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#Heineken Champions Cup

# heineken-champions-cup - May May 2022

Barnes and Pearce confirmed as referees for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup
# Officials
# Officials

Barnes and Pearce confirmed as referees for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup

May 18th 2022, 11:37 AM 8,754 Views 9 Comments

Both deciders will take place later this month.

Officials confirmed for Leinster's Champions Cup semi-final clash
# Maninmiddle
# Maninmiddle

Officials confirmed for Leinster's Champions Cup semi-final clash

May 9th 2022, 4:27 PM 9,822 Views 1 Comment

Englishman Karl Dickson will referee the last-four tie at Aviva Stadium, while Matthew Carley will take charge of the all-French meeting of Racing 92 and Stade Rochelais.

Tigers have rediscovered their claws, but Leinster have the quality to survive trip to Welford Road
# Top Cats
# Top Cats

Tigers have rediscovered their claws, but Leinster have the quality to survive trip to Welford Road

May 7th 2022, 7:30 AM 3,517 Views 1 Comment

Leo Cullen will be back on familiar ground when the province visit Leicester today.

Leo Cullen sees 'traditional Leicester DNA' at heart of Tigers' revival
# Familiar Foes
# Familiar Foes

Leo Cullen sees 'traditional Leicester DNA' at heart of Tigers' revival

May 6th 2022, 12:34 PM 4,743 Views 3 Comments

The Leinster boss is looking forward to coming up against his old club this weekend.

Molony: Leinster must 'stand up and fight fire with fire' to tame Tigers on their own turf
# Winner Stays On
# Winner Stays On

Molony: Leinster must 'stand up and fight fire with fire' to tame Tigers on their own turf

May 6th 2022, 6:30 AM 5,256 Views 10 Comments

The Blues lock says Leicester’s success this season ‘hasn’t happened by accident.’

Conway resumes training ahead of Munster's Champions Cup clash with Toulouse
# Boost
# Boost

Conway resumes training ahead of Munster's Champions Cup clash with Toulouse

May 3rd 2022, 10:45 AM 6,985 Views 8 Comments

The winger has been sidelined with a knee injury since March.

# heineken-champions-cup - April April 2022

Beirne and Conway unlikely to be fit for Munster's European quarter-final against Toulouse
# Rehab
# Rehab

Beirne and Conway unlikely to be fit for Munster's European quarter-final against Toulouse

Apr 26th 2022, 3:00 PM 8,860 Views 6 Comments

‘We’ll wait on next week and see if they’re available or not, but at the moment they’re not,’ said defence coach JP Ferreira.

Referee appointments confirmed for Munster and Leinster Champions Cup quarter-finals
# Officials
# Officials

Referee appointments confirmed for Munster and Leinster Champions Cup quarter-finals

Apr 21st 2022, 12:03 PM 12,157 Views 5 Comments

The last-eight ties of the European Rugby championship will take place in May.

Wilkins urges Connacht to 'embrace the occasion' ahead of Leinster rematch
# On The Big Stage
# On The Big Stage

Wilkins urges Connacht to 'embrace the occasion' ahead of Leinster rematch

Apr 13th 2022, 7:15 AM 4,091 Views 5 Comments

Friday’s meeting at Lansdowne Road could represent the biggest crowd some Connacht players have experienced.

No fresh injuries for Leinster as Porter, Kelleher and Larmour resume full training
# Boost
# Boost

No fresh injuries for Leinster as Porter, Kelleher and Larmour resume full training

Apr 11th 2022, 2:59 PM 5,936 Views 9 Comments

Loosehead Michael Milne is also back in training and could soon be set for his first appearance of the campaign.

Leinster take 5-point lead into second leg after thrilling encounter with Connacht
# Breathless
# Breathless

Leinster take 5-point lead into second leg after thrilling encounter with Connacht

Apr 8th 2022, 10:01 PM 36,430 Views 68 Comments

James Lowe scored two tries for Leo Cullen’s side in Galway.

Moxham to make first European start as Ulster name team for Toulouse
# Allez L'um
# Allez L'um

Moxham to make first European start as Ulster name team for Toulouse

Updated Apr 8th 2022, 1:25 PM 6,768 Views 14 Comments

Stuart McCloskey returns to the starting lineup, partnering James Hume in midfield, while John Cooney and Billy Burns line out at half-back.

O'Mahony and Carbery ruled out for Exeter trip, while Coombes undergoes ankle surgery
# Bare Bones
# Bare Bones

O'Mahony and Carbery ruled out for Exeter trip, while Coombes undergoes ankle surgery

Updated Apr 8th 2022, 1:00 PM 15,336 Views 40 Comments

Stand-in captain Jack O’Donoghue is joined in the back row by John Hodnett and Alex Kendellen, while Ben Healy steps in at 10.

