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

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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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.…
PA
31 Mar 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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…
PA
30 Mar 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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…
PA
09 Mar 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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.
PA
14 Jan 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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…
PA
10 Jan 2021, 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…
AAP
09 Jan 2021, 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.
PA
08 Jan 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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…
PA
20 Dec 2020, 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 …
PA
20 Dec 2020, 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 2020, 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…
PA
20 Dec 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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…
PA
18 Dec 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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…
PA
14 Dec 2020, 4:23
Cards fly in Limerick as Munster capitalise on Harlequins back row indiscipline
Munster made Harlequins pay for a lack of discipline as they ran out 21-7 winners in difficult conditions in their Heineken Champi…
PA
13 Dec 2020, 14:57
'We've got Bristol to look forward to ' - Pat Lam's old team want Bears scalp
Connacht head coach Andy Friend believes his side have a massive opportunity to beat Bristol next weekend.
PA
13 Dec 2020, 14:42
Hepher likens Exeter's European trajectory to Leinster and Saracens dynasties
Exeter head coach Ali Hepher is relishing “a fantastic opportunity” to tackle French giants Toulouse in a mouthwatering Heinek…
PA
13 Dec 2020, 14:32
Connacht push Racing 92 all the way in Paris
Connacht claimed a losing bonus point as they were defeated 26-22 by Racing 92 in their Heineken Champions Cup opener in Paris.
PA
13 Dec 2020, 13:14
Exeter launch Champions Cup defence with crushing defeat of Glasgow
Exeter launched their defence of the Heineken Champions Cup by crushing Glasgow 42-0 at Sandy Park.
PA
13 Dec 2020, 12:45
Injury-hit Gloucester monstered by Lyon
Gloucester conceded the most points in their Heineken Champions Cup history as they started the new campaign with a 55-10 hammerin…
PA
13 Dec 2020, 10:52
Wasps boss Blackett left fuming over EPCR handling of imperiled Dragons match
Wasps head coach Lee Blackett revealed his side were not made aware that their Heineken Champions Cup opponents Dragons had return…
PA
13 Dec 2020, 6:33
'I think the lads did Steve proud. He put this squad together. Hopefully he was watching and enjoyed it'
Sale head coach Paul Deacon said his team had done former director of rugby Steve Diamond proud after they ended a tumultuous week…
PA
13 Dec 2020, 5:49
Sam Parry double helps Ospreys to dominant victory over Castres
Two tries from hooker Sam Parry helped Ospreys to a dominant victory over Castres in their opening match of the European Rugby Cha…
PA
12 Dec 2020, 16:37
'Buried a few demons for him' - Leo Cullen on Dan Leavy coming full circle on his return to European Rugby
The former Ireland flanker suffered a horrific injury in the quarter-final against Ulster in Dublin in his previous European outin…
PA
12 Dec 2020, 16:11
'That was pretty disrespectful' - Wasps hooker's unconventional try celebration raises hackles online
Tom Cruse took try celebrations to a whole different place against the Dragons today in the Heineken Champions Cup, raising eyebro…
Ian Cameron
12 Dec 2020, 15:24
Late tries help Wasps secure victory over Dragons in their Champions Cup opener
Wasps finished their first outing in this year’s Heineken Champions Cup in style as late tries secured them a 24-8 bonus point w…
PA
12 Dec 2020, 15:02
Leinster make European statement with away win in Montpellier
Leinster got their Heineken Champions Cup campaign off to a perfect start with a five-try win in Montpellier.
PA
12 Dec 2020, 14:46
Bok worry as Etzebeth injured playing for Toulon
Toulon secondrow Eben Etzebeth failed to return to the field after sustaining a head injury playing for the French side in their H…
Online Editors
12 Dec 2020, 14:17
Sale begin life after Steve Diamond with defeat to Toulon
Sale started the week by losing director of rugby Steve Diamond and ended it with a 26-14 defeat at the hands of Toulon in their H…
PA
12 Dec 2020, 13:20
Leigh Halfpenny masterclass consigns Bath to home defeat to Scarlets
The Welshmen were inspired by full-back Leigh Halfpenny who kicked three penalties and two conversions to keep his side within tou…
PA
12 Dec 2020, 13:06
'We are not are not overawed by this tournament' - Pat Lam reacts to 89 point thriller
Pat Lam admitted that Bristol were ruthlessly punished for their mistakes after French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne floored his …
PA
12 Dec 2020, 12:02
EPCR statement: Dragons versus Wasps
Today's Dragons versus Wasps match will go ahead, despite two members of Dragons' Heineken Cup squad testing positive for Covid-19…
Online Editors
12 Dec 2020, 11:40
Bristol out-gunned by Clermont on return to top tier of European rugby
Bristol were given a masterclass by Clermont Auvergne on their return to top-flight European rugby as the French heavyweights powe…
PA
12 Dec 2020, 10:23
Video - Kolbe inflicts sidestepping 'Groundhog Day' on Jacob Stockdale
Ulster Jacob Stockdale must be sick of the sight of Cheslin Kolble, the Toulouse winger who now surely stalks the Ulsterman's drea…
Ian Cameron
12 Dec 2020, 6:59
Chris Boyd insists execution is Northampton's problem, not a lack of confidence
Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd refused to accept that his side were lacking in confidence after they fell to their 11th …
PA
12 Dec 2020, 0:18
Ulster coach Dan McFarland left frustrated by Toulouse defeat
Ulster coach Dan McFarland bemoaned his side’s wasted opportunities and the conceding of “soft tries” after they opened thei…
PA
12 Dec 2020, 0:10
Leicester leave it late to secure opening bonus-point victory over Brive
Three tries in the final 20 minutes helped Leicester to a bonus-point win over Brive in their opening match of the European Rugby …
PA
11 Dec 2020, 18:20
Kolbe stars as Ulster suffer home defeat to Toulouse in Champions Cup opener
A brace of tries from Cheslin Kolbe helped Toulouse open their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a rare win in Belfast.
PA
11 Dec 2020, 18:11
'There has to be consequences for trolls': Zebo responds to appalling abuse directed at Andrew Brace
Racing 92’s Simon Zebo has said that “there has to be consequences for trolls” after referee Andrew Brace was withdrawn from…
Josh Raisey
11 Dec 2020, 11:56
The bookies' four favourites for the Champions Cup and other talking points
The Heineken Champions Cup will see teams from three leagues – Gallagher Premiership, Guinness PRO14 and French Top 14 – battl…
PA
11 Dec 2020, 9:05
Report: Super Rugby's best set to take on elite European clubs in proposed club world championship
Top clubs and franchises from the northern and southern hemispheres could be in line to square off against one another in a world …
Online Editors
10 Dec 2020, 19:17
Andrew Brace withdrawn from refereeing duty in France over personal abuse
Andrew Brace has been removed from Heineken Champions Cup duty in France next weekend due to the personal abuse he was subjected t…
Ian Cameron
10 Dec 2020, 13:31
Leicester Tigers to unleash Puma Moroni against Brive
Leicester Tigers are set to debut Los Pumas centre Matias Moroni in Friday's Challenge Cup match at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.
Online Editors
10 Dec 2020, 10:13
Northampton Saints welcome back trio of internationals
Northampton Saints have welcomed back a trio of internationals into their starting XV for Friday evening’s visit of Bordeaux-Bè…
Online Editors
10 Dec 2020, 8:38
Full English - Newcastle Falcons name XV entirely made up of EQPs
Newcastle Falcons have named an all-English-qualified starting XV for Friday’s European Rugby Challenge Cup visit of Cardiff Blu…
Online Editors
10 Dec 2020, 7:46
Bristol to lodge formal complaint with World Rugby over Fiji's treatment of Semi Radradra
The centre is set to miss Bristol’s opening two Heineken Champions Cup games after suffering a leg injury on international duty.
PA
09 Dec 2020, 8:20
'I can't say for certain this won't affect the team' - Players 'numb' after Diamond's shock Sale exit
Paul Deacon has been put in temporary charge as head coach at Sale and would like the chance to make the job permanent.
Chris Jones
09 Dec 2020, 7:38
'When you see a Leinster third string team putting 50 points on Zebre, you'd certainly welcome the South African teams'
Former Munster scrum-half Peter Stringer says the Pro14 has too many one-sided games and will benefit from the addition of the Sou…
Ciarán Kennedy
08 Dec 2020, 14:49
Mixed news on the injury front for Leinster as squad reassemble for trip to Montpellier
A number of key players are facing a race against time to be passed fit for Leinster's opening Heineken Champions Cup fixture.
Ciarán Kennedy
07 Dec 2020, 10:09
Exeter begin Champions Cup title defence at home to Glasgow, 2020/21 pool fixtures confirmed
The fixtures for the newly formatted 2020/21 Champions Cup have been confirmed, with holders Exeter starting at home to Glasgow. …
Online Editors
13 Nov 2020, 10:26
The most confusing Champions Cup pool draw ever has taken place... and new champions Exeter have it all to do
The 2020/21 Champions Cup has a 24-team, two-pool format that has left new champions Exeter with quite a challenge to keep the tro…
Online Editors
28 Oct 2020, 11:40
'That high tackle on Juan Imhoff, he nearly takes his head off, that's a red card'
Exeter were crowned Champions Cup champions last Saturday Racing full-back Simon Zebo has taken issue with a Henry Slade tackle.
