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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Gloucester dogged by inconsistency, Edinburgh and Glasgow head for the last eight and Leinster have look of championsThe pool of champions has polarised. Leinster, for all Toulouse’s attempts to recapture past glories, are the team in control, even if …

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Edinburgh have firm grip on Pool Five after victory at Newcastle

• Newcastle 8-21 Edinburgh• Edinburgh complete double over FalconsMuch has been made of Newcastle’s rise under Dean Richards, and rightly so, but this match underlined the excellent work being done by another former Leicester legend as Richard Cockeril…

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Eighth defeat in a row all but ends Leicester’s Champions Cup hopes

• Leicester 11-34 Racing 92Leicester’s hopes of reaching the knockout phase of the Champions Cup are all but over following a 34-11 defeat by Racing 92 at Welford Road.The Tigers were overwhelmed in a blistering first quarter from Racing with tries by …

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Leinster strengthen Champions Cup credentials with 27-point win over Bath

• Leinster 42-15 Bath• Jack Conan the first of six different try scorers for LeinsterThe two greatest teams of European rugby, with four titles apiece, go head to head at the top of Pool 1. Leinster remain the favourites, despite trailing Toulouse by t…

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Wasps out of Champions Cup as Antoine Dupont-inspired Toulouse seal win

• Toulouse 42-27 Wasps• Dupont scores two tries as Pool One leaders pull away late onWasps’ hopes of reaching the Champions Cup quarter-finals ended as Toulouse claimed a 42-27 bonus-point victory at the Stade Ernest-Wallon. Related: Jamie George’s lat…

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Jamie George’s late try seals victory for Saracens over Cardiff Blues

• Cardiff 14-26 Saracens• Owen Farrell on form with two conversions and four penaltiesA year ago this weekend, Saracens slumped to their seventh successive defeat, a run so out of kilter with the norm it was like going back in time to find Henry VIII s…

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Exeter keep hopes alive with hard-fought victory in Gloucester

• Gloucester 17-29 Exeter• Chiefs run in four tries to secure bonus pointA week in Europe can be a very long time, both in politics and in rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed to lose at home to Gloucester in a result which appeare…

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Champions Cup preview: Carbery to start for Munster; Kruis back at Saracens

• Graham Kitchener makes return for Leicester• Newcastle ring changes against Edinburgh Related: Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson Continue reading…

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Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson

Saracens apart, English sides are finding success in the Champions and Challenge Cups harder and harder to come by and the reason may lie in the mindWalking through the riot-scarred streets of Paris on Sunday evening was to be reminded Europe has more …

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Munster set the early pace after a standout performance from JJ Hanrahan while Saracens look in ominous formThe two most successful sides in the tournament’s history are in charge of the pool. Much is made of the regular rest given to Ireland’s leading…

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Jordan Larmour’s try for champions Leinster is a bad break for Bath

• Bath 10-17 Leinster• Sam Underhill shines in Bath’s lost causeBath have been flagging of late, one victory in 10 matches before welcoming the Champions Cup holders, which is maybe why they decided to confiscate 1,500 Leinster flags before the match o…

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Ollie Thornley’s brilliance helps Gloucester humble Exeter Chiefs

• Exeter 19-27 Gloucester• Chiefs continue to struggle in EuropeThey have cracked this Premiership malarkey, but still Europe confounds Exeter. With this defeat, the Chiefs are all but out. It will feel just as painful to have been thus dismissed, with…

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Hamish Watson leads Edinburgh’s easing past depleted Newcastle

• Pool Five: Edinburgh 31-13 Newcastle Falcons• Hamish Watson, Chris Dean and Blair Kinghorn cross for hostsDean Richards offered a withering critique of the Champions Cup’s governing body last night after his Newcastle team lost the leadership of Pool…

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Champions Cup preview: Leinster’s Sexton back but Saracens miss Itoje

Bath are without Freddie Burns for crunch match against defending champions; mixed injury news for Saracens, and three-times winners Toulon look for a change in fortunesElliot Daly captains Wasps for their must-win encounter with Toulouse in Coventry o…

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Prop crisis may force Newcastle to play Champions Cup tie with 14 men

• Tighthead troubles raise fears of uncontested scrums• Newcastle are away against Edinburgh on FridayNewcastle are facing the possibility of having to play the majority of Friday night’s European Champions Cup tie against Edinburgh with only 14 men, b…

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Bath denied chance to replay Champions Cup tie with Toulouse

• EPCR dismiss complaint that full-time blown too early• Danny Cipriani will face disciplinary hearing on WednesdayBath’s controversial Champions Cup tie with Toulouse will not be replayed, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has announced. Bath lo…

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England’s domestic rugby union season to extend deep into summer | Robert Kitson

• Premiership will include mid-season breaks• Apologies to Cardiff Blues and Glasgow for colour clashThe much-debated changes to England’s traditional domestic rugby calendar will be announced on Tuesday at Twickenham. Rather than lasting from early Se…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Old glories on the rise with Dan Cole reviving Leicester forward power and Toulouse finding European title hunger once more Related: Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor Continue reading…

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Adam Hastings steers Glasgow past Cardiff in farcical clash of the kits

• Cardiff Blues 12 Glasgow 29• Gareth Anscombe: ‘It was an out-and-out disgrace’Glasgow blew away the Blues with two tries before some of the crowd had settled in their seats – and blue was the colour on an afternoon when it was so hard to tell the pla…