Connacht welcome back key men, McGrath gets nod at 9 for Leinster ahead of European tussle
# BIG GUNS
# BIG GUNS

Connacht welcome back key men, McGrath gets nod at 9 for Leinster ahead of European tussle

Apr 7th 2022, 12:44 PM 17,930 Views 40 Comments

Bundee Aki, Jarrad Butler and Gavin Thornbury start for Connacht, while Leo Cullen has switched up his half-backs and front five.

# heineken-champions-cup - January January 2022

Connacht to stage Champions Cup home leg with Leinster at the Sportsground
# Shall Not Be Moved
# Shall Not Be Moved

Connacht to stage Champions Cup home leg with Leinster at the Sportsground

Updated Jan 26th 2022, 8:33 AM 28,760 Views 27 Comments

While Leinster might look at bringing the second leg to the Aviva Stadium, Connacht are going to stay put for the first.

'I'm not sure the refs are going to be too happy having to deal with me and him!'
# Skippers
# Skippers

'I'm not sure the refs are going to be too happy having to deal with me and him!'

Jan 24th 2022, 12:00 PM 47,950 Views 8 Comments

Johnny Sexton and Dan Biggar will face off as captains in their sides’ Six Nations opener.

McFarland just about able to see funny side of Ulster's 'almost French' near-collapse
# Sigh Of Relief
# Sigh Of Relief

McFarland just about able to see funny side of Ulster's 'almost French' near-collapse

Jan 22nd 2022, 9:57 PM 7,567 Views 2 Comments

The Ulster coach is relishing the prospect of facing the likes of Toulouse in the next round, the opposite of a reward for an excellent pool showing.

Leinster take Bath to the cleaners as they march into European knock-outs
# Hammering
# Hammering

Leinster take Bath to the cleaners as they march into European knock-outs

Jan 22nd 2022, 3:04 PM 39,934 Views 59 Comments

Jimmy O’Brien scored four tries as Leo Cullen’s side enjoyed a dominant victory.

Toulouse forfeit Champions Cup tie with Cardiff and send Connacht through to last-16
# Nothing Toulouse
# Nothing Toulouse

Toulouse forfeit Champions Cup tie with Cardiff and send Connacht through to last-16

Updated Jan 21st 2022, 8:01 PM 34,718 Views 24 Comments

France captain Antoine Dupont is among the Toulouse players who have tested positive for Covid-19.

Castres announce six Covid cases in squad, Munster game to go ahead as planned
# Business As Usual
# Business As Usual

Castres announce six Covid cases in squad, Munster game to go ahead as planned

Jan 14th 2022, 10:33 AM 6,838 Views 8 Comments

The cases do not affect the team announced by Castres earlier this week.

# heineken-champions-cup - Last year 2021

Henderson returns from injury to captain Ulster against Northampton
# The Saints Are Coming
# The Saints Are Coming

Henderson returns from injury to captain Ulster against Northampton

Dec 16th 2021, 12:28 PM 5,595 Views 3 Comments

The Ireland lock suffered a hamstring injury prior to last month’s victory against Argentina.

Duane Vermeulen could make his Ulster debut away to Clermont this weekend
# Highly Anticipated
# Highly Anticipated

Duane Vermeulen could make his Ulster debut away to Clermont this weekend

Dec 8th 2021, 3:15 PM 5,119 Views 4 Comments

The World Cup-winning Springbok ‘remains well’ following a period of self-isolation due to Covid-19.

Scarlets concede Champions Cup opener against Bristol following Covid chaos
# Forfeit
# Forfeit

Scarlets concede Champions Cup opener against Bristol following Covid chaos

Dec 7th 2021, 3:00 PM 19,590 Views 15 Comments

The Welsh side currently have 32 players in quarantine in a hotel near Belfast.

Leinster reunited with Montpellier as provinces learn Champions Cup pool-stage opponents
# Draw
# Draw

Leinster reunited with Montpellier as provinces learn Champions Cup pool-stage opponents

Jul 21st 2021, 12:57 PM 22,172 Views 6 Comments

The provinces will play each pool opponent home and away in a bid to reach the two-legged Round of 16.

Ronan O'Gara and La Rochelle still have their best days ahead of them
# Bouncing Back
# Bouncing Back

Ronan O'Gara and La Rochelle still have their best days ahead of them

May 23rd 2021, 7:15 AM 7,300 Views 15 Comments

The Top 14 club is set up to consistently push for trophies in the coming seasons.

O'Gara: 'We've come a long way but there's no point in being second best'
# ROG
# ROG

O'Gara: 'We've come a long way but there's no point in being second best'

Updated May 22nd 2021, 8:34 PM 48,838 Views 19 Comments

The La Rochelle head coach said his team weren’t good enough to beat Toulouse.