Liam Heagney
22 Oct 2020, 13:16
'Jonny Gray was quite disappointed... he was sitting next to us and didn't get in the photo'
A picture of old Scottish pals Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell went viral in the way of Exeter's European final win over Racing last …
Liam Heagney
20 Oct 2020, 9:52
'Iribaren could be their man of the match' - Fans shocked at Racing halfback's Champions Cup final performance
Despite Iribaren's nightmare opening stanza, Racing were able to hit back each and every time Exeter were able to score with misse…
Online Editors
17 Oct 2020, 19:04
'It was a horrible game to watch... and that last 14 minutes went on forever'
Saturday was the greatest day in the history of Exeter Chiefs but winning coach Rob Baxter wasn't happy with how his team played t…
PA
17 Oct 2020, 16:57
Champions Cup final's bizarre end: Referee Owens has feisty exchange with his TMO
Exeter were crowned first-time Champions Cup winners on Saturday evening but it took a while for Nigel Owens to blow his final whi…
Liam Heagney
17 Oct 2020, 16:29
Exeter player ratings vs Racing
Here's how Rob Baxter's Exeter players rated in a spectacular, high-scoring Champions Cup final win against Racing in Bristol.
Liam Heagney
17 Oct 2020, 15:17
Exeter edge spectacular eight-try Champions Cup final thriller against Racing
Exeter won a thrilling Champions Cup final against Racing, a spectacular contest that had eight tries and ended with just four poi…
PA
17 Oct 2020, 13:56
Video: Exeter needed just eight minutes to score trademark maul try in first European final
Exeter got off to a flyer in their first-ever Champions Cup final, scoring a maul try after eight minutes against Racing and leadi…
Online Editors
17 Oct 2020, 12:54
Roberts and Hartley divided over who will succeed Saracens as Champions Cup winners
With all eyes on the Champions Cup final between Exeter and Racing, RugbyPass Offload hosts Roberts and Hartley disagree over who …
Online Editors
17 Oct 2020, 8:20
The clinical August moment which convinced Rob Baxter his Exeter would challenge for two trophies in October
Exeter are ready for European and Premiership finals on successive Saturdays, something Rob Baxter was convinced in August could h…
Liam Heagney
17 Oct 2020, 7:25
'This academy kid who couldn't speak French, couldn't speak English, dropped into training and carved everyone up... he made all look like idiots'
Jamie Roberts spent two seasons at Racing and he has vivid memories of players like Virimi Vakatawa ahead of Saturday's Champions …
Liam Heagney
17 Oct 2020, 6:04
Racing name Champions Cup final team, 3 changes from win over Saracens
Fears that virus tests could affect the Racing Champions Cup XV versus Exeter have proven unfounded as they have picked 12 starter…
Online Editors
16 Oct 2020, 7:31
Exeter change two for Champions Cup final, recall fit-again Nowell
Rob Baxter has tinkered with his Exeter backline for Saturday's Champions Cup final, making two changes from the Premiership semi-…
Online Editors
16 Oct 2020, 7:11
Jamie Roberts reckons an Exeter 'weakness' running off 9 can help Racing to Euro glory
This Saturday's Champions Cup final is full of tactical intrigue and Jamie Roberts claims to have spotted a potential Exeter 'weak…
Liam Heagney
15 Oct 2020, 14:18
'Maybe I'll play with my left foot this weekend to try and throw him off a little bit'
Great Scottish pals Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg haven't played against each other since U-14s but that changes with this Saturday…
PA
15 Oct 2020, 5:39
Champions Cup final going ahead after Racing get Covid all-clear
There were fears for the Champions Cup final after 9 Racing players tested positive for Covid but the illness has now cleared and …
PA
15 Oct 2020, 3:37
'I was sat in the toilet and had an emotional breakdown': Hartley's nightmare Champions Cup final concussion
It's nine years since Northampton lost an epic Champions Cup final to Leinster, a defeat that left a horrible memory for Dylan Har…
Liam Heagney
14 Oct 2020, 15:29
Exeter issue Covid testing all-clear after 5am Wednesday start
Staff at Exeter were up as early as 5am on Wednesday morning as the results of the latest round of Covid testing arrived ahead of …
Liam Heagney
14 Oct 2020, 8:24
Baxter gives update on Nowell and other Exeter walking wounded
Jack Nowell hasn't played since a September 26 foot injury but Rob Baxter has confirmed he is back in the Exeter mix for Saturday'…
Liam Heagney
14 Oct 2020, 7:57
Saracens' twice double winner Barritt on what will it take Exeter to win double
Exeter winning the European/Premiership double would be a huge feat... just ask Brad Barritt who did it twice with Saracens and lo…
Chris Jones
13 Oct 2020, 14:44
Match referee Nigel Owens has had his say on Saturday's Exeter vs Racing final
Saturday will be the seventh Champions Cup final Nigel Owens will take charge of and he set the scene on Tuesday on Irish breakfas…
Liam Heagney
13 Oct 2020, 14:29
Racing have scored 7 tries from kick returns, Exeter have scored 7 following a tap penalty...
The eighth Anglo-French Champions Cup final is set to be an entertaining affair next Saturday between Racing and Exeter in Bristol…
Online Editors
13 Oct 2020, 8:03
From back-to-back Top 14 relegations to coaching a Racing attack that is the envy of Europe: the remarkable fall and rise of Mike Prendergast
It's quite the transformation for Mike Prendergast, the ex-Munster player going from coaching successive Top 14 relegations to a g…
Liam Heagney
11 Oct 2020, 7:14
'Other than playing U14s, I don't think I have ever played against Finn - back then he had a leopard-print haircut!'
Next Saturday in Bristol is a day when Scottish rugby fans will revel in seeing Stuart Hogg go up against Finn Russell as Exeter t…
PA
11 Oct 2020, 3:55
It's 7-up for Owens as he gets Champions Cup final nod
Nigel Owens was kicking his heels in Wales for last month's Champions Cup quarter-finals, but he is now back in favour and will ta…
Online Editors
06 Oct 2020, 8:04
EPCR issues statement after entire Racing 92 squad forced into isolation
Preparations for the October 17 Champions Cup final have been hampered by nine Racing 92 people testing positive for coronavirus.
PA
01 Oct 2020, 14:53
Exeter react to Covid outbreak at Racing, their Champions Cup final rivals
Exeter boss Rob Baxter has reacted following the revelation that 9 people at Racing are positive for Covid-19 16 days before the C…
Online Editors
01 Oct 2020, 8:43
The key stats separating the European player of the year award contenders
Virimi Vakatawa of Racing is one contender with eye-catching Champions Cup statistics in the European player of the year award sho…
Josh Raisey
30 Sep 2020, 14:04
'Sunday morning, I was a bit of a mess': How Tony Rowe celebrated Exeter's breathtaking European success
Last Saturday was a day Tony Rowe had long dreamed of achieving at Exeter but he felt lonely without any fans and took matters int…
Liam Heagney
30 Sep 2020, 7:12
Bristol favourite Radradra heads 5-strong European player of the year award shortlist
Challenge Cup players don't usually make the European player of the year shortlist, but Semi Radradra has been on fire for Bristol…
Online Editors
29 Sep 2020, 10:42
The metres Radradra averaged over 22 carries against Bordeaux and 9 other stats
Semi Radradra certainly didn't take it easy on his former club - Bordeaux Begles - when Bristol Bears met them in the semi-final o…
Online Editors
28 Sep 2020, 9:56
Wallabies forced to assess player options for Rugby Championship following injury to offshore star
The Wallabies will look to Plan B for the Rugby Championship after one of their European stars fractured his forearm while playing…
AAP
27 Sep 2020, 20:45
'We've got internationals pretty much everywhere now' - Exeter's high-powered attack key as they chase a historic double to join the revered list of English clubs
Exeter captain Joe Simmonds says there will be no let-up from the Chiefs as they continue their relentless pursuit of a domestic a…
PA
27 Sep 2020, 18:33
'If you want to be a Saracens player and you p*** about in the Championship you will not be a Saracens player for the next 10 years'
Richard Wigglesworth has urged his Saracens team-mates not to treat life in the Championship next season with contempt following t…
PA
27 Sep 2020, 17:09
Did the Rugby Pod correctly predict this weekend's Champions Cup matches?
