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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Saturday 14 December, 2019

From The42 As it happened: Leinster v Northampton Saints, Champions Cup Liveblog

As it happened: Leinster v Northampton Saints, Champions Cup

Kick-off at the Aviva Stadium is at 17:15.

Connacht stare down the barrel of defeat, but dig out miraculous win

Late tries from Shane Delahunt and Robin Copeland turned the game on its head in a frenetic finale.

As it happened: Connacht v Gloucester, European Rugby Champions Cup

Andy Friend’s charges rallied from the jaws of defeat to get a vital victory at the Sportsground.

From The42 'It's one week after another' - Cooney continues to shine for McFarland's Ulster In Form

'It's one week after another' - Cooney continues to shine for McFarland's Ulster

The scrum-half’s superb form rolled on last night in London.

From The42 Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester Connacht

Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester

The western province were unable to claim a point on their travels and Andy Friend can feel his resources getting tighter.

# champions-cup - Friday 13 December, 2019

From The42 Classy Cooney hammers home Six Nations claim as Ulster notch win away to Quins On Fire

Classy Cooney hammers home Six Nations claim as Ulster notch win away to Quins

The scrum-half provided 19 of Ulster’s points in a stunning display in London.

As it happened: Harlequins v Ulster, European Rugby Champions Cup

Dan McFarland’s ran in five tries to pick up a bonus-point win at the Twickenham Stoop.

Fitzgerald takes over 10 shirt as Connacht switch Carty to fullback

Andy Friend has made seven changes to refresh his side on a six-day turnaround between Gloucester clashes.

# champions-cup - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Unfazed, in-form Doris ready for full run-out at the Aviva

The Leinster 8 is hoping to force his way into an Ireland jersey at the venue before the season is out.

Boyle keen to atone for errors that kept him out of Connacht's loss in Gloucester

The back row was dropped for the trip to England, but is ready to help his side mount an unlikely playoff push.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 11 December, 2019

From The42 Munster's Arno Botha suspended for three weeks after red card against Saracens Banned

Munster's Arno Botha suspended for three weeks after red card against Saracens

The South African back row was red-carded late in his team’s win last weekend.

From The42 Munster need 'close to the perfect performance' to win on the road against Saracens Away Day

Munster need 'close to the perfect performance' to win on the road against Saracens

Johann van Graan knows his team have been some way off perfect so far.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Strongman days behind him, sword sheathed as McBryde settles in at Leinster

Warren Gatland’s long-term scrum coach is adapting to his new surroundings, but old tales continue to follow him.

# champions-cup - Monday 9 December, 2019

From The42 Munster must now muster something special on the road in Europe Away Days

Munster must now muster something special on the road in Europe

Johann van Graan’s men are away to Saracens and Racing 92 in the next two rounds.

'Dev has been fantastic... you can see that he wants back into the national squad'

Leo Cullen’s side are thriving thanks to the presence of in-form men all over the pitch.

# champions-cup - Sunday 8 December, 2019

From The42 Friend laments fruitless return from Gloucester as pool picture dims Pool 5

Friend laments fruitless return from Gloucester as pool picture dims

‘Instead of captialising on the half-time lead, we give an interception and given them a reason to believe.’

Cipriani swings it as Connacht suffer four-try loss in Gloucester

John Porch and Jack Carty helped the Westerners to a half-time lead, but it unravelled from there.

From The42 Carty back at 10 as Connacht look for statement win on the road in Gloucester Kingpin

Carty back at 10 as Connacht look for statement win on the road in Gloucester

Gloucester’s interest in the Champions Cup may be diminished but they possess real quality.

# champions-cup - Saturday 7 December, 2019

From The42 Evans sees red after 37 seconds for reckless challenge as Racing stay top of Munster's group This post contains videos

Evans sees red after 37 seconds for reckless challenge as Racing stay top of Munster's group

The Ospreys full-back was dismissed after his boot collided with Teddy Thomas’ face.

From The42 'We'll take a win against Saracens any day of the week' - Munster's Van Graan Tight Pool

'We'll take a win against Saracens any day of the week' - Munster's Van Graan

The Munster boss had no arguments with Arno Botha’s late red card.

