Select Edition

Northern Northern
Southern Southern
Global Global

Champions Cup News

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.

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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
'I felt like a hooligan surrounded by 17 police officers'
Guy Noves has recalled the extraordinary moment when he left feeling like a hooligan at Murrayfield in the aftermath of the 2005 H…
Kim Ekin
06 May, 5:21
The half-time motivational chat that Sale admit they got so wrong
Sale are heading to Paris this weekend to take on Racing 92 with the painful half-time from their previous Heineken Champions Cup …
Liam Heagney
05 May, 14:16
'I'll probably get hammered for saying this' - Claims Leicester are a hype job
Former Ireland head coach Eddie O'Sullivan believes Leinster should beat Leicester Tigers in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Ch…
Ian Cameron
05 May, 6:44
Sale factor 'black swan moment' into their plan for Finn Russell
Sale boss Alex Sanderson has spoken about the threat that the maverick Finn Russell presents to the Sharks' Heineken Champions Cup…
Liam Heagney
03 May, 12:24
Paul Willemse ruled out for the rest of the season
Top 14 leaders Montpellier have been dealt a massive blow ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at La Rochelle as Pa…
Kim Ekin
03 May, 11:43
How Ben Youngs rates Leinster and the scale of the task awaiting Leicester
Leicester scrum half Ben Youngs believes Leinster are the best club team in the world as he prepares to face the Irish province in…
Chris Jones
02 May, 11:53
History suggests Leicester will have the edge over Leinster
EPCR statistics show that the home side's in this weekend's Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals will enjoy a significant advanta…
Ian Cameron
02 May, 8:27
'Subconsciously it was there' - Sanderson admits huge fixture looms large
Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson was pleased with his side’s second-half improvement in their 35-27 win over Newcastle.
30 Apr, 6:30
EPCR statement: Tom O'Toole red card and Michael Lowry warning
An independent EPCR disciplinary hearing has banned prop Tom O'Toole for three matches and issued a warning to full-back Michael L…
Kim Ekin
27 Apr, 8:49
EPCR statement: Champions Cup semi-final venue plans confirmed
EPCR have confirmed that five venues have been lined up to potentially stage the upcoming Heineken Champions Cup semi-final next m…
Kim Ekin
27 Apr, 6:18
Picking a Heineken Champions Cup XV heading into the quarters
Eight teams remain in the Heineken Champions Cup and there are plenty of standout performers who have helped carry their side to t…
Stefan Frost
25 Apr, 8:01
Dan Biggar verbal altercation with fan: 'I hope he gets hammered for it'
A verbal altercation between Dan Biggar and a fan during Northampton Saint's game with Gloucester at the weekend has become a talk…
Ian Cameron
21 Apr, 11:29
Baxter gives his take on Jack Nowell wearing the Munster shirt
Last Saturday's bizarre sight of Exeter winger Jack Nowell wearing a Munster jersey while seated in the Thomond Park stands on his…
Liam Heagney
21 Apr, 7:47
Three disciplinary updates published, including Chessum red card
Fresh from a busy Wednesday where disciplinary hearing decisions were published regarding four red card incidents and a citing, EP…
Kim Ekin
21 Apr, 7:23
EPCR announce Champions Cup quarter finals referees
The EPCR have announced the officials that will take charge of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals in May.…
Ian Cameron
21 Apr, 6:17
What Declan Kidney has made of Munster and their Ed Sheeran gaffe
Ex-Munster boss Declan Kidney was diplomacy personified when quizzed this week about the bizarre decision by his old club to sched…
Liam Heagney
20 Apr, 12:46
Tackle school for Biggar as EPCR publish five disciplinary results
EPCR have published the outcome of five disciplinary hearings that took place this week, including its investigation into the red …
Kim Ekin
20 Apr, 10:32
'He broke the mould': Irish hooker Sean Cronin announces retirement
Leinster and Ireland hooker Sean Cronin has announced his decision to retire from rugby at the end of the current season. The soon…
Kim Ekin
20 Apr, 7:34
Champions and Challenge Cup times, dates and venues confirmed
With ten former tournament winners with as many as 29 European titles between them still in contention for this season’s coveted…
Kim Ekin
20 Apr, 6:09
The conversation Harlequins had with Marcus Smith over missed kick
Harlequins skipper Stephan Lewies has claimed that last Saturday's costly missed kick from Marcus Smith wasn't mentioned in their …
Liam Heagney
20 Apr, 4:20
'Farcical': Eliminated Harlequins hit out at Champions Cup format
Harlequins senior coach Tabai Matson has branded the new home-and-away round-of-16 format in the Heineken Champions Cup as farcica…
Liam Heagney
19 Apr, 14:32
'I was being lineout-lifted in the bar for about three hours after'
England international Jack Nowell has told all about his epic stag party last weekend in Ireland which resulted in him getting hil…
Liam Heagney
19 Apr, 8:07
'Horrible': Andy Goode reviews miss that will 'haunt' Marcus Smith
Ex-England international Andy Goode has reviewed the missed conversion from Marcus Smith that eliminated Harlequins from the Heine…
Liam Heagney
19 Apr, 5:16
Borthwick denies Leicester tackle issues a result of poor training
Steve Borthwick, the Leicester Tigers head coach, insists his squad are being coached to try and avoid dangerous head contacts and…
Chris Jones
18 Apr, 11:52
Munster confirm move to Aviva Stadium for Toulouse
Munster have announced they will play their Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with their…
17 Apr, 14:13
Every red card from this weekend's Heineken Champions Cup
A few years ago, red cards were a rare sight. Flash forwards to this weekend and there have been five red cards dished out across …
Stefan Frost
17 Apr, 13:55
Cards and scraps a plenty as Racing 92 beat local rivals Stade
Racing 92 set up a Champions Cup quarter-final against Sale as they came from behind to beat Stade Francais 33-22 on Sunday.
17 Apr, 13:36
'I never understood the vendetta against Farrell' - Saracens star lauded
Oft the villain on social media, England and Saracens star won rare praise on Twitter after putting in a masterful performance in …
Kim Ekin
17 Apr, 12:39
'This is the problem with this competition' - Champions Cup format 'can not hold'
Former Scotland coach Matt Williams has criticised the format of the Heineken Champions Cup after Harlequins were knocked out in d…
Stefan Frost
17 Apr, 10:46
The 6'8, 145kg Aussie who chose Toulouse over a shot at the NFL
At just 23 years old, Emmanuel Meafou’s career has already followed this path.
Stefan Frost
17 Apr, 9:18
Munster to be without Thomond Park effect for quarter finals
Munster will be without their famous Thomond Park effect when they face Toulouse in their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final nex…
Ian Cameron
17 Apr, 7:41
The clues that Marcus Smith's kicking technique was 'shaky'
Former Ireland winger Shane Horgan has suggested that Harlequins star Marcus Smith may have lacked confidence in his kicking durin…
Ian Cameron
17 Apr, 5:51
'You would've thought there was no chance... But that's what we've done'
Steve Borthwick hailed his Leicester Tigers side for defying expectations after they completed the job against Clermont Auvergne w…
17 Apr, 4:29
'I'm incredibly frustrated... There were a couple of times we switched off'
Ulster captain Iain Henderson admitted his side paid the price for a few lapses in concentration as they were dramatically knocked…
17 Apr, 4:16
Leicester win comfortably as floodgates open in the second half
Leicester booked a mouth-watering Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final with Leinster after completing the job against Clermont Auv…
16 Apr, 15:27
'A lot of teams would like to have those unsuccessful seasons'
Rob Baxter claimed on Saturday night that numerous clubs would love to have the type of season that Exeter have endured - getting …
Liam Heagney
16 Apr, 15:09
The 'downward spiral' Sam Simmonds injury update from Exeter
Exeter boss Rob Baxter hasn't written off the chances of Sam Simmonds playing again for the Chiefs this season even though he is u…
Liam Heagney
16 Apr, 13:32
La Rochelle set up another French showdown in Champions Cup quarter-finals
Ihaia West scored 16 points as La Rochelle booked a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final showdown with Montpellier after a hard-fo…
16 Apr, 13:00
Exeter player ratings vs Munster | Champions Cup round of 16
Exeter player ratings live from Thomond Park: This was epic Easter fare every bit as absorbing and exhausting as the tumult the la…
Liam Heagney
16 Apr, 12:25
'That is gutting' - Harlequins refuse to blame Marcus Smith
Tabai Matson says Harlequins will not be blaming England star Marcus Smith for their agonising Heineken Champions Cup exit against…
16 Apr, 10:54
Marcus Smith's late conversion miss sees Harlequins eliminated
England star Marcus Smith suffered missed conversion misery as comeback kings Harlequins fell agonisingly short of another spectac…
16 Apr, 9:48
Watch: Harlequins wrap up Heineken Cup try of the season
The EPCR won't have to look far for the winner of the Heineken Champions Cup try of the season. Harlequins produced an absolute sc…
Ian Cameron
16 Apr, 9:20
'I was just in a bad spot in South Africa, my contract ended...'
Duane Vermeulen has explained the circumstances that prompted him to sign for Ulster last September while in Australia with the Sp…
Kim Ekin
16 Apr, 5:42
Sale react to red card: 'I don't think we will ever see that off him again'
Alex Sanderson reflected on a “nerve-wracking” night after his Sale Sharks team reached the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-fin…
16 Apr, 1:24
One-man advantage not enough for Bristol as Sale bounce back at Ashton Gate
.Sale Sharks overcame wing Arron Reed’s first-half red card to reach the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals for a second succ…
16 Apr, 1:16
George Ford identifies the real heroes behind Leicester's European success
It is six years since Leicester, European champions in 2001 and 2002, have reached the tournament’s last-eight stage.
16 Apr, 0:58
'He brings a different level:' Leo Cullen hails record-breaking wing
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen sang the praises of star winger James Lowe after their 56-20 Heineken Champions Cup round-of-16 sec…
16 Apr, 0:51
Leinster blow Connacht away at the Aviva Stadium to reach Champions Cup quarters
Leinster blew Connacht away with a 56-20 win at the Aviva Stadium – winning 82-41 on aggregate.
15 Apr, 15:30
Five Scotland stars return but Edinburgh lose Graham
Edinburgh welcome back five Scotland internationals for their European Challenge Cup clash with Bath, but Mike Blair has lost wing…
15 Apr, 11:01
End is nigh for banned Latu at Stade after club owner's outburst
Ex-Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu is set to leave Stade Francais after a suspension for his latest red card reportedly prompted a stin…
Liam Heagney
15 Apr, 10:07
Exeter missing Sam Simmonds as Munster bring back their stars
Sam Simmonds will be absent for Exeter this Saturday in Limerick as they seek to protect a five-point first leg European advantage…
Liam Heagney
15 Apr, 8:21
Chris Ashton to make first Euro start for Leicester Tigers
Chris Ashton will make his first European start for Leicester Tigers after being named in the matchday squad for tomorrow's Heinek…
Ian Cameron
15 Apr, 8:18
Just one Harlequins change as they look to reel in 14-point margin
Gallagher Premiership champions Harlequins have made just one change to their team to face Montpellier in this Saturday's Heineken…
Kim Ekin
15 Apr, 7:21
20-minute red card trial should be scrapped, not expanded - Andy Goode
World Rugby should be scrapping the 20-minute red card trial, not rolling it out globally, and should finally review the disciplin…
Andy Goode
15 Apr, 7:09
'The magic in his feet' reason why Sale are promising to entertain
Alex Sanderson is hoping that his youthful back three of Luke James, Arron Reed and Tom Roebuck can let rip at Ashton Gate and tip…
Liam Heagney
15 Apr, 6:04
'I was back at the airport with another hangover 24 years on'
It's a weird coincidence not lost on Andy Nicol, the Bath Heineken Cup-winning captain. Not since that fateful January 1998 day in…
Liam Heagney
14 Apr, 13:20
Leicester's Guy Porter cops ban for off the ball collision
Leicester Tigers centre Guy Porter has been handed a ban for his collision with Clermont' Fritz Lee in the Heinken Champions Cup m…
Ian Cameron
14 Apr, 9:13
Steve Diamond brands European clash with Lyon a 'shocker'
Steve Diamond admits arranging Worcester Warriors European Challenge Cup last 16 match in Lyon has been a “shocker” as it clas…
Chris Jones
14 Apr, 7:45
Harlequins 'don't want to give all secrets away' about VIP visitor
Harlequins have enlisted the help of an international football manager to help plot a Champions Cup comeback against Montpellier o…
13 Apr, 13:23
Lowry reveals the reason for abandoning trademark white scrum cap
Ulster full-back Michael Lowry has revealed why he has dispensed with his trademark white scrum cap in recent months. The distinct…
Liam Heagney
13 Apr, 7:52
The latest 'mind-stretching' Sale exercise to improve their play
Alex Sanderson has revealed that one of the world's leading neuropsychologists visited the Sale squad at their Carrington training…
Liam Heagney
13 Apr, 5:19
'Low degree of force' sees Gibson-Park free to play after hearing
Ireland scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park has been cleared to play for Leinster in Friday's Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 second…
Liam Heagney
13 Apr, 4:46
A Sale memory is helping key Leicester figure to avoid complacency
Richard Wigglesworth has dismissed any notion of complacency as Leicester close in on the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals. T…
12 Apr, 12:46
Massive ban given to Tolu Latu following his latest red card
Tolu Latu of Stade Francais has been suspended for eleven weeks for his latest Heineken Champions Cup red card brandished last Sat…
Liam Heagney
12 Apr, 11:12
Gibson-Park cited for yellow-carded clash with Marmion
European rugby officials have arranged six disciplinary hearings following last weekend's Champions and Challenge Cup action - fou…
Liam Heagney
12 Apr, 10:45
Bristol have reacted to exit speculation about Radradra and Piutau
Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam believes the production line of English talent will suffer from the decision to reduce the numbe…
12 Apr, 8:26
The message Declan Kidney has for new Munster boss Rowntree
Two-time Heineken Cup winner Declan Kidney has given his reaction to ex-England assistant Graham Rowntree becoming the new head c…
Liam Heagney
12 Apr, 7:43
'That's special': Graham Rowntree confirmed as new Munster boss
Graham Rowntree will officially become the new Munster head coach from July 1 on a two-year deal, the ex-England and Lions front-r…
Kim Ekin
12 Apr, 6:27
Leinster recall Ireland trio but James Ryan not one of them
Leinster will welcome back three Ireland internationals ahead of the second leg of their Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 clash …
Kim Ekin
11 Apr, 9:31
14-man Leicester Tigers romp to first away win at Clermont in 17 years
Leicester claimed their first win at the Stade Marcel-Michelin in 17 years as they beat Clermont Auvergne 29-10 in the first leg o…
10 Apr, 12:59
'Everyone thinks the French teams don't care about Europe, but we do'
Montpellier No.8 Zach Mercer says his side will savour their 40-26 win over Harlequins in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie H…
10 Apr, 11:56
England star ruled out as Leicester Tigers make late change
England's record cap holder Ben Youngs has been ruled of Leicester Tigers' Heineken Champions Cup clash with Clermont Auvernge.