The Rugby Pod predicted the Champions Cup semi-finals results this week as Racing 92 took on Saracens and Toulouse battled Exeter …
Rugby Pod
27 Sep 2020, 5:37
Nemani Nadolo's hot-streak extension not enough as Tigers say au revoir to silverware chances
Leicester were unable to prevent Toulon from reaching their sixth European final as the French side ran out 34-19 winners at Stade…
PA
26 Sep 2020, 16:46
'What is the best way of fatiguing a big guy? You stick him on the floor and get him to get up'
Exeter boss Rob Baxter has hailed the buy-in from his players into the 80-minute plan he formulated to leave Toulouse out of gas i…
PA
26 Sep 2020, 15:43
Nigel Owens lauded for refusing to put up with loophole that's annoyed so many fans
Referee Nigel Owens has been widely praised for cracking down on Racing 92 for the practice of caterpillar rucking, a tactic that'…
Ian Cameron
26 Sep 2020, 13:54
Exeter in dreamland as they floor French heavyweights Toulouse
With Toulouse failing to score a point between the 36th and 76th minutes, Exeter made hay at Sandy Park to reach their first-ever …
PA
26 Sep 2020, 12:47
'A lot of people have talked rubbish about us... if you're telling me we're breaking the salary cap that's an interesting one'
Saracens forward Jamie George has hit at critics of the club following their heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Racing 92 at La …
PA
26 Sep 2020, 12:38
Video: Racing's 'absolutely stunning score' created by the genius of Finn Russell
Racing were heading for a Champions Cup semi-final defeat in Paris when Finn Russell opened up his box of tricks to catch out Sara…
Liam Heagney
26 Sep 2020, 11:47
'I don't know if you can find a more heroic captain, leader and figure in the European game'
Semi-final defeat to Racing ended the stellar Champions Cup career of Brad Barritt and Brian O'Driscoll paid the Saracens stalwart…
Liam Heagney
26 Sep 2020, 10:55
9 must-know facts before Racing welcome defending champions Saracens to Paris
Paris La Defense Arena will stage this Saturday's mouthwatering Champions Cup semi-final between Racing 92 and defending champions…
Online Editors
26 Sep 2020, 5:32
10 things to know before Exeter host Toulouse at Sandy Park
Sandy Park will host Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final between Exeter Chiefs, the English Premiership leaders, and Fren…
Online Editors
26 Sep 2020, 5:31
Mako Vunipola has paid Vincent Koch the ultimate compliment
Mako Vunipola and Vincent Koch will look to repeat their set-piece heroics of Dublin in Paris on Saturday when Saracens play Racin…
Liam Heagney
26 Sep 2020, 3:55
'I love visiting restaurants with Cheslin because you're more than likely to get a couple of drinks or a meal free with it'
Jerome Kaino is an All Blacks World Cup winner but the popularity of clubmate Cheslin Kolbe, the Springboks World Cup winner, know…
Liam Heagney
25 Sep 2020, 13:35
Man of the match Vermeulen missing from Exeter's semi-final XV
Jacques Vermeulen was too hot for Northampton to handle las Sunday but he is not in the Exeter XV to face Toulouse in Saturday's C…
Online Editors
25 Sep 2020, 8:15
Saracens and Racing name their semi-final teams
Defending champions Saracens and Racing 92 have named their teams ahead of Saturday's massive Champions Cup semi-final in Paris. …
Online Editors
25 Sep 2020, 7:30
Cheslin Kolbe's startling revelation about the origin of his mesmerising sidestep
Having made a career from leaving opponents grasping at thin air, Cheslin Kolbe has revealed the origin of his trademark South Afr…
Liam Heagney
24 Sep 2020, 17:00
'It came as a bit of a shock': Michael Rhodes' reaction after he learned he was cited this week
It was Monday, two days after the Saracens glory in Dublin, that Michael Rhodes learned he was being cited and could miss next Sat…
Liam Heagney
24 Sep 2020, 5:57
'You can't run businesses on zero finance'
Competing for trophies with no fans present hasn't been easy for Exeter and Rob Baxter, who sits on their board, knows that better…
PA
23 Sep 2020, 10:44
'Racing have a big pack with Finn Russell pulling the strings, so they have some X-factor'
Having knocked out Leinster, Finn Russell and the X-factor he gives Racing is the next European challenge facing Elliot Daly and S…
PA
23 Sep 2020, 8:31
Michael Rhodes cleared to play in Saracens' semi-final in Paris
Saracens feared losing Michael Rhodes to suspension following last weekend's win at Leinster but he has been cleared to face Racin…
Online Editors
22 Sep 2020, 17:37
Saracens dare to deliver what England failed to do after beating the All Blacks
England failed to back up last year's seismic win over the All Blacks but Mark McCall has every belief Saracens can beat Racing af…
Chris Jones
22 Sep 2020, 13:22
Owens nets Champions Cup semi-final gig after idle quarter-finals weekend
Nigel Owens made do with his farm in Wales after being left off the Champions Cup quarter-final roster but the referee is now reca…
Online Editors
22 Sep 2020, 6:22
Saracens flanker Michael Rhodes cited for head butt, but it wasn't the Sexton tackle
Saracens flanker Michael Rhodes has been cited for head butting during his side's quarter-final victory over Leinster at the Aviva…
Ian Cameron
21 Sep 2020, 13:02
'The final scoreline feels a little odd in a way, but in any Premiership game you would take that'
Exeter boss Rob Baxter is relishing the “fantastic” prospect of a Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against French heavyweight…
PA
21 Sep 2020, 7:59
'I hate almost everything that Saracens stand for' - Former Leinster flyhalf not a fan of McCall's men
Former Ireland, Munster and Leinster flyhalf Tony Ward has said he 'hates everything Saracens stand for' whilst admitting begrudgi…
Ian Cameron
21 Sep 2020, 5:34
'Where is Stockdale? He was average at best... Man, he was poor'
Former Ireland and Leinster backrow Shane Jennings has shredded Jacob Stochdale's performance in Ulster's Heineken Champions Cup q…
Ian Cameron
20 Sep 2020, 12:29
Video - 'You must defend in twos' - Cheslin Kolbe shreds Ulster with more scintillating footwork
Cheslin Kolbe gave the credit to his team-mates after his starring role in Toulouse’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Ulster.
PA
20 Sep 2020, 10:53
It's the Cheslin Kolbe show as Toulouse end Ulster's European adventure
Ulster crashed out of the Heineken Champions Cup to Toulouse, a week after losing to Leinster in the PRO14 final.
PA
20 Sep 2020, 10:02
Leinster's shattered invincibility was bruising wake-up call after PRO14 cakewalk
How Leinster came up second best to Saracens was a bruising reminder that the PRO14 doesn't deliver the intensity necessary for Ch…
Liam Heagney
20 Sep 2020, 6:11
'A lot of people have been scared to say what Dylan said in his book - people needed to hear that'
The crippling toll rugby took on Dylan Hartley has left its mark on Teimana Harrison, the Northampton skipper plucked from Rotorua…
Liam Heagney
20 Sep 2020, 5:19
'After almost 10 months straight of rugby, I blew out... but I'm down to 146kgs today'
Ben Tameifuna landed himself in hot water with Racing after the World Cup but he now has his weight under control at new club Bord…
Jamie Lyall
20 Sep 2020, 3:40
Sergio Parisse try earns Toulon victory in hard-fought battle with Scarlets
Sergio Parisse scored the try that broke the hearts of the Scarlets and condemned them to yet another defeat in Toulon.
PA
20 Sep 2020, 3:34
Racing 92 see off Clermont to set up Saracens clash in Champions Cup
Racing 92 advanced to a Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens as they saw off Clermont Auvergne 36-27 at Stade Marcel…
PA
19 Sep 2020, 15:44
People are concerned about Romain Poite's cough
It's not often that someone's cough trends on Twitter, but in the topsy turvy world of the pandemic, that's where referee Romain P…
Ian Cameron
19 Sep 2020, 14:49
How Twitter reacted to Saracens' Champions Cup win over Leinster 'invincibles'
Saracens have provided Leinster and Europe a savage reminder of their abilities with a resounding win at the Aviva Stadium in the …
Ian Cameron
19 Sep 2020, 12:36
'There is no reason, especially when you look at their squad, that they can't make something happen on the day'
Rob Baxter is targeting Exeter’s “biggest performance of the season” when they face Heineken Champions Cup opponents Northam…
PA
19 Sep 2020, 11:49
'They were better than us and they have a massive squad physically and numbers wise'
Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill bemoaned an error-strewn opening 10 minutes from his team as they were knocked out of the E…
PA
19 Sep 2020, 11:35
Leicester versus Castres cancelled, Tigers proceed to Challenge Cup semi-final
The Leicester Tigers versus Castres Olympique Challenge Cup quarter-final match has been cancelled after too many Castres players …
Online Editors
19 Sep 2020, 10:52
Edinburgh fall as Bordeaux-Begles advance into Challenge Cup semi-finals
Bordeaux-Begles set up a European Challenge Cup semi-final with Bristol Bears after reaching the last four for the first time in t…
PA
19 Sep 2020, 9:56
'Cheat mode' - 60m Semi Radradra try lights up Challenge Cup
Bristol Bears star Semi Radradra demonstrated his devastating pace and power to score a beautiful try against the Dragons in the C…
Online Editors
19 Sep 2020, 6:03
Rob Baxter's comments haven't covered him in glory - Andy Goode
Much of the talk ahead of the European quarter-finals has been about front row red tape, which isn’t a good look for the game, a…
Andy Goode
19 Sep 2020, 4:28
'You can't keep a trophy if you're proven to have broken the rules'
Saracens' financial doping caused ructions in England and the furore has crossed the Irish Sea, leaving Leinster gunning to avenge…
Liam Heagney
19 Sep 2020, 4:20
'I just have a feeling things are coming together at the right time for us'
Much has changed since Saracens beat Leinster in the 2019 European final but it's still business as usual for the Londoners, warns…
Liam Heagney
19 Sep 2020, 4:00
Itoje wants year away from Saracens before career ends
Maro Itoje has been the subject of much speculation about a short-term move elsewhere during the season Saracens will soon spend i…
Liam Heagney
18 Sep 2020, 17:00
'Not much to lose, everything to gain': McCall on Saracens' mission improbable
With Leinster unbeaten in 25 games, the odds are against relegated Saracens producing a Euro surprise but Mark McCall isn't writin…
PA
18 Sep 2020, 8:39
Hogg fit as teams named for Sandy Park's all-English European quarter-final
Stuart Hogg limped out of recent Premiership action with Exeter but he is back in harness for the Champions Cup quarter-final clas…
Online Editors
18 Sep 2020, 8:23
Sexton returns for Leinster as defending champions Saracens name team for Dublin
Talisman Johnny Sexton was benched for the Leinster PRO14 final win over Ulster but he now returns to face Farrell-less Saracens i…
Online Editors
18 Sep 2020, 7:33
'In spite of everything the past turbulent year, Saracens is a club that does a lot of stuff right'
Now coaching at Glasgow, Kelly Brown has nothing but a fondness for Saracens despite a turbulent year that has seen them relegated…
