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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Friday 17 January, 2020

'We know we've got a target on our backs... they want to put a shot on us'

James Lowe knows that Leinster can take nothing for granted if they want to secure Champions Cup top seeding.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

‘Be patient and stop comparing us to the old Munster’

Keith Earls is convinced Munster are on the right track.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Crisis? Yes for the English, Welsh and Scots but not Munster

Irish provinces have consistently punched above their weight in Europe and here are the facts that prove it.

From The42 'At this level of rugby it’s ruthless' - Racing's Prendergast feels Munster aren't far away Irish Abroad

'At this level of rugby it’s ruthless' - Racing's Prendergast feels Munster aren't far away

The French side are targeting trophy glory in the Champions Cup this season.

# champions-cup - Monday 13 January, 2020

From The42 Champions Cup Power Rankings: Where Irish sides really stand Lottery

Champions Cup Power Rankings: Where Irish sides really stand

The system is flawed and Johann van Graan’s side need to be cut a little slack. The pool of death has killed Munster’s European dreams.

From The42 Friend willing to step back and reassess Connacht approach as they bow out of Europe Windfall

Friend willing to step back and reassess Connacht approach as they bow out of Europe

The Australian also welcomed news confirming €20 million-worth of grants to go towards the Sportsground’s redevelopment.

'We’d all have a pretty sick feeling if we don’t': Leinster a win away from securing top seed

The eastern province have done the hard work, now a win in Italy will guarantee top seeding in the last eight.

# champions-cup - Sunday 12 January, 2020

From The42 'We spoke in the dressing room - we stick together as a group, as we always do' Dejected

'We spoke in the dressing room - we stick together as a group, as we always do'

Munster have been dealt more disappointment in the Champions Cup.

From The42 Cullen pleased with Leinster's half-time problem-solving Reaction

Cullen pleased with Leinster's half-time problem-solving

Leinster head into the final round as top seeds after keeping Lyon scoreless in the second half.

Kearney double helps Leinster sweep aside Lyon

Leo Cullen’s side scored six tries as they moved one step closer to securing top seed for the quarter-finals.

Munster fighting for European lives in monumental clash against Racing

The task is a hugely demanding one for Johann van Graan’s men.

# champions-cup - Saturday 11 January, 2020

From The42 'It’s a plus to have intent back... we just have to make sure we’re more clinical' Better

'It’s a plus to have intent back... we just have to make sure we’re more clinical'

After last week’s unraveling in Leinster, Andy Friend was pleased with how his side took on another European Cup favourite.

From The42 Dominant Toulouse crush Connacht's Champions Cup hope Overpowered

Dominant Toulouse crush Connacht's Champions Cup hope

Toulouse sealed their qualification and conceded just a penalty try despite finishing with 13 men.

From The42 'You have to have your internationals performing and we mightn't have' Worries

'You have to have your internationals performing and we mightn't have'

Peter O’Mahony is expecting much better from his Munster team tomorrow after some substandard performances recently.

Rejuvenated Carty key as Connacht take on Toulouse

Connacht will return to full strength as they aim for a repeat of their 2016 win over the four-time champs.

# champions-cup - Friday 10 January, 2020

Ryan and Sexton on the mend - Cullen aiming for top seed

The Leinster coach has set his players a target to secure home quarter-final.

Irish internationals return to boost Connacht for crunch clash with Toulouse

Jack Carty and Bundee Aki are both back for Andy Friend’s side.

From The42 Coetzee and Murphy return to Ulster team for Clermont clash Suftum

Coetzee and Murphy return to Ulster team for Clermont clash

Head coach Dan McFarland has made just two changes to the team that beat Munster last Friday.

'Now that we're here we don’t want to let this massive opportunity slip'

Connacht worked hard to be in the top tier of the competition for days just like this.

If Munster miss out on quarters it won't be a failure, argues Quinlan

Former Munster great says perspective is needed as Johann van Graan’s side face survival Sunday in Paris.

# champions-cup - Thursday 9 January, 2020

'Munster need to take a deep breath and be given a year or two to develop'

Speaking on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly, Andy Dunne urged people to be patient.

