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Uncover all the latest The Champions Cup news right here at RugbyPass. Whether you’ve watched a game and you’re waiting for a comprehensive play-by-play report or you’re eager to find out news about your team’s squad, you’ll find all the updates on this page. Keep scrolling to read all of the latest Heineken Cup news.

Leinster issue injury update on 7 of their Ireland personnel
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has issued an injury update as his side's preparations for the upcoming Investec Champions Cup Roun…
Ian Cameron
01 Apr, 11:39
Andy Christie: 'Diversity breeds strength in a group rather than weakness'
Between Saracens and Scotland, the burgeoning back-rower draws an inner strength that allows his talent to thrive.
FEATURE
Daniel Gallan
29 Mar, 4:23
Sale statement: Confirmed exit of England midfielder Manu Tuilagi
It was exclusively reported by RugbyPass last Saturday that the midfield powerhouse would stay on in France following that night…
Liam Heagney
19 Mar, 14:29
The loss that showed Pollard why the Boks will always dominate World Cups
Leicester Tigers were taught a sobering lesson in January when they travelled to the Stade Marcel Deflandre to take on reigning In…
Josh Raisey
17 Feb, 12:00
EPCR statement: Josh Caulfield banned after disciplinary appeal
EPCR opted to appeal the disciplinary committee’s decision and Caulfield will now face a stint on the sidelines.
Liam Heagney
01 Feb, 6:55
Venues confirmed for 2025 and 2026 European finals
The Investec Champions Cup final is set to return to Cardiff's Principality Stadium next year for the first time since 2014, the E…
Josh Raisey
31 Jan, 8:15
Old timers back in vogue as France favour Springboks' approach
Fabien Galthié opts for experience over youth to help France recover from their World Cup setback.
FEATURE
Gavin Mortimer
31 Jan, 6:04
Garry Ringrose: How rejection bred resilience in Ireland's centre of excellence
The quiet man of Irish rugby has shown defiance in adversity to become a leader for club and country
FEATURE
Garry Doyle
30 Jan, 3:32
Watch - Exiled Wales star Joe Hawkins cops ban for hit that hurt him more than ball carrier
Exiled Wales star Joe Hawkins has received a ban for an incident over the weekend in his side's 40-17 loss in the Champions Cup to…
Ian Cameron
25 Jan, 11:07
Champions Cup round of 16 dates and venues confirmed
Harlequins will get the Investec Champions Cup round of 16 fixtures underway on Friday April 5 when they host Glasgow Warriors at …
Josh Raisey
25 Jan, 6:53
Curtis Langdon slapped with lengthy ban after red card for kneeing
Northampton Saints hooker Curtis Langdon has been handed an eight week ban, reduced to four, following the red card he received on…
Josh Raisey
24 Jan, 8:16
'Glad I retired': Nigel Owens wades into Bristol red card debate
The Bears lock was sent off last Friday in Galway by French referee Pierre Brousset in the 13th minute of his team’s Investec Ch…
Liam Heagney
24 Jan, 3:23
Gregory Alldritt: 'I couldn't imagine doing things half-heartedly'
France's new captain reveals the values and influences that shaped his winning mentality.
FEATURE
David Beresford
23 Jan, 8:32
Exeter thumping by Bayonne sets up blockbuster with England rival
Exeter crashed to a 40-17 defeat to Bayonne in their Investec Champions Cup clash in France.
PA
22 Jan, 4:53
Battling Bath beaten by Toulouse in Champions Cup
Bath were beaten 31-19 by Toulouse in their Investec Champions Cup clash at Stade Ernest-Wallon as the hosts finished top of Group…
PA
21 Jan, 13:10
Alex Sanderson says La Rochelle beat Sale Sharks at their own game
Sale boss Alex Sanderson was left to rue missed opportunities and called for more ruthlessness after seeing his side knocked out o…
PA
21 Jan, 12:16
Sale drop into Challenge Cup as O'Gara's La Rochelle keep title defence alive
Sale dropped into the Challenge Cup after being brushed aside by La Rochelle as the French giants kept alive their bid for hat-tri…
PA
21 Jan, 11:13
British & Irish Lions lock carted off with gruesome injury
Former England and British and Irish Lions second row Jonny Hill suffered a gruesome injury during Sale Sharks' Champions Cup matc…
Ian Cameron
21 Jan, 8:57
Jake White: 'If you see La Rochelle play Leinster... It’s club rugby on steroids'
Jake White, the Bull’s Director of Rugby, says the Champions Cup is club rugby on steroids but navigating the challenges to comp…
Rugby365
21 Jan, 8:24
Ireland rookie Tom Ahern hospitalised after ugly red card incident
Munster suffered not only a 26-23 defeat to Northampton Saints at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup on Saturday but also a concern…
Ian Cameron
21 Jan, 6:15
Rhys Carre goes viral after propish mishap
Welsh prop Rhys Carre made headlines this weekend for an unexpected reason after 20-stone Cardiff powerhouse found himself in a co…
Ian Cameron
21 Jan, 5:12
Watch: Son of former Wallabies great Lynagh produces stunning solo try
Louis Lynagh, son of a former Wallabies great and once in line to be an England winger, may have helped reboot his international …
AAP
20 Jan, 19:58
Stormers qualify despite farcical end as Stade's scrum fell apart
With just over 13 minutes remaining Stade Français was reduced to 14 men, when Francisco Gomez Kodela was yellow-carded for repea…
Rugby365
20 Jan, 18:48
Maro Itoje scores two tries as Saracens beat Lyon to secure European progress
Maro Itoje inspired a second-half fightback as Saracens secured a place in the Investec Champions Cup round of 16 by beating Lyon …
PA
20 Jan, 17:17
14-man Northampton shock Munster to maintain 100 per cent Champions Cup record
Northampton overcame a first-half red card for hooker Curtis Langdon to maintain their 100 per cent Investec Champions Cup record …
PA
20 Jan, 14:59
Munster player ratings vs Northampton Saints - Investec Champions Cup
Munster player ratings: The men in red have catastrophically fumbled what should have been a routine win against a plucky Northamp…
Ian Cameron
20 Jan, 14:40
Kolisi and Wade shine as Racing 92 dump Cardiff and Ulster out of Europe
Racing 92 qualified for the Investec Champions Cup knockout phase after a 48-26 victory over Cardiff in Paris.
PA
20 Jan, 12:57
Leicester wait to learn fate as Leinster deprive them of bonus point
Leicester were left to play a waiting game in terms of reaching the Investec Champions Cup knockout phase after Leinster toppled t…
PA
20 Jan, 12:47
'I will sit back and watch his try over a glass of red' – Billy Millard toasts Lynagh try
Harlequins boss Billy Millard will toast Louis Lynagh’s stunning solo try against Ulster over a glass of wine as he waits to see…
PA
20 Jan, 12:05
Leicester Tigers player ratings vs Leinster | Investec Champions Cup
Leicester Tigers player ratings: Leicester started much the brighter of both sides in this Champions Cup clash, but Leinster's tur…
Ian Cameron
20 Jan, 11:32
Mixed news for England as Harlequins' smash and grab tactics send Ulster packing
Harlequins produced the ultimate smash-and-grab victory to register a 47-19 win over Ulster that keeps them in the chase for home …
PA
20 Jan, 10:02
Late change for Harelquins as Louis Lynagh called in for Ulster
In a late shift for today's Investec Champions Cup game against Ulster Rugby, Harlequins have been forced to replace Cameron Ander…
Ian Cameron
20 Jan, 6:13
'No way': So-called head stamp red card on Ireland prop splits rugby fans
An ugly incident in the Connacht's 27-10 bonus point Pool 1 victory over Bristol Bears at the Dexcom Stadium has split rugby fans …
Ian Cameron
20 Jan, 5:46
Franco Smith hails ‘extraordinary’ performance as Glasgow seal knockout berth
Glasgow Warriors head coach Franco Smith praised his players for an “extraordinary” performance as they booked their place in …
PA
20 Jan, 4:25
Josh Caulfield sees red as Connacht claim Champions Cup win over Bristol
Ireland Sevens star Andrew Smith helped Connacht keep their Investec Champions Cup hopes alive as they beat 14-man Bristol to fina…
PA
19 Jan, 17:43
Jones and Rowe each outscore Toulon as Glasgow advance in Champions Cup
Two tries apiece from Huw Jones and Kyle Rowe helped Glasgow Warriors to a 29-5 win over Toulon and into the last 16 of the Invest…
PA
19 Jan, 17:23
Damian Willemse on the move again
Manie Libbok will play his 50th Stormers game in the Champions Cup clash with Stade Francais in Paris on Saturday.
Rugby365
19 Jan, 11:03
No Frawley as Leinster and Leicester name teams for Champions Cup headliner
Ciaran Frawley will miss Leinster's Investec Champions Cup game with Leicester due to injury as Leinster make two changes to their…
Ian Cameron
19 Jan, 9:26
Mark McCall focussed on 'mini project' after last weekend's thumping
Mark McCall has highlighted Saracens “mini project” comprising their next two games as they look to bounce back in European an…
PA
19 Jan, 3:01
Crunch European clash prepares returning Scotland duo for Six Nations
Scotland duo Kyle Steyn and Jack Dempsey have been handed the chance to step up their match fitness ahead of the Guinness Six Nati…
PA
18 Jan, 10:36
'It serves them well to have us...' - SA teams have improved Europe
If anyone needs a stout defence for the reorganisation of the Champions Cup, the above line by John Dobson is a good place to star…
Daniel Gallan
18 Jan, 7:31
How the big boys of Europe pulverised England's Champions Cup hopefuls
Brutal lessons have been dished out by La Rochelle, Toulouse and Bordeaux-Begles.
FEATURE
Nick Bishop
17 Jan, 4:41
Recipe for Champions Cup tastes better than Super Rugby right now
Featuring the best of French, South African and British rugby, the Champions Cup is of a high standard, played in front sizable cr…
Opinion
Hamish Bidwell
16 Jan, 21:52
Looking at which 8 teams can still qualify for the Champions Cup knockouts
Eight clubs have already qualified and eight are to join them as this weekend’s final round of the prestigious Investec Champion…
URC SA
16 Jan, 7:16
Leinster sweating over fitness of No10s ahead of Leicester clash
Leinster flyhalves Harry Byrne and Ciaran Frawley are in a race to be fit for their side's visit to Welford Road on Saturday to ta…
Josh Raisey
15 Jan, 11:03
Watch: Russell sends 109kg France lock Woki flying backwards
Finn Russell is known for many things, but massive tackles has never been one of them - on any player, let alone Test locks.
Josh Raisey
15 Jan, 7:02
Watch: Wallaby Will Skelton charges over for unstoppable La Rochelle score
Wallabies captain Will Skelton played the role of hero and villain for La Rochelle as they ran away with a big win over Leicester.
Finn Morton
14 Jan, 19:21
Saracens suffer record European defeat in Champions Cup nightmare
Saracens suffered a record European defeat as Bordeaux fought back to reach the last 16 of the Investec Champions Cup following a …
PA
14 Jan, 15:12
Rampant La Rochelle ignite title defence with demolition of Leicester
Leicester were unable to capitalise on a two-man second-half advantage as they succumbed to a heavy 45-12 defeat to Champions Cup …
PA
14 Jan, 13:38
'Obviously there have been conversations' - Stuart Lancaster on Owen Farrell
A move to France would make the Saracens star ineligible for England selection.
PA
14 Jan, 13:20
Henry Arundell reveals plans for England future after loss to Bath
Henry Arundell's Racing 92 suffered an away loss to a determined Bath Rugby outfit in the Champions Cup on Sunday, with the home s…
Exclusive
Grant Constable
14 Jan, 11:47
Barbeary red card doesn't stop Bath fightback against Top 14 leaders
Bath passed the biggest test of their revival yet by toppling Top 14 leaders Racing 92 29-25 in a win that keeps them in the hunt …
PA
14 Jan, 10:26
Watch: Marcus Smith's impressive performance on 150th appearance
Harlequins scored 40 unanswered points to overcome Cardiff with a bonus-point victory that saw Marcus Smith making his 150th appea…
Grant Constable
14 Jan, 9:23
'We drew the equivalent of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Man City'
Cardiff head coach Matt Sherratt accepted that his side had no answers to a quality performance from Harlequins following their 54…
PA
13 Jan, 18:42
Harlequins rack up 40 unanswered points in commanding win over Cardiff
Harlequins took a giant stride towards progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions Cup with a bonus-point victory over Car…
PA
13 Jan, 17:30
'What a shame': Dupont's masterclass leaves discontent over upcoming move
A masterclass performance from France superstar Antoine Dupont has left a hollow feeling for some as the realisation he won't play…
Ben Smith
13 Jan, 17:07
Leinster blitz Stade Francais to take control of pool as Stormers beat Sale
Leinster continued their 100 per cent start in the Investec Champions Cup with a crushing victory over Stade Francais on Saturday.
PA
13 Jan, 16:31
'Complete brain fade': Crazy in-goal pass ends in disaster for Stormers
In the Champions Cup clash between the Stormers against Sale, winger Leolin Zas went from hero to zero after his audacious in-goal…
Kim Ekin
13 Jan, 15:38
White says how Bulls exploited England duo's absence in Bristol win
Bristol boss Pat Lam was left to reflect on “a huge turning point” of his team briefly going down to 13 players as they lost 3…
PA
13 Jan, 14:19
Munster beat Toulon for first Champions Cup win as Connacht lose third
Munster boosted their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Investec Champions Cup with a 29-18 triumph at Toulon on Saturday.
