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The New Benetton Jersey May Be The Nicest In The Champions Cup

With the start of the Champions Cup just around the corner, teams are getting ready for Europe’s elite rugby competition. Teams from the PRO14, Aviva Premiership and France’s Top 14 will all be taking part with this year’s final taking place in Bilbao, Spain in May – the first time a country not in the Six Nations will have hosted …

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Ranking Europe’s Top 8 Sides Ahead Of The European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Finals

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 14: Saracens celebrate their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Stade de Lyon on May 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After taking a mid-season hiatus, the European Rugby Champions Cup returns this weekend with a very intriguing quarter-final line-up. Perhaps the most hotly contested tie will be between Leinster and Wasps, two sides who are known for playing entertaining running rugby and top the tournament’s try-scoring charts with 28 and 31 touchdowns respectively. Indeed, Leinster’s total is made all the more impressive …

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Munster And Leinster Select Teams For Champions Cup Quarter Finals

After the disappointment of the 2016/17 season, in which no Irish side qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions Cup, this campaign both Munster and Leinster have the opportunity to advance to the semi-final stage. Although they face tough competition in the form of Toulouse and Wasps respectively, both Irish sides have home advantage this weekend and will hold realistic expectations …

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Selecting A Pro12 Champions Cup Quarter Final Select XV To Take On Their Aviva Premiership And Top 14 Equivalents

Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

After the conclusion of the Six Nations, rugby fans turn their attention to the European Rugby Champions Cup this weekend. However, unlike last season when Pro12 sides didn’t feature at the quarter-final stage, this weekend will see Munster, Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors strut their stuff in the final eight of the competition. Although the Scottish side would need to …

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Earlier Than Expected Date For Lions Squad Announcement Heaps Pressure On Fringe Players

British and Irish Lions Press Conference

Late last week the British and Irish Lions media team circulated an email confirming that Warren Gatland would name his squad on April 19. The unveiling of the touring squad will be the centrepiece of a well coordinated day designed to facilitate the various media organisations from across the rugby world. However, while fans and commentators look forward to April 19 …

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Watch: BT Sports Pundits Pick Their Champions Cup Tries Of The Round

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Glasgow player Mark Bennett (r) celebrates the third try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Glasgow Warriors at Welford Road on January 21, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

As the Champions Cup round of 16 comes to an end, it is the perfect opportunity to look back and pick out the best of the best from across the European competition. The BT Sport pundits have picked their tries of the weekend, with Lawrence Dallaglio picking out Mark Bennett’s try, Brian O’Driscoll choosing Nemani Nadolo’s destructive effort and Craig …

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Irish Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

Although there existed the possibility of all four Irish provinces qualifying for the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals prior to round five, only Munster and Leinster ultimately made it into the last eight. Ulster fans will no doubt rue the fact that their side came away from Bordeaux Begles empty handed. The northern province led 13-9 with six minutes remaining …

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Eddie Jones Criticises Dylan Hartley Over Sean O’Brien Incident

Northampton Saints v Leinster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

In the days following Dylan Hartley’s sending off against Leinster in the European Rugby Champions Cup, there was a great deal of debate over the proposed length of the hooker’s suspension. Some had argued that Hartley should have received a longer ban, while others accused various commentators of leading a witch hunt against the England captain. In any event, Hartley …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Munster’s 22-10 Win Over Racing 92

1. What Happens When An Opponent Matches Munster Up Front? Throughout their pool campaign, Munster have been able to wrestle opponents into submission using their forward pack. Racing however had the ability to frustrate Munster for long periods. Although Simon Zebo crossed for Munster’s opening try as the first half came to a conclusion, it took a long time in …

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Ireland Face Massive Injury Concern Ahead Of Six Nations

In this week's edition of The Oval Office Podcast, we speak to the Pro12 Communications Director Adam Redmond, who outlines how the league will evolve in the coming seasons. https://soundcloud.com/punditarenarugby/we-speak-to-the-pro12-communications-director-adam-redmond-and-cover-all-the-recent-rugby-action

Ireland’s Six Nations preparations have been halted somewhat after Johnny Sexton was forced off the field during Leinster’s European Rugby Champions Cup match against Castres on Friday night. The fly-half limped off the field 22 minutes into Leinster’s 24-24 draw with the French side with a calf injury, raising concerns over his availability ahead of the Six Nations. Indeed, while the …

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Frank Quinn Column: The Pro12 Looks Set To Dominate The Champions Cup Quarter-Final Line Up

Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

Although Munster are home and hosed with a game to spare, Rassie Erasmus will be leaving nothing to chance in their last pool match against Racing 92. The opportunity to claim a home quarter-final in Thomond Park so as to swell the province’s financial coffers, and to further foster the positive atmosphere that currently surrounds Munster Rugby has unexpectantly become available. …

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Irish Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5, RDS, Dublin 13/1/2017 Leinster vs Montpellier Leinster's Jack Conan breaks free to score his sides second try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Irish provinces enjoyed their best weekend since the formation of the European Rugby Champions Cup in 2014. Victories for Leinster and Munster ensured their passage into the quarter-finals, and home draws must surely await as the Irish powerhouses face the already knocked out Castres and Racing 92 respectively in the final round of pool games. Although Connacht sit at …

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Media Round On Munster Following Possible Conor Murray Concussion

No sooner than Munster began celebrating their hard fought 14-12 win over the Glasgow Warriors, controversy began brewing in the background. As the physical encounter reached it’s climax,  Conor Murray was removed from the field of play so as to undergo a head injury assessment. The incident in question occurred in the 62nd minute when Glasgow’s Tim Swinson caught Murray’s …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Munster’s Intense 14-12 Win Over The Glasgow Warriors

1. The Contrasting Game Plans The contrasting styles employed by the Glasgow Warriors and Munster made this tussle so intriguing during the build up. Glasgow want to play at tempo by continually moving the ball and changing the point of contact, while Munster look to attack the fringes and utilise Conor Murray’s box kicks. Throughout the game, Glasgow attempted to add pace at …

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Predicting The Champions Cup Quarter Final Line Up

With two pool games remaining in the European Rugby Champions Cup, the shortlist of potential quarter finalists has narrowed considerably. While the likes of Saracens already look to have one foot firmly planted in the next round, last season’s beaten finalists, Racing 92, are yet to win a game this campaign. Fellow Top 14 giants Toulon are also looking down the …

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Watch: Jamie Cudmore Explains How He Was Left Back Onto The Field Despite Vomiting Following Concussion

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Clement player Jamie Cudmore in action during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final between ASM Clermont Auvergne and RC Toulon at Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The debate surrounding concussion in rugby has raised it’s head far too often in recent months. Although some head collisions are unavoidable, the sport’s head injury assessment is supposed to protect players who may have suffered a head injury. However, as the recent controversy involving George North demonstrated, rugby’s HIA are not strong enough to prevent players from returning to the …

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