Cian Healy happy to meet challengers in competitive Leinster squad

‘They want to knock the old boy off the top’.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

From The42 Larmour stepping up to take more responsibility in Leinster attack Growth

Larmour stepping up to take more responsibility in Leinster attack

‘I want to step up and more of a ball player.’

# champions-cup - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

From The42 Hanrahan in line to make return for Munster for massive Racing clash 10

Hanrahan in line to make return for Munster for massive Racing clash

The Kerry man’s fitness is vital with Joey Carbery and Tyler Bleyendaal out injured.

# champions-cup - Monday 6 January, 2020

Carbery a doubt for Six Nations following wrist ligament injury

Luckless Munster out-half needs surgery for the injury.

From The42 Connacht fight on with bare bones and determined to give Toulouse a rattle Numbers Game

Connacht fight on with bare bones and determined to give Toulouse a rattle

Head coach Andy Friend is keen to bolster his squad with some of the talent floating under the radar in Leinster.

From The42 Van Graan asks for patience as Munster regroup for 'knockout' clash with Racing Hurdles

Van Graan asks for patience as Munster regroup for 'knockout' clash with Racing

With a new system to bed in, Johann van Graan laments that he has not been able to maintain a consistent starting XV.

# champions-cup - Saturday 4 January, 2020

From The42 Racing's Thomas stakes claim for France squad ahead of clash with Munster Top 14

Racing's Thomas stakes claim for France squad ahead of clash with Munster

Racing face Munster next weekend in the Champions Cup while Ulster take on Clermont.

# champions-cup - Monday 23 December, 2019

From The42 Misconduct complaint brought against Munster doctor over alleged abusive comment Statement

Misconduct complaint brought against Munster doctor over alleged abusive comment

Saracens defeated the Irish province in a heated Heineken Champions cup meeting earlier this month.

From The42 'I took the opportunity and it didn’t work out' - Stander on late penalty call against Saracens Reflections

'I took the opportunity and it didn’t work out' - Stander on late penalty call against Saracens

The Munster star opted to go for touch but failed to get over for a try.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 18 December, 2019

Ulster issue ban to individual over abusive behaviour during win over Harlequins

CEO Jonny Petrie today tweeted that supporters had raised a complaint about the abuse.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

From The42 Three Saints cited following thumping defeat to Leinster Bad To Worse

Three Saints cited following thumping defeat to Leinster

Second row Lewis Bean and centre partners Andy Symons and Matt Proctor have all been cited for dangerous tackles.

From The42 Daly dials in big-game moment to underline his value to Connacht Competition

Daly dials in big-game moment to underline his value to Connacht

The Carlow man is hungry for opportunity in Connacht and has been on the phone to tell Andy Friend as much.

From The42 Leinster keep finding motivating factors as they mount mighty winning run Spurred On

Leinster keep finding motivating factors as they mount mighty winning run

The eastern province turn their attentions to Ulster after sealing an early qualification for the Champions Cup quarters.

# champions-cup - Monday 16 December, 2019

From The42 'If we want to go any further we've got to get two bonus point-wins. That's a no-brainer' Tall Order

'If we want to go any further we've got to get two bonus point-wins. That's a no-brainer'

After an astounding comeback, Connacht’s attention will turn to matters closer to home and they will hope to see the ‘inter-pro phenomenon’ show itself again..

# champions-cup - Sunday 15 December, 2019

From The42 Exeter close in on Champions Cup last eight and Clermont crush Bath Winning Ways

Exeter close in on Champions Cup last eight and Clermont crush Bath

Clermont will face Ulster in a crucial match on 11 January.

Munster left with regrets after coming up short away to Saracens

Saracens boss Mark McCall praised the visiting team’s defence at Allianz Park

# champions-cup - Saturday 14 December, 2019

Dramatic finish sees ROG's La Rochelle leave Glasgow on the brink of elimination

In Connacht’s pool, Toulouse overcame Montpellier while in Leinster’s, Benneton saw off Lyon.

From The42 Friend's call for 'trust' pays off in the end for Connacht Clutch

Friend's call for 'trust' pays off in the end for Connacht

The head coach took delight in the simplicity of Connacht’s expertly executed winning try.

From The42 Munster left empty-handed as Saracens finish over the top in London Dispiriting

Munster left empty-handed as Saracens finish over the top in London

Johann van Graan’s side led heading into the final quarter but couldn’t cling on.