PA
13 Jan, 13:27
Bristol's knockout hopes in jeopardy after Bulls loss
Bristol’s hopes of reaching the Investec Champions Cup knockout stages were dealt a major setback as South African challengers t…
PA
13 Jan, 12:38
Baxter sends warning to Champions Cup 'big guns' after qualification
Exeter’s director of rugby Rob Baxter praised his side’s resilience after seeing them secure a place in the knockout stages of…
PA
13 Jan, 11:25
Exeter spared blushes at the death to hold on against Glasgow
Henry Slade’s late touchline conversion of Zack Wimbush’s try secured Exeter a 19-17 victory over Glasgow which sealed their p…
PA
13 Jan, 10:43
Pearson bags hat-trick as Saints smash Bayonne to book knockout spot
Northampton registered nine tries as they thrashed Bayonne 61-14 at Franklin’s Gardens to secure a place in the Investec Champio…
PA
12 Jan, 17:29
Glasgow trio give fitness boost to Scotland
Franco Smith is optimistic Glasgow pair Kyle Steyn and Jack Dempsey will be in contention for the start of Scotland’s Six Nation…
PA
12 Jan, 11:30
Jacob Stockdale: 'I showed Andy Farrell I'm not a diva'
After two years of frustration, the Ulster flying machine is showcasing his vast talent again.
FEATURE
Jamie Lyall
12 Jan, 7:19
Premiership leaders plotting European conquest after perfect start
With two wins from two already in the Investec Champions Cup this season, Northampton Saints head into their home tie against Bayo…
Josh Raisey
10 Jan, 13:00
'It could be the perfect signing for them to win the Champions Cup'
Owen Farrell could be the final piece in the puzzle for Racing 92 as they search for an elusive Investec Champions Cup title shoul…
Josh Raisey
09 Jan, 10:01
Springbok lock Jean Kleyn ruled out for the rest of the season
Jean Kleyn is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on an ongoing eye issue, delivering a hammer-blow to bot…
Josh Raisey
08 Jan, 10:53
Referees confirmed for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup Rounds 4 & 5
The referees for Rounds Three and Four of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been confirmed. The return of EPCR’s tourname…
Rugby365
06 Jan, 6:17
'They don't need any more help': Dallaglio voices fears over SA sides in Champions Cup
After a season and two rounds of South African sides being in the Investec Champions Cup, a familiar theme has already been establ…
Josh Raisey
21 Dec, 10:56
'The bigger the behemoth, the closer to silverware you get'
Emmanuel Meafou is the latest next-level bruiser primed to hit the Test stage.
FEATURE
Nick Bishop
21 Dec, 7:45
Silver linings for Welsh teams but European struggles a sign of the times
There were consolations in defeat for the four regions but we shouldn't be surprised by their results in Europe
FEATURE
Mark Orders
20 Dec, 12:29
It's time South Africans come to the party in Europe
Ticket sales for Saturday’s clash between the Bulls and Stormers have already passed the 30,000 mark. That’s more than the cap…
Opinion
Daniel Gallan
20 Dec, 9:57
Tom James lands suspension for striking during cup clash
Northampton’s Tom James has been handed a three-match ban for striking Ben White during a Champions Cup game against Toulon
Grant Constable
20 Dec, 9:35
French leave will broaden Arundell's horizons
Henry Arundell may be off limits to England in Paris but examples abound of young players boosting their careers by moving abroad.
FEATURE
Gavin Mortimer
19 Dec, 10:38
Thomas Ramos avoids citing for cheap shot on Marcus Smith
Toulouse fly-half Thomas Ramos will face no action over an unsavoury attack on opposite man Marcus Smith as his side beat Harlequi…
Josh Raisey
18 Dec, 11:59
Champions Cup: Henry Slade and Damian Penaud rack up some serious stats
England and Exeter Chiefs centre Henry Slade was once again a standout performer in Investec Champions Cup, this time shining in R…
Ian Cameron
18 Dec, 7:41
Bizarre two-ball ending to Leicester's 'game to remember' in Paris
Leicester Tigers made it two from two in Europe in the Investec Champions Cup as they held on for a dramatic 27-24 win over Stade …
Grant Constable
18 Dec, 7:18
'I couldn’t live on painkillers': How latest Graham injury was a blessing in disguise
Darcy Graham has revealed he is finally free of the “constant pain” he has endured for the past year since damaging knee ligam…
Interview
Bryn Palmer
18 Dec, 4:08
Toulouse thumping ‘a tough one to take’ for Harlequins
.Alex Dombrandt admitted Harlequins paid the price for being below their best in their 47-19 Investec Champions Cup defeat by Toul…
PA
17 Dec, 19:29
Archie Vanes scores hat-trick as Leicester edge out Stade Francais
Archie Vanes crossed for a hat-trick as Leicester withstood late pressure from Stade Francais to seal a battling 27-24 victory at …
PA
17 Dec, 16:20
Harlequins thrashed by seven-try Toulouse in Investec Champions Cup
Harlequins failed in their bid to record successive wins against French opposition as their Investec Champions Cup campaign stalle…
PA
17 Dec, 13:01
Graham Rowntree perplexed by Munster Champions Cup flop
Munster head coach Graham Rowntree expressed his 'huge' frustration following his team's 32-24 defeat to Exeter Chiefs in the Inve…
Ian Cameron
17 Dec, 11:57
'Looking at their body language, I questioned whether they were shot' - Rob Baxter
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter feels his side showed “massive character” in overturning a nine-point deficit to defeat Mu…
PA
17 Dec, 11:46
Exeter Chiefs sting Munster late in Sandy Park thriller
Seventeen points from Henry Slade proved the difference as Exeter defeated Munster 32-24 to register their second narrow Champions…
PA
17 Dec, 10:30
Ulster hand Stuart Lancaster's Racing 92 second successive Champions Cup defeat
Ulster bounced back from defeat with a 31-15 victory over French Top 14 leaders Racing 92 at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.
Rugby365
17 Dec, 6:03
Alex Sanderson: 'Judge us on competitiveness, great resilience'
The Sharks were rumbustiously competitive in an opening period that they led 13-3 for a stretch; then came the second wave where t…
Interview
Liam Heagney
17 Dec, 4:45
Bath win again in Champions Cup after edging thriller with Cardiff
Bath took a major step towards the Investec Champions Cup knockout phase by beating Cardiff 39-32 in an Arms Park thriller.
PA
16 Dec, 17:48
France star Penaud pokes the Bears as Bordeaux ease past Bristol
Bordeaux-Bègles secured a commanding 36-17 victory over Bristol Bears in the Champions Cup, with France wing Damian Penaud delive…
Ian Cameron
16 Dec, 15:45
Stormers leave La Rochelle's Champions Cup title defence in tatters
The Stormers recorded their first Champions Cup win of the season, beating Stade Rochelais in Cape Town on Saturday.
Leezil Hendricks
16 Dec, 15:13
Sale player ratings vs Leinster | Champions Cup 2023/24
Their determined effort got them 13-3 ahead midway through the opening half before a loaded Leinster finally strutted their stuff …
Analysis
Liam Heagney
16 Dec, 15:00
Bulls fall agonisingly short in thriller against Lyon
The Bulls continued to apply the pressure with some great variation on attack and a great kicking game and they extended their lea…
Warren Fortune
16 Dec, 14:54
Second-half Leinster power surge proves too much for Sale
The Irish province took over pole position in the group with a hard-fought 37-27 win over Sale in Dublin.
Liam Heagney
16 Dec, 14:39
Leinster player ratings vs Sale | Investec Champions Cup 2023/24
Leinster player ratings: A sleepy and error-ridden start for Leinster saw an under-strength Sale Sharks stake an early claim at th…
Opinion
Ian Cameron
16 Dec, 14:00
Saracens down Connacht in high-scoring Champions Cup contest
Saracens got their quest for a fourth European title back on track by beating Investec Champions Cup opponents Connacht 55-36 at t…
PA
16 Dec, 10:30
'I took on their wing on the outside. He didn’t have the legs'
Ally Miller was happy to see Glasgow bounce back from the opening-round defeat in the Investec Champions Cup.
PA
16 Dec, 5:28
George Furbank double sees determined Northampton dismiss Toulon
Northampton defied a succession of injuries and a determined Toulon to register a 22-19 Investec Champions Cup victory at Franklin…
PA
15 Dec, 17:52
Glasgow withstand last-gasp Bayonne onslaught for one-point win
Glasgow made light of their set-piece failings to edge out Bayonne 12-11 and put themselves back in the hunt for the round-of-16.
PA
15 Dec, 17:24
'He wants to be successful with everything he does' - Leyds on O'Gara mentality
La Rochelle winger Dillyn Leyds has opened up on what has given the back-to-back European champions the edge in the last few seaso…
Grant Constable
15 Dec, 11:04
England stars set for first Leicester Tigers appearances this season
Heading into round two of the Investec Champions Cup, Leicester Tigers have been boosted by the return of England duo Anthony Wats…
Josh Raisey
15 Dec, 8:27
George Horne returns as Glasgow prepare for historic clash
Scotland scrum-half George Horne returns from injury as Glasgow bid to revive their Investec Champions Cup campaign in a first-eve…
PA
14 Dec, 15:13
World Cup winning trio set to make Stormers return for huge La Rochelle clash
The Stormers are set to welcome back the World Cup winning trio of Deon Fourie, Mannie Libbok and Damian Willemse as they seek to …
Josh Raisey
14 Dec, 6:20
Rob Baxter weighs in on Henry Arundell debate
Henry Arundell, Jack Willis and Joe Marchant have all left the Gallagher Premiership.
PA
14 Dec, 6:18
Are the French falling out of love with Europe? 
Could the extra demands of the Top 14 be hindering the efforts of French sides in the Champions Cup?
FEATURE
Gavin Mortimer
14 Dec, 4:24
Ben Earl closing in on return to action with Saracens
England flanker Ben Earl is on course to make his playing return ahead of January’s fixtures in the Investec Champions Cup.
PA
13 Dec, 13:04
Billy Vunipola hearing decision rules foul play had 'insufficient force'
The England number eight is free to play immediately following a hearing.
PA
13 Dec, 7:19
New format and English success breathe life into Champions Cup – Andy Goode
Reports of the death of the Champions Cup are greatly exaggerated, organisers have nailed the format, English clubs had their most…
Opinion
Andy Goode
12 Dec, 10:28
Saracens' Billy Vunipola faces hearing after Champions Cup red card
England and Saracens No8 Billy Vunipola will appear before an independent disciplinary committee this evening following his red ca…
Josh Raisey
12 Dec, 7:41
'Exeter Chiefs represent the straight-shooting honesty of English rugby'
Rob Baxter's model showed the way on a huge Champions Cup weekend for English clubs.
FEATURE
Nick Bishop
12 Dec, 6:32
Munster statement: Fan and player incident at Thomond Park
Munster have banned a fan from attending home games after an incident with a Bayonne player over the weekend during the Investec C…
Ian Cameron
11 Dec, 12:51
Three England rookies who tore it up in Investec Champions Cup Round 1
In a thrilling start to the Investec Champions Cup, Round 1 delivered outstanding performances that set the tone for the competiti…
Ian Cameron
11 Dec, 12:29
What banned Ronan O'Gara made of Leinster's win over La Rochelle
Disappointed La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara has billed Leinster versus La Rochelle as the 'new classic' of European rugby fol…
Ian Cameron
11 Dec, 11:56
Harlequins shock Stuart Lancaster's Racing 92 in Paris
Harlequins clinched victory on French soil, pulling off a superb comeback to defeat Top 14 leaders Racing 92 in Paris.
PA
10 Dec, 15:16
Dan McKellar implies Leicester got hair dryer treatment at half-time vs Stormers
Leicester Tigers head coach Dan McKellar was pleased to see his half-time words have an effect in the second half of his team’s …
PA
10 Dec, 13:57
Leicester's Handre Pollard torments Stormers in Investec Champions Cup win
Handre Pollard scored 20 points against a side from his native South Africa as Leicester Tigers ground out a nervy 35-26 victory a…
PA
10 Dec, 12:58
Leinster's Ciaran Frawley lands 60m penalty to seal epic win over La Rochelle
In a captivating clash at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre, Irish giants Leinster emerged victorious with a memorable 16-9 win over bitt…
Ian Cameron
10 Dec, 12:48
Sale sweep aside Stade Francais in Champions Cup opener
Sale produced a superb second-half show to open their Champions Cup campaign with a 28-5 victory over Stade Francais at AJ Bell St…
PA
10 Dec, 10:28
Munster rugby fan provokes 130kg giant in ugly on-field confrontation
Footage has emerged of a bizarre scene at Thomond Park during the European Champions Cup match between Munster and Bayonne, which …
Ian Cameron
10 Dec, 10:24
Furious Jake White unleashes scathing rebuke on Bulls fans amidst Owen Farrell controversy
Saracens’ Director of Rugby Mark McCall declined to get dragged into the subject, but his Bulls counterpart Jake White did not h…
Jan De Koning
10 Dec, 8:19
Lancaster: The Russell-like threat Racing face versus Marcus Smith
Smith’s Harlequins are in Paris nine days after they smashed Gallagher Premiership leaders Sale in London.