McCall promises to bring back the big guns for Munster's visit to Saracens

The Sarries boss had mixed feelings after his side’s 10-3 defeat in Thomond Park.

From The42 Jonathan Sexton to undergo scan on knee injury Waiting Game

Jonathan Sexton to undergo scan on knee injury

The out-half looks set to miss at least the return fixture against Northampton.

Sexton injured, Larmour lights it up as Leinster thrash Saints

Seven different try-scorers crossed for Leinster as they brought their winning streak to 10 this season.

Stockdale determined to 'work his arse off' through try-scoring drought

The brilliant wing has not crossed the try-line for Ulster since January.

# champions-cup - Friday 6 December, 2019

Clermont overtake Ulster to top Champions Cup pool after bonus-point victory

The Irish province can still regain pole position when they host Harlequins on Saturday.

From The42 Cullen keen to see Leinster impose attack on Saints Step Up

Cullen keen to see Leinster impose attack on Saints

Last time out in Lyon was too close for comfort.

Captain Butler back to bolster Connacht for Gloucester trip

A training ground injury for Matt Healy has forced Friend to switch John Porch to fullback.

From The42 Saracens start Itoje but leave raft of England front-liners at home for Munster trip Rested

Saracens start Itoje but leave raft of England front-liners at home for Munster trip

Owen Farrell, Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George, George Kruis, and Elliot Daly are all absent.

From The42 Larmour, Porter and Doris in harness as Leinster travel to face Premiership-leading Saints Team News

Larmour, Porter and Doris in harness as Leinster travel to face Premiership-leading Saints

Tadhg Furlong, Rob Kearney and Scott Fardy head up a vastly experienced Leinster bench.

From The42 In-house criticism and The Obstacle guiding John Cooney to peak form Cloud 9

In-house criticism and The Obstacle guiding John Cooney to peak form

The Ulster scrum-half has been among the stand-out performers in the opening rounds of Europe.

From The42 'I'm probably the last guy to try and offload' - Stander embracing Munster attack Skills

'I'm probably the last guy to try and offload' - Stander embracing Munster attack

The number eight says Stephen Larkham has been giving the players confidence to play.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 3 December, 2019

From The42 Competition enabling Leinster to 'rotate without a dent in performance' Seamless

Competition enabling Leinster to 'rotate without a dent in performance'

The Champions Cup favourites made wholesale changes in between rounds two and three, but kept their winning streak going.

# champions-cup - Monday 2 December, 2019

Tomane fit again as Leinster suit up to tackle in-form Saints

The centre was in excellent form before a hamstring kept him out of the opening rounds of Europe.

Munster install additional seating in Thomond Park for massive Saracens clash

The reigning European and Premiership champions are coming to Limerick this weekend.

# champions-cup - Sunday 24 November, 2019

From The42 'We're a club that doesn’t know how to give up' - Van Graan takes the two points Honours Even

'We're a club that doesn’t know how to give up' - Van Graan takes the two points

Munster now face into back-to-back ties with Saracens in Europe.

# champions-cup - Saturday 23 November, 2019

Late JJ drop-goal slips wide as Russell inspires Racing to draw in Limerick

Johann van Graan’s men nearly grabbed a late, late win at Thomond Park.

From The42 Ridiculous Finn Russell skill on full display as he nutmegs his way to Thomond Park try Finn-possible This post contains videos

Heartbreak for Connacht, as they fall just short of repeating 2013 Toulouse shock

Andy Friend’s men were full of bravery against a home side who started with 13 full internationals.

From The42 As it happened: Lyon v Leinster, European Rugby Champions Cup Liveblog

As it happened: Lyon v Leinster, European Rugby Champions Cup

Last year’s runners-up went to France to take on the Top14 leaders.

From The42 Larkham enthusiastic about Munster's attack progress as Racing come to town Skills

Larkham enthusiastic about Munster's attack progress as Racing come to town

The Australian has made a positive impact since joining during the summer.