Ian Cameron
10 Apr, 9:31
'The whole game, the whole situation, could have flipped then'
Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter wants his players to “go for it” in Limerick next weekend after they claimed a first-leg adva…
10 Apr, 5:55
'It sounds barbaric looking back now, you have to laugh at it'
It's crazy how it has all turned out for Donnacha Ryan. There he is living the life in France as a first-year Top 14 forwards coac…
Liam Heagney
10 Apr, 4:06
Gritty Parisian derby goes the way of Racing and Gael Fickou
Racing 92 took a significant step towards claiming a place in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals by toppling Stade Francais…
09 Apr, 15:16
'Six points to Toulouse is nothing. It's 15 seconds of brilliance'
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland was understandably delighted with his team’s performance in their 26-20 victory over Toulouse bu…
09 Apr, 14:50
Brace for Wales star Liam Williams as Scarlets crush Cardiff
Liam Williams scored two tries as Scarlets completed a quickfire double over Cardiff with an impressive second half to win 49-14 a…
09 Apr, 13:04
Ulster shock Toulouse care of a Robert Baloucoune's hat-trick
A Robert Baloucoune hat-trick ensured Ulster return to Ravenhill for the second leg of their round-of-16 tie against Toulouse with…
09 Apr, 12:53
Watch: 'Reckless, exactly what we don't like to see in the game'
Defending European champions Toulouse were beaten 26-20 at home on Saturday by Ulster, the Heineken Champions Cup holders losing t…
Liam Heagney
09 Apr, 12:29
'He'd be the first to admit he hasn't been firing on all cylinders'
Bristol boss Pat Lam hailed a morale-booster of a performance after a late Semi Radradra try earned them a narrow 10-9 comeback vi…
09 Apr, 11:45
La Rochelle win at Bordeaux for the second successive Saturday
La Rochelle made it two away wins over Bordeaux in the space of a week as they followed up last Saturday's Top 14 16-15 victory wi…
09 Apr, 11:13
Watch: Radradra scores late try as Bristol nab Champions Cup win at Sale
Bristol took their first step towards the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals after Semi Radradra’s late try earned them a nar…
09 Apr, 10:35
Two late changes for Munster, including the absence of Simon Zebo
Irish hopes that Munster can ambush Exeter in their round of 16 Heineken Champions Cup clash in England on Saturday evening have b…
Liam Heagney
09 Apr, 9:42
'If he's ended up with a broken nose, there's some force there'
The decision by Karl Dickson not to show Leinster scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park a red card in yesterday's Heineken Championship Cu…
Ian Cameron
09 Apr, 6:24
An ancient Japanese phrase has Sale believing they can win Europe
Alex Sanderson has likened his Sale team to the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. Heading into this Saturday's Champions C…
Liam Heagney
09 Apr, 5:22
'Simply disgraceful' - 'Absolutely shocking' Challenge Cup hit condemned
An ugly-looking hit on a Saracens player in their European Challenge Cup match with Brive has been widely condemned online and a h…
Sam Smith
08 Apr, 19:14
Edinburgh and Saracens qualify in Challenge Cup after big wins
Edinburgh finished top of Pool C in the European Challenge Cup and Saracens also qualified as both enjoyed thumping wins on Friday…
08 Apr, 17:38
Hughes starts as Lam's shock Bristol selection dubbed 'greatest bench' in history
Bristol Bears head coach Pat Lam has thrown a massive curveball in his selection for his match with Sale, dropping his star player…
Ian Cameron
08 Apr, 12:05
203cm, 23 stone Will Skelton is dwarfed by his younger brothers
Giant Wallaby second row Will Skelton - one of the largest professional rugby players in the sport - says he is dwarfed by his two…
Ian Cameron
08 Apr, 11:25
The 'very strategic' variation Harlequins are getting heads around
Tabai Matson has painted this Sunday's clash between his English title-winning Harlequins and the French title-chasing Montpellier…
Liam Heagney
08 Apr, 8:42
Double blow for Munster as team named for Exeter Chiefs
Munster have suffered a double blow as they named their team to take on Exeter Chiefs in this weekend's Heineken Champions Cup Rou…
Ian Cameron
08 Apr, 7:12
Seven changes for Leinster, including a recall for Johnny Sexton
Leinster have made seven changes to their Champions Cup starting XV following last weekend's URC win over Munster, including the r…
Liam Heagney
07 Apr, 7:46
O'Gara banned and fined at the first of two disciplinary hearings
La Rochelle boss Ronan O'Gara has been banned from matchday coaching duties for the upcoming two-legged Heineken Champions Cup rou…
Liam Heagney
06 Apr, 14:48
Leicester boss Borthwick has given a George Ford injury update
George Ford suffered an ankle injury during the Leicester Premiership victory at Exeter on March 27, going off in the first half.
06 Apr, 8:53
Pat Lam's message to Bristol fans a week after fire sale reports
Pat Lam has reassured Bristol fans that the Bears will be competitive next season following a report claiming they have faced diff…
06 Apr, 8:31
'That's often the biggest challenge': Exeter's biggest Irish fear
Rob Baxter wants his Exeter players to maximise opportunities for a couple of golden years following Chiefs’ 2020 European and d…
06 Apr, 8:06
'It was a No1 bucket list experience - mind-blowing and insane'
Ask Brian O'Driscoll for a bit of positivity and the legendary Lions, Ireland and Leinster midfielder nails the request with aplom…
Liam Heagney
06 Apr, 7:19
'Delusional': Ex-Munster great slams 'rudderless' Irish province
Ex-Ireland and Lions second row Donal Lenihan was a loyal servant of Munster during the amateur era - but his patience has snapped…
Kim Ekin
06 Apr, 4:56
'I'd love Manu to get almighty shot off on Radradra at some point'
Sale boss Alex Sanderson is salivating over the prospect of two of the world's best midfielders - Manu Tuilagi and Semi Radradra o…
Liam Heagney
06 Apr, 3:41
'Billy keeps walking past saying, Beyonce, what's wrong with you?'
Double Heineken Champions Cup winner Jim Hamilton has amusingly recalled the incredible 24 hours he had when Saracens won the 2017…
Liam Heagney
05 Apr, 7:36
Lowry leads Heineken Champions Cup in 3 categories
For the first time in Heineken Champions Cup history, the Round of 16 will be played over two legs. Aggregate scores will determin…
Kim Ekin
04 Apr, 11:55
'Jonny's homecoming is exciting': Bell swaps Worcester for Ulster
Former Ireland midfielder Jonny Bell is the latest to signal his intention to move on from Steve Diamond’s Worcester, the defenc…
Kim Ekin
30 Mar, 11:51
The 'top class' reason why Glasgow have re-signed Richie Gray
Richie Gray declared himself chuffed after agreeing to a new contract extension with Glasgow ahead of the 2022/23 season. The 32-y…
30 Mar, 10:36
'Kyle had niggles and stuff': Bristol issue Sinckler return update
Bristol are hoping to have England prop Kyle Sinckler firing in time for their Heineken Champions Cup showdown with Sale on Saturd…
30 Mar, 8:14
Daly must complete tackle school to get another shot at Leinster
Connacht midfielder Tom Daly will have to successfully negotiate tackle school if he is to feature in the second leg of their Hein…
Kim Ekin
30 Mar, 6:52
'I'll miss coming in': Record caps holder Rob Harley exits Glasgow
Record appearance holder Rob Harley aims to end his Glasgow career on a high after it was announced that he will depart Scotstoun …
29 Mar, 12:39
de Allende confirms he is quitting Munster, but Bath not on radar
Springboks World Cup winner Damian de Allende has confirmed that he will be leaving Munster at the end of the current season after…
Liam Heagney
29 Mar, 9:35
EPCR statement: Referee appointments for Champions Cup Round of 16
The EPCR have revealed their referee appointments ahead of the first leg of the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 which takes pla…
Kim Ekin
28 Mar, 11:51
'Gatland always had a way of delivering bad news quite well'
Lawrence Dallaglio accumulated quite the stash of war stories over the course of his legendary career with Wasps and England.
Liam Heagney
03 Mar, 14:13
EPCR issue brief statement on events in Ukraine
The EPCR is the latest sporting body to issue a statement by way of reaction to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Kim Ekin
28 Feb, 16:25
Ford and Smith named in 15-strong European player of the year list
Five Gallagher Premiership players - including George Ford of Leicester and Harlequins' Marcus Smith - have been named on the Hein…
Liam Heagney
01 Feb, 8:57
'Wayne wasn't having it... he looked me dead in the eyes'
Stade Francais skipper Tala Gray has relived the dramatic moment when he tried to appease Wayne Barnes after the furious referee h…
Liam Heagney
28 Jan, 9:17
Is the Ireland rugby economy in a boom?
The Irish provinces have shown their potency in the Champions Cup.
Nick Bishop
28 Jan, 6:51
Red-carded Latu learns fate after 'abusive' chat with Wayne Barnes
Stade Francais hooker Tolu Latu has been suspended for one week following his red-carding by referee Wayne Barnes during last Sund…
Liam Heagney
27 Jan, 5:19
Bad language in rugby... what's the big ****ing deal?
Questioning a practicing barrister on precise use of language is not the smartest option for the defence to choose.
Paul Smith
24 Jan, 9:34
Social media reacts as Welsh regions hit European nadir
The gag doing the rounds this weekend was that Cardiff had defied to odds to become the first Welsh region to secure a victory in …
Ian Cameron
24 Jan, 7:11
'He is bang on form': Exeter boss weighs in on Simmonds-Dombrandt debate
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter wants Sam Simmonds’ form to earn him an England chance in the Six Nations.
24 Jan, 0:15
England pair unscathed ahead of Six Nations opener as Saracens beat London Irish
England forwards Maro Itoje and Jamie George came through unscathed from their final matches before the Six Nations as Saracens ke…
23 Jan, 13:22
Stade Francais face nervous wait after last-gasp win over Connacht
A last-gasp penalty from Joris Segonds kept Stade Francais’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions Cup last 16 alive as they beat…
23 Jan, 11:05
Sale Sharks seal crushing win over Ospreys as Wales backrow stretchered off
Sale Sharks ended the pool stage of the Champions Cup in impressive fashion after they secured a 49-10 victory over the Ospreys at…
23 Jan, 10:52
'There is no scandal' - Toulouse need to suck it up, suggests rival coach
Bordeaux Bègles boss Christophe Urios has suggested that Toulouse need to stop their whining over the EPCR decision to award Card…
Ian Cameron
23 Jan, 7:47
'We are in the middle of a bit of adversity on and off the field' - Sanderson
Sale boss Alex Sanderson got a touch emotional when he reflected on his rollercoaster first year as a Gallagher Premiership direct…
Liam Heagney
23 Jan, 5:30
Danny Wilson blames costly mistakes as Glasgow lose to La Rochelle
Glasgow coach Danny Wilson says his team only have themselves to blame for their 38-30 defeat to La Rochelle in the Heineken Champ…
22 Jan, 19:53
Glasgow's Champions Cup campaign 'hanging by a thread' after La Rochelle defeat
Glasgow’s hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Heineken Champions Cup hang by a thread following a 38-30 defeat to La Rochelle a…
22 Jan, 18:07
'As good at 36 as he's ever been': Ireland's star ominous form has rivals on notice
Of the many standout performances, flyhalf Johnny Sexton was exemplary in a world class display that would have Ireland's Six Nati…
Sam Smith
22 Jan, 18:00
'If we are more ruthless': Pat Lam's message to his Bristol side after big win
Bristol boss Pat Lam believes his team can be serious Heineken Champions Cup contenders if they become more ruthless.