Liam Heagney
10 Dec, 5:30
The turned-down offer Jono Ross made to come out of retirement
The Gallagher Premiership leaders learned in mid-November that they had lost Tom Curry for the season due to his need to have a hi…
Liam Heagney
10 Dec, 4:58
Munster left smarting after Champions Cup slip-up
Munster have found themselves with European rugby egg on their face after getting shocked by French visitors Bayonne, who staged a…
Ian Cameron
10 Dec, 4:47
Johann van Graan: The pitch 'stitching' story behind bossy Bath scrum
What’s the point in Bath having international standard piano shifters such as Beno Obano, Will Stuart and Thomas du Toit on the …
Liam Heagney
10 Dec, 3:57
Gus Warr: 'It's trying to be a bit gobby to annoy someone ever so slightly'
That little vignette suggested how the scrum-half Gus Warr is a little bit of a Jack the lad around Carrington, something his boss…
Exclusive
Liam Heagney
10 Dec, 3:00
McCall refuses to comment on Bulls fans’ treatment of Owen Farrell
Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall refused to comment on Bulls fans booing visiting captain Owen Farrell when he was kickin…
PA
09 Dec, 15:54
Owen Farrell and Saracens suffer Champions Cup defeat to the Bulls
Owen Farrell could not inspire Saracens to victory on his return to action as the Bulls eased to a straightforward 27-16 win in th…
PA
09 Dec, 15:43
Bath player ratings vs Ulster | Champions Cup 2023/24
We left Bath believing this could be the first season since 2014/15 that the once giants of the English game are potentially a rea…
Opinion
Liam Heagney
09 Dec, 13:18
Bath excellent value for first Champions Cup win since January 2018
With the hosts on a 10-game losing streak in this tournament stretching back to January 2018, this victory will be seen as massive…
Liam Heagney
09 Dec, 12:16
Watch - Blair Kinghorn scores on Toulouse debut with help from Antoine Dupont
Scotland star Blair Kinghorn has got his Toulouse career off to a flyer after scoring on debut for his new side.
Ian Cameron
09 Dec, 11:55
Forgotten England star shines as Exeter Chiefs edge out Toulon
Henry Slade held his nerve to land a match-winning conversion with the game’s final kick as Exeter launched their Investec Champ…
PA
09 Dec, 11:01
Normally mild-mannered pundit rips into Connacht amid Galway flop
Usually mild-mannered Irish rugby pundit Donncha O'Callaghan unleashed a scathing critique of Connacht during their dismal perform…
Ian Cameron
09 Dec, 8:24
'I don't blame him for doing what he's done' - Jamie George
While readying to deal with the altitude of Pretoria, Saracens and England hooker Jamie George took some time out to have a chat w…
Exclusive
Grant Constable
09 Dec, 6:39
Northampton reaction to breaking 10-game European losing streak
Phil Dowson praised Northampton’s resilience as they won away to Glasgow Warriors for a first victory in 11 Champions Cup appear…
PA
09 Dec, 4:41
Theo Dan: 'Whenever someone tells me how well I’m doing I still can’t quite take it in'
Twelve months ago the Saracens hooker was playing at Ampthill but in a whirlwind year he won a Premiership trophy and played in a …
FEATURE
Daniel Gallan
08 Dec, 18:05
Fin Smith kicks Northampton to Champions Cup win over Glasgow
Tommy Freeman scored a brace of tries as Northampton opened their Champions Cup campaign with a three-try 28-19 victory away to Gl…
PA
08 Dec, 17:42
Connacht suffer record loss as Penaud boosts Bordeaux
Connacht made a miserable start to their Investec Champions Cup campaign as they were beaten 41-5 by Bordeaux-Begles in Galway.
PA
08 Dec, 17:16
'I think we should speak about it' - Maro Itoje on lucrative deals and facing the Bulls
Maro Itoje is fully focussed on the task at hand as his Saracens side get ready to take on the Bulls in Pretoria on in the opening…
Exclusive
Grant Constable
08 Dec, 11:05
A bluffer's guide to French teams in the Champions Cup
Who is in form and who are the players to watch among the eight French teams in Europe's elite competition?
FEATURE
Sam Larner
08 Dec, 9:14
Harry Byrne gets the nod as Leinster face Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle
Leinster has confirmed its lineup for the upcoming Champions Cup clash against La Rochelle, with Harry Byrne winning the race for …
Ian Cameron
08 Dec, 8:10
Handre Pollard starts as Leicester name team for Stormers
Springbok hero Handre Pollard is set to face off against his fellow South Africans after he was named at flyhalf in the Leicester …
Ian Cameron
08 Dec, 7:43
'It wasn't easy, I can promise you that' - Willie le Roux on RWC semi final
With the Bulls readying to face Saracens in round 1 of the Champions Cup at Loftus Versfeld this coming weekend, Jim Hamilton went…
Exclusive
Grant Constable
08 Dec, 6:59
Why Dan McKellar has found a second home at Welford Road
The Wallabies are reeling from the high-profile defection of Mark Nawaqanitawase but the progress of Dan McKellar should soften th…
FEATURE
Nick Bishop
08 Dec, 6:10
What the Champions Cup means to South African sides
The idea of welcoming South African clubs into the Investec Champions Cup last season was not one that was universally welcomed, b…
Josh Raisey
08 Dec, 3:33
Sam Warburton: The 'brute force' recruitment needed by Leinster
Money talks in professional rugby, sadly. It talks. Even Leinster, they have got one of the best academies and have a good player …
Exclusive
Liam Heagney
08 Dec, 3:14
La Rochelle name dream Champions Cup final opponents as they seek the three-peat
Winning the Investec Champions Cup is tough, winning two in a row is tougher and winning three in a row is nigh on impossible, and…
Interview
Josh Raisey
08 Dec, 2:18
'There's no test for measuring your heart'
Willie le Roux has proven assumptions about his size incorrect time and time again.
Tom Vinicombe
07 Dec, 21:19
Huw Jones now deemed fit despite initial 'very bad news'
Scotland centre Huw Jones returns following a six-week lay-off to start for Glasgow in Friday’s Investec Champions Cup opener at…
PA
07 Dec, 12:48
Dewi Lake: 'One thing will make the Welsh public feel more positive about the game: winning'
The Ospreys and Wales hooker talks about close friend Jac Morgan, the art of leadership and why some players don't get the praise …
FEATURE
Owain Jones
07 Dec, 12:38
Part apex predator, part immovable bovine - meet the new-look Bulls
Jake White's team are lacing their traditional oomph with flourishes of flair
FEATURE
Daniel Gallan
07 Dec, 10:32
Revitalised Bath have 'puncher's chance' in European quest
After so long in the doldrums, a 'well-balanced' Bath side look 'in reasonable shape' for a tilt at honours
FEATURE
Mick Cleary
07 Dec, 10:21
Owen Farrell set for first appearance since his big announcement
The England skipper will sit out this season’s Six Nations as he takes an international break to prioritise his and his family…
PA
06 Dec, 10:26
Champions Cup primed for a bold renaissance
The premier domestic club competition in the world has had a tumultuous time in recent years but is predicting a stirring comeback
FEATURE
Tom Bradshaw
06 Dec, 5:19
Leinster reveal the extent of Ross Byrne's arm injury
Leinster are set to be without No10 Ross Byrne until the new year after underwent surgery on an arm injury last week.
Josh Raisey
05 Dec, 10:04
Ireland trio provide timely injury boost for Ulster head of Champions Cup
Ulster will be boosted by the return of three Ireland internationals this week as they prepare to get their Investec Champions Cup…
Josh Raisey
05 Dec, 7:44
Out until 2024: Another World Cup winner is ruled out at Munster
Named Munster player of the year for 2022/23, Jean Kleyn made his 2023/24 seasonal debut in the November 25 URC derby away to Lein…
Liam Heagney
05 Dec, 3:37
Handre Pollard: 'Manie has made such a positive impact for the Boks'
The South African double-World Cup winner believes his injury-enforced lay-offs have given him the mental toughness to succeed
FEATURE
Jon Cardinelli
04 Dec, 12:54
Back your team for reduced ticket prices in unique new promotion
In association with Coup Gagnant, you can now back your team to reach the final of the Investec Champions Cup Final 2024 or EPCR C…
Grant Constable
01 Dec, 3:20
O'Gara facing disciplinary hearing before La Rochelle host Leinster
Ronan O’Gara is set for another disciplinary hearing in France after match officials again took exception to his alleged bad beh…
Liam Heagney
29 Nov, 4:47
The only thing driving Saracens to win more trophies
It has been over four years since Saracens last lifted the Investec Champions Cup, and in that time they have been through a lot. …
Josh Raisey
23 Nov, 5:21
Owen Farrell clears up England retirement rumours
Farrell has raised the possibility that he could still be present for Australia 2027.
PA
22 Nov, 15:25
Munster statement: Peter O'Mahony steps down as captain
Long-serving Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony has relinquished the captaincy after more than a decade in the role at the Irish pro…
Liam Heagney
22 Nov, 13:21
Sexton ban doesn’t seem outrageous to me – Andy Goode
It won’t go down well in the court of public opinion and social media but I think the independent disciplinary committee got the…
Opinion
Andy Goode
17 Jul, 9:50
Peyper's full testimony and the other allegations against Johnny Sexton
The full transcript of the EPCR's disciplinary proceeding against Johnny Sexton have been published and they contain the detailed …
Analysis
Ian Cameron
17 Jul, 8:08
After six hour hearing Sexton faces anxious wait
Johnny Sexton will learn over the coming days if his Rugby World Cup is to be affected by the outcome of his misconduct hearing.
PA
13 Jul, 14:09
Leinster to face La Rochelle in Round 1 as European fixtures revealed
The European Champions Cup is going to get heavy fast next season, with defending champions Stade Rochelais facing last season's r…
Ian Cameron
13 Jul, 4:51
EPCR statement: Johnny Sexton
The EPCR have released a statement regarding former Leinster and current Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton.
Ian Cameron
29 Jun, 11:09
Leicester and Sale given fearsome Heineken Champions Cup pool
English challengers Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks have landed a fearsome pool draw in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup.
PA
21 Jun, 10:21
EPCR statement: Champions Cup pool stage shake-up
The Heineken Champions Cup will return to a multi-pool format next season.
PA
14 Jun, 8:22
EPCR statement: Reprieve for Bristol after London Irish suspension
Pat Lam’s Bristol have been handed a Heineken Champions Cup reprieve as the Bears have been awarded the place in the 2023/24 tou…
Liam Heagney
09 Jun, 9:21
Disciplinary hearing vindicates latest Peyper red card decision
South African referee Jaco Peyper has had his latest Dublin red card decision vindicated at a disciplinary hearing.
Liam Heagney
25 May, 4:38
Why the Wallabies cannot do without Will Skelton at the World Cup
Will Skelton has sent Eddie Jones a timely reminder of what Australian rugby is missing.
FEATURE
Nick Bishop
24 May, 13:27
La Rochelle complete the modern-day miracle
It's been a challenging season in rugby but the Heineken Cup final showed the game can reach parts few other sports can on a breat…
FEATURE
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones
22 May, 8:20
Cause emerges for Heineken Cup Final tunnel incident
The root cause of an altercation during the half-time at the Heineken Champions Cup Final on Saturday is being reported.
Ian Cameron
22 May, 4:52
Ronan O’Gara: 'Yes, of course, I want to coach Ireland'
Holders La Rochelle fought back from 17-0 down to beat Leinster 27-26 in Dublin.
PA
21 May, 10:45
The 'special day' promise Leo Cullen has made about beaten Leinster
Only a heart of stone would have felt nothing for Leo Cullen when he tried to give rhyme and reason for his Leinster team’s late…
Interview
Liam Heagney
21 May, 5:26
EPCR probe halftime altercation involving O'Gara, Sexton and others
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has said that it will be investigating an alleged tunnel altercation...
Ian Cameron
21 May, 4:22
The 'belt the s*** out of you' reason keeping La Rochelle honest
There are numerous great rugby raconteurs... and then there is Ronan O’Gara, a ringmaster who habitually speaks his mind, beauti…
Interview
Liam Heagney
21 May, 4:07
Wallabies star Will Skelton praised for welfare-first sportsmanship in European final
An act of selfless sportsmanship by Wallabies star Will Skelton concerning the welfare of Leinster's lock James Ryan has been prai…
Kim Ekin
20 May, 21:05
The Leinster red card reaction and why they turned down kick at goal
Vanquished Leinster have shared their thoughts on why they turned down the opportunity to kick at the Aviva Stadium posts from lon…
Liam Heagney
20 May, 17:21
O'Gara: 'We're seen as the little team but that’s about to change'
Back-to-back Heineken Champions Cup champions La Rochelle cried foul in the aftermath of their remarkable comeback victory over Le…
Liam Heagney
20 May, 16:28
La Rochelle accuse James Ryan of disrespecting team at coin toss
La Rochelle have accused Leinster second row James Ryan of 'disrespecting' the side after a slight at the coin toss prior to today…
Ian Cameron
20 May, 15:34
'Devastation is probably the word... It’s an agonising defeat'
Leo Cullen spoke of Leinster’s “devastation” as they were beaten 27-26 by La Rochelle in Saturday’s Champions Cup final at…
PA
20 May, 15:19
Leinster choke as La Rochelle fightback secures Champions Cup trophy
The Irish province ran in three tries inside the opening 12 minutes but were overhauled by their French opponents in the second ha…
PA
20 May, 14:26
Leinster player ratings vs La Rochelle | 2023 Champions Cup final
Leinster player ratings live from Aviva Stadium: A fifth star for the hosts or two in a row for the visitors?