Jamie Lyall
18 Sep 2020, 4:37
5 talking points ahead of the European quarter-finals
It's eight months since European rugby held centre-stage but it returns this weekend with numerous talking points, especially in t…
PA
17 Sep 2020, 12:38
Fans debate rule change that ended Northampton prop-gate
The saga surrounding the Northampton loosehead situation has dominated the build-up to Sunday's Champions Cup quarter-final at Exe…
Josh Raisey
17 Sep 2020, 12:36
'It's scandalous': Racing slam Beale ban
The three-match ban given to Kurtley Beale means he will miss Saturday's European game at Clermont, a situation Racing are not hap…
Online Editors
17 Sep 2020, 10:15
Baxter accuses Northampton of prop crisis 'mind games'
Exeter boss Rob Baxter has given his take on the Northampton prop crisis commentary that has dominated Sunday's all-English Champi…
PA
17 Sep 2020, 9:44
Gloucester prop plugs Northampton injury gap after Champions Cup rules altered
Three days out from their Champions Cup quarter-final at Exeter, Northampton have solved their prop crisis with a rule change and …
PA
17 Sep 2020, 5:53
Blow for Racing's European hopes as Beale cops ban
Seasoned Australian international Kurtley Beale has learned his fate after last Friday's red card in his home debut for Racing 92.…
Online Editors
16 Sep 2020, 14:36
'Saracens have been really good to allow me to train and crack on... it's good to keep involved'
George Kruis is due to play in the 2021 Top League in Japan but he is still busy with Saracens and has given an insight to this we…
Chris Jones
16 Sep 2020, 14:06
Northampton sweating on Champions Cup ruling to solve prop crisis
The relentless Premiership fixtures schedule has caused Northampton a massive prop headache ahead of facing Exeter in the Champion…
PA
16 Sep 2020, 13:22
Exeter given added incentive to beat Northampton as Champions Cup officials change semi-final stadium rules
Recent years have seen Saracens play a home Champions Cup semi-final in Coventry but the regulations have been changed, much to th…
Online Editors
16 Sep 2020, 8:12
Alex Goode is dwelling on the upside to Owen Farrell's ban
Much hype ahead of next Saturday's Euro quarter-final in Dublin concerns Owen Farrell's ban, but Alex Goode offers an alternative …
PA
15 Sep 2020, 13:20
10 match facts to whet the appetite ahead of the juggernaut Leinster vs Saracens European clash
Saturday's Champions Cup meeting in Dublin between Leinster and Saracens has been eagerly awaited since the quarter-final draw 35 …
Online Editors
15 Sep 2020, 12:26
James Ryan issues warning to Leinster despite 25-game winning streak
After featuring in his first game last weekend since the restart, James Ryan has highlighted a concern for Leinster for their Euro…
PA
15 Sep 2020, 4:32
'Any time we've given him a new challenge, he's stood up to it' - Vunipola backed to fill Farrell void against Leinster
The young fly-half is an option to replace the suspended Owen Farrell for Saracens' huge European tie at Leinster on Saturday.
PA
14 Sep 2020, 12:54
Leinster issue injury update ahead of Champions Cup showdown with Saracens
Leo Cullen's side are back training this week following last weekend's Guinness Pro14 final defeat of Ulster.
Ciarán Kennedy
14 Sep 2020, 8:06
The marksman, the strike runner and the hot favourites: 14 Champions Cup factoids
The return of the Champions Cup provides a much-needed dose of normality in an increasingly unpredictable sporting world. 
Online Editors
14 Sep 2020, 6:52
Saracens squad 'excited' ahead of first meaningful fixture in 8 months
It was January when Saracens were automatically relegated from the Premiership, leaving them without a meaningful game until next …
PA
11 Sep 2020, 12:23
Anglo-French feel to Champions Cup quarter-finals as veteran Owens given weekend off
Veteran referee Nigel Owens hasn't made the roster for this month's quarter-final weekend in the Heineken Champions Cup and Challe…
Liam Heagney
08 Sep 2020, 6:34
'He's been into the club and I've spoken to him... he is incredibly regretful'
Owen Farrell is “incredibly regretful” over the illegal tackle that is almost certain to see him banned for Saracens’ most i…
PA
07 Sep 2020, 12:05
Baxter fears England will become next season's sick man of Europe
Exeter boss Rob Baxter claims English clubs won't be at full strength for 2020/21 Champions Cup pool games due to relentless Test …
Liam Heagney
03 Sep 2020, 3:45
European regulation change will see players like Radradra line out with new clubs in 2019/20 finale
There were concerns the extended 2019/20 European rugby season could see teams unable to field new signings but quarter-final regu…
Online Editors
18 Aug 2020, 6:29
Fresh injury setback could signal end of McFadden's Leinster career
A squad update issued by Leinster today announced that McFadden will be unavailable for up to six weeks after suffering a calf in…
Ciarán Kennedy
17 Aug 2020, 10:38
'We know exactly what we need to do' - Saracens' fullback Elliot Daly puts a target on Leinster
If Saracens can get past Leinster, the team they beat in the final in 2019, they will play in the last four a week later, while th…
PA
11 Aug 2020, 17:34
10 of the best: The greatest games from the Aviva Stadium's first decade
RugbyPass takes a look at 10 of the best games from the first decade of rugby at the Aviva Stadium.
Ciarán Kennedy
31 Jul 2020, 9:34
Times and dates confirmed for the rescheduled Champions Cup quarter-finals
Five months after they were initially scheduled, the Champions and Challenge Cup quarter-finals will go ahead with Leinster vs Sar…
Online Editors
16 Jul 2020, 9:33
EPCR abandons plan for Marseille to host 2020 European finals, rejigs future finals schedule
Despite the pandemic, EPCR had insisted Marseille would still stage the 2020 Champions and Challenge Cup finals but that plan has …
Online Editors
09 Jul 2020, 5:22
Report: World club comp would be played every 4 years and could start as soon as 2022
Comments made by the head of ECPR suggest that a world club competition could be ready to roll in 2022, as rugby union's landscape…
Online Editors
27 Jun 2020, 10:43
EPCR reveal new Autumn dates for European finals
The EPCR have revealed the new dates for the knock out stages and finals of both European competitions.
Online Editors
25 Jun 2020, 5:43
World Rugby to vote on completing 2020 season, further talks on new global calendar to be held
Presidents and representatives from both hemispheres took part in an online forum which looked at creating a new unified global ru…
Ciarán Kennedy
15 Jun 2020, 14:12
New global calendar up for discussion as international and club bosses set for major World Rugby meeting
A number of proposals surrounding the global rugby calendar are set to be discussed during an online forum hosted by World Rugby o…
Online Editors
15 Jun 2020, 7:28
Championship status won't affect Saracens' right to play Champions Cup quarter-final
Saracens are set to be a second-tier Championship club by the time the 2019/20 Champions Cup resumes, but that status doesn’t th…
Online Editors
04 Jun 2020, 6:02
Dan Carter's embarrassing first time meeting rugby superstar: 'I was giving him advice like he was my own son'
Dan Carter, who always seems down for a good time, has revealed the one night he "embarrassed" himself in front of England lock Ma…
Online Editors
27 May 2020, 17:49
Leinster take 'unprecedented step' of cancelling sale of 2020/21 season tickets
Leinster were due to put season tickets for the 2020/21 campaign on sale in March, but the renewal window was postponed as a resul…
Online Editors
25 May 2020, 9:18
European rugby boss addresses rumours of French club boycott in 2020/21
The France league's cancellation with nine of 26 rounds of fixtures unplayed have led to threats of a Champions Cup boycott if onl…
Online Editors
13 May 2020, 7:30
What Ben Smith learned from the sending-off that spear-headed his career in France
Former All Black Ben Smith didn't have the smoothest of starts to his career in France but he certainly learned a valuable lesson …
Tom Vinicombe
12 May 2020, 21:37
'I genuinely didn't give a f***. That's the attitude players are going to have'
Closed doors matches are ready to become rugby’s new norm, but they are not unprecedented as Tim Visser made history in 2010 whe…
Liam Heagney
10 May 2020, 3:24
'Munster vs the Crusaders sounds pretty cool': Sam Whitelock eager for cross-hemisphere club clashes
As the rugby fraternity prepares itself for a global alignment on the international scene, Sam Whitelock has revealed he would lik…
Online Editors
06 May 2020, 0:57
'Hard as f***' - McFadden praised by Leinster legends including O'Driscoll and O'Brien
The versatile Leinster player has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season following a glittering 13-year career…
Ciarán Kennedy
04 May 2020, 12:15
'Something is better than nothing'
There is massive uncertainty surrounding the resumption of the rugby season after the COVID-19 pandemic brought the sporting world…
Online Editors
27 Apr 2020, 13:26
Plans for October Test rugby have just hit a major snag
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic postponed four recent Guinness Six Nations matches, there has been speculation that the weeks …
Online Editors
24 Apr 2020, 5:53
The unfortunate legacy of the most memorable game of Paul Volley's career
The now 48-year-old was part of Warren Gatland's Wasps side that came to Dublin in April 2004 to ambush Munster at an old Lansdown…
Online Editors
22 Apr 2020, 5:57
Depleted Saracens will get European dig-out if Leinster quarter-final is rescheduled - report
Squad registration for the postponed quarter-final closed in March and the Londoners have a load of players listed who will have l…
Online Editors
21 Apr 2020, 9:50
Matt Giteau reveals why his globe-trotting 20-year odyssey is coming to an end
Exclusive: If you’re looking for a quintessential example of the modern-day rugby professional, then you need look no further th…
Tom Vinicombe
21 Apr 2020, 1:23
French giants Toulouse unveil radical idea for next season's Champions Cup - report
With the coronavirus pandemic leading to the shutdown of the 2019/20 campaign, the four-time winners have hatched a plan to free u…
Online Editors
15 Apr 2020, 8:35
Munster have just bagged themselves a League of Legends esports franchise
Founded in 2016 by Ciaran Walsh, Phelan Gaming is reputedly Ireland’s most successful esports team and they are primarily focuss…
Online Editors
14 Apr 2020, 10:55
Munster's Allianz Park brawl medic has joined a very different kind of fight
Jamie Kearns made the wrong sort of headlines four months ago when a fiery verbal exchange with England hooker Jamie George at Sar…
Online Editors
10 Apr 2020, 10:48
European boss hits out at Laporte's threatened Champions Cup hijack
The French rugby chief, who will become World Rugby vice-president if current chairman Bill Beaumont is re-elected next month, rev…
Online Editors
10 Apr 2020, 4:45
Warren Gatland cautiously optimistic about mooted competition: 'Sometimes under crisis there's an opportunity to fix things.'