22 Jan, 17:01
Ulster hold off Clermont Auvergne comeback to win again in Champions Cup
Ulster secured second seeding in Pool A of the Heineken Champions Cup after running in five tries to beat Clermont Auvergne 34-31 …
22 Jan, 16:57
Bristol produce a rousing finale to leave Scarlets shell shocked
Bristol ended their Heineken Champions Cup pool phase campaign with a 52-21 bonus-point victory over the Scarlets in Llanelli. Pat…
22 Jan, 14:50
Worcester claim their first European Challenge Cup win
Worcester claimed their first win of the European Challenge Cup by beating Zebre Parma 36-26 in Italy in their final pool fixture.
22 Jan, 13:42
The unwanted record Bath surrendered in loss to Leinster
Bath head coach Neal Hatley admitted the mood was “downbeat” in the home dressing room after their biggest-ever losing margin …
22 Jan, 12:55
'I just find that so frustrating and ignorant' - Williams debunks Cullen myth
Rugby pundit Matt Williams has decried the 'ridiculous fallacy' around Leinster head coach Leo Cullen, who he rates as one of the …
Ian Cameron
22 Jan, 12:18
More records fall as Bath wrecked at the Rec by Leinster
Leinster marched on in the European Champions Cup with a 64-7 demolition of a Bath side whose wretched run of form and injuries co…
22 Jan, 10:40
'Why would you leave Munster for this?' - Fitzgerald captures Bath misery
Former Ireland wing Luke Fitzgerald posted a particular germane Tweet as Leinster tore apart a hapless Bath side apart at The Rec.
Ian Cameron
22 Jan, 10:16
'That's nasty': Sam Underhill comeback lasts just 15 minutes
Liam Heagney
22 Jan, 9:06
EPCR statement: Northampton eliminated from the Champions Cup
Sunday’s match in Paris featuring Racing 92 and Northampton has become the third of the twelve planned round four Heineken Champ…
Liam Heagney
22 Jan, 7:01
'He's basically going around giving stick to every injured player'
Luke Cowan-Dickie was forced to miss the Autumn Nations Series with England due to a significant ankle ligament injury, but Exeter…
Liam Heagney
22 Jan, 5:57
'There are very few in his position who can do that'
Harlequins boss Tabai Matson backs Alex Dombrandt to be an England star after he grabbed the decisive try in a 36-33 Champions Cup…
21 Jan, 22:18
Alex Dombrandt hat-trick sees Harlequins snatch Champions Cup win over Castres
Alex Dombrandt completed a hat-trick deep into stoppage time as Harlequins snatched a 36-33 Champions Cup victory over Castres at …
21 Jan, 18:25
Leicester game cancelled just hours after naming XV for Bordeaux
Leicester have finished out their Heineken Champions Cup pool a day earlier than planned as it was decided that virus-hit Bordeaux…
Liam Heagney
21 Jan, 11:28
'We cannot let this injustice pass' - Furious Toulouse threaten legal action
Toulouse president Didier Lacroix has blasted the EPCR after the competition organisers awarded Cardiff a 0 - 28 walkover victory …
Ian Cameron
21 Jan, 10:33
'Scandalous': LNR threaten legal action over Toulouse 0 Cardiff 28
Legal action against the EPCR has been threatened by the Ligue Nationale de Rugby after defending Champions Cup champions Toulouse…
Liam Heagney
21 Jan, 9:32
England centre Henry Slade to start in France for Exeter
England centre Henry Slade has been named in Exeter’s team for their Heineken Champions Cup clash against Montpellier in France …
21 Jan, 7:50
Trio of snubbed England players to start Leicester's Champions Cup clash
Three major England omissions are set to start for Leicester Tigers as they take on Bordeaux Bègles at Welford Road in the Heinek…
Ian Cameron
21 Jan, 7:44
Why Exeter admire Nowell for making 'various body transformations'
Exeter have claimed even better is still to come from Jack Nowell even though the winger has returned to top form this winter to e…
Liam Heagney
21 Jan, 5:31
'AJ walks in and he's all flustered, like all red and stressed...'
Liam Heagney
20 Jan, 13:42
Six foot four Scotland qualified wing with 10.6 sec 100m to make Edinburgh debut
Former Bristol winger Freddie Owsley will make his Edinburgh debut in Friday’s European Challenge Cup clash with Brive.
20 Jan, 12:18
Exeter in France: 'There's no Novak Djokovic business going on...'
Rob Baxter has avoided confirming in advance of Friday’s Exeter team announcement whether Henry Slade will be included in the Ch…
Liam Heagney
20 Jan, 6:12
Watch: 18-year-old French fullback scores the youngest ever European hat-trick
After playing for France under-20's last July a month after his 18th birthday, Louis Bielle-Biarrey has got off to a storming star…
Sam Smith
20 Jan, 1:32
EPCR statement: Bundee Aki verbal attack on referee Mathieu Raynal
Ireland midfielder Bundee Aki can rest easy ahead of the upcoming Guinness Six Nations after learning that his verbal altercation …
Liam Heagney
19 Jan, 13:14
Jacob Umaga learns fate after second red card in two Wasps games
Wasps’ Jacob Umaga is set for another frustrating stint on the sidelines as he has received a four-week ban following last Satur…
Liam Heagney
19 Jan, 8:59
'You have to ask if the Wales development system needs a serious overhaul'
A number of prominent figures in Welsh rugby have asked some searching questions following their regions' dismal start to the Euro…
Paul Smith
17 Jan, 6:01
'We have to look at ourselves': Scarlets boss vents frustrations over loss
Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel insists his side have no excuses for their 45-10 Champions Cup hammering at the hands of Bordeaux …
16 Jan, 22:38
'We failed': Northampton coach's stark admission after Ulster defeat
Northampton Saints forwards coach Phil Dowson has vented his frustrations after his side's Champions Cup defeat to Ulster on Sunda…
16 Jan, 22:31
'That's something that I'll hold my hand up and accept responsibility for'
Ross Thompson is confident that Glasgow will respond positively and immediately to their 52-17 defeat to Exeter on Saturday.
16 Jan, 13:02
Ulster outclass Northampton Saints to progress in Champions Cup
Ulster full-back Mike Lowry scored two tries to leave Northampton’s Heineken Champions Cup hopes dangling by a thread as the Iri…
16 Jan, 12:42
Leinster demolish Montpellier to break points record set in 2003
Leinster cruised past an under-strength Montpellier to resume their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a thumping 89-7 bonus-poi…
16 Jan, 10:32
'I didn't see it coming... There is a very despondent group... shell-shocked'
Glasgow Warriors boss Danny Wilson admits to being 'very disappointed' after they brushed aside by Heineken Champions Cup opponent…
16 Jan, 5:16
'It was tough. I've not played fly-half professionally, I've never started at 10'
.Cameron Redpath was delighted to be back on a rugby pitch after eight months injured but disappointed he could not prevent Bath f…
16 Jan, 4:30
Bath avoid Champions Cup humiliation with late fightback at La Rochelle
Remi Picquette scored a brace of tries as La Rochelle recorded a thumping 39-21 victory over Bath at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre.
15 Jan, 16:07
Exeter reap heavy revenge on Glasgow Warriors in hunt for QFs
Exeter kept themselves firmly on course for a place in the Heineken Champions Cup knockout phase after beating Glasgow 52-17 at Sa…
15 Jan, 14:33
Bundee Aki tweets apology after verbal attack on French referee
Ireland midfielder Bundee Aki will hope that his tweeted apology will be enough to stave off a citing following his tempestuous on…
Liam Heagney
15 Jan, 13:33
England hope Barbeary 'outstanding' as 14-man Wasps beat Toulouse
Wasps overcame two controversial refereeing decisions including a red card shown to Jacob Umaga to register a stirring 30-22 Heine…
15 Jan, 11:10
'Excessive': Pundits angry as Umaga red-carded again for Wasps
Boos rang around the Coventry Building Society Arena on Saturday after Jacob Umaga was controversially red-carded six minutes befo…
Liam Heagney
15 Jan, 9:36
Exeter tackle damning accusation about them and new drop-out rule
Rob Baxter has laid bare his exasperation that the new goal-line drop-out rule is a major reason why Exeter haven’t been as domi…
Liam Heagney
15 Jan, 5:14
Van Graan thrilled after Munster's Champions Cup win at Castres
Munster boss Johann van Graan was proud of his side after they came from behind to clinch a hard-fought 16-13 Champions Cup win at…
14 Jan, 21:19
Relief for match-winner Marcus Smith as Harlequins edge Cardiff
Marcus Smith revealed his sense of relief after he masterminded Harlequins’ stunning late Heineken Champions Cup fightback again…
14 Jan, 21:13
Marcus Smith heroics salvage win for Harlequins in Cardiff thriller
Marcus Smith landed a match-winning penalty with the game’s final kick as Harlequins claimed a thrilling 36-33 Champions Cup vic…
14 Jan, 17:47
Late try enough as Munster make it three from three at Castres
Gavin Coombes’ late try was good enough for Munster to win a tight Champions Cup third-round pool match against Castres 16-13 at…
14 Jan, 17:40
Glasgow challenged to complete Champions Cup double over Exeter
Glasgow coach Danny Wilson has challenged his side to rise to the occasion as they bid to complete a stunning Champions Cup double…
14 Jan, 16:38
New role for Cameron Redpath in first Bath appearance since May
Fit-again Cameron Redpath has been handed an entirely new role Bath this Saturday when he plays his first rugby match since seriou…
Liam Heagney
14 Jan, 10:57
Sale round off a difficult week with three XV changes for Clermont
Sale will fly out to France on Saturday for Champions Cup action having made three changes to their starting XV following a diffic…
Liam Heagney
14 Jan, 9:56
Crowley gets first Munster Euro start after escaping URC sanction
Rookie Jack Crowley has been chosen for his first Champions Cup start for Munster having avoided getting sanctioned for his involv…
Liam Heagney
13 Jan, 8:11
Rule change greenlights UK teams to travel to France
European tournament games involving British clubs in France this weekend look set to go ahead as planned.
13 Jan, 7:38
Newcastle name team after the lifting of French travel restrictions
Newcastle have named their team for Friday night’s European Challenge Cup match at Biarritz after the lifting of travel restrict…
Liam Heagney
13 Jan, 7:32
Christian Wade comparison has Wasps relishing Paolo Odogwu return
Exciting England prospect Paolo Odogwu is poised to play his first rugby match in eight months this Saturday after fighting his wa…
Liam Heagney
12 Jan, 15:05
Red-carded Zebo learns fate, Snyman agrees to Munster extension
Wednesday has turned out to be a very good news day for Munster as Simon Zebo has escaped a ban following his United Rugby Champio…
Liam Heagney
12 Jan, 12:46
'All positive, we're going. That is what I have been informed'
Sale boss Alex Sanderson has revealed that the stipulated 48-hour French quarantine and testing rule which has thrown some of this…
Liam Heagney
12 Jan, 12:16
Ex-Ireland midfielder Jared Payne hands in his notice at Ulster
Former Ireland midfielder Jared Payne has handed in his notice to quit Ulster at the end of the season and pursue coaching opportu…
Liam Heagney
12 Jan, 11:33
'Team managers across the Prem on phones going, what's happening?'
Exeter boss Rob Baxter has outlined his bemusement over the lack of clarity currently surrounding the upcoming rounds of Champions…
Liam Heagney
12 Jan, 9:06
Why Bath have issued EPCR with an ultimatum about game in France
Bath have confirmed they will only fulfil their Heineken Champions Cup fixture against La Rochelle on Saturday if French travel re…
12 Jan, 8:19
Springboks' Nyakane heads list of 10 additional European players
Springboks prop Trevor Nyakane heads the list of the ten additional players registered by clubs ahead of this weekend’s round th…
Liam Heagney
12 Jan, 7:59
EPCR statement: Decision reached on postponed round two matches
European officials have reached a decision over the five postponed Champions Cup round two matches and two Challenge Cup games.
11 Jan, 14:07
UK clubs threaten boycott over fears players 'trapped' in France
There are fears that matches featuring UK club in Champions and Challenge Cup action this weekend in France won't go ahead as plan…
Liam Heagney
11 Jan, 4:59
'We've heard nothing from EPCR' - Prem DoR says clubs left in limbo
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards says that clubs have been left facing 'a hugely uncertain' fortnight in Europe.
Ian Cameron
09 Jan, 5:43
Cancel games and award non-French sides 28-0 wins - Andy Goode
Europe may be going full steam ahead but we need a decision on the postponed games now and I can see the French teams losing out.