Opinion
Liam Heagney
20 May, 14:17
La Rochelle player ratings vs Leinster | 2023 Heineken Champions Cup
La Rochelle player ratings: They may have started slowly but Ronan O'Gara side collective grew into the game, which at one stage l…
Ian Cameron
20 May, 13:49
Pressure on Leinster to show they aren’t the new Clermont – Andy Goode
They may be facing the formidable reigning champions but Leinster are heavy favourites everywhere you look and the pressure really…
Opinion
Andy Goode
20 May, 5:22
Opinion - Why many people hate Leinster
Not all champions are loved by the masses. Floyd Mayweather, Novak Djokovic, Manchester City, the New England Patriots; no matter …
Opinion
Daniel Gallan
20 May, 4:02
The 'profound' Leinster verdict on the departing Stuart Lancaster
Jamison Gibson-Park says Stuart Lancaster will be dearly missed as Leinster bid to give the former England head coach a fitting se…
PA
19 May, 10:28
Lowe back as Leinster, La Rochelle name Champions Cup final teams
Leinster and La Rochelle have named their teams for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final in Dublin, the Irish province making…
Liam Heagney
19 May, 7:12
'It’s one of those things that’s mentioned all the time'
Leinster lost last year’s final following a last-gasp try in Marseille.
PA
18 May, 9:08
The reason why Brian O'Driscoll backs Leinster to beat La Rochelle
Three-time Heineken Cup winner Brian O’Driscoll has predicted that Leinster will win this Saturday’s Champions Cup final remat…
Interview
Liam Heagney
18 May, 3:01
Brian O’Driscoll explains why he rates Ronan O’Gara as a coach
It’s now 10 years since the legendary Leinster midfielder Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara last shared a dressing room as I…
Liam Heagney
17 May, 7:25
O'Driscoll: Verdict on Ross Byrne in post-Sexton era at Leinster
Brian O’Driscoll has given his verdict on Ross Byrne as the starting out-half for Leinster in this Saturday’s repeat Heineken …
Liam Heagney
17 May, 3:49
Can Leinster be classed as a true European great?
The Top 14 towers over the URC which is why a double is a far more meaningful feat in France
FEATURE
Gavin Mortimer
16 May, 13:30
The O'Driscoll verdict on Peyper getting Champions Cup final gig
Brian O’Driscoll has had his say on this weekend’s latest Leinster versus La Rochelle European encounter having a South Africa…
Liam Heagney
16 May, 7:45
'Query is do you take Caelan Doris out of his best position at No8?'
Legendary Leinster midfielder Brian O’Driscoll has named the team he wants Leo Cullen to select for this Saturday’s Heineken C…
Liam Heagney
16 May, 6:52
Leinster list 5 stars 'available' for La Rochelle
Following on from their heartbreaking, shock loss to Munster in the URC semi-final, Leinster have listed five injury concerns as '…
Ian Cameron
15 May, 10:01
Kerr-Barlow: 'I'd say it's a pretty extraordinary pathway to take'
Tawera Kerr-Barlow was running a half-hour late last Thursday for his Zoom appointment – but with very good reason.
Interview
Liam Heagney
14 May, 4:00
Reality bites Sharks after a season of underachievement
An underwhelming season in Durban has seen a new coach recruited and promises that brighter days lie ahead
FEATURE
Daniel Gallan
10 May, 2:54
EPCR statement: South African named as Champions Cup final referee
History will be made at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on May 20 when Jaco Peyper becomes the first South African to referee an EPCR fina…
Liam Heagney
09 May, 9:29
Champions Cup heartache for Bristol as win over Gloucester not enough
Bristol missed out on a Heineken Champions Cup spot for next season despite a hard-fought 36-21 win over local rivals Gloucester a…
PA
06 May, 14:00
EPCR statement: The Charles Ollivon red card hearing verdict
Former France skipper Charles Ollivon has been cleared to play for Toulon in their upcoming Challenge Cup final versus Glasgow in …
Liam Heagney
03 May, 10:23
'Thanks for that' - Jack Nowell exits interview after cheeky question
Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell responded with humour when caught off guard with a cheeky observation from BT Sport's Sonja McLau…
Ian Cameron
01 May, 6:27
'I am going to miss these guys because they are amazing players'
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter expressed excitement about the club’s future after an era ended...
PA
01 May, 4:32
Exeter’s European hopes dashed as dominant La Rochelle set up repeat final
Defending Heineken Champions Cup holders La Rochelle set up a repeat of last year’s final against Leinster with a 47-28 victory …
PA
30 Apr, 12:54
'Atmosphere's cooking': The Will Becconsall Exeter breakthrough
It’s been quite the crazy leap for rookie Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Will Becconsall in recent weeks. There was the 20-year-old on…
Interview
Liam Heagney
30 Apr, 5:00
Leo Cullen trying to keep a lid on the hype after Leinster reach another final
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is determined to keep a lid on the hype surrounding his side after seeing off Toulouse...
PA
30 Apr, 4:27
Leinster thrash Toulouse to reach another Heineken Champions Cup final
Ruthless Leinster reached another Heineken Champions Cup final after they scored 28 points during two sin-bin periods to beat Toul…
PA
29 Apr, 12:32
Leinster player ratings vs Toulouse | Heineken Champions Cup 2023
Leo Cullen's side were strong favourites with the bookies leading into the game, but the subplot to this Heineken Champions Cup se…
Opinion
Ian Cameron
29 Apr, 10:51
'I heard some of their comments this week about that, how they got things wrong'
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen expects Toulouse to take his team on physically in Saturday’s clash of the Heineken Champions Cup…
PA
29 Apr, 5:21
Josh van der Flier returns in Leinster team to play Toulouse
Ireland's back row Josh van der Flier is set to make a comeback from injury for the Heineken Champions Cup Semi-Final match betwee…
Ian Cameron
28 Apr, 9:30
Rob Baxter's frank admission on task that awaits Exeter in Bordeaux
Rob Baxter accepts that Exeter will need to get “an awful lot right” when they tackle Heineken Champions Cup holders La Rochel…
PA
28 Apr, 7:31
Exeter ready themselves for one last hurrah before break-up
The Chiefs have had an inglorious season but one last heroic effort could extend the most emotional of goodbyes
FEATURE
Mick Cleary
27 Apr, 13:11
Why are Leinster so far ahead of the chasing pack?
The brains trust of Irish Rugby is ensconced in Dublin and expressed through the brilliance of Leinster who dominate in all facets
FEATURE
Russell Forbes
26 Apr, 13:09
Wales lock set to miss Champions Cup semi-final after red card
Exeter Chiefs lock Dafydd Jenkins is set to miss Sunday's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against title holders La Rochelle afte…
Josh Raisey
26 Apr, 10:20
'One of the most exciting venues in the world': EPCR name '24 Euro finals venue
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host next season’s finals of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup...
PA
25 Apr, 11:02
Jack the glad
England backrow star Jack Willis has swapped crestfallen Wasps for European royalty in Toulouse and he is loving his new life in F…
FEATURE
Gavin Mortimer
25 Apr, 10:00
Jack Willis pleads with the RFU for change after leaving England for France
The 26-year-old’s Test future is in the air after recently agreeing a three-year contract extension with Toulouse..
PA
24 Apr, 17:49
Test duo in race against time to make Leinster's semi-final against Toulouse
Leinster's Josh van der Flier and Ryan Baird are currently in a race against time to prove their fitness ahead of their Heineken C…
Ian Cameron
24 Apr, 9:38
Why the Premiership clubs can no longer compete with Europe's finest
Greater endeavour on attack has not proven profitable for Premiership clubs in the Champions Cup.
FEATURE
Nick Bishop
23 Apr, 10:33
'I immediately regretted that moment, that was the rude awakening'
Ultan Dillane roared with laughter when asked by RugbyPass what backline position he might play if La Rochelle ever allowed him th…
Interview
Liam Heagney
23 Apr, 4:05
Francke Horn: 'I could hardly breathe... my heart was damaged'
The Lions fulcrum nearly had his career ended by a heart condition but has become of the URC's top performing back-rows.
FEATURE
Jamie Lyall
21 Apr, 3:37
Jaco Peyper to make Heineken Champions Cup bow
South African referee Jaco Peyper is set to make his debut in the Heineken Champions Cup's debut in the semi-finals of the tournam…
Ian Cameron
20 Apr, 7:53
Change is needed if SA teams are to compete in Champs cup
In the wake of a chastening weekend for South African rugby, a plethora of excuses were bandied about on social media to help expl…
Daniel Gallan
14 Apr, 4:18
Jake White's radical idea to make South Africa a Champions Cup force
Bulls boss Jake White has claimed a radical rethink must happen if teams from South Africa are to dominate in the Heineken Champio…
Liam Heagney
13 Apr, 8:55
How South Africa's franchises can conquer Europe
Heineken Cup glory was blocked by French and English teams but in their inaugural season, no one in South Africa is seeing it as a…
FEATURE
Jon Cardinelli
13 Apr, 7:15
Exeter explain 'ridiculously simple' reason why rookies are thriving
Thirteen days earlier, you would have got long odds on Exeter reaching the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals, but their Gallagher…
Analysis
Liam Heagney
12 Apr, 8:31
The thing that Leo Cullen won't apologise for... and he's right
Leo Cullen wasn’t having any of it, Anglo-Irish potshots about the dominance of the Leinster operation.
Opinion
Liam Heagney
10 Apr, 3:53
Vunipola blow for England and Saracens
Billy Vunipola's chances of featuring at the Rugby World Cup in France have taken a major blow after the No.8 was stretchered off …
Ian Cameron
09 Apr, 16:29
'Scandalous' video of Lions players flying conditions goes viral
A viral video over the weekend has shed light on the cramped conditions that some Lions rugby players have had to endure when trav…
Ian Cameron
09 Apr, 15:27
'I'm not sure if they are the best team in Europe' - Mark McCall
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has pledged to use the lessons learned from his side’s 24-10 Heineken Champions Cup quart…
PA
09 Apr, 14:39
Renowned UK rugby scribe rips into Stormers 'excuse' making
Sunday Times rugby union correspondent Stephen Jones has lambasted the excuses being made by South African fans after the Stormers…
Ian Cameron
09 Apr, 14:25
What people are saying about Austin Healey's latest TV commentary effort
Former England international and BT Sport commentator Austin Healey has been criticized for his supposedly biased commentary durin…
Ian Cameron
09 Apr, 13:47
Dai Young calls Benetton 'a very good team' after Cardiff's quarter-final exit
Cardiff’s director of rugby Dai Young called Benetton “a very good team” after they made history by becoming the first Itali…
PA
09 Apr, 5:30
'He blew his nose and his eye didn't pop out, but it was a horrible one'
Stormers head coach John Dobson admitted that his team missed Deon Fourie’s influence in their Champions Cup quarterfinal agains…
Warren Fortune
09 Apr, 5:17
'Everybody outside the club has been talking about the how the castle is crumbling'
Exeter boss Rob Baxter hailed “a great performance” by the Chiefs after they cruised into this season’s Heineken Champions C…
PA
08 Apr, 23:41
Glasgow beat Lions to end all SA involvement in Europe
Springbok Franco Smith snuffed out the last hope South Africa had of its continued participation in Europe.
Rugby365
08 Apr, 23:32
Sharks and Toulouse dished up some preposterous tries this afternoon
In a thrilling Champions Cup quarter-final clash between Toulouse and the Sharks, both teams scored outrageous tries in the South …
Ian Cameron
08 Apr, 12:57
Toulouse face Leinster in Champions Cup after landing Sharks
Toulouse booked their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final spot with a 54-20 victory over Sharks at Stade Ernest-Wallon.