Warren Gatland has provided words of wisdom for any cross-hemisphere rugby competition that tries to get off the ground, noting it…
Online Editors
08 Apr 2020, 17:40
Munster 'name' 2006 team to take on Sale Sharks in a throw back to province's heyday
Munster have 'named' the 2006 team to take on Sale Sharks in a Youtube re-run of their classic Heineken Cup encounter in that year…
Online Editors
08 Apr 2020, 5:48
Super Rugby boss Andy Marinos coy on ambitious Club World Cup proposal
SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos has remained coy on plans about a proposed Club World Cup which could involve Super Rugby clu…
Online Editors
08 Apr 2020, 1:21
EPCR confirm talks have taken place regarding new global club tournament
EPCR have responded to comments by French Rugby President Bernard Laporte, who has outlined his hopes of introducing a new Club Wo…
Ciarán Kennedy
06 Apr 2020, 15:26
Laporte outlines plan to replace Champions Cup with a new Club World Cup
The French Rugby President is hoping to be elected World Rugby vice-chairman next month.
Online Editors
06 Apr 2020, 11:55
The goal-kicking custom that Matt Giteau just can't get his head around
Matt Giteau may have played over 300 first-class professional games of rugby but there’s one European goal-kicking custom that h…
Tom Vinicombe
31 Mar 2020, 1:09
The uncomfortable rugby truth exposed by the global pandemic
Rugby has always been inclined to puff out its chest and tell you just how much it’s growing. In a report by Nielsen Sports in 2…
Owain Jones
26 Mar 2020, 5:25
EPCR boss pens open letter to fans
It’s not yet all over for the 2019/20 tournaments, but CEO Vincent Gaillard has outlined plans to refund ticket holders due to t…
Online Editors
24 Mar 2020, 8:06
European finals in Marseille postponed for now
EPCR had initially taken the decision on March 16 to postponed the quarter-finals series scheduled for April 3/5, which had Champi…
Online Editors
24 Mar 2020, 5:24
'Plainly, we can't have a situation whereby Sam Hill lines out for Sale against Chiefs in the Premiership Final' - Andy Goode
It’s obviously a waiting game for rugby clubs at all levels at the moment, and people’s health is far more important, but the …
Andy Goode
18 Mar 2020, 13:10
French officials haven't given up hope on Marseille hosting 2020's European finals
There is acceptance the European finals won’t go ahead as currently planned on May 22 and 23 due to the coronavirus outbreak, bu…
Online Editors
18 Mar 2020, 7:14
EPCR suspend all 8 European Cup quarter-finals
With the Guinness Pro14, the French Top14 and Super Rugby all recently announcing decisions to suspend their leagues, EPCR have no…
Online Editors
16 Mar 2020, 14:22
'There is a first resumption date set for April 15, but it does not seem to be very credible'
With French officials believing the Top 14 won't be restarting any time soon, they want EPCR to abandon its wait-and-see position …
Online Editors
14 Mar 2020, 10:40
EPCR adopts wait-and-see approach regarding Champions Cup quarter-final schedule
Champions Cup matches are fixed for Exeter, Clermont, Dublin and Toulouse on the weekend of April 4/5, with Challenge Cup games pl…
Online Editors
12 Mar 2020, 13:49
Ban rules Devoto out of Exeter's all-English Champions Cup quarter-final
The Chiefs back appeared before an independent disciplinary panel after being cited by independent citing commissioner Chris Catli…
Online Editors
05 Mar 2020, 5:24
Boudjellal wins defamation case against EPCR and its director general - reports
In an EPCR press release published on July 18, 2018, Vincent Gaillard had accused the now ex-Toulon boss of homophobic behaviour, …
Online Editors
26 Feb 2020, 11:20
Saracens players held positive talks over their futures
The forward has joined Jamie George by insisting he will still be at the club next season.
Online Editors
14 Feb 2020, 3:55
Mark McCall admits Saracens to rotate players to topple Leinster in Champions Cup
The Sarries head coach revealed he has started to plan for the Champions Cup clash with Leinster.
Online Editors
11 Feb 2020, 17:15
Lorenzetti: Saracens decision 'ridiculous', 'unfair and biased'
Racing 92's billionaire owner Jacky Lorenzetti says won't sue over the EPCR decision to fine Saracens over their 'administrative o…
Online Editors
08 Feb 2020, 8:04
Saracens fined €50,000 following 'administrative oversight' but their European dream lives on
Saracens have been fined €50,000, €25,000 of which is suspended until the end of the 2020/21 season, following an independent …
Online Editors
07 Feb 2020, 16:27
Relegated Saracens face a European rugby misconduct hearing Friday evening
The salary cap scandal club are now in hot water with European rugby officials for potentially fielding an ineligible player in la…
Online Editors
07 Feb 2020, 7:17
No Saracens player included as nominees announced for European Player of the Year award
A total of 15 players make up the list of nominees, with the list set to be reduced to a shortlist of five players in early May, f…
Ciarán Kennedy
27 Jan 2020, 6:08
Fans slam 'mind-boggling' Champions Cup quarter-final schedule
The annual four-match feast of quarter-final rugby has been ruined as fans will only be able to watch two of the three matches sch…
Josh Raisey
24 Jan 2020, 10:56
Skelton and Batty given similar punishment for last weekend's European red cards
The Saracens and Bath forwards were both sent off for dangerous tackling in their respective round six European pool fixtures.
Online Editors
21 Jan 2020, 10:37
Montpellier snatch pulsating victory over Connacht
Connacht came within metres of a late match-winning try but Montpellier held on to win a pulsating Heineken Champions Cup clash 35…
Online Editors
19 Jan 2020, 15:44
'End of an era' - McCall confirms Saracens squad will be broken up
The crisis-stricken north London club will be relegated from the Gallagher Premiership at the end of the season.
Online Editors
19 Jan 2020, 13:30
Rees-Zammit limps off injured as Toulouse end Gloucester's Champions Cup hopes
Wales hopeful Louis Rees-Zammit limped off injured as Gloucester’s Heineken Champions Cup hopes ended with a 35-14 defeat at Tou…
Online Editors
19 Jan 2020, 12:42
Ospreys coach sees 'green shoots' despite winless European campaign
Ospreys forwards coach Carl Hogg admitted it had been another difficult day for the Welsh region who had just two early penalty go…
Online Editors
19 Jan 2020, 12:35
'He's pretty special, isn't he?' - Rennie lauds his lock trio
Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie could take plenty of positives from their 45-7 win over Sale despite failing to make the Heineken C…
Online Editors
19 Jan 2020, 12:07
Relegated Saracens still alive in Europe despite Skelton red
Owen Farrell kept Saracens’ competitive season alive by landing a late penalty that clinched a 27-24 Champions Cup victory over …
Online Editors
19 Jan 2020, 10:35
Recap: Toulouse vs Gloucester | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Toulouse and Gloucester at Stade E…
RugbyPass
19 Jan 2020, 8:48
Recap: Saracens vs Racing 92 | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Saracens and Racing 92 at Allianz …
RugbyPass
19 Jan 2020, 3:47
'Alex can do things no other back row in the country can'
Paul Gustard claims the youthful side he played in Harlequins’ 26-19 Champions Cup defeat against Clermont can provide the bluep…
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 21:07
Exeter book first-ever home quarter-final with Champions Cup success
Exeter booked a home quarter-final in the Heineken Champions Cup by beating La Rochelle 33-14 at Sandy Park.
