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#Champions Cup

# champions-cup - Friday 22 November, 2019

From The42 Cooney's match-winner years in the making Playmaker This post contains videos

Cooney's match-winner years in the making

Head coach Dan McFarland admits he was not initially confident his 9 had made the right call to go it alone.

From The42 Coetzee and Cooney to the fore as Ulster sink Clermont Suftum

Coetzee and Cooney to the fore as Ulster sink Clermont

Tries from Jordi Murphy and John Cooney delivered the result for Ulster.

From The42 As it happened: Ulster v Clermont, Heineken Champions Cup

As it happened: Ulster v Clermont, Heineken Champions Cup

John Cooney was outstanding as Ulster secured a vital home win.

# champions-cup - Thursday 21 November, 2019

From The42 Racing will hope their cultivated club mentality will help in their 'daunting' trip to Thomond Park Rugby Weekly This post contains videos

Racing will hope their cultivated club mentality will help in their 'daunting' trip to Thomond Park

Players at the Parisienne club have bought into the jersey, which might bring some consistency back when they need it.

From The42 Ryan prepares for first match in Ireland since move to Racing Skin

Ryan prepares for first match in Ireland since move to Racing

The second row has understandably proven a popular figure in Paris.

Tom Farrell eager to size himself up against Toulouse

The centre was left as a bystander on the bench when Connacht last travelled to face the French giants.

From The42 Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs Number Two

Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs

The 27-year-old is keen to go to another World Cup with his country.

# champions-cup - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

From The42 Analysis: Vakatawa and Ringrose's lines cleverly exploit off-guard defences Hidden

Analysis: Vakatawa and Ringrose's lines cleverly exploit off-guard defences

The Racing centre was in devastating form in his side’s big win over Saracens last weekend.

From The42 Murray excited by 'fresh' Farrell era after Ireland's World Cup failings New Boss

Murray excited by 'fresh' Farrell era after Ireland's World Cup failings

The Munster scrum-half is focused on enjoying his rugby again after the dejection in Japan.

Henshaw relishing a raucous atmosphere in France after missing Galway return

Leinster are preparing for a bear-pit of an atmosphere in Lyon.

From The42 Munster insist there's 'no frustration' at Carbery returning from World Cup injured Sidelined

Munster insist there's 'no frustration' at Carbery returning from World Cup injured

The 24-year-old is rehabbing an issue he carried throughout Ireland’s campaign in Japan.

# champions-cup - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Hanrahan returns to Munster training ahead of huge clash with Racing

Meanwhile, Stephen Larkham paid tribute to Alby Mathewson ahead of his departure.

From The42 Leinster look back to 'huge lesson' learned in Toulouse last season Souvenir

Leinster look back to 'huge lesson' learned in Toulouse last season

The Top14 leaders look set to deliver a statement of intent in front of their home support.

From The42 Zebo set for 'special occasion' on return to Thomond Park to face Munster Homecoming

Zebo set for 'special occasion' on return to Thomond Park to face Munster

The Racing 92 man is hopeful new Ireland boss Andy Farrell will call him up to the national squad.

# champions-cup - Monday 18 November, 2019

From The42 Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers Breakdown

Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers

Andy Friend’s side made some vital breakdown steals in their victory over Montpellier.

Furlong and Doris among Leinster doubts ahead of trip to Top14 leaders Lyon

Sean Cronin will step up his training as he returns from neck injury.

From The42 Munster confirm Mathewson will leave province after Racing clash Exit Door

Munster confirm Mathewson will leave province after Racing clash

The 33-year-old initially joined as short-term cover when Conor Murray was injured.

From The42 Loughman's flash of skill highlights strengthening depth in Munster Prop Up

Loughman's flash of skill highlights strengthening depth in Munster

The Athy man scored and created vital tries on his first European start.

Connacht in talks with IRFU about short-term signings as injury list mounts

The western province now have 16 players out injured.

From The42 'They're the best changing rooms to win in': Henderson proud of Ulster's tight squeeze Suftum

'They're the best changing rooms to win in': Henderson proud of Ulster's tight squeeze

The lock led his province out for the first time since being named captain, and it proved to be a very memorable day.