Andy Goode
08 Jan, 6:42
EPCR statement: Decision taken on European rounds three and four
Tournament organisers EPCR have issued a statement on the next two rounds of games in the Champions and Challenge Cup tournaments.…
Liam Heagney
07 Jan, 10:17
Shortlist for Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year award released
France star Antoine Dupont features on the list of nominees for the Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year for 2021.
07 Jan, 5:46
Forward thinking behind Leicester's transformation
Maybe, just maybe, the good old days of the ABC club are returning at Welford Road.
Nick Bishop
05 Jan, 7:01
'It doesn't give us a competitive team': Sale fear French red tape
Director of rugby Alex Sanderson is due to take his Sale team to France for a round three Champions Cup game at Clermont on Januar…
Liam Heagney
04 Jan, 12:54
Fish cops ban as decision handed down in both Muir and rare EPCR appeal
Cardiff cult hero Dan Fish has been handed down a ban for arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup Round 2 match against H…
Sam Smith
23 Dec, 13:28
Dan Fish cited for an 80th-minute incident with Tyrone Green
Dan Fish has been one of the standout players for Cardiff in recent weeks but he now faces questions over an incident from last Sa…
Sam Smith
22 Dec, 8:09
Bath statement: Premiership club appeals four-game Will Muir ban
Bath are hoping Will Muir will enjoy a Brad Shields-like appeal outcome when he challenges his four-game ban on Thursday.
Kim Ekin
22 Dec, 6:31
'Ellis first came to me a few weeks ago' - Borthwick touches on Genge exit
Following his side's victory over Connacht, Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick touched on the exit of England prop Ellis …
19 Dec, 11:42
Leicester Tigers pushed all the way by Connacht
Leicester were tested to the limits by a spirited Connacht but a strong second-half rally saw the Tigers continue their impressive…
19 Dec, 10:39
'Honestly I felt it was a try. If it wasn't, I would say it wasn't'
Munster head coach Johann van Graan felt back-to-back Heineken Champions Cup wins were a timely tonic after “a real mental battl…
18 Dec, 21:22
'Bizarre end to the game': Castres flyhalf's puzzling decision
Munster's 19-13 win over the visiting Castres side on a weekend where many European games involving French teams were postponed en…
Sam Smith
18 Dec, 17:34
Munster survive late Castres scare in Champions Cup
Jack O’Donoghue’s first Heineken Champions Cup try proved crucial as Munster struggled past Castres Olympique 19-13 scoreline …
18 Dec, 17:33
'Our biggest achievement so far': Glasgow rank cup win over Exeter as the best
Glasgow head coach Danny Wilson was delighted with the way his players performed in their 22-7 Champions Cup victory over Exeter b…
18 Dec, 17:08
Glasgow resurrect European hopes by beating Exeter in foggy Scotstoun
Glasgow resurrected their Champions Cup campaign and delivered a serious – but not fatal – blow to Exeter’s quarter-final as…
18 Dec, 14:52
Alex Dombrandt at the double as Harlequins see off gutsy Cardiff
Alex Dombrandt scored two tries as Harlequins made it two wins from two in the Heineken Champions Cup with a 43-17 victory over a …
18 Dec, 10:47
The Champions Cup matches that are actually going ahead this weekend
The Champions Cup is in turmoil as organisers scramble to find a window in the already crowded schedule to stage the seven matches…
Kim Ekin
18 Dec, 6:38
'Very unusual for us' - Mixed feelings for Dan McFarland after Ulster win
Dan McFarland was happy with the result but not the performance as his side beat Northampton 27-22 in the Heineken Champions Cup.
18 Dec, 4:09
'He is a different shape to any other nine I have ever played against'
Ben Youngs is set to eclipse Jason Leonard as England’s most capped player, but the 32-year-old scrum half insists he is still l…
Chris Jones
18 Dec, 3:55
URC sides suffer three loses in Challenge Cup nightmare
Gloucester kick-started their Challenge Cup campaign with a bonus-point 54-25 win against Benetton at Kingsholm.
17 Dec, 18:26
The panic button the EPCR may well end up pushing - Andy Goode
We all knew Covid disruption was likely again in the Champions Cup this season and it’s anyone’s guess when these latest postp…
Andy Goode
17 Dec, 10:07
Munster make five changes to their starting team to face Castres
Fresh from their exciting round one win at Wasps, Munster have named their team for their second round Champions Cup game versus C…
Kim Ekin
17 Dec, 9:22
EPCR statement: Seven more round two European games are called off
It has been a bruising week for the credibility of European rugby as a total of ten Champions Cup/Challenge Cup matches have been …
Liam Heagney
17 Dec, 8:32
I really don't get it - Jim's Friday Five
Jim Hamilton looks are five talking points across the game of rugby heading into the second round of the Heineken Champions Cup.
Jim Hamilton
17 Dec, 7:29
Racing handed walkover after Ospreys pull out of trip to France
Racing versus Ospreys in Paris became this weekend's latest cancellation after the Welsh region admitted they were no longer able …
Liam Heagney
17 Dec, 7:25
Spoilers of old helping Irish provinces set the pace in Europe
Will Ireland prove the spanner in the EPCR works for England and France?
Nick Bishop
17 Dec, 7:10
Banned Brad Shields cleared to play again with immediate effect
Wasps were furious that Brad Shields was banned for four matches and their appeal to overturn the red card suspension has been suc…
Liam Heagney
17 Dec, 6:52
O'Gara has his say on being the bookies' favourite for Munster job
La Rochelle boss Ronan O'Gara was installed as the 8/11 favourite when the bookies' market opened on who will become the new Munst…
Liam Heagney
17 Dec, 6:35
What most impresses Leicester about breakthrough 21-year-old lock
Freddie Steward isn't the only academy graduate to impress at Leicester this season as Ollie Chessum has also caught Steve Borthwi…
Liam Heagney
17 Dec, 5:23
The forgotten draw of rugby's David versus Goliath
When Toulouse overcame the challenge of la Rochelle in last year's Heineken Cup final the match boasted the two biggest packs asse…
Jonathan Beardmore
17 Dec, 5:03
How Exeter view 'unique' brother-vs-brother scrum-half challenge
It has become very interesting at Exeter in recent weeks with Jack Maunder now being challenged for No9 selection by his younger b…
Liam Heagney
17 Dec, 4:17
Multiple cancellations incoming as French government impose travel bans
New travel restrictions brought in by the French government are threatening to play havoc with the weekend’s Heineken Champions …
16 Dec, 13:32
Leinster statement: Province 'disappointed' with walkover decision
Leinster were set to fly to France on Friday morning to face Montpellier in the Champions Cup but they have had their wings clippe…
Liam Heagney
16 Dec, 13:26
Covid-19 hit Leinster opt for 6-2 split and rookie faces in backline
Covid-19 hit Leinster have opted for a 6-2 split on the bench and some rookie faces in the backline as they face the daunting task…
Ian Cameron
16 Dec, 8:18
No Biggar but Lawes set for a 'reunion' with Henderson in Belfast
Dan Biggar has been excluded by Northampton but fellow 2021 Lions Courtney Lawes and Iain Henderson will be lining out in Belfast.…
Liam Heagney
16 Dec, 7:40
Bath winger cops ban for 'contact with eye area' of Leinster flanker
Bath wing Will Muir has been banned for making contact with the eye area of Leinster's Josh van der Flier during his side's Heinek…
Sam Smith
16 Dec, 7:38
'Shocker' - Andy Goode floats theory over hefty Brad Shields' ban
Andy Goode has a theory as to why the Wasps' backrow Brad Shields copped a hefty ban for a controversial hit last weekend was so l…
Kim Ekin
16 Dec, 6:44
Wasps deliver their verdict on makeshift midfielder Josh Bassett
Wasps boss Lee Blackett has sifted through the wreckage of their loss to Munster and has given a verdict on Josh Bassett as a make…
Liam Heagney
16 Dec, 6:30
The 'Welsh prop pride' Adam Jones felt seeing Cardiff vs Toulouse
Harlequins assistant Adam Jones has outlined his 'Rocky-like' respect for the props who fronted up last weekend for Cardiff in an …
Liam Heagney
16 Dec, 5:47
Juan Imhoff on his ongoing Los Pumas abscence
Juan Imhoff says the constant strain of having to operate in a COVID bubble away from home means he is unlikely to be pulling on..…
Chris Jones
16 Dec, 3:40
'Way less competitive': How reduced Premiership cap has hit market
The reduced Premiership salary cap was a major talking point for Rob Baxter at this week's Exeter media briefing before round two …
Liam Heagney
15 Dec, 14:34
'Feels harshly done': Wasps to appeal the Brad Shields ban
Wasps have revealed they will be appealing the ban that was announced on Wednesday for Brad Shields after his European red card.
Liam Heagney
15 Dec, 11:24
Brad Shields is banned after contesting last Sunday's red card
Brad Shields decided to contest the red card he picked up for Wasps last Sunday and he has now learned his fate following his hear…
Liam Heagney
15 Dec, 8:51
Why Leicester have eyes on 'back five of the scrum' Irish approach
Leicester have won all 10 league and European games so far in 2021/2022 but Steve Borthwick has his attention piqued by their next…
Liam Heagney
15 Dec, 5:39
'Yes, we don't have the same budget as other teams but...'
Tigers boss Steve Borthwick on why fallen giants Leicester are now thriving again in England and Europe despite the reduced salary…
Liam Heagney
14 Dec, 14:15
Rugby Pod rages over Poite: 'An absolute cowboy of a referee...'
The Rugby Pod are raging over the latest red card incident involving Romain Poite, the referee who sent off Wasps' Brad Shields la…
Liam Heagney
14 Dec, 14:03
Bath, Sale and Pau players cited, two for alleged eye contact
EPCR citing commissioners have been busy as three players have been cited after round one in Europe, including Will Muir of Bath.
Liam Heagney
14 Dec, 13:29
'Astronomical': Cardiff GPS numbers off the charts versus Toulouse
Cardiff have reflected on how a Champions Cup team padded out with semi-professionals and academy players did against Toulouse.
14 Dec, 11:46
Further positive tests at Leinster and Montpellier ahead of Friday
Friday's Montpellier versus Leinster Champions Cup clash in France has been affected by yet more players testing positive for Covi…
Liam Heagney
14 Dec, 11:22
O'Gara the early Munster favourite but bookies' list intrigues
Ronan O'Gara is the early favourite with the bookies after the decision by Johann van Graan to hand in his notice at Munster on Tu…
Liam Heagney
14 Dec, 9:48
Watch: The jaw-dropping jump by Harry Potter into a French moat
Winger Harry Potter scored a try for Leicester and then disappeared from view 117 seconds later with a dramatic jump in Bordeaux. …
Liam Heagney
14 Dec, 5:59
Bath target van Graan has handed in his notice to quit Munster
Munster boss Johann van Graan has turned down a two-year extension and will instead quit the Irish club at the end of the current …
Liam Heagney
14 Dec, 5:32
Leinster halt training in Dublin as a 'precaution'
Leinster have postponed training until Tuesday as they await the latest PCR testing results. The Irish province said last week tha…
13 Dec, 11:40
Glasgow Warriors take a stance on Exeter's 'faux headdress and Tomahawk chant'
Glasgow Warriors have become the latest club to take a formal stance on the continued use of North American heritage by Exeter Chi…
Paul Smith
13 Dec, 8:51
Story-packed opening Champions Cup weekend provides a rugby boost
Despite the chaos brought about by COVID-19 the Heineken Champions Cup has filled our screens with some brilliant action during th…
Paul Smith
13 Dec, 7:24
'You can't but be pleased. Bonus point, six tries to nil... really pleasing'
Connacht head coach Andy Friend praised his side’s adaptability after their 36-9 Heineken Champions Cup victory over Stade Franc…
13 Dec, 5:14
'We said we wanted a crack at Europe. We were lucky, we left a lot out there'
Harlequins’ scrum coach Adam Jones said his ‘lucky’ team were happier with the result than the performance after opening the…
13 Dec, 5:00
'I couldn't see the Munster game going ahead' - Wasps boss reveals chaotic scenes
.Munster have been rightly lauded across Europe for winning their opening Champions Cup tie against Wasps without the 34 players w…
Paul Smith
13 Dec, 4:22
Mat Protheroe fires back on Twitter after Sale publicly accuse him of diving
Ospreys fullback Mat Protheroe has hit back on Twitter after Sale Sharks publicly accused him of diving during their Heineken Cham…
Ian Cameron
12 Dec, 13:31
Glasgow Warriors go down fighting in La Rochelle
Glasgow suffered a 20-13 Heineken Champions Cup defeat away to last season’s finalists La Rochelle after the hosts plundered 10 …
12 Dec, 13:13
Munster miracle men shock Wasps in thrillingly chaotic Heineken Champions Cup clash
Wasps were overrun 35-14 by Munster in a thrillingly chaotic Heineken Champions Cup clash contested by makeshift teams besieged by…
12 Dec, 12:48
Alex Sanderson issues Tom Curry update after England star leaves field early
Alex Sanderson admitted Sale Sharks had bucked a trend by beating Heineken Champions Cup opponents the Ospreys despite a hefty pen…
12 Dec, 11:33
Connacht dismantle Stade Francais in Galway
Connacht opened up their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a richly-deserved 36-9 bonus-point win over Stade Francais at the Sp…
12 Dec, 11:15
'Made it scary for them' - Gruff Rees hails 'remarkable effort'
Gruff Rees hailed a “remarkable effort” from his hastily-assembled Cardiff team following a 39-7 defeat against Heineken Champ…
12 Dec, 10:19
'The last 20 minutes is probably the thing that is lingering...'