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 20:38
'There's been a lot of stuff in the press' - Glasgow boss Rennie bracing for Saracens' retaliation after relegation news
Premiership Rugby released a statement on Saturday evening saying that Sarries will be demoted from England’s top flight at the …
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 18:42
Rob Baxter explains what it means for the Exeter Chiefs to get over the hump and make the Champions Cup quarterfinals
The Chiefs’ 33-14 Pool Two victory over La Rochelle at Sandy Park means they will return there for a last-eight clash – possib…
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 18:28
Nakarawa helps Glasgow to rout over Sharks but will it make a difference for the season?
.Leone Nakarawa scored and was sin-binned on his Glasgow return as the Warriors temporarily kept their Champions Cup hopes alive f…
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 16:04
Bath see red as Ulster's victory ensures quarter-final place
It was all level at half-time before the Irish province turned the screw in the second period to seal a 22-15 victory that feature…
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 13:09
Recap: Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle LIVE | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and La Rochelle at S…
RugbyPass
18 Jan 2020, 12:35
Parra's 16-point boot powers Clermont past Harlequins
The scrum-half led his side from the off to help Clermont rubberstamp their place at the summit of Pool Three with the victory.
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 12:33
'We'll sit back and watch with interest who we're going to play'
An 18-point shutout away win – courtesy of second-half Caelan Doris and James Tracy tries - confirmed Leo Cullen's record-breaki…
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 12:23
Recap: Ulster vs Bath LIVE | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Ulster and Bath at Kingspan Stadiu…
RugbyPass
18 Jan 2020, 9:57
Recap: Lyon vs Northampton Saints | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Lyon and Northampton Saints at Mat…
RugbyPass
18 Jan 2020, 7:33
The Premiership rivals who could throw unlikely spanner in Saracens' European campaign
Saracens face a make-or-break Champions Cup clash on Sunday – accompanied by the grim prospect of Premiership relegation.
Online Editors
18 Jan 2020, 4:50
Nakarawa ready to end three-year Glasgow absence at Sale
The Fijian held signing talks with Sale after being sacked by Racing 92 for returning late from the World Cup but he opted to retu…
Online Editors
17 Jan 2020, 14:01
French clubs want action taken at European level against Saracens
The Top 14 has a higher salary cap than the £7million Premiership limit that Saracens have broken, but French club bosses want sa…
Liam Heagney
17 Jan 2020, 8:24
Crisis club Saracens name team for must-win European tie
Away from the Premiership, the Londoners must defeat the table-topping Parisians if they are to potentially qualify for the Europe…
Online Editors
17 Jan 2020, 7:21
Sale prop banned for three weeks for striking
The Russian was sent off by referee Mike Adamson in the 65th minute at La Rochelle for striking Lopeti Timani with his shoulder in…
Online Editors
16 Jan 2020, 11:18
Everything at stake, pool by pool, in this weekend's Heineken Champions Cup
As the Heineken Champions Cup pool stage reaches its climax this weekend, here's a pool by pool breakdown of what's at stake.
Online Editors
16 Jan 2020, 5:42
Nakarawa among 8 players registered for final round of European action
Leone Nakarawa is among eight players that have been added for the next round of European action. Nakarawa replaces Kiran McDo…
Online Editors
15 Jan 2020, 8:30
Kiwis in Europe: Clermont's ex-Pat contingent continue blistering run in Champions Cup
Elsewhere in the Champions Cup, a Jackson Willison try was not enough for Bath, which fell 19-25 at home to Harlequins.
Campbell Burnes
12 Jan 2020, 17:24
Van Graan: "It really hurts. It's out of our hands now"
Munster head coach Johann Van Graan admitted Racing 92’s late sucker punch was a bitter pill to swallow as his team’s Heineken…
Online Editors
12 Jan 2020, 13:56
Champions Cup XV of the Week - Round 5
The penultimate round of the group stage of the Heineken Champions Cup played out this weekend, with Leinster, Exeter Chiefs and t…
Alex Shaw
12 Jan 2020, 13:52
England star boots Leicester to victory over Cardiff
England fly-half George Ford scored two drop goals as Leicester Tigers powered their way past Cardiff Blues and booked their place…
Online Editors
12 Jan 2020, 13:48
Munster's Champions Cup hopes all but over after defeat to Racing 92
Munster’s Heineken Champions Cup hopes are all but over after they were beaten 39-22 by Racing 92 in Paris despite an impressive…
Online Editors
12 Jan 2020, 13:39
Players were 'apologising to each other' after 'disgustingly dreadful' display
Northampton boss Chris Boyd apologised for a “disgustingly dreadful” performance as Benetton Rugby were edged 33-20 at Frankli…
Online Editors
12 Jan 2020, 12:11
Leinster show shades of vulnerability in victory over Lyon
Leinster are within touching distance of a Heineken Champions Cup home quarter-final after running out 42-14 bonus point winners o…
Online Editors
12 Jan 2020, 11:06
Gloucester somehow still alive in 'bizarre' Champions Cup group despite winning just two of five games
Head coach Johan Ackermann promised Gloucester would ‘give it their best shot’ as they face a daunting must-win trip to Toulou…
Online Editors
12 Jan 2020, 8:51
Recap: Racing 92 vs Munster LIVE | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster at the Paris…
RugbyPass
12 Jan 2020, 8:50
Recap: Leinster vs Lyon | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Leinster vs Lyon at the RDS. 
RugbyPass
12 Jan 2020, 7:01
Glasgow fans left in disbelief at the Warriors lack of luck as bounce of the ball costs three tries and possible finals place
In a match where a combined eight tries were scored, it seems like Glasgow and Exeter's drawn Champions Cup fixture is being talke…
Tom Vinicombe
11 Jan 2020, 20:44
Standard of refereeing brought into question after Romain Poite's 'worst game ever' in Glasgow
Fans from both sides were critical of the French ref, but those from Glasgow took exception, calling his performance 'utter gash' …
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 16:14
Rees-Zammit strikes again as Gloucester keep qualification hopes alive
Despite the bonus-point success they will probably need to secure at least a win in Toulouse in their final group game next Sunday…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 14:52
Bristol ease into quarter-finals of Challenge Cup
Bristol became the first English side through to the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Challenge Cup with a comprehensive victo…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 13:51
Toulouse eliminate Connacht but Zach Holmes is making a habit of collecting European red cards
The French champions sealed their passage through to the last eight as Pool Five winners with converted scores from captain Jerome…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 13:50
Stuart Hogg 'wins' crossbar challenge on his dramatic return to Scotstoun
An epic round five European encounter brimming with eight tries and 62 points was deadlocked at 31-points all when the Scottish in…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 13:32
Exeter seal Champions Cup quarter-final spot with thrilling draw at Glasgow
The Gallagher Premiership leaders needed only a point to secure top spot in Pool Two and the teams shared eight tries and sixty-tw…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 12:55
Beaten Ulster boss McFarland accuses Clermont of cheating
Defeat in France has left the Irish province needing to beat Bath in the final round of pool fixtures next weekend to be sure of a…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 12:35
'He was amazing' - McCall lauds Saracens veteran
Mark McCall admitted he was “proud and thrilled” after Saracens’ memorable triumph over adversity against Ospreys in Swansea…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 11:53
Yet another Cheslin Kolbe moment of magic lights up Champions Cup
Chesklin Kolbe has grabbed the limelight yet again with another moment of magic in the Champions Cup.
Ian Cameron
11 Jan 2020, 11:24
Clermont seal Champions Cup quarter-final place with Ulster victory
Clermont Auvergne secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup with a 29-13 victory over Ulster at the …
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 10:38
14-man Saracens claim famous victory despite controversial red
Saracens dug deep to overcome prop Rhys Carre’s early red card and keep alive their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final hopes b…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 10:25
Saracens' Rhys Carre sent off within minutes of return to Wales
Saracens prop Rhys Carre lasted just five minutes of his side's clash with Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium before he was red-carded…
Online Editors
11 Jan 2020, 9:31
Recap: Glasgow Warriors vs Exeter Chiefs | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Glasgow Warriors vs Exeter Chiefs …
RugbyPass
11 Jan 2020, 9:30
Recap: Clermont vs Ulster | Heineken Champions Cup
Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Clermont and Ulster at Stade Marce…
RugbyPass
11 Jan 2020, 7:24
'When I get the clips from the analysts and there's Leinster coming up, it's a worse feeling in the gut'
Lyon attack coach Kendrick Lynn on the injury crisis at the club ahead of the weekend's Champions Cup match against undefeated Lei…
James Harrington
11 Jan 2020, 4:24
MacGinty's season all but over after brutal injury
The Sale out-half was hurt in the defeat at La Rochelle, 15 months after he shipped a similar injury that kept him out for twelve …
Chris Jones
11 Jan 2020, 4:12
Bath boss Stuart Hooper plays down Anthony Watson injury scare
Initial fears about Anthony Watson's leg injury have been quelled by the Bath boss.
