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# European Rugby

Last year
# European Rugby
Provinces learn their opponents as Champions Cup and Challenge Cup pool draws made
The draws took place at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
All time
# Champions Cup
Exeter storm back from slow start to set up quarter-final against Leinster
The reigning champions found themselves 14-0 down, but advance to meet the four-time champs.
# European Rugby
Pro14 season could still be restarted but will definitely be curtailed, say Scottish Rugby Union
An update from SRU chief operating officer Dominic McKay, who is a Pro14 board member.
# European Rugby
French rugby bosses agree to cancel season, aim to start 20/21 in September
Covid-19 has ended France’s top division after 17 rounds.
# order of play
Seismic Saturday evening in store as Leinster host Saracens, Ulster tackle Toulouse on the Sunday
April 4 and 5 will be an unmissable weekend of rugby.
# 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.
# Champions Cup
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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# European Rugby
Three Irish referees set for Champions Cup duty as appointments confirmed
Frank Murphy, Andrew Brace and George Clancy will take charge of pool stage fixtures next month.
# TV Listings
Leinster and Ulster to feature on Virgin's free-to-air Champions Cup coverage
The Ballymount broadcaster will show six pool games.
# road to marseille
Champions Cup draw pits Munster against Saracens and Racing 92
Beaten finalists Leinster will go up against Lyon, Northampton and Benetton.
# Ever Ready
O'Mahony putting 'strange' reaction to Six Nations behind him and slots back into big-game mode
The Ireland vice-captain bristles at the criticism Ireland have been dealt, but is swiftly moving on to push Munster on in Edinburgh.
# on the continent
Glasgow eye early scalp, Lyon make debut and free-to-air European rugby returns
Plus, a high quality Challenge Cup competition is an exciting prospect.
# bad memories
'It was a very bleak dressing room after... It was just so quiet'
Three seasons ago, Leinster were hammered twice by Wasps in Europe.
# Giveaway
Win Heineken Champions Cup match tickets to celebrate the launch of our brand new rugby podcast
The Irish provinces are back in European action in the coming weeks.
# pool draw
Munster pitted against Exeter, Leinster take on Wasps and Toulouse in next season's Champions Cup
Ulster will meet Simon Zebo’s Racing 92 and Scarlets while, in the Challenge Cup, Connacht have been pitted against Sale, Bordeaux and Perpignan.
# Never Say Die
Connacht out-gunned by Gloucester in crazy Challenge Cup quarter-final
The western province refused to lie down as they shared eight tries with the Premiership side.
# European Rugby
Ulster's young lock Treadwell has seized opportunity with both hands
The 21-year-old, who made his debut for Ireland over the summer, is excited at the prospect of being involved in the Champions Cup tomorrow.
# king charles
Ulster-bound Piutau among 11 Premiership players nominated for European Rugby Player of the Year
Dan Carter’s in there too, but the EPCR panel couldn’t find room for any Irish players.
# still good
7 great reasons Leinster, Munster and Ulster fans should still watch rugby this weekend
Plus, where and when you can watch mighty Connacht (and the rest) in action.
# pick up the pace
England, France and Siberia: Here's what's in store for your province in Europe*
*In Europe, and also 6,000 kilometers away in central Russia.
Munster backed in to a corner, but have the tools to claw past Saracens
A little earlier than planned, but Munster won’t shirk the need to play knockout cup rugby in England today.
# Axel's Pride
Munster look to carry Ireland's November momentum into Clermont ties
Joe Schmidt’s coaching and expectation levels will lift the standards in the southern province.
# Preview
'We're Munster, they'll want to have a go at us' -- Murray leads rejuvenated side to take on Sharks
Despite a shaky start to the season, Munster are favourites on their opening European road trip.
# Retrospective
Forget Chabal, 9 years on Wallace's timing v Sale is the lasting memory for O'Callaghan
The sides meet this Saturday and the lock is aiming to avoid a repeat of the 2005 trip to Edgeley Park.
# European Rugby
Opinion: Now is the time to start organising a women's 'Heineken Cup'
Six countries, 12 teams, three pools: let’s get it on!
# TV guide
Sky or BT? Here's where you can watch your province in European action
Ulster and Leinster fans will be watching their side live on BT in the opening round of fixtures.
# New Era
Ulster in pool of death as Munster face trips to Sarries and Clermont
Mark Anscombe and Anthony Foley have been handed excitingly tough groups for the Rugby Champions Cup.
# RIP H Cup
It looks like the European Rugby Champions Cup deal has finally been agreed
The end for the Heineken Cup is all but confirmed.
# Cautious Optimism
Six Nations release extremely short and sweet statement after Paris stakeholder meeting
Suddenly, the future looks just a little bit brighter for the Heineken Cup.
# uncertainty
More doubt cast over future of Heineken Cup as ERC stops payments to clubs
A statement was released last night with officials set to reconvene on 19 February.
# statement wars
'WRU has failed miserably': Welsh regions angrily reiterate backing for RCC with 'facts'
‘It is yet to be explained why bringing an additional £12m into the game is not in the best interests of Welsh rugby.’
# European Rugby
Premiership clubs meet today to discuss ERC future (or lack of it)
“The meeting will look at the future of English and European rugby over the next five years.”
# European Rugby
Premiership Rugby now willing to consider future in Heineken Cup
Mark McCafferty appears willing to rejoin the existing European Cup, but still wants a structure to replace the ERC.
# European Rugby
Mediator lays out European Rugby framework after Dublin talks
The parties will meet again early next month.
# European Rugby
Heineken Cup wrap: Here's how 3 of our provinces' rivals got on today
Plus news of Simon Easterby’s shock win over Conor O’Shea’s Harlequins.