PA
08 Apr, 12:26
Dan Biggar's Toulon sweep aside Challenge Cup champs Lyon
In an impressive display at the Stade Félix Mayol, RC Toulon secured a spot in the Challenge Cup semi-finals with a commanding 48…
Ian Cameron
08 Apr, 10:45
The Leinster update on Friday's tear-jerking Ryan Baird injury
It was sweetness and light post-game with Leinster on Friday night amid the fuzzy warmth of the battering given to Leicester, but …
Liam Heagney
08 Apr, 6:40
'Pretty clear facts' exasperate Leicester boss Richard Wigglesworth
It’s a rough gig, getting anointed first-time head coach in an emergency. Just ask Richard Wigglesworth. There he was in midweek…
Liam Heagney
08 Apr, 5:02
Scarlets shock 14-man Clermont in Challenge Cup boilover
Scarlets scored a late converted try to claim a thrilling 32-30 victory over 14-man Clermont to reach the semi-finals of the Europ…
PA
07 Apr, 17:50
Leicester fight fades as Leinster romp into Champions Cup semis
Leinster moved within 80 minutes of a Heineken Champions Cup final on home soil after seeing off Leicester Tigers’ challenge wit…
PA
07 Apr, 17:33
Leinster player ratings vs Leicester | 2023 Champions Cup
Leinster player ratings: Leo Cullen's Leinster came into this one with heavy favourites against a Leicester Tigers side that have …
Opinion
Ian Cameron
07 Apr, 17:10
Leicester player ratings vs Leinster | 2023 Champions Cup
Leicester player ratings live from Aviva Stadium: Despite their recent flourish in form with Handre Pollard finding his groove, th…
Opinion
Liam Heagney
07 Apr, 17:00
Saracens make just one change for La Rochelle
Saracens have made just one change to the starting line-up from the side that beat the Ospreys last weekend for their Heineken Cha…
Ian Cameron
07 Apr, 7:34
Exeter make one XV change, Stormers two for quarter-final clash
Exeter have confirmed that their team for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at home to the Stormers contains just …
Liam Heagney
07 Apr, 7:20
EPCR statement: Champions Cup semi-finals venues
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced the potential venues for the semi-finals, based on the clubs with the highes…
Ian Cameron
06 Apr, 10:29
Leinster make 2 changes for Leicester Champions Cup clash
Garry Ringrose and Caelan Doris are set to return to the Leinster's lineup for their Champions Cup match against Leicester at the …
Ian Cameron
06 Apr, 7:37
New role for Freddie Steward in Dublin return 20 days after red card
Freddie Steward will occupy a very role different from his usual position as the Leicester full-back when he makes his return to D…
Liam Heagney
06 Apr, 7:24
Stormers' Deon Fourie has explained his 'scuffle' with Joe Marler
Veteran Stormers forward Deon Fourie has got Joe Marler off the hook following allegations of skullduggery by the out-of-favour En…
Liam Heagney
06 Apr, 5:55
The John Dobson visit to Exeter that Rob Baxter hasn't forgotten
Rob Baxter has paid tribute to the success that John Dobson has enjoyed at the Stormers, the South African franchise that will tak…
Liam Heagney
06 Apr, 5:01
Ben Youngs: Why Springboks' Handre Pollard is thriving at Leicester
Long-serving scrum-half Ben Youngs has spoken about the silver lining of falling down the pecking order with England – getting t…
Liam Heagney
05 Apr, 12:23
Georges-Henri Colombe banned for 'reckless act' versus Gloucester
La Rochelle prop Georges-Henri Colombe has been banned following his ugly yellow-carded clearout on Gloucester’s Ruan Ackermann …
Liam Heagney
05 Apr, 11:09
No Zach Mercer ban as his red card at Exeter has been rescinded
England prospect Zach Mercer has had the controversial red card he picked up at Exeter last Sunday rescinded at a midweek discipli…
Liam Heagney
05 Apr, 10:46
South African coach calls out 'not so kosher' Joe Marler incident
Out-of-favour England prop Joe Marler has been criticised by ex-Springboks assistant Swys de Bruin for some of his antics with Har…
Liam Heagney
05 Apr, 7:39
The lessons Jimmy Gopperth gave a 14-year-old Charlie Atkinson
Jimmy Gopperth has shed light on his strong rapport with Leicester teammate Charlie Atkinson – despite their 18-year difference …
Liam Heagney
04 Apr, 10:14
Travel headaches complicate Sharks and Stormers' quarter-final prep
Former France international hooker Yannick Bru has revealed the Sharks players and staff will travel economy class on two differen…
Chris Jones
04 Apr, 7:11
Ugly La Rochelle clearout on Ruan Ackermann has resulted in citing
Last Saturday’s ugly-looking breakdown clearout on Gloucester’s Ruan Ackerman will have a disciplinary hearing sequel as La Ro…
Liam Heagney
04 Apr, 6:26
Champions Cup: 22 standout players from the Round of 16
The Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 featured some impressive individual performances, with several players standing out in key …
Ian Cameron
03 Apr, 10:38
'It was just on me' - Rhys Webb cops dire blunder on chin
Ospreys scrumhalf Rhys Webb has taken responsibility for a botched quick lineout that all but sealed a Saracens victory in the two…
PA
03 Apr, 4:56
Toulouse swat aside Bulls to reach Champions Cup quarter-finals
Toulouse turned on the style in the second half to beat Bulls 33-9 and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup.
PA
02 Apr, 12:44
Ospreys blunder gifts Saracens Champions Cup quarter-final spot
Saracens pounced on a terrible blunder by the Ospreys to clinch a 35-20 victory at StoneX Stadium that secured their place in the …
PA
02 Apr, 12:30
Quick lineout goes horribly wrong for Ospreys' Rhys Webb
In a nightmare moment for Wales international Rhys Webb, Ospreys handed Saracens five easy points after a quick lineout back-fired…
Ian Cameron
02 Apr, 12:21
Sam Simmonds 'looked almost impossible to handle'
Exeter boss Rob Baxter hailed Sam Simmonds as a player “almost impossible to handle” following the Chiefs’ dramatic Heineken…
PA
02 Apr, 11:52
Exeter reach last 8 on countback after incident packed Montpellier draw
Exeter reached the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals on try count after extra-time following a dramatic 33-33 draw with Montpe…
PA
02 Apr, 10:48
Zach Mercer red 'wrecks' Champions Cup thriller
Montpellier's Zach Mercer was shown a red card by referee Andrew Brace for a tackle on Exeter Chiefs' forward Christ Tshiunza in t…
Ian Cameron
02 Apr, 9:28
Bok pair among star players Sharks are sweating over
The Sharks could be forced to make some big changes for their Champions Cup quarterfinal next weekend.
Rugby365
02 Apr, 7:39
'Johnny Sexton is now selling tickets for the game next week'
Leinster boss Leo Cullen has quipped that the unavailable Johnny Sexton has taken on the new role of ticket seller in an effort to…
Liam Heagney
01 Apr, 16:21
Late La Rochelle try denies Gloucester huge Champions Cup upset
Gloucester were knocked out of the Heineken Champions Cup after holders La Rochelle snatched a dramatic 29-26 victory with a late …
PA
01 Apr, 15:18
Forwards-dominated all-Irish contest goes the way of Leinster
Leinster are the last Irish province standing in the Heineken Champions Cup after handing Ulster a 30-15 last-16 defeat at the Avi…
PA
01 Apr, 15:13
Leinster player ratings vs Ulster | 2023 Champions Cup round-of-16
Leinster player ratings live from Aviva Stadium: From green to blue with another visiting team beaten in Dublin – life is rather…
Opinion
Liam Heagney
01 Apr, 14:35
Harlequins knocked out of Champions Cup by Stormers
Harlequins crashed out of the Heineken European Champions Cup despite an attempted late fightback against the Stormers in Cape Tow…
PA
01 Apr, 12:52
Dan Biggar's Toulon put the Cheetahs to the sword
RC Toulon secured a comfortable 36-21 victory over the Toyota Cheetahs in their Challenge Cup encounter at the Stade Mayol.
Ian Cameron
01 Apr, 11:17
The two areas that 'pleased' Graham Rowntree despite Munster exit
Munster head coach Graham Rowntree claimed he was pleased with certain aspects of his team's performance in their loss at the Shar…
PA
01 Apr, 11:05
'Worst Munster team in living memory' - Irish fans react to Sharks loss
Irish rugby fans have been left to bemoan a worrying Munster capitulation in the Heineken Champions Cup, after they shipped a 50-p…
Ian Cameron
01 Apr, 10:54
Seven-try Sharks power past Munster to create Champions Cup history
The Sharks made history as the first South African team to reach the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup as their forward…
PA
01 Apr, 9:57
Alex Dombrandt: 'It would be silly not to get excited for it'
It’s quite the run of England and Harlequins games for Alex Dombrandt at the minute. Twickenham versus France, Aviva Stadium ver…
Interview
Liam Heagney
01 Apr, 4:25
Wiese try secures Leicester's arm wrestle win over Edinburgh
Jasper Wiese scored the game’s only try on a wet night at Mattioli Woods Welford Road as Leicester Tigers reached the quarter-fi…
PA
31 Mar, 17:27
World Cup winner RG Snyman to start his first match in 32 months
Springboks lock RG Snyman is poised to start his first Munster match since his injury-ruined debut for the club in August 2020.
Liam Heagney
31 Mar, 8:15
England skipper Owen Farrell has shrugged off latest injury scare
Saracens’ optimism regarding last weekend’s injury suffered by England skipper Owen Farrell has paid off as the out-half has r…
Liam Heagney
31 Mar, 7:45
Steve Diamond reveals midweek Edinburgh training ground fight
New Edinburgh consultant Steve Diamond has revealed that a training ground fight has left the Scottish club spoiling for a Heineke…
Liam Heagney
31 Mar, 5:01
Harlequins: The Louis Lynagh return and Evans with England latest
Louis Lynagh is primed for Harlequins selection for the first time since last June after playing his first match in nine months la…
Liam Heagney
30 Mar, 13:14
Exeter explain the reason why Cowan-Dickie recovery is taking its time
Rob Baxter has shared his thoughts on the situation with Luke Cowan-Dickie, the injured Exeter hooker who hopes to play for Englan…
Liam Heagney
30 Mar, 8:19
Leicester change six and prime ex-Wasps back for debut off bench
Richard Wigglesworth has made six changes to his Leicester team for Friday night’s Heineken Champions Cup round-of-16 clash at h…
Liam Heagney
30 Mar, 7:24
The Rob Baxter verdict on the shock Stuart Hogg retirement call
Exeter boss Rob Baxter has given his reaction to Monday’s shock decision by Scotland international Stuart Hogg to retire from ru…
Liam Heagney
30 Mar, 4:59
'Mr Saracens' compliment highlights huge challenge facing Ospreys
Toby Booth believes his Ospreys side will face the best team in England by some distance when they tackle Heineken Champions Cup r…
PA
29 Mar, 12:14
Saracens issue an update on extent of the Owen Farrell injury
Saracens are hopeful that Owen Farrell will be fit for Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup round-of-16 clash with the Ospreys.
PA
29 Mar, 10:41
The English star boshing his way through Europe and 9 other Champions Cup stats
The Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 is set to take place this weekend, featuring the top teams from Europe's elite rugby compet…
Ian Cameron
27 Mar, 7:46
'It was like two buses hitting each other, a full-on car crash'
The gruesome moment when Lawrence Dallaglio and Paul Volley clashed heads and awkwardly played on in a 2004 Heineken Cup quarter-f…
Liam Heagney
14 Feb, 5:01
'It was proper animalistic behaviour, the English were in town'
Tom Voyce has recalled the intimidating cauldron Wasps found themselves in when playing Munster in the famed 2004 Heineken Cup sem…
Liam Heagney
14 Feb, 4:18
Eben Etzebeth one of four Sharks players up for European POTY award
That collective prominence has now been recognised on an individual basis as four Cell C Sharks players - including Eben Etzebeth …
Liam Heagney
01 Feb, 8:06
Exeter revisit 'very powerful emotions' of Saracens' salary scandal
Rob Baxter has revisited how the fallout over the Saracens salary cap saga helped to fuel Exeter to win their 2019/20 Gallagher Pr…
Liam Heagney
30 Jan, 4:49
Seismic defensive shifts are on the horizon with new tackle laws
Rugby defences are going to have to make big changes with the new tackle laws.
FEATURE
Nick Bishop
25 Jan, 9:31
URC chief's verdict on 15 of its 16 teams progressing in Europe
It’s been a pretty eventful eight years since Martin Anayi took over as chief executive of what is now the BKT URC. “It’s ei…
Interview
Liam Heagney
25 Jan, 8:28
EPCR statement: Three bans, dismissed citing, two citing warnings
EPCR have handed out bans worth a total of ten weeks to three red-carded Heineken Champions Cup players - Northampton duo Fraser D…
Liam Heagney
25 Jan, 7:11
Munster 'gutted' by Toulouse defeat ahead of South Africa trip
Munster head coach Graham Rowntree was “gutted” not to have beaten Toulouse as they prepare to travel to face the Sharks.
PA
22 Jan, 22:07
England hooker Jamie George a fresh Six Nations doubt
England face Scotland on February 4.
PA
22 Jan, 16:35
Watch - Final whistle confusion as Edinburgh beat Saracens
Edinburgh had to settle for a Heineken Champions Cup last-16 away tie at Leicester despite beating Saracens 20-14.
PA
22 Jan, 15:34
Philippe Saint-Andre admits he lost it with Montpellier players at halftime
Montpellier coach Philippe Saint-Andre revealed he “screamed” at his team at half-time as he criticised their “apathetic” …
PA
22 Jan, 13:57
Saints fans are all saying the same thing about O'Gara's comments about the club
La Rochelle boss Ronan O'Gara has carved out a reputation for saying exactly what he feels - be it as a pundit or as a coach.
Ian Cameron
22 Jan, 13:43
Nail-biter sees Toulouse condemn Munster to away date
The boot of full-back Melvyn Jaminet steered Toulouse to a narrow victory that earned them a home draw in the Heineken Champions C…
PA
22 Jan, 13:22
Lion's injury woes continues as Dragons bested in moved match
Lions fought off a second-half fightback from Dragons in Caerphilly to hold on to a 30-25 victory in the European Rugby Challenge …
PA
22 Jan, 11:23
Skivington over the moon with shock win over Bordeaux
George Skivington hailed his Gloucester side after they pulled off a famous 26-17 victory over Bordeaux-Begles at Stade Chaban-Del…
PA
22 Jan, 7:15
Harlequins coach Flannery isn't totally happy with cunning Etzebeth try
Harlequins lineout and defence coach Jerry Flannery has reacted to Eben Etzebeth's opportunistic try against Harlequins at the Sto…
Ian Cameron
22 Jan, 6:44
Ulster boss Dan McFarland relishing shot at old foes
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland was thrilled as his side ended their losing run to book a place in the Champions Cup last-16 by be…
Ian Cameron
22 Jan, 5:02
Champions Cup: Stormers fight back to beat Clermont Auvergne
Stormers came from behind to beat Clermont Auvergne 30-16 in the Heineken Champions Cup and secure a place in the last 16.
PA
21 Jan, 16:34
'The players leaving don't owe the club anything'
Exeter forwards coach Rob Hunter underlined the importance of home advantage after the Chiefs secured a Heineken Champions Cup las…
PA
21 Jan, 16:29
Leinster dig themselves 'out of a hole' against Racing 92 to remain undefeated
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen admitted that his side managed to dig themselves “out of a hole”.