Leinster were very comfortable Champions Cup winners over Bath on Saturday, yet one aspect of their display bugged coach Leo Culle…
Liam Heagney
12 Dec, 4:16
'You'd be surprised if I told you I only goal kick once a week'
Ospreys talisman Stephen Myler explains at length to RugbyPass why he is still going at the age of 37, 15 years after converting f…
Liam Heagney
12 Dec, 3:30
The 'we are growing' Bath mantra at odds with a 25-point hammering
Stuart Hooper and Charlie Ewels had their 'youthful' excuses at the ready after Bath suffered a Champions Cup hammering in Dublin.…
Liam Heagney
12 Dec, 3:12
Watch: Dupont celebrates World Player of the Year with 'cheat code' display
Fresh off winning the World Rugby Player of the Year award, Toulouse scrumhalf Antoine Dupont showed his class against a Cardiff s…
Sam Smith
11 Dec, 22:58
'I'm not sure he's ever scored three': Exeter praise 'smart' Jonny Gray after hat-trick heroics
Exeter assistant coach Ali Hepher was full of praise for Jonny Gray and his game awareness after the Scotland lock’s hat-trick o…
11 Dec, 18:09
Second-half Jonny Gray hat-trick helps Exeter to a convincing win
Jonny Gray scored a hat-trick of close-range tries as Exeter got their Champions Cup campaign off to a winning start over Montpell…
11 Dec, 17:44
Dan McFarland 'proud' of 'magnificent' Ulster following Clermont victory
The 29-23 win could prove to be a turning point in Ulster’s season, with the Irish province now in a strong position in Europe a…
11 Dec, 16:13
Clermont indiscipline allows a Cooney-inspired Ulster to strike
Stuart McCloskey and Nick Timoney scored tries and John Cooney kicked 19 points as Ulster pulled off a major ambush at Clermont.
11 Dec, 15:27
The thing that most pleased Borthwick about Leicester in France
Leicester have now won 13 competitive games in succession, but one particular aspect really pleased Steve Borthwick in Bordeaux.
11 Dec, 14:29
Appointment of new defence coach can't come quick enough for Bath
Bath came to Dublin having conceded 297 points and 38 tries Premiership tries, and Europe only added to their pain under Stuart Ho…
Liam Heagney
11 Dec, 13:21
Free-flowing first-half is enough for Leinster to breeze past Bath
The 25,403 spectators were treated to a free-flowing first half, at the end of which Leinster led Bath 31-13 in the Champions Cup.…
11 Dec, 12:58
A George Ford kick proves decisive as Leicester grab win in France
George Ford kicked 11 points with Guy Porter scoring their only try as Leicester maintained their unbeaten start to the season at …
11 Dec, 12:48
Bath player ratings vs Leinster | Champions Cup
The Bath player ratings live from Dublin on a damaging day where their wounding Premiership struggles continued on into the Champi…
Liam Heagney
11 Dec, 12:12
Dupont provides Toulouse with masterful direction in Cardiff
Cardiff produced a battling display despite ravaged playing resources in going down to a 39-7 defeat against European champions To…
11 Dec, 9:02
'I don't hate them as a people' - Lowe wants Leinster to be 'hated'
Ireland wing James Lowe “hates” the Crusaders Super Rugby franchise because they have dominated the competition for so many ye…
Chris Jones
11 Dec, 4:55
The admiration Chris Boyd has for Finn Russell after Friday night
Northampton boss Chris Boyd could only admire Finn Russell after the Racing 92 fly-half orchestrated a 45-14 Heineken Champions Cu…
11 Dec, 4:34
Newcastle edge clear in second half to beat Worcester in Challenge Cup opener
Newcastle scored four tries as they edged Worcester 31-26 in their European Challenge Cup opener at Kingston Park.
10 Dec, 17:55
Finn Russell stars for Racing 92 as Northampton suffer big defeat in Euro opener
Finn Russell inspired Racing 92 to a resounding 45-14 Champions Cup victory at Franklin’s Gardens, where Northampton emerged as …
10 Dec, 17:38
'Something must be done' - Dai Young begs Government for help
Three players and three staff members underwent a 10-day period of isolation in Cape Town and will now have to quarantine in the U…
10 Dec, 12:41
Koch out, what's Dupont? - Jim Hamilton's Friday Five
Jim Hamilton looks are five talking points across the game of rugby heading into the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup. …
Jim Hamilton
10 Dec, 11:38
Priestland the latest Cardiff player to speak out over Covid-19 chaos
Cardiff standoff Rhys Priestland is the latest player to speak out over the welfare of players caught up in Covid-19 chaos resulti…
Ian Cameron
10 Dec, 9:06
Edinburgh lose 3 Scotland internationals ahead of Saracens clash
Edinburgh will be without the injured Jamie Ritchie, Darcy Graham and Blair Kinghorn for their European Challenge Cup clash with S…
10 Dec, 8:37
12 players set to make their debut for quarantine-hit Munster
The depth of the Munster squad will be severely tested when they take on Wasps in the opening round of the Champions Cup this Sund…
Liam Heagney
10 Dec, 7:36
Alfie Barbeary returns to back row as Wasps name side for Munster
England prospect Alfie Barbeary will make his first Wasps start of the season as they host Munster at the Coventry Building Societ…
Kim Ekin
10 Dec, 7:28
Andy Goode: Why I like the new Heineken Champions Cup format
European rugby is back this weekend and the new format makes it the most wide open competition we’ve ever seen.
Andy Goode
10 Dec, 6:47
Leinster's European preparations affected by positive Covid tests
Fancied Irish side Leinster have had their preparations for this Saturday's Champions Cup opener versus Bath affected by a Covid o…
Liam Heagney
10 Dec, 6:45
'I'm sure he'll handle pressure of a home crowd baying for blood'
Georgian referee Nika Amashukeli is set for a Champions Cup baptism of fire when he takes charge of Castres versus Harlequins on S…
Liam Heagney
10 Dec, 5:06
John Mitchell wants Wasps to take Munster rookies 'deep'
Wasps are planning to pile on the agony for Munster who have endured the most disruptive build up to any match in their Heineken C…
Chris Jones
10 Dec, 3:52
Northampton make three changes while Racing include Finn Russell
Talisman Finn Russell has been restored to a star-studded Racing 92 line-up for Friday's Champions Cup opener away to Northampton …
Liam Heagney
09 Dec, 8:07
Munster's van Graan on the speculation that he is wanted by Bath
Ex-Springboks assistant Johann van Graan has reacted to speculation that he could be tempted by Bath to leave Munster for the 2022…
Liam Heagney
09 Dec, 7:09
The 'hurry up' Test team comparison that has Saints fearing Racing
Recent domestic results have Northampton tipped to start Europe well, but Saints boss Chris Boyd is concerned about the threat Rac…
Liam Heagney
07 Dec, 13:38
'We had a team of Welsh officials who got so much abuse...'
Exeter were crowned Champions Cup champions in October 2020 but a first-ever European trip to France ten years earlier still buoys…
Liam Heagney
07 Dec, 13:32
'In Paris, he was enjoying the baguettes or the red wine...'
The stint Simon Zebo had in Paris before his return to Munster for the 2021/22 season came up in conversation on this week's Rugby…
Liam Heagney
07 Dec, 13:23
What Cardiff make of 'slightly misfit group' preparing for Toulouse
Cardiff have a party of 42 players and staff in isolation at a hotel just outside London until next week after their Champions Cup…
07 Dec, 13:17
'It's kill or be killed': What O'Gara most likes about Euro revamp
With pool matches in the Champions Cup cut from six to four, La Rochelle boss Ronan O'Gara is embracing the reduced margin of erro…
Liam Heagney
07 Dec, 8:11
'Too much risk': Quarantined Scarlets hand Bristol a 28-0 walkover
The Champions Cup has suffered a serious setback before a ball has been kicked in 2021/22, Scarlets pulling out of their game vers…
Liam Heagney
07 Dec, 6:24
The 'little pebble under your beach mat' driving on Harlequins
It's now twelve months since Harlequins bombed in Europe, a memory that new boss Tabai Matson has revealed was mentioned during pr…
Liam Heagney
07 Dec, 5:12
EPCR dismisses COVID postponement possibilities
European rugby’s governing body EPCR have firmly shut the door on the suggestion that some of this weekend’s games could be re…
Paul Smith
06 Dec, 11:46
This weekend's Heineken Champions Cup includes a free-to-air live match
Heineken Champions Cup action returns this weekend with a leading clash available on free-to-air TV.
Paul Smith
06 Dec, 7:42
'If we don't win in Europe it's not been a great season' - Johnny Sexton
Johnny Sexton has upped the stakes for Leinster ahead of next weekend's opening round of Heineken Champions Cup action.
Paul Smith
06 Dec, 6:25
EPCR statement: Clarification issued amid Omicron travel chaos
European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have issued a clarification for clubs regarding the upcoming opening round of the European…
Ian Cameron
02 Dec, 10:49
'Catastrophic for careers' - Scarlets beg EPCR to reconsider postponement
The Welsh region are due to play their tournament opener at Bristol on December 11, just a day after finishing their 10-day quaran…
02 Dec, 6:06
No plans to derail Heineken Champions Cup over new variant
Heineken Champions Cup chiefs currently have no plans to postpone games on the tournament’s opening weekend, the PA news agency …
29 Nov, 12:32
Rugby chiefs monitoring situation as Munster and Cardiff remain in SA
European rugby chiefs are monitoring the situation with Munster and Cardiff after their plans to return home from South Africa wer…
29 Nov, 7:33
What a potential Club World Cup for rugby should look like
If reports in recent days and weeks are to be believed, rugby could be on the brink of creating a revolutionary, and long-awaited,…
Alex McLeod
15 Oct, 0:54
'NZR and the franchises in New Zealand are really up for it'
URC CEO Martin Anayi has been speaking on The Rugby Pod about the ambitious idea for the formation of a Club World Cup in 2024.
Liam Heagney
12 Oct, 14:14
Discarded Cheetahs' European dreams dashed
The Cheetahs’ aspiration of returning to Europe has come to an abrupt end. Following their exclusion from the European-based PRO…
07 Oct, 10:06
Leinster to host Bath, Toulouse away to Cardiff as EPCR confirm matches
Toulouse will travel to Cardiff in the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup in December, while Irish heavyweights Leinster …
Kim Ekin
07 Oct, 7:18
'Degree of sadness': Exit statement from EPCR chairman Halliday
Ex-England winger Simon Halliday has issued an exit statement after his six-and-a-half-year stint as EPCR chairman came to an end.…
Sam Smith
06 Oct, 5:28
Super Cup: Rugby Europe release more details on rugby's newest club comp
Rugby Europe have unveiled the calendar of the first season of the Rugby Europe Super Cup, the first ever club competition solely …
Kim Ekin
02 Sep, 10:13
Champions Cup: Quins tied with Castres and Cardiff, Leinster face Bath and MHR
The draw for the 2022/22 Champions Cup has taken place in Lausanne, 24 teams including champions Toulouse coming out of the hat.
21 Jul, 8:24
New Rugby Europe Super Cup to 'bridge the gap' between club and Test rugby
Rugby Europe - in conjunction with World Rugby - are launching a new European club competition: The Rugby Europe Super Cup.
Ian Cameron
07 Jul, 4:39
'Mortified': How England RWC winner damaged the 2001 Heineken Cup
Leicester delayed a 20th-anniversary dinner for the 2001 Heineken Cup win but Lewis Moody was confessional in the already printed …
Liam Heagney
30 Jun, 5:56
Champions Cup to re-run 2 pool, nine weekend comp for 2021/22 season
The EPCR are to continue with the new, shortened format of the Heineken Champions Cup as seen in the pandemic hit 2020/21 iteratio…
Sam Smith
28 Jun, 8:24
Jerome Kaino's final bow
Four years on from his departure from New Zealand, Jerome Kaino is enjoying his final days as a player.
Patrick McKendry
17 Jun, 19:42
Botia learns his fate after becoming the first red-carded Champions Cup final player
Fijian international Levani Botia lasted just 28 minutes of the May 22 Champions Cup final and he has now been banned for his red …
Sam Smith
02 Jun, 11:20
'I've got a fever': Ex-European Cup winner's bid to climb Everest is delayed by quarantine
Former Leinster lock Damian Browne - who also played for Connacht, Northampton, Brive and Oyonnax - was climbing Everest until he …
Liam Heagney
25 May, 6:23
The prop who somehow beat the most defenders in the Heineken Champions Cup Final
The Heineken Champions Cup often throws up some fun facts and statistical anomalies, but one on the weekend caught the eye more th…
Sam Smith
24 May, 9:34
'Very, very poor' - Former Scotland coach slams performance of English refs in Champions Cup
"Our officiating at the top level is having such an impact on the game, and slowing the game. We're seeing far too much of referee…
Josh Raisey
24 May, 5:45
Antoine Dupont becomes first Frenchman to win EPCR European Player of the Year
Antoine Dupont has capped an outstanding season by becoming the first French player to win the prestigious EPCR European Player of…
Sam Smith
23 May, 5:05
'It feels great to get that fifth star' - Toulouse celebrate Champions Cup glory
Back row Jerome Kaino revealed Toulouse were motivated by the club’s past successes as they became the first team to win five He…
23 May, 4:36
Toulouse edge out 14-man La Rochelle to win Champions Cup for record fifth time
Toulouse claimed a record fifth European crown as they defeated 14-man French rivals La Rochelle 22-17 to win the Heineken Champio…
22 May, 14:34
Video - Botia gets first red card ever in a European final
Levani Botia has been sent off in the Heineken Champions Cup final, the first red card ever brandished in a European final.
