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Do ‘Weakened’ Teams Damage The European Champions Cup?

With Northampton Saints facing the possibility of an EPCR investigation into the team they fielded against Leinster on Saturday evening, the issue of selecting perceived ‘weaker’ sides in Champions Cup fixtures has reared its head again, but is it right that teams should be forced to select their ‘best’ players? On the one hand for many outfits in the Champions …

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Opinion: It’s Time For Scottish Rugby To Break Free Of History

After a successful Scotland autumn campaign and a rampant Glasgow team in the European Champions Cup, it feels like a change is happening in Scottish rugby. In a year that has seen Ireland conquer the All Blacks for the first time and England win a first grand slam in 13 years, Scotland must follow suit, build on its excellent foundations …

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Northampton Facing Potential Investigation Over ‘Weakened Team’

Ailing Premiership and Champions Cup outfit Northampton Saints could be facing an investigation into an allegation of fielding a weakened team against Leinster on Saturday evening. English club Saints rested a number of first choice players for the trip to Dublin, including star names such as  Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Louis Picamoles and Luther Burrell. European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), …

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Tangled Up In Red: The Bizarre Case Of England’s Dylan Hartley

For any supporter of the men in white, England captain Dylan Hartley is a bittersweet curate’s egg: simultaneously a wonderful leader and a dreadful liability. After a brilliant year captaining his country, England leader Dylan Hartley decided to cap it all off with a red card off the bench for his club Northampton against Leinster in the Champions Cup. It …

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Clamour For Finn Russell To Go On Lions Tour Increases After Strong Glasgow Display Vs. Racing 92

Finn Russell of Glasgow Warriors during the European Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Glasgow Warriors at Stade Yves Du Manoir on December 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport) (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Finn Russell turned in a performance of the highest quality as Glasgow overcame Racing 92 23-7 at Scotstoun. The fly-half scored a first-half try (which he converted himself) as well as two penalties to help send his side to the top of their Champions Cup pool (albeit with two more games played than Munster who face Leicester Tigers on Saturday). Racing, …

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Munster Captain Warns Of The Backlash Awaiting Them Against The Leicester Tigers

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2, Thomond Park, Limerick 22/10/2016 Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Munster's Peter O'Mahony applauds the crowd as he leaves the pitch Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Munster are enjoying a domestic and European rugby season that has seen them lose only twice this term. At the weekend they continued their impressive form with a 38-0 drubbing of English Premiership side Leicester Tigers. In what was one of the province’s most impressive performances, Munster battered a clueless Leicester side from start to finish. More urgent, more tenacious, …

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Champions Cup – Ireland Team Of The Weekend

The Irish provinces enjoyed a great weekend in the thrid round of the Champions Cup with Leinster throttling Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens, Munster shutting out Leicester at Thomond Park and Ulster edging Clermont in a shootout at the Kingspan. Connacht fought valiantly against a Wasps side buoyed by the scintillating debut of Kurtley Beale, but ultimately faded late as Dai …

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Watch: Brilliant Pass From Conor Murray Leads To Simon Zebo Try

Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

Conor Murray won rave reviews for his performances in last month’s November internationals as the Munster scrum-half was sensational in Ireland’s wins over Australia and New Zealand. The Limerick native is in pole position to start for the British & Irish Lions next summer, but for the moment, he’s continued his sparkling form from last month in a different red jersey. …

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Watch: Charles Piutau Scores Stunning Solo Try In Win Over Clermont

Ulster fullback Charles Piutau scored a stunning solo try  in his side’s 39-32 bonus point win over Clermont on Saturday. With Ulster desperately needing a win to stay in contention in Pool 5, Les Kiss’ side welcomed Pool leaders Clermont to the Kingspan Stadium in what was a thrilling affair in Belfast. In a game that produced nine tries, Piutau’s …

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Opinion: Time Is Running Out For Northampton’s Jim Mallinder

With Northampton Saints suffering a surprise 22-16 home loss to Newcastle Falcons after prop Kieran Brookes saw red just before half-time, whispers regarding director of rugby Jim Mallinder’s future are quickly building into audible mutterings. England prop Brookes used his shoulder to charge into hooker Scott Lawson and was promptly sent off. Mallinder himself offered no excuses for Brookes’ behaviour …

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European Rugby Champions Cup: As It Stands After Round Two

BARNET, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Michael Rhodes of Saracens is congratulated after scoring a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Saracens and Scarlets at Allianz Park on October 22, 2016 in Barnet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Twenty European clubs have completed two rounds of the pool stages of the European Rugby Champions Cup. After round two, does anyone stand out? With a third of the pool games completed and the knockout stages being determined via a table, the 20 team table has been produced as a result of the first two fixtures. Information has been gathered via http://www.epcrugby.com/europeanrugbychampionscup/pools/index.php European …

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Munster Give Their Best Performance On A Day When Rugby Didn’t Matter

What a difference two weeks can make. A fortnight ago Munster were reeling from a disappointing 25-14 defeat to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Their forwards had been outplayed, their backs had misfired, and their Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus had endured his first defeat since taking charge of the province during the summer. Munster looked sloppy and they were soundly …

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