PA
21 Jan, 16:14
'So smart': Eben Etzebeth's quick thinking stuns Harlequins with crafty runaway try
Etzebeth's quick thinking highlighted the dangers of caterpillar rucking if officials are going to enforce the binding rules prope…
Kim Ekin
21 Jan, 15:47
Frustrated Finn Russell explains Racing's Champions Cup elimination
Finn Russell has shed light on how frustrated and disappointed Racing are following their pool stage elimination from the Heineken…
Liam Heagney
21 Jan, 13:51
Gloucester make knockout stages with sensational win over Bordeaux
Two tries from George McGuigan proved vital as Gloucester moved into the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup with a sens…
PA
21 Jan, 13:01
Big-spending Racing bomb out after late Leinster flourish in Dublin
A penny for the thoughts of Jacky Lorenzetti, the billionaire owner of Racing who saw his club eliminated from the Heineken Champi…
Liam Heagney
21 Jan, 12:23
Watch - Finn Russell conjures moment of magic in Dublin
Despite a Heineken Champions Cup defeat at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Racing 92 flyhalf Finn Russell has sent a warning shot to …
Ian Cameron
21 Jan, 12:18
Marcus Smith 'on verge of being world class'
Harlequins boss Tabai Matson believes Marcus Smith is on the brink of becoming a world-class fly-half after watching him orchestra…
PA
21 Jan, 11:47
Challenge Cup match moved due to 'unsafe state of playing surface'
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) confirmed that it has been decided to move the venue of the Challenge Cup, Round four fixt…
Rugby365
21 Jan, 11:25
Harlequins end recent victory drought to make the knockout stages
Harlequins took advantage of crisp conditions to end their victory drought with a 39-29 win against the Sharks that propels them i…
PA
21 Jan, 10:22
Watch - Genge and Radradra link up for SBW-style Bristol try
Despite having five match points deducted earlier in the week - Bristol Bears' Ellis Genge and Semi Radradra were at the heart of …
Ian Cameron
21 Jan, 7:05
'Stuart's vital but it's very unfair to elevate one over the other'
It’s been quite the seven-year marriage, ex-England boss Stuart Lancaster popping across the Irish Sea to pair up with Leo Culle…
Interview
Liam Heagney
21 Jan, 4:20
Toby Booth 'delighted' after 'stressful' Leicester match goes down to the wire
Ospreys head coach Toby Booth admitted Friday night’s last-gasp 27-26 Champions Cup win over Leicester was more dramatic than la…
PA
21 Jan, 1:32
90 minute battle sees Ospreys claim dramatic Champions Cup win over Leicester
Owen Williams knocked over a conversion with 92 minutes showing on the clock to give Ospreys a remarkable Heineken Champions Cup v…
PA
20 Jan, 17:37
Lyon end Heineken Cup slide with emphatic win over Bulls
Lyon brought an emphatic end to their Heineken Champions Cup drought by crushing the Bulls 31-7 at Matmut Stadium de Gerland.
PA
20 Jan, 17:14
O'Driscoll's tackle school verdict and what he makes of Owen Farrell
Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll has given his verdict on the tackle school that enables red-carded or cited offenders to get a m…
Interview
Liam Heagney
19 Jan, 11:37
'There was a mob of supporters waiting to beat Chris Ashton up'
Sale boss Alex Sanderson has this week recalled the trouble Chris Ashton encountered on his 2014 visit to Belfast with Saracens to…
Liam Heagney
19 Jan, 9:36
EPCR statement: Bans for five players, including Springbok Mapimpi
Tournament organisers EPCR have confirmed that five players have copped a total suspension of 13 weeks for red cards and a citing …
Liam Heagney
19 Jan, 7:14
'That's bananas': Irish legend gobsmacked by Stormers' travel plan
Brian O’Driscoll couldn’t quite believe what he was hearing last Sunday when listening in from the BT Sport studio to what mat…
Interview
Liam Heagney
18 Jan, 12:35
Call for a designated away fan area has whipped up fans on Twitter
Harlequins’ Will Evans has called for the introduction of designated away fan areas at rugby stadiums to help improve the atmosp…
Liam Heagney
18 Jan, 8:45
Springbok fans worried for Makazole Mapimpi over outbursts of 'weird energy'
Sharks winger Makazole Mapimpi's behaviour has come under the spotlight after South African fans grow concerned.
Kim Ekin
17 Jan, 22:12
Citing complaint received relating to Bok winger Mapimpi
Sharks winger Makazole Mapimpi has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eye area of the player during the weekend matc…
Ian Cameron
16 Jan, 15:08
Bath's Challenge Cup round of 16 hopes take another blow
Bath suffered a third successive European Challenge Cup defeat as Toulon triumphed 35-23 in their rearranged game at Kingsholm.
PA
16 Jan, 4:24
Harlequins and Racing 92 face 'uphill battle' for Champions Cup progress
Harlequins and Racing 92 will both go into the final round of pool games in the Heineken Champions Cup hoping to scrape into the k…
PA
15 Jan, 16:46
Harlequins suffer dramatic defeat to 12-man Racing 92
Harlequins had victory snatched away from them in dramatic style even though they were playing against 12 Racing 92 players at the…
PA
15 Jan, 14:07
'Trial by TV' - Declan Kidney questions pundits role in wake of red card mayhem
London Irish boss Declan Kidney is concerned by the impact “trial by TV” is having on the game after two of his players were s…
PA
15 Jan, 12:00
Edinburgh seal double over Castres with bonus-point win in France
Edinburgh did the double over French side Castres with an impressive 34-21 win away from home to leave them on...
PA
15 Jan, 11:29
Two red cards sink London Irish against Stormers
London Irish’s feint hopes of progressing in the Heineken Champions Cup vanished due to a pair of red cards as Stormers ran out …
PA
15 Jan, 10:03
'I think it should have been a penalty try'
Ulster head coach Dan McFarlane was proud of his side’s efforts in their “heartbreaking” defeat to La Rochelle but felt they…
PA
15 Jan, 8:03
'I'm too old'- Referee Raynal's impromptu exit midway through match
The combination of playing at altitude and the stiflingly hot summer weather in Pretoria was widely tipped to be a deciding factor…
Kim Ekin
15 Jan, 6:51
'We are in the entertainment business, that game certainly provided it'
.Ospreys head coach Toby Booth described his side’s clash against Montpellier as a “magnificent spectacle” after a 35-29 win…
PA
15 Jan, 4:47
The four word tweet from England hooker Cowan-Dickie that has blown up
Departing Exeter Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie has taken to Twitter to share his thoughts with a four word tweet that has sparke…
Kim Ekin
14 Jan, 23:26
Ospreys boost Heineken Champions Cup bid with thrilling win over Montpellier
Cai Evans proved decisive as Ospreys took a huge step towards qualifying for the knock-out stages of the Heineken Champions Cup.
PA
14 Jan, 17:33
Elliot Daly hat-trick helps Saracens beat Lyon and progress in Champions Cup
Elliot Daly’s sublime first-half hat-trick sealed Saracens’ qualification to the last 16 of the Heineken Champions Cup.
PA
14 Jan, 17:29
Exeter to take closer look at Henry Slade's red card in defeat to Bulls
Head coach Ali Hepher confirmed Exeter would look at captain Henry Slade’s red card.
PA
14 Jan, 16:23
Bulls too good on night where Slade red card is main talking point
Exeter captain Henry Slade could miss the start of the Six Nations after he was sent off in a 39-28 Heineken Champions Cup defeat …
PA
14 Jan, 15:49
Clock-in-red try breaks Ulster hearts at weather-hit La Rochelle
Ulster suffered Heineken Champions Cup heartbreak after a last-minute La Rochelle try gave the holders a 7-3 victory at Stade Marc…
PA
14 Jan, 15:37
Sale issue 'victims of our own demise' verdict on loss to Toulouse
Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson regrets that his side were far from their best in their 27-5 Heineken Champions Cup d…
PA
14 Jan, 15:15
Four Bordeaux yellow cards help the Sharks to win with ease
Jaden Hendrikse and Marnus Potgieter each scored a pair of tries as the Sharks booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup ro…
PA
14 Jan, 13:17
'Wasn't complete horror show': Gloucester verdict on 35-point loss
Gloucester head coach George Skivington readily acknowledged Leinster’s quality and status at the top end of European rugby afte…
PA
14 Jan, 12:51
'Dumb tackle choice': RFU chief's blunt verdict on Munster red card
The clampdown on shoulder-to-head tackles in the Heineken Champions Cup continued on Saturday with Jack O’Donoghue of Munster re…
Liam Heagney
14 Jan, 11:36
Seven-try Leinster hammer Gloucester for second time in four weeks
Leinster cruised into the Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 after sweeping aside Gloucester 49-14 at Kingsholm. The four-time Eur…
PA
14 Jan, 10:50
Watch: 'A serious act of foul play here, we are on a red card'
Saturday’s massive Heineken Champions Cup battle in Manchester between Sale and Toulouse was marred by an early red card after S…
Liam Heagney
14 Jan, 8:59
'Far from perfect but what was perfect was our desire'
Leicester head coach Richard Wigglesworth hailed his side’s desire and fighting spirit after they became the first team to quali…
PA
13 Jan, 23:06
Try-fest sees Leicester guarantee a place in Europe's last 16
Richard Wigglesworth tasted European success for the first time as the Leicester head coach as his side defeated Clermont Auvergne…
PA
13 Jan, 19:30
Fit-again Smith named for Six Nations dress rehearsal versus Russell
England out-half Marcus Smith is set to play his first rugby in seven weeks after being chosen to start for Harlequins this Sunday…
Liam Heagney
13 Jan, 7:58
How a Joe Worsley chat has Sale braced for their Toulouse rematch
Sale boss Alex Sanderson has explained how a chat with Joe Worsley, his fellow ex-England international back-rower, has helped to …
Liam Heagney
12 Jan, 11:15
Pollard one of five changes as Leicester look to cure away day blues
Richard Wigglesworth has made five changes to his starting XV, including a recall for Springboks World Cup winner Handre Pollard, …
Liam Heagney
12 Jan, 7:53
'That's what rugby should be about and I'm a big believer in that'
Rob Baxter has defended his decision to bring as strong an Exeter squad as possible to South Africa for this weekend’s Heineken …
Interview
Liam Heagney
11 Jan, 4:35
EPCR to make history with all women refereeing team
The EPCR will make history when an all-women team of match officials take charge of the Challenge Cup fixture between the Scarlets…
Kim Ekin
05 Jan, 8:10
Thomas Ramos cops concurrent bans for striking and eye contact
France full-back Thomas Ramos will be available for the start of the Six Nations after a disciplinary hearing committee decided th…
Liam Heagney
21 Dec, 15:06
Send South Africa back to Super Rugby to end Champions Cup woes
The Champions Cup has seemingly inherited the problems that plagued Super Rugby in its latter years.
Opinion
Tom Vinicombe
21 Dec, 6:58
'Grenoble away was the most violent game I have ever played in'
Former Scotland prop Mattie Stewart has named a November 1999 Heineken Cup defeat with Northampton away to Grenoble as the most vi…
Liam Heagney
20 Dec, 12:20
Saracens duo Clarey and Lozowski both banned after battle of Lyon
Saracens have paid a disciplinary hearing price for last Saturday’s battling Heineken Champions Cup win in Lyon as the red-carde…
Liam Heagney
20 Dec, 6:23
French star facing year-long suspension after being cited for 'suspicous' contact
Toulouse and France international fullback Thomas Romas is facing a serious stint on the sidelines after being cited by the EPCR f…
Sam Smith
19 Dec, 20:34
Finn Russell breaks silence on Bath deal
Racing’s Scotland fly-half Finn Russell has addressed widespread reports that a deal has been struck.
PA
19 Dec, 5:18
'Such a score is not acceptable for a team that has ambitions'
Sale boss Alex Sanderson insists he cannot wait to face Toulouse at home after his team’s one-sided 45-19 defeat in the Heineken…
PA
19 Dec, 3:35
'Awful competition' - Joe Marler baits fans with cryptic tweet
A cryptic tweet from England prop Joe Marler has left rugby fans scratching their collective heads.
Ian Cameron
18 Dec, 13:28
Dowson reacts to Saints loss and confirms Courtney Lawes 'annoyed'
Northampton director of rugby Phil Dowson bemoaned his side’s inability to take their chances after a 17-6 defeat to Munster vir…
PA
18 Dec, 11:52
Challenge Cup: Pat Lam's Bristol ease past Zebre
Bristol ran in five tries as they recorded a comfortable 35-19 European Challenge Cup victory over Zebre.
PA
18 Dec, 11:39
Toulouse make light Champions Cup work of Sale
Sale suffered a one-sided 45-19 defeat to Toulouse as one of the powerhouses of Heineken Champions Cup rugby racked up a bonus-poi…
PA
18 Dec, 10:55
The La Rochelle 'fans' at the behind closed doors game explained
Ulster have explained why there appeared to be a section of La Rochelle fans in attendance at the behind-closed-doors Champions Cu…
Ian Cameron
18 Dec, 6:20
Ospreys pull off stunning win over Montpellier to end Champions Cup losing run
Ospreys stunned Top 14 champions Montpellier 21-10 to claim their first win in the Heineken Champions Cup in 13 matches.