Ian Cameron
22 May, 12:47
Champions Cup final packs may be the heaviest ever
When it comes to heavyweight finals, it doesn't come much heavier than Toulouse versus La Rochelle - literally.
Ian Cameron
22 May, 10:56
2009 Lions tour fuelled Cheslin Kolbe's love of rugby
The Springboks star has fond memories of the British and Irish Lions.
22 May, 4:59
British & Irish Lions player ratings vs Japan | 2021 Lions series
Leicester Tigers player rating: Steve Borthwick's side were aiming to become the fifth club in the history of European competition…
Ian Cameron
21 May, 17:06
The biggest game of Charlie Faumuina's life
It is striking to hear Charlie Faumuina, a 50-Test All Black and World Cup winner, a prop who has faced the British and Irish Lion…
Jamie Lyall
21 May, 12:25
The secrets learned at Munster that Ronan O'Gara is teaching La Rochelle
Irishman O’Gara has made a significant impact since his appointment as head coach.
21 May, 9:12
La Rochelle change two and Toulouse three as teams named for their all-French European decider
The La Rochelle and Toulouse teams have been named for this Saturday's all-French Champions Cup showpiece final at Twickenham.
Liam Heagney
21 May, 7:48
'I'm not too sure what the reason is for that' - Cheslin Kolbe's surprising Champions Cup admission
Toulouse winger Cheslin Kolbe admits that his nerves leading up to this weekend's Heineken Champions Cup Final are worse than prio…
Ian Cameron
21 May, 7:28
The fear stalking Luke Pearce ahead of becoming the youngest ever referee for a Champions Cup final
RFU referee Luke Pearce will create history on Saturday but he has one fear about being in charge of the all-French Champions Cup …
Liam Heagney
21 May, 7:12
Video: Flags and flares create raucous atmosphere as La Rochelle fly out for first Champions Cup final
La Rochelle headed to England on Thursday for the biggest match in the club's history, Saturday's Champions Cup final versus Toulo…
Josh Raisey
20 May, 12:40
The empire strikes back
After a decade of decline, Toulouse are on the brink of a new era of European domination.
Gavin Mortimer
20 May, 12:04
'I was living a double life, going to school in one of the rich and fancy suburbs, where I saw things that I could only dream of'
Dillyn Leyds on the prospect of two Cape Town kids from the wrong side of the tracks getting ready for the La Rochelle vs Toulouse…
Jamie Lyall
20 May, 8:03
'We're going to meet up at Darren Garforth's house for a socially distanced pint': 20 years on from Leicester's breakthrough European title
It's now 20 years since Leicester won their first European Cup, a final World Cup winner Ben Kay calls his 'favourite rugby match'…
Liam Heagney
19 May, 13:43
'I'm not sure what the reason is': Cheslin Kolbe's staggering comparison about World Cup and European final nerves
World Cup-winning Springboks winger Cheslin Kolbe has made a staggering admission ahead of this Saturday's European final with Tou…
Liam Heagney
19 May, 7:35
'I will not change my behaviour this week': The vow La Rochelle boss Ronan O'Gara has made ahead of European decider
A two-time tournament winner as a player, Ronan O'Gare hopes to now win as La Rochelle coach 13 years after beating Toulouse in 20…
Sam Smith
18 May, 11:33
South African sides at risk as plans for Club World Cup 'progressing very nicely'
Plans for a new Club World Cup tournament are "progressing very nicely", but there remains doubts over how South Africa's top side…
Alex McLeod
17 May, 19:45
'The reddest of red cards' missed by Wayne Barnes is belatedly punished as Toulouse skipper Marchand banned for Champions Cup final
Toulouse will have to play their Champions Cup final versus La Rochelle without their skipper Julien Marchand after his ban for fo…
Liam Heagney
13 May, 4:59
Toulouse skipper Marchand cited after officials miss 'the reddest of red cards'
Ex-Lions skippers Brian O'Driscoll and Sam Warburton were left incensed by the alleged foul play of Toulouse skipper Julien Marcha…
Liam Heagney
05 May, 10:05
Watch: Former Wallaby Will Skelton's dominant performance against Leinster has Australian fans hoping for a recall
Australian fans took notice of Skelton's dominant display, and began the campaign to have the 29-year-old selected back into the W…
Sam Smith
04 May, 19:30
Andy Goode suggests moving Champions Cup final again
Former England standoff Andy Goode thinks it would be a good idea to move the Champions Cup finals back to France, after two Top 1…
Sam Smith
03 May, 8:15
'That's the worry for Leinster, when they come up against teams with that power, can they handle it?'
The physical, confrontational style of La Rochelle was reminiscent of past defeats for Leinster in big European games, having lost…
Sam Smith
03 May, 2:36
'Pretty disappointing' - Leo Cullen's reaction to Leinster's semi-final defeat to La Rochelle
Leinster director of rugby Leo Cullen claims his side’s wastefulness in attack cost them a place in the Heineken Champions Cup f…
02 May, 13:56
O'Gara's La Rochelle dump Leinster out of Europe to reach maiden Heineken Champions Cup final
La Rochelle reached their first ever Heineken Champions Cup final with a 32-23 win over Leinster at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre.
02 May, 12:25
Leinster continue quest for record fifth European title against La Rochelle
Leinster will continue their quest for a record fifth European title when they tackle French challengers La Rochelle.
02 May, 6:13
'Much more physical compared to the rugby I've been used to back in South Africa': Springbok star Kolbe rates the strength of the European competition highly
Kolbe hailed Toulouse as a 'phenomenal' club to be a part of, and credits their free-wheeling philosophy as part of the reason why…
Sam Smith
01 May, 21:11
Watch: Foot trip can't stop Cheslin Kolbe as Toulouse's star steps his way through Bordeaux's defence
With a 14-9 lead, Toulouse were looking for the knockout blow late in the game when Kolbe exploded through the defence putting on …
Sam Smith
01 May, 19:52
Toulouse reach first Champions Cup final in 11 years with low-frills win over Bordeaux
Matthis Lebel scored an early try and Antoine Dupont another late on as Toulouse got the better of Bordeaux in the Champions Cup s…
01 May, 13:29
'That is the reddest of red cards': Ex-Lions skippers O'Driscoll and Warburton raging over unpunished Marchand headshot
Toulouse skipper Julien Marchand escaped a likely red card during his team's victory in Saturday's all-French Champions Cup semi-f…
Liam Heagney
01 May, 12:37
'The leaders got together. It was pretty clear what we had to do'
Leicester captain Tom Youngs reflected on a job well done after the Tigers reached a first European final for 12 years.
01 May, 4:05
Leicester fight back from 11-point deficit to break 12-year hoodoo
Leicester reached a first European final for 12 years as they claimed an impressive 33-24 Challenge Cup victory over Ulster at Mat…
30 Apr, 17:26
Gatland in town as Sam Underhill looks to push Lions bid
Sam Underhill will complete a half-century of Bath appearances knowing a strong performance against Montpellier.
30 Apr, 12:24
Leinster change three from the XV that dethroned European champions Exeter
Leinster earned great praise for going to Sandy Park and dethroning Exeter and they have now named their Champions Cup semi-final …
Liam Heagney
30 Apr, 7:41
Twickenham to host fan-friendly European finals next month with details also confirmed for next season's format
With Marseille ruled of hosting, EPCR have turned to Twickenham to stage next month's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals.
Liam Heagney
30 Apr, 5:21
Leicester Tigers' very mediocre record against Ulster and 16 other European rugby factoids
It's a big semi-final weekend in Europe, with eight teams vying to make four spots across the two EPCR tournament finals after wha…
26 Apr, 10:09
'Global club competition' a possibility says EPCR chairman
EPCR Chairman Simon Halliday has confirmed that the three main northern hemisphere leagues have agreed in principle a further eigh…
Ian Cameron
25 Apr, 13:47
'I was just bricking it for the whole weekend, so nervous, sick with nerves... worried if I make a mistake what are people going to think of me'
Jack Conan was a nervous wreck when emerging Leinster but he is now in the prime of his career and loving the pit in the stomach f…
Liam Heagney
25 Apr, 4:58
Bristol revise the heated first impression of their Champions Cup crash
The dust has settled on the Bristol Champions Cup exit, with boss Pat Lam taking frustrations out on the training ground and not o…
Liam Heagney
14 Apr, 12:48
Romain Ntamack masters kicking game as Toulouse see off Clermont Auvergne
Romain Ntamack kicked all of his side’s points as Toulouse beat Clermont Auvergne 21-12 to secure their place in the Heineken Ch…
11 Apr, 12:56
Leinster face another away-day arm wrestle as Champions Cup semi-final draw confirmed
Following the weekend's Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-final, the ECPR have confirmed the draw for the semi-fina…
Ian Cameron
11 Apr, 12:21
Giant kick sees Bordeaux-Begles squeeze past Racing 92 to reach maiden Champions Cup semi-final
Bordeaux-Begles are through to the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals for the first time after the kicking of Matthieu Jalibert se…
11 Apr, 10:33
'So it was game over': Chris Boyd pinpoints what went wrong in the second half for Northampton Saints in their defeat to Ulster
Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd was disappointed with his side’s second-half performance as they surrendered a 22-14 ha…
10 Apr, 22:23
Ulster end Northampton's European Challenge Cup dreams with entertaining victory
Northampton’s bid to reach their first European semi-final since 2014 ended in failure in a superb European Challenge Cup game.
10 Apr, 17:58
Rob Baxter's reaction to being dumped out of Europe by Leinster
Exeter boss Rob Baxter was left to reflect on what might have been after seeing his team’s Heineken Champions Cup defence ended.
10 Apr, 15:42
'Should it have been yellow card, red card, why is it neither? Explain': Raynal's divisive 'no card' head shot decisions
Two 'no card' Exeter decisions made by referee Mathieu Raynal on Saturday bemused BT Sport's experts and divided opinion on Twitte…
Liam Heagney
10 Apr, 15:20
Holders Chiefs exit Champions Cup after Leinster flex European pedigree
Holders Exeter were knocked out of the Heineken Champions Cup after tournament heavyweights Leinster won a titanic quarter-final 3…
10 Apr, 15:08
Exeter player ratings vs Leinster - 2021 Champions Cup
Exeter player ratings: Exeter’s hopes of retaining their European crown came to a shuddering halt at Sandy Park this evening as …
Gavin Harper
10 Apr, 14:57
'It went wrong for us against their set-piece power': Sale highlight why they got hit for six in France
Sale retained hopes of Champions Cup progress at half-time in France but it then all fell asunder for Alex Sanderson and co in Fra…
10 Apr, 13:46
Sale player ratings vs La Rochelle - 2021 Champions Cup quarter-final
Sale were in France on Saturday looking to win their way through to a first-ever Champions Cup semi-final just six days after visi…
Liam Heagney
10 Apr, 12:21
'We couldn't do anything right... They probably should have won by more'
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards admitted his side “couldn’t do anything right” at the scrums as they fell to a 39-…
10 Apr, 10:55
'He's just a gainline monster... the props love him scrummaging on them because he gives flat out energy and weight at scrum time'
So much Exeter back row talk focuses on Sam Simmonds, but Rob Baxter has highlighted the valuable role of Dave Ewers and Jacques V…
Liam Heagney
10 Apr, 5:57
'We are going to miss him, but I am so pleased that he is in a position where he can leave having won trophies'
Stuart Hooper says Bath are “chuffed to bits” after securing a place in this season’s European Challenge Cup semi-finals.
10 Apr, 4:32
Henry Slade says 'history means nothing' as Exeter face European rugby royalty
Henry Slade says that “history means nothing” ahead of Exeter’s crunch Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash against Le…
10 Apr, 4:24
A six-day turnaround in knockout rugby is absolutely criminal - Andy Goode
The French sides are dominant in Europe this season but the fact that Sale are having to cross the Channel on a six-day turnaround…
Andy Goode
10 Apr, 3:28
Bath hold off London Irish to advance to European Challenge Cup semi-finals
Bath became the first team through to this season’s European Challenge Cup semi-finals after beating London Irish.
09 Apr, 17:18
Double champions Exeter explain why their five-metre attack is so brutal to stop
How Exeter cut teams open with their five-metre attack was pivotal to last season's Champions Cup and Premiership title glories.
