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#Challenge Cup

# challenge-cup - Saturday 17 October, 2020

From The42 Adeolokun among the ex-Connacht men involved in Bristol's European success Irish Abroad

Adeolokun among the ex-Connacht men involved in Bristol's European success

The likes of Conor McPhillips and John Muldoon have been influential behind the scenes.

# challenge-cup - Friday 16 October, 2020

From The42 Pat Lam's Bristol see off Toulon to lift Challenge Cup Victorious

Pat Lam's Bristol see off Toulon to lift Challenge Cup

The Bears were 32-19 winners tonight, having scored a try in the opening 15 seconds of the game.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

IRFU refs Brace and Murphy appointed to European semi-final clashes

Nigel Owens and Mike Adamson will be in charge of the other two fixtures.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

From The42 EPCR relax 'non-European' player limit ahead of Champions Cup quarter-finals Rule Book

EPCR relax 'non-European' player limit ahead of Champions Cup quarter-finals

Teams will be allowed to register as many players as they like, including players who have already represented another club in this season’s competitions.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 7 May, 2020

From The42 Top 14 chiefs postpone decision on next season's Champions Cup places Covid-19

Top 14 chiefs postpone decision on next season's Champions Cup places

EPCR is considering reformatting the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup for next season.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

From The42 Rugby's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals postponed indefinitely On Hold

Rugby's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals postponed indefinitely

The 2020 finals weekend had been set for Marseille on 22/23 May.

# challenge-cup - Monday 16 March, 2020

From The42 Leinster and Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-finals have been postponed OFFICIAL

Leinster and Ulster's Champions Cup quarter-finals have been postponed

The European club season has been suspended.

# challenge-cup - Monday 9 March, 2020

From The42 EPCR will support any 'preventative measures' in relation to coronavirus Concerns

EPCR will support any 'preventative measures' in relation to coronavirus

Leinster and Ulster are due to play Champions Cup quarter-finals on the first weekend of April.

# challenge-cup - Friday 23 August, 2019

From The42 Leinster host Benetton while Munster travel for Ospreys clash in Champions Cup openers New Season

Leinster host Benetton while Munster travel for Ospreys clash in Champions Cup openers

The fixtures details for the European pool stages have been announced.

# challenge-cup - Friday 10 May, 2019

Challenge Cup final pits Jono Gibbes' La Rochelle against scarred Clermont

It’s an all-French decider at St James’ Park this evening.

# challenge-cup - Monday 1 April, 2019

From The42 MacGinty haunts Connacht but Bealham injury not as bad as feared Pro14 Focus

MacGinty haunts Connacht but Bealham injury not as bad as feared

Andy Friend’s side have refocused rapidly on their play-off pursuit in the Pro14.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 30 March, 2019

From The42 Connacht to 'regroup' for huge Pro14 run-in after disappointment against Sale Bounce Back

Connacht to 'regroup' for huge Pro14 run-in after disappointment against Sale

Andy Friend’s side will fly home with regrets after their Challenge Cup quarter-final.

# challenge-cup - Friday 29 March, 2019

From The42 Bealham heads to hospital but Connacht hopeful on Carty bicep injury Injury Blows

Bealham heads to hospital but Connacht hopeful on Carty bicep injury

The tighthead prop suffered a serious hand injury in the defeat to Sale Sharks.

From The42 Connacht crash out of Europe with injury concerns for Carty and Bealham Knocked Out

Connacht crash out of Europe with injury concerns for Carty and Bealham

Andy Friend’s side left it too late in their comeback bid against Sale in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

From The42 As it happened: Sale Sharks v Connacht, Challenge Cup quarter-final Liveblog

As it happened: Sale Sharks v Connacht, Challenge Cup quarter-final

We went minute-by-minute as Andy Friend’s side continued their European campaign at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Adeolokun hungry to boost Connacht's two-pronged challenge after long lay-off

The winger is back from injury and starts tonight’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Sale Sharks.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 28 March, 2019

From The42 Aki, Marmion and Carty start as Connacht rotate for Challenge Cup quarter-final Team News

Aki, Marmion and Carty start as Connacht rotate for Challenge Cup quarter-final

Andy Friend has recalled some big guns but rested others for the trip to Sale Sharks.

Connacht continue to grow under Friend as they fight on two fronts

“We’ve got to keep both dreams alive and keep pushing for both.”