PA
17 Dec, 17:57
Dan Biggar's Toulon brush aside Bath, mixed results for Welsh regions
Dan Biggar impressed for Toulon as they handed Bath a heavy defeat in the European Challenge Cup.
PA
17 Dec, 16:57
Stormers claim first Champions Cup win
London Irish suffered a second defeat in two Heineken Champions Cup Pool B matches as they were beaten 34-14 by the Stormers at DH…
PA
17 Dec, 15:28
Confusion as banned Ronan O'Gara spotted in Aviva
Some rugby fans were confused after banned La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara was spotted in the stands in an empty Aviva Stadium…
Ian Cameron
17 Dec, 13:44
Scotland star saves the day for 14-man Saracens in Lyon
A length-of-the-pitch try finished by Scotland wing Sean Maitland handed Saracens a 28-20 Champions Cup victory over Lyon in Franc…
PA
17 Dec, 12:45
Watch - Owen Farrell scuffles with Lyon players after questionable tackle
England flyhalf Owen Farrell was at the centre of a skirmish between Saracens and Lyon players after he was the recipient of a que…
Ian Cameron
17 Dec, 12:32
Edinburgh made to work hard for Champions Cup win by Castres
Edinburgh added a five-point Heineken Champions Cup win to the losing bonus they earned at Saracens last Sunday, but they had to f…
PA
17 Dec, 10:36
Watch - Werner Kok carded for wild WWE style 'suplex'
Sharks winger Werner Kok was yellow-carded for a WWE-style 'suplex' against Bordeaux Begles in the second round of the Heineken Ch…
Ian Cameron
17 Dec, 6:40
'Frustrated doesn't even come close to covering how I feel'
Ulster's CEO has said he feels frustrated after the Irish province were forced to move their Heineken Champions Cup fixture agains…
Ian Cameron
17 Dec, 6:01
George Skivington's positive spin on Gloucester's 57-0 loss to Leinster
Gloucester head coach George Skivington was proud of the “fighting spirit” his young team showed in a 57-0 defeat to Leinster.…
PA
17 Dec, 3:59
'I don't speak to anyone at Saracens… they didn't make the effort'
The rugby life can be amazingly rewarding and unexpected. Take Joel Kpoku.
Interview
Liam Heagney
17 Dec, 3:19
Glasgow show resilience to claim victory over Perpignan in Challenge Cup
Another Laborde kick reduced the deficit but Sebastian Cancelliere, a minute from the end, safeguarded the result and secured a bo…
PA
16 Dec, 18:14
Sharks edge Bordeaux to claim second victory in Champions Cup
Werner Kok scored a crucial try as Sharks continued their winning start to life in the Heineken Champions Cup with a 19-16 victory…
PA
16 Dec, 17:50
James Lowe hits milestone as Leinster out-class Gloucester in Champions Cup
Lowe, who hit the half-century on just his 68th appearance, and Ronan Kelleher both bagged braces as Leo Cullen’s men made it ba…
PA
16 Dec, 17:38
People should be careful what they wish for - Andy Goode
People have very short memories when it comes to all the complaints about the format of the Heineken Champions Cup this week and w…
Opinion
Andy Goode
16 Dec, 10:00
England wing Anthony Watson in the 'top one per cent'
Anthony Watson’s latest remarkable return from serious injury has seen Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick rate the Engl…
Chris Jones
16 Dec, 9:37
Saracens performance has set the bar for Edinburgh
Mike Blair has called on Edinburgh to “maintain the standards” they set in last weekend’s spirited defeat by Saracens when t…
PA
16 Dec, 9:23
Glasgow explain 'less-than-ideal' decision to move Perpignan game
Glasgow managing director Al Kellock has explained the reasoning behind the “less-than-ideal” decision to move Friday’s Chal…
PA
15 Dec, 12:16
Andrew Warwick banned for shot that floored Manu Tuilagi
Ulster Rugby player Andrew Warwick has been suspended for a tackle on Sale Shark's Manu Tuilagi.
Ian Cameron
15 Dec, 10:00
Sexton on the bench as Leinster make 4 changes for Gloucester
Head coach Leo Cullen has made four changes to the Leinster starting team for the visit of Gloucester to the RDS this weekend in t…
Ian Cameron
15 Dec, 8:26
Pau coach cops massive ban after 'hand shake' defence fails
Section Paloise head coach Sébastien Piqueronies has been suspended following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in the wake of …
Ian Cameron
15 Dec, 6:38
O'Driscoll: The real test for South African sides in Europe
Facing Leinster at the RDS Arena in the Heineken Champions Cup is possibly the greatest challenge club rugby has to offer currentl…
Interview
Josh Raisey
15 Dec, 3:40
'I would be amazed if any South African side will have the firepower to beat those teams'
Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White dropped a bombshell on Tuesday by stating that the odds are ‘stacked’ against a South Afric…
Jan De Koning
14 Dec, 21:01
Ulster battling to save pitch ahead of La Rochelle visit
Ulster have stressed that they are "continuing to take every possible step" to ensure that their Heineken Champions Cup match with…
Josh Raisey
14 Dec, 11:58
Agustin Creevy banned until the new year
London Irish will be without hooker Agustin Creevy for their trip to South Africa this weekend after he was handed a four week ban…
Josh Raisey
14 Dec, 5:33
Andy Warwick cited after controversial Manu Tuilagi tackle
Ulster prop Andy Warwick has been cited following his tackle on Sale Sharks' Manu Tuilagi on Sunday which forced the centre to lea…
Josh Raisey
13 Dec, 5:27
What Exeter can expect from Jake White's Bulls selection
The Bulls head off to England on Tuesday for the next assignment on their European Cup journey, where they will face former champi…
Jan De Koning
12 Dec, 9:42
The 'bossed' impression a 14-year-old Owen Farrell made at Saracens
Owen Farrell has carved a reputation for himself in rugby as one of the sport’s most influential figures, but this wasn’t some…
Liam Heagney
12 Dec, 6:00
Scarlets end losing run with impressive win over Bayonne
The Scarlets made a confidence-boosting start to the European Challenge Cup as they powered to a 39-7 victory over Bayonne.
PA
11 Dec, 13:27
'I have never won at the Rec... it's a special moment'
Glasgow lock Lewis Bean felt their stunning win at Bath was evidence of head Franco Smith’s plans coming together.
PA
11 Dec, 9:18
48 hours in France: Leinster, Christian Wade and Racing by the sea
The One To Win is the glitzy sound bite accompanying the 28th edition of the Heineken Champions Cup, but is that an excessively sc…
Interview
Liam Heagney
11 Dec, 5:55
George Skivington on facing 'pretty unbelievable' Leinster
George Skivington believes that Gloucester will be facing the tournament favourites when they continue their Heineken Champions Cu…
PA
11 Dec, 2:53
Stuart Hogg admits Exeter 'got a bit of a bollocking at half-time'
Stuart Hogg described Exeter’s 27-12 Heineken Champions Cup win in Castres as one of the “special nights”.
PA
10 Dec, 18:48
Exeter earn bonus-point win in France to kick off Champions Cup campaign
Exeter began their Heineken Champions Cup campaign by running in four tries in a 27-12 win at last season’s Top 14 runners-up Ca…
PA
10 Dec, 17:42
Clermont hit back to deny Stormers debut win
Clermont roared back in the second half to open their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a 24-14 victory over the Stormers in Fr…
PA
10 Dec, 12:57
New entrant Cheetahs shock Pau in France
The Cheetahs made a huge statement when they started their Challenge Cup campaign with a 21-16 win over Section Paloise in France.…
Rugby365
10 Dec, 11:52
Leinster overcome travel nightmare to make stunning European statement
Leinster endured a torturous 14-hour journey to Le Havre but it didn’t stop the four-time Heineken Champions Cup winners getting…
PA
10 Dec, 10:50
Dragons roar in SA: Welsh strugglers draw with Lions
The Lions and the Dragons played out a thrilling 31-31 draw in a Challenge Cup opener in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Rugby365
10 Dec, 10:43
Sharks bite down on European debut as Harlequins fightback falls short
Harlequins opened their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a 39-31 defeat by Sharks in a thrilling encounter on their first trip…
PA
10 Dec, 10:30
Watch: 'Everyone will have their own opinion' - Agustin Creevy red card
London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney accepted that the dismissal of hooker Agustin Creevy was the turning point as his sid…
PA
10 Dec, 4:40
Early onslaught delivers Challenge Cup victory for Bristol in Perpignan
When 19-year-old Joe Jenkins crossed on his European debut after gathering a Harding kick out wide, Bristol looked set for a comfo…
PA
09 Dec, 18:02
George Bridge and Montpellier off to winning start in Champions Cup
Irish looked firmly in control when they led 24-6 in the 34th minute, but the Argentinian’s red card turned the game.
PA
09 Dec, 17:39
Graham-less Edinburgh welcome back Puma star for Saracens clash
Argentina full-back Emiliano Boffelli returns to the Edinburgh team for Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup opener against Saracens …
PA
09 Dec, 10:09
Courtney Lawes to make first appearance in over 2 months
Northampton Saints have named Courtney Lawes on the bench as they take on European champions La Rochelle this weekend in a Heineke…
Ian Cameron
09 Dec, 9:51
Jake White radically overhauls his Bulls side for European bow
Bulls director of rugby Jake White has revealed a new-look team for their Champions Cup opener against Lyon in Pretoria on Saturda…
Rugby365
09 Dec, 7:38
What Jake White has been telling his players about the Champions Cup
Vodacom Bulls boss Jake White has been giving his players a crash course in the Heineken Champions Cup as his BKT United Rugby Cha…
RugbyPass
09 Dec, 5:15
Dupont slams South African inclusion in European Cup
Antoine Dupont has hit out at South African side being included in this year's Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
Ian Cameron
09 Dec, 5:00
Wes Goosen desperate to test himself against Saracens
Edinburgh back Wes Goosen is desperate for the “dream” opportunity to test himself against Saracens.
PA
08 Dec, 8:38
'I sit on the couch as a fan, I'm very patriotic about Australia'
Aged just 33, Rob Simmons is still thought of as a potential Australia call-up - a recent shortage of available locks even ignited…
Interview
Liam Heagney
04 Dec, 4:00
EPCR chief McKay delivers his latest Club Rugby World Cup update
European rugby chiefs have admitted that attempts to set up a Club Rugby World Cup remain ongoing with no deadline set for the con…
PA
30 Nov, 11:42
'Richard Cockerill, in a game of touch, punched me in the face'
Austin Healey had recalled getting punched by Richard Cockerill at his first-ever Leicester training session, a distinctive style …
Liam Heagney
15 Nov, 4:45
Challenge Cup adjusts to compensate for English clubs demise
The Challenge Cup has been forced to readjust its fixture list to compensate for the collapse of Wasps and Worcester.
Ian Cameron
03 Nov, 6:11
Ex-European Cup winner 'so tired fighting' on Atlantic solo row
Former Heineken Cup winner Damian Browne has just over 100 nautical miles to cover after nearly 15 weeks rowing the Atlantic, most…
Liam Heagney
29 Sep, 9:44
17-page case study published on how 'crisis' Munster beat Wasps
Former Wasps assistant coach Ian Costello has published a compelling 17-page case study on Linkedin examining how crisis-hit Munst…
Liam Heagney
18 Aug, 8:02
When 'riot police came and pepper sprayed everybody' at Leicester
The infamous occasion when Leicester lost the 2007 Heineken European Cup final to Wasps at Twickenham and the riot police turned u…
Liam Heagney
10 Aug, 11:53
The truth behind the new Club World Cup
Mark McCafferty, the former chief executive of Premiership Rugby, believes agreement for a new Club World Cup could be signed in O…
Exclusive
Chris Jones
23 Jul, 7:52
The RFU's take on bold new 'Club World Cup' plan
Plans for a revolutionary ‘Club World Cup’ could encourage a Ryder Cup-esque rivalry between sides from the northern and south…
PA
21 Jul, 11:25
'It is very early' - English clubs yet to agree on Club World Cup
European rugby chiefs are driving plans to create a Club World Cup to be played every four years involving eight teams from the No…
Chris Jones
21 Jul, 7:46
EPCR statement: Champions Cup fixtures confirmed for 2022/23 season
Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle will kick off their Heineken Champions Cup title defence in December at home to another European ti…
Liam Heagney
21 Jul, 6:45
Mike Blair reacts to Edinburgh's heavyweight Champions Cup draw
Mike Blair is relishing more “memorable” occasions in Europe after Edinburgh were drawn alongside English Premiership side Sar…
PA
28 Jun, 15:15
Champions Cup winners La Rochelle drawn with Premiership and URC semi-finalists
Reigning Heineken Champions Cup winners La Rochelle are set to face Gallagher Premiership semi-finalists Northampton Saints and Un…
Josh Raisey
28 Jun, 9:12
French offer lukewarm response to South Africa's inclusion in the Champions Cup
There is disquiet in France about the inclusion of South African sides in the Champions Cup with some feeling it has been foisted …
FEATURE
Gavin Mortimer
14 Jun, 7:16
'I remain furious with the organisers': Toulouse hit out at EPCR
Toulouse took part last month in their fourth successive Heineken Champions Cup semi-final, but the French giants remain furious w…
Liam Heagney
09 Jun, 6:09
The root cause of English disapproval with South Africa's Champions Cup entry
One of the major drawbacks to being a South African living in the UK is putting up with people’s interpretations of your accent.