Online Editors
10 Jan 2020, 23:46
Red card sees Sale Sharks bow out of Champions Cup in La Rochelle defeat
Sale’s hopes of progressing to the European Champions Cup quarter-finals came to an end as they were beaten 30-23 by La Rochelle…
Online Editors
10 Jan 2020, 18:59
Anthony Watson limps out of Bath's Champions Cup defeat to Harlequins
England suffered an injury scare just three weeks before the Six Nations when Anthony Watson limped out of Bath’s 25-19 Champion…
Online Editors
10 Jan 2020, 18:43
The silver lining to English club struggles in the Champions Cup
With a considerable number of English clubs struggling to be competitive in the Champions Cup, they have turned to the young guns …
Alex Shaw
10 Jan 2020, 9:33
Munster crisis over for now, but fears remain over Hanrahan
With Joey Carbery and Tyler Bleyendaal off-limits due to injury, fans of the Irish province are concerned that the hamstrung Hanra…
Josh Raisey
10 Jan 2020, 9:21
Quins fans not amused by Alex Dombrandt's selection for Friday's European dead rubber
With the London club out of the running for European qualification, some people can't understand why the back row will face Bath w…
Josh Raisey
10 Jan 2020, 4:59
Toulon owner follows through on Rhys Webb threat
In the first fixture since Toulon owner Bernard Lemaitre suggested Ospreys-bound scrumhalf Rhys Webb will not play for the club ag…
Josh Raisey
09 Jan 2020, 10:05
Kyle Sinckler has handed England a timely Six Nations boost
The tighthead was in some discomfort when had to be helped from the field on December 28 after being injured in Harlequins' Premie…
Online Editors
09 Jan 2020, 7:29
Heineken Champions Cup Predictor: Big Jim vs the RPI
Heineken Champions Cup predictor: It's another big European weekend, with most of the teams running out across the continent still…
Jim Hamilton
09 Jan 2020, 5:42
Ulster's unusual tactic to ensure kickers are prepared for Clermont's cauldron
Stade Michelin has a reputation for being one of the most intimidating venues on the European circuit and it has left the Irish pr…
Josh Raisey
08 Jan 2020, 13:23
Stuart Lancaster's very good reason to ignore hype about Leinster going entire 32-game season unbeaten
‘Do Not F*** Up January’ adorned posters on the dressing room wall the last time the Irish province started a season as impres…
Liam Heagney
08 Jan 2020, 9:53
Everything at stake, pool by pool, in this weekend's Heineken Champions Cup
As the Heineken Champions Cup takes centre stage again this weekend, we look at what's at stake in each pool.
Online Editors
08 Jan 2020, 5:47
Munster's European dream at risk in Paris against high-powered Racing attack
The doggedly tough side has a history of knocking off more fancied opponents and dragging them into bare-knuckled slugfests in the…
Ben Smith
07 Jan 2020, 23:05
Joey Carbery: 'Devastation doesn't even describe how I'm feeling'
So much has been expected of the out-half since his summer 2018 move to Munster but a cruel run of injury continues to slow his pr…
Online Editors
07 Jan 2020, 7:06
Edinburgh eye French league leaders after topping PRO14 Conference B
Edinburgh stand-off Jaco Van Der Walt says his side are heading to France on a high after storming to the top of their Guinness PR…
Online Editors
05 Jan 2020, 7:43
Munster doctor Jamie Kearns and Sale boss Steve Diamond hit in the pocket
Verbals landed an Irish doctor and an English director of rugby in hot water after the recent rounds three and four of the Heineke…
Online Editors
31 Dec 2019, 9:25
Munster medic set for disciplinary hearing following Saracens incident
The Munster doctor reportedly abused Saracens hooker Jamie George about his weight in the English club's 15-6 win at Allianz Park …
Online Editors
23 Dec 2019, 12:28
Four Bordeaux yellow cards help the Sharks to win with ease
Jaden Hendrikse and Marnus Potgieter each scored a pair of tries as the Sharks booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup ro…
PA
14 Jan 2023, 13:17
'Wasn't complete horror show': Gloucester verdict on 35-point loss
Gloucester head coach George Skivington readily acknowledged Leinster’s quality and status at the top end of European rugby afte…
PA
14 Jan 2023, 12:51
Fit-again Smith named for Six Nations dress rehearsal versus Russell
England out-half Marcus Smith is set to play his first rugby in seven weeks after being chosen to start for Harlequins this Sunday…
Liam Heagney
13 Jan 2023, 7:58
How a Joe Worsley chat has Sale braced for their Toulouse rematch
Sale boss Alex Sanderson has explained how a chat with Joe Worsley, his fellow ex-England international back-rower, has helped to …
Liam Heagney
12 Jan 2023, 11:15
Confusion as banned Ronan O'Gara spotted in Aviva
Some rugby fans were confused after banned La Rochelle head coach Ronan O'Gara was spotted in the stands in an empty Aviva Stadium…
Ian Cameron
17 Dec 2022, 13:44
Scotland star saves the day for 14-man Saracens in Lyon
A length-of-the-pitch try finished by Scotland wing Sean Maitland handed Saracens a 28-20 Champions Cup victory over Lyon in Franc…
PA
17 Dec 2022, 12:45
Andrew Warwick banned for shot that floored Manu Tuilagi
Ulster Rugby player Andrew Warwick has been suspended for a tackle on Sale Shark's Manu Tuilagi.
Ian Cameron
15 Dec 2022, 10:00
The 'bossed' impression a 14-year-old Owen Farrell made at Saracens
Owen Farrell has carved a reputation for himself in rugby as one of the sport’s most influential figures, but this wasn’t some…
Liam Heagney
12 Dec 2022, 6:00
Stuart Hogg admits Exeter 'got a bit of a bollocking at half-time'
Stuart Hogg described Exeter’s 27-12 Heineken Champions Cup win in Castres as one of the “special nights”.
PA
10 Dec 2022, 18:48
Dragons roar in SA: Welsh strugglers draw with Lions
The Lions and the Dragons played out a thrilling 31-31 draw in a Challenge Cup opener in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Rugby365
10 Dec 2022, 10:43
Sharks bite down on European debut as Harlequins fightback falls short
Harlequins opened their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a 39-31 defeat by Sharks in a thrilling encounter on their first trip…
PA
10 Dec 2022, 10:30
'I sit on the couch as a fan, I'm very patriotic about Australia'
Aged just 33, Rob Simmons is still thought of as a potential Australia call-up - a recent shortage of available locks even ignited…
Interview
Liam Heagney
04 Dec 2022, 4:00
EPCR chief McKay delivers his latest Club Rugby World Cup update
European rugby chiefs have admitted that attempts to set up a Club Rugby World Cup remain ongoing with no deadline set for the con…
PA
30 Nov 2022, 11:42
Challenge Cup adjusts to compensate for English clubs demise
The Challenge Cup has been forced to readjust its fixture list to compensate for the collapse of Wasps and Worcester.
Ian Cameron
03 Nov 2022, 6:11
French offer lukewarm response to South Africa's inclusion in the Champions Cup
There is disquiet in France about the inclusion of South African sides in the Champions Cup with some feeling it has been foisted …
FEATURE
Gavin Mortimer
14 Jun 2022, 7:16
'I was so not shocked. Shocked is not the right word'
Dillyn Leyds can’t quite believe that La Rochelle had to call a stop in midweek to the incredible celebrations ignited by last w…
Interview
Liam Heagney
05 Jun 2022, 5:23
Stuff the traditionalists, SA inclusion in Europe has no downside - Andy Goode
The addition of the South African sides to Europe’s premier club competitions has made a few waves this week but it is undoubted…
Opinion
Andy Goode
03 Jun 2022, 9:45
'I'm changing my tune on refs, I got offered a gig to become TMO'
Ex-England international Andy Goode has claimed that referees should be centrally contracted by World Rugby after he socialised wi…
Liam Heagney
01 Jun 2022, 4:13
Josh van der Flier wins European player of the year
Josh van der Flier rounded off an outstanding European season by being named EPCR European Player of the Year 2022.