Liam Heagney
09 Apr, 12:04
Sale keep the faith but La Rochelle make six changes for Saturday's quarter-final
Sale have opted to stick by their Champions Cup starting XV from last Sunday but the more rested La Rochelle make a half-dozen cha…
Sam Smith
09 Apr, 8:55
Sexton returns for Leinster showdown with Exeter
Johnny Sexton will again captain Leinster face Exeter in the quarter-final of the Heineken Champions Cup tomorrow at Sandy Park.
09 Apr, 7:33
The Sale reaction to the corner-cutting disadvantage no other Champions Cup quarter-finalist has had to put up with this week
Sale are looking to progress to their first-ever Champions Cup semi-final but they go into the quarter-final at a serious disadvan…
Liam Heagney
09 Apr, 5:45
'That is a frustration... we are going to the TMO an awful lot to try and find some form of foul play'
Rugby refereeing has come in for much scrutiny in 2021 and Brian O'Driscoll has now outlined his frustrations with what is going o…
Liam Heagney
08 Apr, 14:14
'We had boys calling Welsh team calls as opposed to Scarlets calls': Incredible excuse emerges for Champions Cup hammering
The feeble manner of the Champions Cup exit by Scarlets raised eyebrows and a startling excuse has now been offered by the club CE…
Sam Smith
08 Apr, 12:14
Rob Baxter tackles hype that this is the year of the French in the Champions Cup
There has been much chatter about five French clubs qualifying for the Champions Cup last-eight but Exeter boss Rob Baxter isn't b…
Liam Heagney
08 Apr, 7:55
'If he is angry and has got a point to prove to England then that's great and there is nothing wrong with that'
Sam Simmonds’ stellar season is fuelled by ability rather than anger over being ignored by England, according to his Exeter boss…
08 Apr, 4:15
Faf de Klerk has broken his silence about being on the receiving end of X-rated Jake Ball tackle
Last Sunday's contact by Jake Ball with the head of Faf de Klerk generated a big reaction and the Sale scrum-half has now broken h…
Liam Heagney
07 Apr, 14:25
What Exeter really think of Leinster's proud European pedigree ahead of Saturday's quarter-final
There is a massive difference between what Rob Baxter's Exeter and Irish side Leinster have historically achieved in the Champions…
07 Apr, 10:09
'Frank Murphy, why didn't you check it?' The Rugby Pod on the refereeing decision that saved 'chokers' Clermont at Wasps
Clermont pulled off a last-gasp Champions Cup escape at Wasps last Saturday that has left The Rugby Pod up in arms on their latest…
Liam Heagney
07 Apr, 8:39
'Half their team is shark bait, so you can't go after half a team'
Alex Sanderson has been sizing up the prospect of Sale taking on a star-studded La Rochelle team with a heavyweight, intensely phy…
06 Apr, 13:27
Nigel Owens has his say on Jake Ball's unpunished clear-out of Faf de Klerk
Social media has been busy reviewing Jake Ball's tackle on Sale Sharks' Faf de Klerk, with Nigel Owens even tweeting twice it.
Josh Raisey
06 Apr, 11:29
'We would rather get it wrong by giving them more time': Leinster's Ryan, Doris concussion update
Concussion issues have made James Ryan and Caelan Doris unavailable to Leinster who next face Exeter away in the Champions Cup.
Sam Smith
06 Apr, 6:00
Confirmed: Referee appointments for this weekend's European quarter-finals
The EPCR’s Match Officials Selection Committee has confirmed the referee appointments for this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cu…
05 Apr, 10:00
Leinster to be without key players for Exeter match
Leinster will not be getting a late injury boost ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup match with Exeter Chiefs, with many of thei…
Ian Cameron
05 Apr, 9:33
'They are better than that, and we know that. We caught them cold and we were red-hot'
Alex Sanderson says Sale Sharks will relish the prospect of a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against La Rochelle’s “gala…
05 Apr, 5:28
Former All Black John Afoa expertly trolls opposition coach in the tunnel before Bristol Bears clash with Bordeaux
Former All Black prop John Afoa has expertly trolled Bordeaux Beagles coach Christophe Urios before his side's European clash agai…
Sam Smith
04 Apr, 20:43
Watch: Welsh lock gets off scot-free after fouling Faf De Klerk with crushing clothesline tackle
Sale's scrumhalf was preparing to launch a box kick with his hands placed on the ball when the Scarlets big man decided to launch …
Sam Smith
04 Apr, 19:27
Ulster thump Harlequins to book Challenge Cup quarter-final with Northampton
Ulster will play Northampton in the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup next weekend after a thumping 57-21 victory…
04 Apr, 17:23
Sale Sharks dismantle Scarlets as AJ MacGinty breaks Charlie Hodgson record
Sale Sharks booked a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final trip to La Rochelle after crushing the Scarlets 57-14 in Llanelli.
04 Apr, 14:41
Bordeaux-Begles gain European revenge on Bristol
Bordeaux-Begles gained ample revenge for their extra-time defeat by Bristol in last season’s European Challenge Cup semi-final.
04 Apr, 12:57
'Ugly' - Richard Cockerill's brutal admission after Edinburgh clobbered by Racing 92
Racing are one of four French sides to reach the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.
04 Apr, 10:56
Racing 92 crush Edinburgh to book last eight spot
Racing’s 56-3 victory made them the fourth French side to reach the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals.
04 Apr, 10:13
'When I was a bit younger a coach said that I would never be a scrum-half... I was a bit podgy'
A resilient child growing up, Exeter No9 Jack Maunder has published an early development book that he even recently read to kids a…
Liam Heagney
04 Apr, 4:57
Newcastle, Northampton and Leicester all reach Challenge Cup semi-finals
Newcastle recovered from 14-0 down to claim their place in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup with a thrilling 28-24…
04 Apr, 4:45
Jonny Hill to the fore as Exeter overcome poor start to reach Champions Cup quarter-finals
Rob Baxter’s Exeter slipped 14-0 behind to Lyon after just eight minutes but there was to be no Champions Cup upset at Sandy Par…
03 Apr, 15:31
Exeter player ratings vs Lyon - 2020/21 Champions Cup
Here is how the Exeter players rated after they recovered from some early Lyon headaches to bounce back and win their Champions Cu…
Liam Heagney
03 Apr, 15:08
Two-try Antoine Dupont helps Toulouse end Munster's European hopes in thriller
Antoine Dupont came alive during the final quarter, touching down twice to help Toulouse win away at Munster in the Champions Cup.…
03 Apr, 13:27
'We were the best team on the field': Wasps boss Blackett gutted by dramatic defeat
French heavyweights Clermont floored Lee Blackett and Wasps with the final play of a pulsating clash to win 27-25 at the Ricoh Are…
03 Apr, 11:09
The Paolo Odogwu show is ruined as Clermont ambush Wasps with last-gasp converted try
Camille Lopez converted Kotaro Matsushima’s try with the game’s last kick as Clermont dramatically beat Wasps to reach the qua…
03 Apr, 10:54
Wasps player ratings vs Clermont - 2020/21 Champions Cup
Here are the player ratings after Wasps looked to have done enough for a Champions Cup win over Clermont before suffering a late a…
Liam Heagney
03 Apr, 10:05
'The boys have given me a bit of stick because it looks like I celebrated as if we won the World Cup'
The exuberant celebration of Stuart Hogg when Scotland scored the winning try didn't go unnoticed at Exeter where he has come in f…
03 Apr, 5:33
'Tony Spreadbury was in with me last week... we're losing games by a point and every penalty counts'
Wasps arrive into Champions Cup action on Saturday with the reputation of being the most indisciplined team in this season's Premi…
Liam Heagney
03 Apr, 4:29
Gloucester knocked out by La Rochelle after losing Rees-Zammit in the warm-up
Although Premiership strugglers Gloucester delivered some impressive moments, they were ultimately overpowered by an efficient La …
02 Apr, 17:33
EPCR award Leinster a walkover after controversial cancellation of game with Toulon
Toulon were left angered that close contact tracing would rule out their front row, leaving Leinster receiving a Champions Cup wal…
Liam Heagney
02 Apr, 13:39
'He is nowhere near the finished product': Wasps' verdict on Matteo Minozzi, but it isn't a negative
It has been a difficult time for Matteo Minozzi, opting out of playing for Italy and struggling for form at Wasps, but Lee Blacket…
Liam Heagney
02 Apr, 12:52
'It's disgusting': Toulon president slams decision to cancel his team's match at Leinster
Leinster versus Toulon was set to be the highlight of the Champions Cup restart but it was cancelled less than five hours before k…
Liam Heagney
02 Apr, 11:13
Unused England call-up Paolo Odogwu to start first match since January 8 as Wasps make three changes to face Clermont
It's been a frustrating twelve weeks in between match starts for Paolo Odogwu who was in the form of his life at Wasps before Engl…
Sam Smith
02 Apr, 8:52
Champions Cup restart thrown into chaos by Leinster versus Toulon cancellation
Following a horrible winter of cancellations, the Leinster versus Toulon round of 16 match was set to get the Champions Cup going …
Liam Heagney
02 Apr, 7:57
Exeter keep two of their Six Nations contingent on the bench despite 14 changes to their XV to play Lyon
Defending champions Exeter are back on Heineken Champions Cup duty this Saturday and they have shaken up their XV after last weeke…
Liam Heagney
02 Apr, 7:37
Leinster make four Champions Cup changes for Toulon following their latest PRO14 title success
Ambushed by Saracens at home in September, Leinster have named the team they hope can make Champions Cup amends versus Toulon.
Liam Heagney
01 Apr, 7:52
Gloucester make one change as they prepare to host 'seriously big man' Will Skelton and La Rochelle
Ex-Saracens forward Will Skelton is on a European mission this Friday with La Rochelle against a Gloucester XV containing one chan…
Liam Heagney
01 Apr, 7:25
Decisions are in from the Nonu red card and Tekori citing hearings
Ma'a Nonu and Joe Tekori got into disciplinary trouble in France last weekend and the verdicts are in regarding the Toulon and Tou…
Sam Smith
01 Apr, 5:48
The red tape reason why Rynhardt Elstadt isn't available for the Toulouse trip to Munster
Rynhardt Elstadt was expecting to be involved in this weekend's Champions Cup round of 16 match but the Toulouse forward will now …
Sam Smith
31 Mar, 11:23
Bristol issue Semi Radradra fitness update following last weekend's comeback appearance
It was last weekend in the dramatic win over Harlequins when Fijian Semi Radradra played his first game since January for Bristol.…
31 Mar, 10:35
Plan for Marseille to host this May's European finals has been abandoned
The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals were due to be held in Marseille this May but that EPCR plan has now been scuppered.
Sam Smith
31 Mar, 10:22
Double champions Exeter issue warning to trophy rivals
With six wins in nine Premiership games and their Six Nations players back, Rob Baxter reckons double champions Exeter are perfect…
Liam Heagney
31 Mar, 7:23
'He has got such X-factor... when he has a seven out of ten he is not happy with that'
Alfie Barbeary, the 20-year-old December Premiership player of the month and an England training call-up, is back fit and buzzing …
Liam Heagney
31 Mar, 4:42
'Eddie wouldn't have kept him if he didn't like him': Unused England call-up Odogwu set for first Wasps start in 12 weeks
Uncapped Paolo Odogwu spent the entire Six Nations with England without playing and hasn't started for Wasps since January 8 versu…
30 Mar, 11:12
Marcell Coetzee ruled out of Ulster's Challenge Cup clash with Harlequins
Meanwhile, Zebre's Marco Manfredi has been banned for three weeks following his red card against Ulster on March 19. 
Sam Smith
29 Mar, 12:01
Leinster facing out-half crisis with Sexton and Byrne both doubts for Toulon
Head coach Leo Cullen could be forced to plan without both of his senior 10s for Friday's game at the RDS.
Ciarán Kennedy
29 Mar, 9:39
33 players newly registered by 14 clubs ahead of next week's Champions Cup resumption
A feast of rugby awaits in the Champions Cup over the Easter weekend and 14 clubs have registered 33 new players for the knockouts…
Sam Smith
25 Mar, 9:55
Exact dates, venues and kick-off times confirmed for Champions Cup round of 16
Leinster vs Toulon will get the Champions Cup round of 16 started on April 2, with defending champions Exeter in action at home a …
Sam Smith
16 Mar, 11:25
Defending champions Exeter face possible Leinster/Toulon quarter-final as European draws are finally made
With the pool rounds cancelled in January, the Champions Cup will restart with knockout stage games where champions Exeter have it…
09 Mar, 8:40
5 teams handed home ties as Champions Cup restart details confirmed
With rounds three and four cancelled in January, EPCR have come up with revised formats to finish this season's Champions and Chal…
Sam Smith
24 Feb, 9:36
Top League chairman and other leading rugby bosses throw support behind Club World Cup concept
Top League chairman Osamu Ota has joined other leading rugby bosses in throwing support behind the concept of a Club World Cup.