Opinion
Daniel Gallan
07 Jun, 3:59
'I was so not shocked. Shocked is not the right word'
Dillyn Leyds can’t quite believe that La Rochelle had to call a stop in midweek to the incredible celebrations ignited by last w…
Interview
Liam Heagney
05 Jun, 5:23
Stuff the traditionalists, SA inclusion in Europe has no downside - Andy Goode
The addition of the South African sides to Europe’s premier club competitions has made a few waves this week but it is undoubted…
Opinion
Andy Goode
03 Jun, 9:45
EPCR statement: Cheetahs included as 5 SA clubs get European entry
Five South African teams - including the Cheetahs - will participate in next season’s European tournaments after organisers EPCR…
Liam Heagney
02 Jun, 3:59
'Time's right to move back home': O'Brien becomes a Leinster coach
Recently retired Sean O’Brien has finally made up his mind and confirmed his next move will be joining Leinster as their new con…
Liam Heagney
01 Jun, 8:26
'We're sorry to lose him': Leamy quits Leinster for Munster
Leinster have confirmed the departure of Denis Leamy, their contact skills coach, who is joining his native province Munster. He i…
Kim Ekin
01 Jun, 6:54
'I'm changing my tune on refs, I got offered a gig to become TMO'
Ex-England international Andy Goode has claimed that referees should be centrally contracted by World Rugby after he socialised wi…
Liam Heagney
01 Jun, 4:13
Josh van der Flier wins European player of the year
Josh van der Flier rounded off an outstanding European season by being named EPCR European Player of the Year 2022.
Kim Ekin
29 May, 10:58
Incredible scenes at La Rochelle port after Champions Cup win
Ronan O'Gara was not lying when he said "it will be carnage in the port of La Rochelle for the next few days" after his side lifte…
Josh Raisey
29 May, 6:32
'It will be carnage in the port of La Rochelle the next few days'
Ronan O’Gara was delighted to lift the trophy as he became only the third person to win the Heineken Champions Cup as a player a…
PA
28 May, 15:40
Massive underdogs La Rochelle snatch European victory at the death
Ronan O’Gara conjured up a coaching masterclass to inspire La Rochelle to a last-gasp 24-21 Heineken Champions Cup final victory…
PA
28 May, 15:24
Leinster player ratings vs La Rochelle | Champions Cup final
Leinster player ratings: A nail-biting Heineken Champions Cup final that went down to the wire in Marseille was dramatically tippe…
Opinion
Liam Heagney
28 May, 14:57
The 'throwing blind' KBA warning O'Driscoll has about La Rochelle
Brian O’Driscoll has given his take on KBA - Keep Ball Alive - and how it will influence La Rochelle versus Leinster on Saturday…
Liam Heagney
28 May, 5:43
It's Furlong in, Vito out as Leinster and La Rochelle name teams
Leinster have named an entirely unchanged matchday 23 for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final in Marseille after recent knoc…
Liam Heagney
27 May, 7:17
'I played rugby a year ago, I couldn't walk for three weeks after'
Nathan Hines will be glued to the TV this Saturday in Manchester, watching from afar as his old club Leinster goes in search of it…
Interview
Liam Heagney
27 May, 5:22
O'Driscoll's 'generous bookies' Champions Cup final prediction
Brian O’Driscoll has made his prediction for this Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final featuring his old club Leinster in a…
Interview
Liam Heagney
26 May, 11:56
'That's where he excels': Why Gibson-Park is no longer just a sub
It’s weird how regular replacement Jamison Gibson-Park has suddenly become one of the most influential players in the Leinster t…
Liam Heagney
26 May, 4:12
How 'unique nanoseconds combination' has transformed Johnny Sexton
Brian O’Driscoll has hailed the “unique” way that veteran Johnny Sexton is currently playing the game and making himself ind…
Liam Heagney
25 May, 12:35
Will the Premiership go to war with the URC?
FEATURE
Nick Bishop
25 May, 7:26
The O'Gara verdict: Even 'touchline bickering' impresses O'Driscoll
Leinster boss Leo Cullen had better watch out in Marseille on Saturday as the legendary Brian O’Driscoll has warned that the Ron…
Liam Heagney
24 May, 13:05
The current Leinster player O'Driscoll would most like to play with
Brian O’Driscoll has named the current Leinster player he would most have loved to have played with during his own career. The L…
Liam Heagney
24 May, 6:11
Victor Vito in 'massive race against time' to be fit to face Leinster
La Rochelle boss Ronan O’Gara has admitted captain Victor Vito is in a “massive race against time” to face Leinster in Satur…
Chris Jones
23 May, 20:01
Why O'Driscoll prefers 'worthy' O'Brien to the 'X-factor' Larmour
Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll believes Leo Cullen will stick with Jimmy O’Brien to start on the wing in this Saturday’s H…
Liam Heagney
23 May, 12:30
Two key Leinster players face race against time for Marseille
Two of Leinster biggest names are being 'continually assessed' ahead of the province's Heineken Champions Cup final this weekend a…
Ian Cameron
23 May, 9:34
The Leinster pair bidding to become most decorated in European history
Leinster are seeking their add a fifth Heineken Champions Cup star and to join Stade Toulousain as the most successful club in the…
Kim Ekin
23 May, 7:08
Caelan Doris on how Leinster are meeting physical force with smarts
Just a few days after their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final win over Toulouse, Caelan Doris was shedding light on the level of L…
Interview
Liam Heagney
22 May, 5:00
Ospreys strengthen Champions Cup prospects despite Bulls defeat
The Ospreys moved a step closer to Heineken Champions Cup qualification despite suffering a defeat to the Bulls in Swansea.
PA
20 May, 17:35
EPCR statement: 2023 European finals moved from London to Dublin
Next year’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals won’t be taking place at the Tottenham Stadium in London as origin…
Liam Heagney
19 May, 5:16
England scrumhalf reveals image of leg after latest '4G' game
England international Dan Robson has posted images of the damage done to his legs after his most recent game on a '4G' pitch.
Ian Cameron
16 May, 7:04
'The thing that is taking up most of my headspace at the minute'
Leinster have booked themselves the chance to win a fifth Heineken Champions Cup title by progressing to the May 28 final versus L…
Liam Heagney
16 May, 4:17
'There will be speculation now if he could play 12 for Ireland'
Leinster skipper Johnny Sexton has quipped that a jaw-dropping pass from Tadgh Furlong will ignite speculation that the popular pr…
Liam Heagney
16 May, 4:15
O'Gara's La Rochelle book Champions Cup final return with ugly win
Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle set up a showdown with Leinster after they secured an ugly win over Racing 92 in their Heineken Champio…
PA
15 May, 13:26
Owen Farrell's reaction as Saracens crash out of Europe
Owen Farrell was frustrated with the performance of his Saracens side after they were dumped out of the European Challenge Cup by …
PA
15 May, 5:29
Saracens dumped out of Europe by Toulon
English representation in this season’s European Challenge Cup came to an end after Saracens were beaten 25-16 by Toulon.
PA
14 May, 17:22
Watch: Toulon fans jeer Owen Farrell during Challenge Cup semi-final
Toulon supporters clearly have a different interpretation of 'respecting the kicker' judging by their reaction to Owen Farrell at …
Ian Cameron
14 May, 16:50
Leinster issue injured trio update, including 'hobbling' Furlong
Leinster were left nursing some wounds in the aftermath of defeating Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals, but coach…
Liam Heagney
14 May, 14:41
The 'pinch of salt' Sexton reaction to Leinster beating Toulouse
Player of the game Johnny Sexton wasn’t shouting in celebration from the Aviva Stadium rooftops after Leinster had blasted past …
Liam Heagney
14 May, 14:05
Former All Black admits Leinster at 'international level'
Former All Black back row Jerome Kaino admits that Leinster are at 'international level' and that any side in the world would stru…
Ian Cameron
14 May, 13:46
Leinster player ratings vs Toulouse | Champions Cup semi-final
Leinster player ratings live from Aviva Stadium: This blockbuster encounter between the Heineken Champions Cup’s two most honour…
Liam Heagney
14 May, 12:40
Leinster prove too much for reigning champs Toulouse
Leinster reached their first Heineken Champions Cup final in three years after dethroning Toulouse in a sure-footed 40-17 win at t…
PA
14 May, 12:35
Six Nations sensation Capuozzo on why he signed for Toulouse
Italy's Guinness Six Nations sensation Ange Capuozzo has explained why he has chosen to sign for Toulouse, a move confirmed this w…
Ian Cameron
14 May, 9:52
Wales star's move to English giants branded 'couragous' by Mark McCall
The ex-Wales international has played a key part in Sarries’ domestic and European title bids.
PA
13 May, 8:47
'They have a sixth sense, an instinct to find each other' - Garry Ringrose
The Irish province are aiming to match Toulouse’s record of five European titles.
PA
13 May, 8:32
The 'frightening to see' praise for 'in his prime' Peter O'Mahony
Last Saturday’s defiant performance by Peter O’Mahony for Munster has earned him effusive praise from ex-Scotland internationa…
Liam Heagney
12 May, 4:03
Danny Care is in awe of a 'best in Europe' aspect of Leinster play
Ex-England scrum-half Danny Care was left in awe by the silver service provided last Saturday by Leinster to their No9, Jamison Gi…
Liam Heagney
11 May, 10:24
Finn Russell: Tuilagi 'decoy' quip and giving Curry 'a bit of lip'
Scotland out-half Finn Russell has spoken about his encounter last Sunday in Paris with England duo Manu Tuilagi and Tom Curry in …
Liam Heagney
11 May, 9:48
The Road To Perdition
While the first European penalty shoot out in 13 years played out to engrossed fans, many were left wondering if there's not a bet…
FEATURE
Graham Simmons
11 May, 8:59
'My bad': Ashton apologises to Lowe 18 months after 'heavy' comment
Ex-England winger Chris Ashton has revealed that he apologised to James Lowe after last Saturday’s Leicester versus Leinster Eur…
Liam Heagney
11 May, 5:19
Two-leg round of 16 Champions Cup format ditched after one season
Heineken Champions Cup officials have confirmed that the two-legged round of 16 aggregate format that was used last month for the …
Liam Heagney
10 May, 6:35
Sale boss blames salary cap for English clubs European exit
Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson insists the drop in the Premiership salary cap makes it difficult for English clubs to compe…
PA
08 May, 16:51
Watch: Finn Russell and Teddy Thomas footskills result in 2 breathtaking tries
Two outrageous kicks from Teddy Thomas and Finn Russell helped Racing 92 beat Sale Sharks in the quarter finals of the Heineken Ch…
Stefan Frost
08 May, 12:57
Watch: Teenage star Henry Arundell scores stunning try in defeat to Toulon
London Irish suffered a 19-18 European Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat at Toulon despite a breathtaking late length-of-the-fiel…
PA
08 May, 10:11
'For a club the size of Wasps... We wouldn't be human if we didn't think about it'
Lee Blackett is desperate to end Wasps’ 15-year trophy drought after they reached the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup.
PA
08 May, 5:40
'Ten years ago I was living in New York and working in a bar'
Long-serving Sale out-half AJ MacGinty believes his time working in a noisy New York bar ten years ago will serve him well when he…
Interview
Liam Heagney
08 May, 4:44
'What stuck out was some of the messages were pretty disgusting'
Simon McIntyre couldn’t help himself a year ago when Sale boss Alex Sanderson wanted a chat. He was a wide-eyed 20-year-old when…
Interview
Liam Heagney
08 May, 4:14
'The yellow card hurt us': Wilson pinpoints where Glasgow let lead slip in Europe exit
Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson bemoaned his sides lack of discipline as they were knocked out of the European Challenge Cup by Ly…
PA
07 May, 22:32
Glasgow knocked out of the European Challenge Cup by Lyon
Glasgow bowed out of the European Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage after they were beaten 35-27 by Lyon in France.
PA
07 May, 19:49
Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle beat Montpellier to reach Champions Cup semis
La Rochelle booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals with a 31-19 win over Montpellier at the Stade Marcel Def…
PA
07 May, 15:21
Watch: Munster and Toulouse's epic penalty shootout in Dublin
Munster and Toulouse faced off in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout that decided their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final today …
Ian Cameron
07 May, 15:05
Devastating first half Leinster display ends Leicester's European dream
Leicester never recovered from a devastating first half by Leinster as their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final ended in a crush…
PA
07 May, 14:47
'If ever there is a day that sums up Munster rugby it's today'
Saturday night won’t be the last time Johann van Graan will sit in the hot seat in the Aviva Stadium media conference room refle…
Liam Heagney
07 May, 14:45
Munster player ratings vs Toulouse | Champions Cup quarter-final
Munster player ratings live from Aviva Stadium: Defending champions Toulouse are just two games away from successfully retaining t…
Opinion
Liam Heagney
07 May, 13:38
Penalty shootout heartbreak for Munster as Toulouse kick their way to semis
Toulouse were pinpoint accurate in a nerve-jangling penalty shootout at the Aviva Stadium as they knocked Munster out of the Heine…
PA
07 May, 13:33
Watch - Rees-Zammit smiles at Farrell after sensational solo try
Gloucester got a stark European reality check from perennial winners Saracens last night in the Challenge Cup, but it didn't stop …
Ian Cameron
07 May, 9:30
Scotland flanker Darge ruled out for 12 weeks
Glasgow forward Rory Darge has been ruled out for 12 weeks with a knee injury ahead of their Challenge Cup quarter-final against L…
PA
06 May, 12:10
'He's well primed': Tuilagi back for Sale after last week's rest
Manu Tuilagi has been recalled to the Sale XV for their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final away to Racing on Sunday but he won…
Liam Heagney
06 May, 7:22

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