# disgusting
Cardiff hooker Matthew Rees sent-off for vicious stamp on Nick Easter
Easter was lucky to escape serious injury.
# Paris
Ulster's opener is off after postponement of all European rugby games in France
The games involving Toulouse, Agen and La Rochelle will go ahead in England.
# snapshots
Hot water bottles and blankets aplenty on the Connacht bench in Siberia this morning
Temperatures were below -20ºC in Krasnoyarsk as they overcame Enisei-STM in the Challenge Cup.
# Big Freeze
Connacht brave sub-zero temperatures to secure bonus-point win in Siberia
Job done for Pat Lam’s men in Krasnoyarsk.
# Live
Live: Enisei-STM vs Connacht in the European Challenge Cup
Pat Lam’s side played in sub-zero temperatures in Siberia.
# Brrrrr!
Lam predicts -22°C temperatures as he names Connacht side for Siberian showdown
AJ MacGinty makes his first start in “massive mental challenge” against Enisei-STM.
# Come and get me plea
'Everyone in world rugby knows this is one of the prime jobs' - Jake White keen on England gig
However, the Montpellier boss does not want to be involved in a drawn out process.
# From Russia with Lam
Letter from Russia: We've been to Siberia but we've never been to Scotland
The Connacht players have been out and about in Krasnoyarsk ahead of Saturday’s Challenge Cup opener.
# suftum
'We have to take ourselves to a dark place': Ulster preparing for the best Oyonnax can offer
Less than three years on from their first ever win in France, Les Kiss’ men are hoping to win there twice in five weeks.