Sam Smith
19 Feb, 23:39
'I'm extremely keen': Kurtley Beale outlines World Cup ambitions as he eyes Wallabies comeback
Kurtley Beale has outlined his ambition to return to the Australian national set-up under Dave Rennie as he eyes a place at the 20…
Online Editors
25 Jan, 23:21
'I'll choose my words carefully': EPCR boss hits out at French government's Champions Cup call-off
Ex-England wing Simon Halliday is EPCR chairman and he has been left flabbergasted by French government interference in the Champi…
Liam Heagney
20 Jan, 4:16
'Rugby needs good news': EPCR boss delivers update on whether South African clubs like the Bulls can play Champions Cup
Powerhouse South African franchises such as the Bulls, who will soon play in PRO16, want to also qualify for the European Champion…
Liam Heagney
19 Jan, 11:54
Likely Champions Cup round of 16 draw will see Exeter visit Wasps, Radradra back at Bordeaux
6 Premiership, 6 Top 14 and four PRO14 teams are set to be involved in a knockout round of 16 to restart the stalled Champions Cup…
Liam Heagney
15 Jan, 5:16
Premiership Rugby confirms revamped Champions Cup format after pool fixtures cancelled
The final two pool rounds of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup were called off due to health and safety concerns in France.
14 Jan, 11:34
Champions Cup and Challenge Cup seasons officially suspended by EPCR
EPCR say they remain committed to trying to find a solution which will enable it to resume and complete the tournaments.
Ciarán Kennedy
11 Jan, 12:42
Champions Cup and Challenge Cup won't be abandoned if French teams pull out - EPCR boss
The French government are today expected to pull their teams from rounds three and four of the two competitions due to fresh Covid…
Ciarán Kennedy
11 Jan, 7:43
'We've got to create space': Premiership bosses want games moved forward if European fixtures called off
Rob Baxter and Pat Lam believe that Gallagher Premiership games should be moved forward if necessary to free up fixture schedule s…
10 Jan, 20:17
Final rounds of Champions Cup pool games to be postponed
The final two Champions Cup pool fixture rounds were due to be played on successive January weekend but the French ministry have i…
09 Jan, 9:05
French clubs to learn European fate on Saturday after crunch talks
Decisions on continued participation in the Heineken Champions and Challenge Cups could have implications for the Six Nations.
08 Jan, 14:45
Calling a halt to the Champions Cup seems like common sense - Andy Goode
The French clubs and government have thrown the future of this season’s Champions Cup into doubt and if we’re honest, they hav…
Andy Goode
08 Jan, 11:34
French government intervention threatens next weekend's Champions and Challenge Cup matches
French clubs were not happy with a number of situations that developed in last month's Champions and Challenge Cup fixtures.
Online Editors
08 Jan, 7:16
New ground set to be broken as unknown Georgian referee handed plum round three Champions Cup tie
Boundaries will be pushed back next weekend in European when an unknown Georgian referee takes charge of a Champions Cup game in P…
Online Editors
06 Jan, 8:21
Defending champions Exeter react to drastic call from France to cancel this season's Champions Cup
Exeter are hoping to welcome Toulouse to Sandy Park this month but there are calls elsewhere in France to scrap the 2020/21 Champi…
Liam Heagney
06 Jan, 7:31
EPCR statement: Covid-19 protocols review
The EPCR have held a meeting to discuss their Covid-19 protocols, hot on the heels of rumblings from France suggesting a number of…
Online Editors
04 Jan, 13:11
Lyon's Bastareaud suffers season-ending knee injury
The 32-year-old was forced off 15 minutes into Lyon's 12-8 Top 14 defeat to Brive on Sunday.
Online Editors
28 Dec, 12:19
Montpellier fullback Henry Immelman banned for red card hit on Wasp
Montpellier full back Henry Immelman has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing by video con…
Online Editors
24 Dec, 4:33
'I'd really love if Maro Itoje came to the Chiefs': The international stars that NZ coaches would bring to Super Rugby
South Africa's and Argentina's absences from Super Rugby in 2021 removes some of the competition's international flavour, but some…
Online Editors
21 Dec, 19:08
Kurtley Beale's outrageous Champions Cup stats and other factoids
The cream is rising to the top in Europe following two rounds of the Champions Cup which, despite cancellations, has seen some exc…
Online Editors
21 Dec, 7:10
'Seeing a teammate getting the abuse I'm seeing on Twitter is ridiculous' - Connacht prop defends his captain
Connacht prop Paddy McAllister has jumped to the defence of his captain - Paul Boyle - who has been criticised online following hi…
Online Editors
21 Dec, 6:51
Aki binned as Connacht fail to topple Pat Lam's Bristol Bears
Pat Lam had a happy return to the Sportsground as his Bristol side bagged a 27-18 Heineken Champions Cup bonus-point win over Conn…
20 Dec, 15:38
'We were off in the warm-up' - Gustard felt something was wrong with Harlequins prior to kick-off
Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard will investigate the reasons why his players were off the pace during the warm-up for their …
20 Dec, 13:52
'The most naturally gifted flyhalf in world rugby' - Plaudits flood in for Racing star Russell
The virtuoso performance put on by Racing 92 flyhalf Finn Russell has seen a deluge of plaudits rain in for the Scotland star.
Ian Cameron
20 Dec, 13:23
Harlequins suffer Champions Cup thumping at hands of Racing 92
Harlequins’ hopes of making an impression on the Champions Cup campaign came to a brutal end as they were crushed 49-7 by Racing…
20 Dec, 12:39
Sam Parry posts gruesome image of injury that saw him needing nearly 20 stitches
Ospreys hooker Sam Parry has posted social media images of a gruesome-looking leg injury sustained playing against Worcester Warri…
Ian Cameron
20 Dec, 9:57
Toulon's bitter statement: We were forced into 'heartbreaking decision'
Toulon have claimed that they were forced to back out of their Heineken Champions Cup clash and say they are filled with 'bitterne…
Online Editors
20 Dec, 5:06
'That's what I keep telling the players': Edinburgh finally taking in the message from head coach Cockerill
Mark Bennett’s converted try and three penalties from Jaco Van Der Walt snatched the win from Sale, whose scores came from Denny…
19 Dec, 23:44
'Two players hadn't played senior professional rugby before'
Dragons head coach Dean Ryan was forced to give two players their first taste of senior professional rugby in the cauldron of a He…
19 Dec, 21:43
'Lions Test 8 at the moment': Munster fans ecstatic with Stander's performance in all-time great European win
Three turnovers from Irish loose forward CJ Stander helped Munster turn the tide and reverse a 19-point deficit as they downed Cle…
Online Editors
19 Dec, 19:15
Argentine star Santiago Cordero claims hat-trick as Bordeaux ease past Dragons
Coming on top of their 24-8 home defeat in the opening round against Wasps, it means the Welsh region are unlikely to progress, wh…
19 Dec, 18:04
What coach Johann Van Graan said to his Munster team at halftime before massive comeback at Clermont
The Irish province were 28-9 down against a rampant Clermont Auvergne side after first-half scores from Alivereti Raka, Damian Pen…
19 Dec, 17:51
Edinburgh stun Sale with dramatic comeback victory
Edinburgh produced an excellent comeback from 12 points down to keep their Champions Cup hopes alive following a 16-15 triumph ove…
19 Dec, 16:57
'A player leaving under any circumstances can always be a distraction... but they have got on with the job'
Gloucester had to quickly adjust to life without Danny Cipriani as their game against Ulster came four days after he quit the King…
19 Dec, 14:39
It's now 13 defeats in a row for Northampton, but Chris Boyd hasn't lost all hope yet
It's August 22 since Northampton last won a match, but Chris Boyd hasn't lost all hope yet in his Saints despite latest defeat at …
Liam Heagney
19 Dec, 14:05
Bloodied Gloucester make dramatic winning start to life after Cipriani
Danny Cipriani quit Gloucester last Tuesday and their first match since his exit was a Champions Cup roller coaster versus visitin…
19 Dec, 13:27
Scarlets awarded 28-0 win following Toulon's refusal to play this weekend
Toulon refused to get on the bus to their game on Friday at Scarlets, leaving Champions Cup officials to determine a result in the…
Online Editors
19 Dec, 12:00
'I don't see Tom Wood as a dirty player necessarily': Leinster react to incident with van der Flier
The main talking point with Leo Cullen in Dublin after Leinster defeated Northampton was Tom Wood's breakdown tackle on Josh van d…
Liam Heagney
19 Dec, 11:31
Northampton lose yet again but the margin wasn't the rout predicted for bonus-earning Leinster
It was always expected Northampton would give second best to Leinster in Dublin but they went down fighting after a very slow star…
Liam Heagney
19 Dec, 10:13
'He says he wants to play centre and I'm not sure whether he's joking or not'
Young Alfie Barbeary is supposed to be a hooker but his ability to play other positions currently knows no bounds at Wasps.
Online Editors
19 Dec, 5:24
'This the first time we have played against each other since backyard rugby'
The van der Merwe brothers, 29-year-old Akker and 25-year-old Duhan, are set for a reunion when Sale host Edinburgh on Saturday ni…
Chris Jones
19 Dec, 4:35
Young Alfie Barbeary to the fore as Wasps see off 14-man Montpellier
Wasps rested a raft of their international players but they had too much for 14-man Montpellier with the likes of Alfie Barbeary o…
18 Dec, 17:26
Andrew Brace brandishes red card just seven minutes into his latest Anglo-French fixture
Referee Andrew Brace was in the eye of an England-France Nations Cup final storm and he was quickly centre of attention again on F…
Liam Heagney
18 Dec, 15:53
Bath, Glasgow and defending champions Exeter all handed 28-0 defeats after round two cancellations
Virus outbreaks have led to EPCR taking draconian action against Bath, Glasgow and Exeter following Champions Cup round two cancel…
Liam Heagney
18 Dec, 13:25
European game at Scarlets is off as Toulon fail to turn up after travelling to Wales
A fourth round two match in the Champions Cup has been called off after Toulon refused to turn up at Scarlets on Friday night.
Liam Heagney
18 Dec, 12:21
Chris Boyd follows through on promise, making 8 changes for Northampton trip to Leinster
Chris Boyd said he would likely send a much-changed Northampton XV to Leinster and that is what he has done despite a 12-game losi…
Online Editors
18 Dec, 7:30
Champions Cup plunged into further chaos as La Rochelle vs Bath becomes third game to be cancelled
Stuart Hooper's Bath were due to play La Rochelle in France this weekend but that Champions Cup round two match has now been cance…
Online Editors
17 Dec, 15:26
Glasgow fans fear 'unfair' Champions Cup cancellation punishment
Fans of Glasgow Warriors fear they could be undeservedly punished following the cancellation of their Champions Cup game versus Ly…
Josh Raisey
17 Dec, 10:03
Wasps 'rest' 4 internationals for the visit of Montpellier
Wasps went all out with their Champions Cup XV at Dragons but Joe Launchbury is among those on the missing list to face Montpellie…
Online Editors
17 Dec, 8:35
Paul Gustard responds to Munster's inflammatory 'late hits' accusation
Munster were fuming on Sunday over alleged deliberate Harlequins tactics: Paul Gustard has now responded to the inflammatory accus…
Liam Heagney
16 Dec, 14:54
'It was a little bit scary' - Paul Deacon on filling the Sale shoes of the texting Steve Diamond
Life after Dimes at Sale wasn't something Paul Deacon thought he would ever have to experience but he has now done a week as caret…
Liam Heagney
16 Dec, 14:02
Exeter's European title defence suffers major blow as pair of round two matches cancelled
Exeter began their Champions Cup title defence in wonderful fashion last weekend but a sudden stop has now been put to their gallo…
Online Editors
16 Dec, 9:54
'The headaches are horrible... really nasty': Alex Lozowski had Steve Thompson in his thoughts when recently recovering from concussion
Exiled England midfielder Alex Lozowski recently had his first experience of concussion and it was traumatic for the Montpellier p…
Chris Jones
16 Dec, 8:24
'Oh my Bastareaud, have you seen the size of him at No8?'
The Rugby Pod couldn't allow the Champions Cup impact of Mathieu Bastareaud for Lyon last Sunday to pass without discussion.
Liam Heagney
15 Dec, 11:51
'Although you do have to rest your internationals, when you hear that European music you want to play'
Reintegrating Test players for Champions Cup action has been a tricky balancing act for clubs suggests Wasps boss Lee Blackett.
Chris Jones
15 Dec, 7:23
Lions prop encourages ambitious Scottish players to leave Scotland
Wright was speaking after both Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors made losing starts to their Heineken Champions Cup campaigns.
Online Editors
14 Dec, 6:04
'It was quite clearly a tactic to hit him late' - Van Graan hits out at Quins' treatment of Healy
The 21-year-old fly-half is an injury doubt for Saturday’s trip to Clermont Auvergne after shipping a couple of late hits agains…
14 Dec, 4:23

Want to be on top of every Champions Cup announcement? Keen to learn more about your favourite players? Or would you like to read updates about the tournament’s teams? From news stories and articles to interviews and reports, you’ll find all of this and more in our Champions Cup news hub.

Our rugby gurus cover Heineken Cups from the past, present and future. Explore features about the greatest moments and teams in the history of the tournament, delve into the current season or get ready for the upcoming tournament. With our Heineken Cup news hub, you’ll always have access to the latest insights.