Kim Ekin
29 May 2022, 10:58
The 'throwing blind' KBA warning O'Driscoll has about La Rochelle
Brian O’Driscoll has given his take on KBA - Keep Ball Alive - and how it will influence La Rochelle versus Leinster on Saturday…
Liam Heagney
28 May 2022, 5:43
The O'Gara verdict: Even 'touchline bickering' impresses O'Driscoll
Leinster boss Leo Cullen had better watch out in Marseille on Saturday as the legendary Brian O’Driscoll has warned that the Ron…
Liam Heagney
24 May 2022, 13:05
Victor Vito in 'massive race against time' to be fit to face Leinster
La Rochelle boss Ronan O’Gara has admitted captain Victor Vito is in a “massive race against time” to face Leinster in Satur…
Chris Jones
23 May 2022, 20:01
The Leinster pair bidding to become most decorated in European history
Leinster are seeking their add a fifth Heineken Champions Cup star and to join Stade Toulousain as the most successful club in the…
Kim Ekin
23 May 2022, 7:08
EPCR statement: 2023 European finals moved from London to Dublin
Next year’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals won’t be taking place at the Tottenham Stadium in London as origin…
Liam Heagney
19 May 2022, 5:16
'The thing that is taking up most of my headspace at the minute'
Leinster have booked themselves the chance to win a fifth Heineken Champions Cup title by progressing to the May 28 final versus L…
Liam Heagney
16 May 2022, 4:17
'There will be speculation now if he could play 12 for Ireland'
Leinster skipper Johnny Sexton has quipped that a jaw-dropping pass from Tadgh Furlong will ignite speculation that the popular pr…
Liam Heagney
16 May 2022, 4:15
O'Gara's La Rochelle book Champions Cup final return with ugly win
Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle set up a showdown with Leinster after they secured an ugly win over Racing 92 in their Heineken Champio…
PA
15 May 2022, 13:26
Watch: Toulon fans jeer Owen Farrell during Challenge Cup semi-final
Toulon supporters clearly have a different interpretation of 'respecting the kicker' judging by their reaction to Owen Farrell at …
Ian Cameron
14 May 2022, 16:50
The Road To Perdition
While the first European penalty shoot out in 13 years played out to engrossed fans, many were left wondering if there's not a bet…
FEATURE
Graham Simmons
11 May 2022, 8:59
'What stuck out was some of the messages were pretty disgusting'
Simon McIntyre couldn’t help himself a year ago when Sale boss Alex Sanderson wanted a chat. He was a wide-eyed 20-year-old when…
Interview
Liam Heagney
08 May 2022, 4:14
Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle beat Montpellier to reach Champions Cup semis
La Rochelle booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals with a 31-19 win over Montpellier at the Stade Marcel Def…
PA
07 May 2022, 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 2022, 15:05
Penalty shootout heartbreak for Munster as Toulouse kick their way to semis
Toulouse were pinpoint accurate in a nerve-jangling penalty shootout at the Aviva Stadium as they knocked Munster out of the Heine…
PA
07 May 2022, 13:33
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 2022, 14:16
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 2022, 12:24
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 2022, 11:53
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 2022, 4:20
'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 2022, 5:16
'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 2022, 10:46
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 2022, 5:51
'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…
PA
17 Apr 2022, 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…
PA
16 Apr 2022, 15:27
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…
PA
16 Apr 2022, 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 2022, 9:20
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…
PA
16 Apr 2022, 1:16
'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…
PA
16 Apr 2022, 0:51
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 2022, 7:21
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…
PA
13 Apr 2022, 13:23
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…
PA
12 Apr 2022, 8:26
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 2022, 9:31
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 2022, 9:31
'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…
Interview
Liam Heagney
10 Apr 2022, 4:06
'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…
PA
09 Apr 2022, 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…
PA
09 Apr 2022, 11:13
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 2022, 5:22
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 2022, 11:25
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…
PA
06 Apr 2022, 8:31
'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 2022, 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 2022, 3:41
'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…
PA
30 Mar 2022, 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 2022, 6:52
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 2022, 9:35
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 2022, 16:25
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 2022, 7:11
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…
PA
23 Jan 2022, 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…
PA
23 Jan 2022, 10:52
'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 2022, 5:30
'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 2022, 18:00
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 …
PA
22 Jan 2022, 16:57
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…
PA
22 Jan 2022, 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 2022, 10:16
'That's nasty': Sam Underhill comeback lasts just 15 minutes
Liam Heagney
22 Jan 2022, 9:06
'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…
PA
21 Jan 2022, 22:18
'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 2022, 10:33
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 …
PA
21 Jan 2022, 7:50
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 2022, 1:32
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…
PA
16 Jan 2022, 12:42
'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…
PA
16 Jan 2022, 5:16
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 2022, 13:33
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…
PA
14 Jan 2022, 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…
PA
14 Jan 2022, 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…
PA
14 Jan 2022, 17:47
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 2022, 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 2022, 8:11
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 2022, 7:32
'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 2022, 5:43
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.
PA
07 Jan 2022, 5:46
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 2021, 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 2021, 6:31
'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…
PA
18 Dec 2021, 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 2021, 17:34
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…
PA
18 Dec 2021, 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 …
PA
18 Dec 2021, 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 2021, 6:38
'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 2021, 3:55
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 2021, 9:22
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 2021, 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 2021, 8:18
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 2021, 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 2021, 7:24
'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 2021, 4:22
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…
PA
12 Dec 2021, 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…
PA
12 Dec 2021, 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…
PA
12 Dec 2021, 10:19
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.
PA
11 Dec 2021, 14:29
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…
PA
10 Dec 2021, 8:37
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 2021, 5:12
'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…
PA
02 Dec 2021, 6:06
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,…
Opinion
Alex McLeod
15 Oct 2021, 0:54
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 2021, 10:13
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 2021, 8:24
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 2021, 5:05
'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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 4:59
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 2021, 19:30
'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 2021, 21:11
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…
PA
01 May 2021, 13:29
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 2021, 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…
RugbyPass
26 Apr 2021, 10:09
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 2021, 12:48
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.
PA
10 Apr 2021, 15:42
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…
PA
10 Apr 2021, 15:08
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 2021, 12:21
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 2021, 3:28
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 2021, 14:25
'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 2021, 6:00
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 2021, 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 2021, 19:27
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…
PA
04 Apr 2021, 4:45
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 …
PA
02 Apr 2021, 17:33
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 2021, 8:52
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 2021, 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 2021, 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…
PA
09 Mar 2021, 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 2021, 9:36
'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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 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…
PA
19 Dec 2020, 16:57
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 2020, 15:53
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 2020, 12:21
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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 8:24
Sam Parry double helps Ospreys to dominant victory over Castres
Two tries from hooker Sam Parry helped Ospreys to a dominant victory over Castres in their opening match of the European Rugby Cha…
PA
12 Dec 2020, 16:37
'That was pretty disrespectful' - Wasps hooker's unconventional try celebration raises hackles online
Tom Cruse took try celebrations to a whole different place against the Dragons today in the Heineken Champions Cup, raising eyebro…
Ian Cameron
12 Dec 2020, 15:24
Mixed news on the injury front for Leinster as squad reassemble for trip to Montpellier
A number of key players are facing a race against time to be passed fit for Leinster's opening Heineken Champions Cup fixture.
Ciarán Kennedy
07 Dec 2020, 10:09
Roberts and Hartley divided over who will succeed Saracens as Champions Cup winners
With all eyes on the Champions Cup final between Exeter and Racing, RugbyPass Offload hosts Roberts and Hartley disagree over who …
Online Editors
17 Oct 2020, 8:20
Match referee Nigel Owens has had his say on Saturday's Exeter vs Racing final
Saturday will be the seventh Champions Cup final Nigel Owens will take charge of and he set the scene on Tuesday on Irish breakfas…
Liam Heagney
13 Oct 2020, 14:29
'We've got internationals pretty much everywhere now' - Exeter's high-powered attack key as they chase a historic double to join the revered list of English clubs
Exeter captain Joe Simmonds says there will be no let-up from the Chiefs as they continue their relentless pursuit of a domestic a…
PA
27 Sep 2020, 18:33
'If you want to be a Saracens player and you p*** about in the Championship you will not be a Saracens player for the next 10 years'
Richard Wigglesworth has urged his Saracens team-mates not to treat life in the Championship next season with contempt following t…
PA
27 Sep 2020, 17:09
Nigel Owens lauded for refusing to put up with loophole that's annoyed so many fans
Referee Nigel Owens has been widely praised for cracking down on Racing 92 for the practice of caterpillar rucking, a tactic that'…
Ian Cameron
26 Sep 2020, 13:54
9 must-know facts before Racing welcome defending champions Saracens to Paris
Paris La Defense Arena will stage this Saturday's mouthwatering Champions Cup semi-final between Racing 92 and defending champions…
Online Editors
26 Sep 2020, 5:32
10 things to know before Exeter host Toulouse at Sandy Park
Sandy Park will host Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final between Exeter Chiefs, the English Premiership leaders, and Fren…
Online Editors
26 Sep 2020, 5:31
'It came as a bit of a shock': Michael Rhodes' reaction after he learned he was cited this week
It was Monday, two days after the Saracens glory in Dublin, that Michael Rhodes learned he was being cited and could miss next Sat…
Liam Heagney
24 Sep 2020, 5:57
Owens nets Champions Cup semi-final gig after idle quarter-finals weekend
Nigel Owens made do with his farm in Wales after being left off the Champions Cup quarter-final roster but the referee is now reca…
Online Editors
22 Sep 2020, 6:22
Video - 'You must defend in twos' - Cheslin Kolbe shreds Ulster with more scintillating footwork
Cheslin Kolbe gave the credit to his team-mates after his starring role in Toulouse’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Ulster.
PA
20 Sep 2020, 10:53
How Twitter reacted to Saracens' Champions Cup win over Leinster 'invincibles'
Saracens have provided Leinster and Europe a savage reminder of their abilities with a resounding win at the Aviva Stadium in the …
Ian Cameron
19 Sep 2020, 12:36
'There is no reason, especially when you look at their squad, that they can't make something happen on the day'
Rob Baxter is targeting Exeter’s “biggest performance of the season” when they face Heineken Champions Cup opponents Northam…
PA
19 Sep 2020, 11:49
'They were better than us and they have a massive squad physically and numbers wise'
Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill bemoaned an error-strewn opening 10 minutes from his team as they were knocked out of the E…
PA
19 Sep 2020, 11:35
Anglo-French feel to Champions Cup quarter-finals as veteran Owens given weekend off
Veteran referee Nigel Owens hasn't made the roster for this month's quarter-final weekend in the Heineken Champions Cup and Challe…
Liam Heagney
08 Sep 2020, 6:34
'He's been into the club and I've spoken to him... he is incredibly regretful'
Owen Farrell is “incredibly regretful” over the illegal tackle that is almost certain to see him banned for Saracens’ most i…
PA
07 Sep 2020, 12:05
'We know exactly what we need to do' - Saracens' fullback Elliot Daly puts a target on Leinster
If Saracens can get past Leinster, the team they beat in the final in 2019, they will play in the last four a week later, while th…
PA
11 Aug 2020, 17:34
EPCR abandons plan for Marseille to host 2020 European finals, rejigs future finals schedule
Despite the pandemic, EPCR had insisted Marseille would still stage the 2020 Champions and Challenge Cup finals but that plan has …
Online Editors
09 Jul 2020, 5:22

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