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Bundee Aki To Return For Christmas Showdown With Leinster

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Connacht will travel to Perpignan this weekend in search of a win that will keep their challenge cup dreams very much alive.  Irish international Bundee Aki played on Saturday as Connacht overcame Perpignan 22-10 in horrible conditions at the Sportsground, but the talisman will miss this weekend’s return encounter as he has travelled back to his native New Zealand to get …

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Watch: Enisei Player Crashes Into Post When Going Over For A Try Against Newcastle Falcons

Enisei-STM bowed out of this season’s Challenge Cup when they lost 19-33 to Premiership outfit the Newcastle Falcons with the English side securing a home quarter-final against Brive.  It was a forgettable campaign for the Russian side, who recorded 0 victories in the pool stages and they managed just one losing bonus point after six fixtures. Their supporters did have …

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The Ireland In-Form XV For Six Nations Opener Following Weekend Of European Clashes

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 18/11/2017 Ireland vs Fiji Ireland Coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Ireland squad for the opening rounds of the upcoming Six Nations jetted off to Spain on Monday for their pre-tournament training camp where, following a weekend of gruelling European rugby fixtures, they can recover from their respective bangs and bruises. Head coach Joe Schmidt was forced into just one late squad change, with Munster’s James Cronin stepping in for …

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Stade Francais Defeat Gloucester In A Feisty Challenge Cup Final

European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland 12/5/2017 Gloucester vs Stade Francais Stade Francais’ Geoffrey Doumayrou scores a try

Stade Francais have ended a turbulent season in triumphant fashion, defeating Gloucester 25-17 in a tremendously lively Challenge Cup final on Friday night. The French side, who were at one point to be the subject of a highly controversial merger with Top 14 rivals Racing 92, were able to put their domestic issues to one side and enjoy a victory …

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Northampton Saints Will Certainly Be Hoping For A Stade Francais Victory This Weekend

Although the Northampton Saints secured a 23-20 victory over Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens at the weekend, they still lost their automatic Champions Cup qualification place to Quins as they gave up a losing bonus point to John Kingston’s side.  Both teams finished level on 52 points but Quins recorded one extra victory this season which put them ahead of the Saints. …

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Champions Cup Final To Take Place In Bilbao Next Year

Champions Cup BILBAO, SPAIN - APRIL 07: A general view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla at San Mames Stadium on April 7, 2016 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

All roads lead to Edinburgh in this year’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup competitions. The home of Scottish Rugby will host the two showpiece events. In recent years, the finals have taken place in some European rugby strongholds, such as the Aviva Stadium, Twickenham and the Principality Stadium. However, the EPCR are now set to break new ground with the …

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Aviva Premiership: Race for the Top Four Gathers Pace

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Brad Barritt, the Saracens captain, raises the Aviva Premiership trophy after their victory during the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England’s Premiership has been rumbling on these last few weeks whilst people’s attention has been drawn to the international arena, it has got awful tight in the top half. Five teams look to be vying for a spot in May’s play-offs and a shot at lifting the trophy at the home of rugby. Wasps currently sit pretty, six points clear …

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Predicting The European Challenge Cup Quarter Final Line Up

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: A close-up of the European Rugby Challenge Cup trophy and official ball during the 2014/15 European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup Tournament Launch at The Twickenham Stoop on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

With our predicted Champions Cup quarter final line-up complete, we now turn to the contenders for the quarter final places in Europe’s second tier competition, the Challenge Cup. Pro12 toppers Ospreys have all-but sealed their place, and are likely to top the seeds despite being in one of the more difficult groups. Scoring 31 tries in four matches is evidence …

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