Toulouse notch fifth European title as O'Gara's 14-man La Rochelle come up short
# Victors
# Victors

Toulouse notch fifth European title as O'Gara's 14-man La Rochelle come up short

May 22nd 2021, 6:53 PM 16,199 Views 42 Comments

Levani Botia’s first-half red card for a high tackle left La Rochelle with an uphill battle.

Shades of Munster's journey about La Rochelle's quest for first European title
# Decider
# Decider

Shades of Munster's journey about La Rochelle's quest for first European title

May 22nd 2021, 7:15 AM 4,826 Views 6 Comments

Ronan O’Gara and co. will have to see off Toulouse to claim their first European title at Twickenham.

Botia fit for La Rochelle as Dupont captains Toulouse in Champions Cup final
# Team News
# Team News

Botia fit for La Rochelle as Dupont captains Toulouse in Champions Cup final

May 21st 2021, 12:23 PM 5,188 Views 2 Comments

Ronan O’Gara’s side have brought Kevin Gourdon and Dany Priso back into the starting XV.

Man mountain Skelton loving life in La Rochelle working with O'Gara
# Lock
# Lock

Man mountain Skelton loving life in La Rochelle working with O'Gara

May 20th 2021, 1:00 AM 12,139 Views 1 Comment

The 6ft 8ins Wallaby has been in sensational form this season.

'We have an opportunity to make history with this phenomenal group'
# The Drive For Five
# The Drive For Five

'We have an opportunity to make history with this phenomenal group'

May 19th 2021, 12:13 PM 7,464 Views 2 Comments

Cheslin Kolbe is part of a star-studded Toulouse side chasing a record fifth Champions Cup title this weekend.

'I'm in it to win. I'm not in it to partake' - ROG and La Rochelle target European crown
# Les Maritimes
# Les Maritimes

'I'm in it to win. I'm not in it to partake' - ROG and La Rochelle target European crown

May 19th 2021, 6:00 AM 5,193 Views 3 Comments

The Cork man’s coaching philosophy continues to impress.

'I’m very proud, very excited. The club is trying to write a new history'
# First Time
# First Time

'I’m very proud, very excited. The club is trying to write a new history'

Updated May 18th 2021, 5:35 PM 29,301 Views 11 Comments

Ronan O’Gara hopes to see La Rochelle claim their first European title this weekend.

French clubs dominate as European Player of the Year shortlist announced
# Final 5
# Final 5

French clubs dominate as European Player of the Year shortlist announced

May 4th 2021, 6:08 PM 11,470 Views 16 Comments

The nominees are made up of players from Champions Cup finalists Toulouse and La Rochelle.

Leinster must make big-game experience count against ROG's La Rochelle
# Jouez
# Jouez

Leinster must make big-game experience count against ROG's La Rochelle

May 2nd 2021, 8:00 AM 18,057 Views 22 Comments

The Top 14 side have plenty of threats but Leinster will expect to handle the pressure better.

'Leo always had a capacity to stay calm and make good logical assessments'
# Fond Memories
# Fond Memories

'Leo always had a capacity to stay calm and make good logical assessments'

Apr 29th 2021, 8:40 AM 21,658 Views 14 Comments

Jono Gibbes was Cullen’s forwards coach in Leinster for six happy years.

Leinster lose 'enormous experience' as La Rochelle halfbacks return to training
# Playmakers
# Playmakers

Leinster lose 'enormous experience' as La Rochelle halfbacks return to training

Apr 28th 2021, 5:00 PM 42,228 Views 29 Comments

Jono Gibbes believes Leinster have the depth to deal with Sexton’s absence.

'Everything comes as second nature' - Byrne ready to step up against La Rochelle
# Byrne Supremacy
# Byrne Supremacy

'Everything comes as second nature' - Byrne ready to step up against La Rochelle

Updated Apr 28th 2021, 9:16 AM 15,283 Views 15 Comments

The out-half is due to start against La Rochelle in the absence of Johnny Sexton.

'I thought I was going to be absolutely smoked. He would have melted me in the ribs'
# Inside Line
# Inside Line

'I thought I was going to be absolutely smoked. He would have melted me in the ribs'

Apr 25th 2021, 8:00 PM 57,087 Views 19 Comments

Jack Conan talks us through some of his play for Ireland and Leinster in recent months.

'Ronan and Jono, two men we know very well, have been building a great side'
# Familiar Faces
# Familiar Faces

'Ronan and Jono, two men we know very well, have been building a great side'

Apr 12th 2021, 11:57 AM 38,054 Views 17 Comments

Leo Cullen and Leinster will have to beat French opposition to win the Champions Cup.

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