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Irish Rugby Hits Back At Exeter Chiefs For Ignoring Connacht’s European Achievments

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20 : Connacht Rugby head coach Pat Lam during the European Rugby Challenge Cup pool 1 match between Newcastle Falcons and Connacht Rugby on December 20, 2015 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup take place this weekend, and unusually, there is no Irish involvement in the final eight. However, Connacht are flying the flag for the country in the Challenge Cup.

Munster, Leinster and Ulster all failed to emerge from their pools, and therefore the only Irish representatives left in the Champions Cup are Exeter Chiefs pair Gareth Steenson and Ian Whitten.

EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: Gareth Steenson of Exeter Chiefs during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints at Sandy Park on March 20 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The Premiership side were quick to point this out.

However, they made the bad mistake of stating that there is no Irish side left in Europe at all, but Connacht Rugby face Grenoble in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup this evening.

Irish Rugby hit back immediately.

Should the western province overcome Bernard Jackman’s side in France tonight, they will then have a home semi-final against English opposition.

It is a big game for Pat Lam’s side, and the whole of the country are behind them.

It is clear that Exeter made a major error when attempting a sly dig at Ireland, but the IRFU were quick to set the record straight.

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