# champions-cup - Sunday 17 November, 2019

From The42 'In a weird way, that's actually what builds this team. It makes you have character' RISE UP

'In a weird way, that's actually what builds this team. It makes you have character'

Andy Friend’s Connacht will have a ‘red-hot crack’ at Toulouse after beating Montpellier.

From The42 Friend's Connacht overcome injury crisis to notch impressive win over Montpellier Dogged

Friend's Connacht overcome injury crisis to notch impressive win over Montpellier

Conor Fitzgerald’s penalty edged the western province to their impressive victory.

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

Catch up on all the action as Andy Friend’s side scored a thrilling win over the Top 14 outfit.

From The42 'We nearly tried to beat ourselves at the end' - Relief for Ulster after dramatic win Crucial Win

'We nearly tried to beat ourselves at the end' - Relief for Ulster after dramatic win

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland praised his players after defeating Bath in their Champions Cup opener.

'Game-changing' Conway try and late calm thrills Van Graan

The South African has been left frustrated by opening round draws in his previous seasons.

# champions-cup - Saturday 16 November, 2019

'You can never take for granted getting five points away from home'

Munster yielded a maximum return from a far from perfect display.

From The42 Stubborn Ospreys effort forces Munster to deliver late, late bonus point win Red Zone

Stubborn Ospreys effort forces Munster to deliver late, late bonus point win

Jeremy Loughman scored and created a brilliant try on his first European start, but James Cronin’s late try could prove invaluable.

From The42 Watch: Stunning Stockdale effort saves Ulster Jakers This post contains videos

Watch: Stunning Stockdale effort saves Ulster

Bath came incredibly close to snatching the win away from Dan McFarland’s men.

Sexton remains wary of under-strength Saracens

The reigning champions have moved Europe down their list of priorities, but they still have time and resources to make a statement.

From The42 Out-of-sorts Ospreys mean Munster have chance for perfect start in Europe On The Road

Out-of-sorts Ospreys mean Munster have chance for perfect start in Europe

Johann van Graan’s side must not miss their opportunity to begin with a win in Swansea.

From The42 O'Brien brought into Leinster camp as they ramped up to take on Europe again Pedigree

O'Brien brought into Leinster camp as they ramped up to take on Europe again

Hot favourites for the opener and the tournament, Leinster don’t just switch on for Europe by accident.

From The42 Ulster front up for Europe on traditional happy hunting ground Early Bath

Ulster front up for Europe on traditional happy hunting ground

The northern province have won all four meetings with Bath in Europe, but continuing the trend will be a difficult task today.

# champions-cup - Friday 15 November, 2019

Lineout kills Gloucester as Toulouse begin Connacht's pool with comeback win

The hosts lost seven of their 14 lineouts as Toulouse completed a second-half comeback.

From The42 Back issue keeping Furlong sidelined as Leinster prefer Larmour for opener Hampered

Back issue keeping Furlong sidelined as Leinster prefer Larmour for opener

Leo Cullen is in no rush to bring back his star tighthead.

From The42 Healy and Dillane return from injury in Connacht team to face Montpellier Team News

Healy and Dillane return from injury in Connacht team to face Montpellier

Head coach Andy Friend is, however, missing several important players due to injury.

From The42 Johnny Sexton back in blue as Leinster begin Champions Cup chase at home to Benetton Team-Sheet

Johnny Sexton back in blue as Leinster begin Champions Cup chase at home to Benetton

Garry Ringrose, Jordan Larmour, James Ryan and Josh van der Flier also return to the Leinster side.

From The42 Earls back for Munster as Loughman gets start at loosehead against Ospreys Named

Earls back for Munster as Loughman gets start at loosehead against Ospreys

Tadhg Beirne is set for his first appearance of the season off the bench in Wales.

From The42 Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier Fronting Up

Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier

The 26-year-old second row makes a timely return on Sunday in Galway.

# champions-cup - Thursday 14 November, 2019

From The42 Planning and prep paves the way for new forwards coaches in Munster and Leinster Pack Leaders

Planning and prep paves the way for new forwards coaches in Munster and Leinster

The World Cup delayed the arrival of Rowntree and McBryde, but communication has been ongoing.