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Quiz: Can You Name The 11 Winners Of The European Cup In Two Minutes?

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: Munster Players celebrate as their Captain Anthony Foley lifts the Trophy following victory during the Heineken Cup Final between Munster and Biarritz Olympique at the Millennium Stadium on May 20, 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It’s semi-final week in the European Champions Cup, as fans of Leinster, Clermont, Munster and Saracens dream of European glory. Be it the European Champions Cup or the older format of the Heineken Cup, we’ve witnessed some great teams down through the years since the competition’s inception in 1995. Overall, there have been 11 different teams who have reached the …

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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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EXCLUSIVE – International Referee Romain Poite: ‘I Don’t Read Social Media Comments’

World-renowned referee Romain Poite has officiated in every major tournament in the world and been involved in of the sport’s biggest games.  In an exclusive interview, Pundit Arena’s Paul Wassell caught up with him to talk about the changing nature of the job, what he loves about refereeing and how relationships between referees and fans, players and coaches are all …

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Predicting The Eight Teams Who Will Qualify For European Champions Cup Quarter-Finals

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11: General views of the stadium and the Champions Cup trophy before the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game between Ulster and Toulouse at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Daniel Rey picks his eight teams to emerge to the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. The European Champions Cup is one of the most exciting tournaments in world rugby. Nothing exemplifies this more than the battle to get out of the pools, and if possible, secure a home quarter-final. With Europe’s premier club rugby competition about to kick-off, which sides are …

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International Rugby: The Pacific Islands’ Winners XV

In rugby we’re fortunate enough to have three great sporting nations in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, but what would a team made up of their most successful players look like? What the Pacific Islanders may sometimes lack in structure, they more than make up for in flair and physicality, and some of the most enthralling games in the sport have …

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Paul O’Connell Returns To Munster Rugby

CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Paul O'Connell of Munster looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool one match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin on December 14, 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Munster Rugby has today confirmed via statement that former captain, and Munster living legend Paul O’Connell is to return to the province in a professional context. The Limerick native who spent 14 years at Thomond Park has been unveiled as the newest member of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy taking on an advisory role and will oversee the next wave …

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Eoin Reddan Announces Retirement From Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 08: Eoin Reddan of Ireland looks on during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following on from Pundit Arena’s EXCLUSIVE report that Eoin Reddan was on the verge of announcing his retirement from professional rugby, the Leinster scrum-half has today officially stated to the media that he is to hang up the boots following Ireland’s test series clincher with the Springboks this weekend. With the signing of Kiwi scrum half Jamison Gibson-Park at Leinster and what …

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Opinion: The Rise And Impending Fall Of Top 14 Giants Toulon

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 10: Ma'a Nonu of Toulon leaves the field dejected following his side's defeat during the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final between Racing 92 and RC Toulon at Stade Yves Du Manoir on April 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

When you reach the top there is only one way to go – down. This is where Top 14 giants Toulon now find themselves. When speaking of Europe’s top club rugby sides, French team Toulon will always be part of the conversation. Established in 1908, it has only been since the acquisition of the club by rich local businessman Mourad …

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Watch: Ten Of The Best (Drop Goals) By Jonny Wilkinson

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 20: Jonny Wilkinson of England attempts a drop goal during the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa at the Stade de France on October 20, 2007 in Saint-Denis, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Coolness, complete calm and total composure. These three adjectives could not be anymore apt in detailing the resolute mindset of legendary sharp-shooter Jonny Wilkinson. With an unparalleled assurance and indomitable self-belief, Wilko was a true ‘once-in-a-generation’ talent. Time-and-time again the legendary out-half not only stood up to the decisive moment with the game in the balance, he took the moment …

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