# challenge-cup - Monday 21 January, 2019

From The42 Clean sweep for the provinces tees up riveting European quarter-finals All In

Clean sweep for the provinces tees up riveting European quarter-finals

Irish rugby’s good health has been underlined in the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 20 January, 2019

'To win in France is a great achievement': Friend and Connacht march on

The western province snatched a dramatic comeback win over Bordeaux to book their place in the Challenge Cup last eight.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 19 January, 2019

From The42 Connacht face Sale rematch as Challenge Cup quarter-final line-up confirmed Last Eight

Connacht face Sale rematch as Challenge Cup quarter-final line-up confirmed

Andy Friend’s side will travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on the last weekend of March.

From The42 Carty's last-gasp intercept sends Connacht through to Challenge Cup quarter-finals Marching On

Carty's last-gasp intercept sends Connacht through to Challenge Cup quarter-finals

The western province came back from the dead to snatch victory over Bordeaux this afternoon.

'It needs to be a win': Friend's Connacht head to France with a clear focus

The western province can round off an excellent week by securing a Challenge Cup quarter-final berth today.

# challenge-cup - Friday 18 January, 2019

Ireland call-ups Blade and Carty on the bench as Connacht name side for Bordeaux

Andy Friend has shuffled the deck for Connacht’s trip to Bordeaux, where a win would guarantee them a quarter-final spot.

# challenge-cup - Sunday 13 January, 2019

From The42 Friend satisfied with narrow win over Sharks as destiny in Connacht's hands In Control

Friend satisfied with narrow win over Sharks as destiny in Connacht's hands

A win in Bordeaux next weekend will guarantee a quarter-final spot in the Challenge Cup.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 12 January, 2019

Connacht withstand Sale comeback to earn big Challenge Cup win

Andy Friend’s men head to Bordeaux in round six with a quarter-final within their grasp.

From The42 MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle Aj

MacGinty denied Connacht return but big 2019 ahead for Ireland's Eagle

The Dublin-born out-half misses Sale’s game against Connacht this afternoon, but won’t let his injury setback knock him off course.

# challenge-cup - Friday 11 January, 2019

O'Halloran returns from injury as Connacht reinstate Aki to starting line-up for Challenge Cup duty

Denis Buckley has also been named to start against Sale Sharks this weekend.

# challenge-cup - Friday 14 December, 2018

From The42 Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan

Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan

The Irish province ran in five tries at the Stade Aime Giral this evening.

# challenge-cup - Thursday 13 December, 2018

From The42 Jackson will face Irish province tomorrow night for first time since move to France Number 10

Jackson will face Irish province tomorrow night for first time since move to France

Perpignan have recalled Jackson for their clash with Connacht.

From The42 Connacht ready to perform whatever the weather in Perpignan All-terrain

Connacht ready to perform whatever the weather in Perpignan

From South Africa to Galway and now on to Perpignan, the breadth of Connacht’s skill-set is being tested.

# challenge-cup - Monday 10 December, 2018

Connacht in the market for Irish-qualified scrum-half as injury cover

Andy Friend is also keen to seek cover in the back field after injuries to Niyi Adeolokun, Peter Robb and Colm de Buitléar.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 8 December, 2018

From The42 Friend's Connacht building momentum and vital squad depth Winning Run

Friend's Connacht building momentum and vital squad depth

Hard-earned win over Perpignan maintains the feel-good factor around Galway as the province march on.

Connacht weather the Galway storm to get European campaign back on track

Andy Friend’s side managed the conditions brilliantly to grind out an important Challenge Cup win over Perpignan.

'It's an exciting time. There's a great buzz around Galway and within the camp'

Back in Connacht green, Finlay Bealham is relishing the prospect of running out at the Sportsground again this afternoon.

# challenge-cup - Friday 7 December, 2018

From The42 Bundee Aki back to boost Connacht for visit of Perpignan Starting XV

Bundee Aki back to boost Connacht for visit of Perpignan

Andy Friend’s side are bidding to get their Challenge Cup campaign back on track in Galway tomorrow.

# challenge-cup - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

Aki set for surprise Connacht return as Friend's men turn attention to Europe

The Ireland centre is due to head back to New Zealand for his wedding, but could be involved this weekend.

# challenge-cup - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

From The42 Munster and Connacht make changes to their European squads Squad Lists

Munster and Connacht make changes to their European squads

Prop Jeremy Loughman has been added to the southern province’s Champions Cup panel.

# challenge-cup - Saturday 20 October, 2018

From The42 Splash zone! Chris Ashton hat-trick gives Sale a bonus-point win against Connacht Boy For Sale

Splash zone! Chris Ashton hat-trick gives Sale a bonus-point win against Connacht

Sale too strong for Andy Friend’s experimental side.

From The42 Promising academy pair get first starts as Connacht look for Sale scalp RISE UP

Promising academy pair get first starts as Connacht look for Sale scalp

Andy Friend’s men are hoping to back up last weekend’s Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux.

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