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Pundit Arena Daily Rugby Trivia Challenge – Day Four

Rugby trivia

Welcome to day four of Pundit Arena’s daily rugby trivia challenge. Each day, we’ll give you 20 questions and 20 clues, similar to a crossword, and you have to guess the answers before the time runs out. So, for example, if the clue was, ‘Munster play here,’ the answer would be, ‘Thomond Park’. You have five minutes to try to get all 20 …

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Radical World Club Rugby Competition Could Be On The Cards

World Club Rugby Competition

The president of the French Rugby Union, Bernard Laporte, is proposing a radical new club rugby competition which could see the much loved but often maligned Champions Cup become defunct.  Laporte is hoping to become vice-chairman of World Rugby and he will seek election next month as Bill Beaumont aims to continue as chairman of the game’s world governing body. …

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EPCR Confirm Champions Cup Quarter-Finals Have Been Postponed

The EPCR have confirmed that this season’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals have been postponed.  The news comes as no surprise and was expected following the ongoing spread of COVID-19 which continues to spread across the globe. The organisation confirmed that the decision was made following a conference call today and that the eight games will be postponed with the entire …

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Nash Replaces Injured Earls As Munster Try To Salvage European Season


Munster’s Calvin Nash will make his Heineken Champions Cup debut in their final pool game against Ospreys this weekend in Thomond Park.  The game will also mark a first European start for Fineen Wycherley while Academy duo Ben Healy and Jack O’Sullivan have been named among the replacements. Following last Sunday’s 39-22 loss to Racing 92 in Paris, Johann van …

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James Ryan Returns As Leinster Eye Top European Seeding

Leinster team

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his team to take on Benetton in the final pool round of the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday (KO 1 pm).  The eastern province travel to Italy to take on Benetton and they have been boosted by the return of James Ryan who has been missing in recent weeks due to a calf …

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Ulster Make One Change For Champions Cup Showdown With Bath

Ulster Champions CUp

Ulster have made one change to their side ahead of their final Heineken Champions Cup Pool 3 game against Bath at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.  Despite their loss to Clermont Auvergne at the weekend, Ulster remain confident of securing a Champions Cup quarter-final spot knowing that any manner of victory against Bath will see them progress. Tom O’Toole – who …

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Van Graan “Gutted” As Joey Carbery Ruled Out For Up To Four Months

Munster carbery

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has said he is “gutted” for Joey Carbery following his latest injury setback on his return from a lengthy absence. According to Virgin Media’s Sinead Kissane, the 24-year-old is set to spend between two and four months on the sidelines after suffering a wrist ligament injury in Friday night’s game against Ulster which requires …

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Simon Zebo A Doubt For Champions Cup Visit Of Munster To Paris

Simon Zebo

Racing 92 could be without the services of former Munster player Simon Zebo for the visit of the Irish province to Paris in the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend. According to a report by James Harrington in the Irish Examiner, the former Ireland international has emerged as a doubt after he was withdrawn from Racing’s win over Clermont in the …

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Depleted Munster Fall To Saracens Following Dogfight In Europe

Munster Saracens

Saracens 15 Munster 6 Munster fell to a nine-point loss to reigning champions Saracens in their Heineken Champions Cup clash in Allianz Park this afternoon. Following last week’s win, this was always going to be a formidable challenge for the Irish province with the number of England internationals returning to the Saracens line-up. However, that challenge was intensified by the …

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Last-Gasp Robin Copeland Try Seals Dramatic Win For Connacht

Connacht 27 Gloucester 24 A last-second try from Robin Copeland sealed a dramatic Heineken Champions Cup win for Connacht over Gloucester. With six minutes remaining in the game, Connacht were trailing by 11 points but tries from substitutes Shane Delahunt and Copeland ensured the last-gasp win as they move to eight points in the Pool table. The home side enjoyed …

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Arno Botha And Dan Evans Receive Bans Following Red Cards

Dan Evans Arno Botha

Munster back row, Arno Botha, has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London today. The South Africa native received a straight red card during the closing minutes of the club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 3 match against Saracens at Thomond Park on Saturday. Botha was introduced in the 70th minute as a replacement for CJ …

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Positive News For Chris Cloete As Munster Issue Injury Update

Chris Cloete Munster

Munster have issued a positive update on the fitness of Chris Cloete as the province prepare for a crucial Heineken Champions Cup meeting with Saracens in Allianz Park on Saturday. The South African hasn’t featured for Munster since early October when he suffered an ankle injury during the side’s 31-20 win over Southern Kings in the PRO14. However, in their …

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Kingspan Erupts As Last-Gasp Cooney Strike Gives Ulster Victory

ulster harlequins

The Kingspan Stadium played host to Ulster’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Harlequins this afternoon as the northern province took a big step towards qualification for the knockout stages with a 25-24 win. Dan McFarland’s side looked threatening early on and could have had the first score on the board after just four minutes only for a knock on giving …

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Referee Alexandre Ruiz Hilariously Tries To Get Dan Biggar’s Attention

Leinster overcame Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Garden this afternoon on a scoreline of 43-16 in the Heineken Champions Cup. Three first-half tries from James Lowe, Rhys Ruddock and Andrew Porter helped the four-time European Champions to a 19-16 lead at the break. Shortly after half-time, the bonus-point was secured following Cian Healy’s try. Ross Byrne then got on the scoresheet …

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Ruthless Leinster Storm To Bonus-Point Win Over Northampton


Northampton 16 Leinster 43 Leinster extended their lead at the top of Pool 1 in the Heineken Champions Cup following a highly impressive bonus-point win over Northampton Saints. In a frantic encounter, Leo Cullen’s men recorded seven tries, three of which came during a blistering first half in which the lead bounced from one side to the other. Despite a …

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Farrell And Vunipola Brothers Missing For Saracens’ Trip To Munster

Saracens have opted to leave a number of heavy-hitters at home for their trip to Munster for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash in Thomond Park.  World Cup finalists, Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Jamie George, Billy Vunipola and Elliot Daly have all been left out of the Saracens side though Maro Itoje is named along with captain Brad Barritt …

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