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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Toulon’s nightmare speaks to French woes, Saracens are miles ahead of the pack and Freddie Burns had a weekend to forgetIt seemed as if all talking points would have to revolve around the 52-3 destruction on Friday night of the former multiple champion…

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Injury worries for England after Saracens’ bruising win in Glasgow

• Glasgow 3-13 Saracens• Michael Rhodes’ early try puts visitors on path to victoryEddie Jones’s plans for next month’s autumn internationals are in serious danger of being thrown into disarray after Billy and Mako Vunipola were among a host of England…

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Newcastle stand firm in Toulon to seal remarkable comeback triumph

• Toulon 25-26 Newcastle• Visitors fight back from early 10-point deficitNewcastle kickstarted their Champions Cup campaign with a stunning victory against the three-times European champions Toulon on their own patch, becoming only the second side to d…

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Danny Cipriani shines as Gloucester down Castres in front of Eddie Jones

• Gloucester 19-14 Castres• Fly-half scores 14 points in front of England head coachGloucester became the first English club to win a game in this season’s Champions Cup as they beat Castres 19-14 at Kingsholm.And fly-half Danny Cipriani led from the f…

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Freddie Burns’ costly clangers were unforgivable, says Jeremy Guscott

• Bath full-back castigated after 22-20 loss to Toulouse• He’s been made a bit of a fool, Guscott addsFreddie Burns has been made to look a fool after his clanger cost Bath victory against Toulouse on Saturday, according to the club legend Jeremy Gusco…

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Scarlets sunk by late penalty try as Racing 92 triumph in the rain

• Scarlets 13-14 Racing 92• Gareth Davies and Johnny McNicholl score second-half triesThis 80 minutes will not make any Champions Cup highlights reel, and the fact the Scarlets went down to a last-gasp defeat made a drab evening worse still for their h…

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CJ Stander try salvages draw for Munster to deny Exeter

• Exeter 10-10 Munster• Chiefs frustrated in Champions Cup openerNothing stimulates Munster more than Europe. They arrived at Exeter, whose only defeat in their previous 17 matches had been in the Premiership final against Saracens last May, without an…

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Freddie Burns’ nightmare finish hands Toulouse victory over Bath

• Bath 20-22 Toulouse• Burns’ misses late chance after celebrating too earlyProfessional sport is a trying business, but it is difficult to imagine a more psychologically traumatic experience than the one Freddie Burns endured in the space of three min…

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Glasgow aim to stun Saracens by hitting the ground running in Europe

Trip to the seaside has Dave Rennie’s side ready to turn the tide in European Champions Cup opener at ScotstounGlasgow spent last week in Largs, a seaside town on the Firth of Clyde, preparing for their opening match of the European Champions Cup on Su…

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Glasgow aim to stun Saracens by hitting the ground running in Europe

Trip to the seaside has Dave Rennie’s side ready to turn the tide in European Champions Cup opener at ScotstounGlasgow spent last week in Largs, a seaside town on the Firth of Clyde, preparing for their opening match of the European Champions Cup on Su…

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Luke McGrath shines as Leinster romp to runaway win over Wasps

• Leinster 52-3 Wasps• McGrath and James Lowe score two tries eachEven by their usual high standards Leinster could not have launched their defence of the Champions Cup in more emphatic style. This runaway eight-try win over a depleted Wasps represente…

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European Champions Cup news: Maro Itoje returns for Saracens

• Saracens also welcome back Brad Barritt for trip to Glasgow• Newcastle make first Champions Cup appearance for 14 yearsBath welcome the four-times winners Toulouse to the Recreation Ground but do so without their 20-year-old winger Joe Cokanasiga who…

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Girvan Dempsey knows Irish have the advantage at club and country level

Bath’s attack coach understands why central contracts in Ireland have reaped such big rewardsIn the past few weeks there have been two team sheets that have jumped off the page. Firstly, it was Bath’s “B team” against Saracens in the Premiership, then …

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European Champions Cup 2018-19: pool-by-pool guide

Can anyone stop Leinster from winning an unprecedented fifth title? Are Exeter equipped for a real challenge? We mark your card for Europe’s top competitionA pool featuring four former winners and 11 titles but it is hard to see anything other than Lei…

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French rugby soul-searches before Newcastle’s visit to Toulon | The Breakdown

Europe has not always been the country’s priority and there are concerns over the health of the game at home, but France’s clubs still tend to shine in the Champions CupNewcastle’s last appearance in the European Cup was against Stade Français in Paris…

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Champions Cup 2018-19: six players to watch in Europe’s elite competition | Robert Kitson

From Lyon’s back-row star Carl Fearns to rampaging Bath winger Joe Cokanasiga, who could be this year’s standout stars?The 2018-19 Heineken Champions Cup kicks off on Friday in what is always a keenly anticipated weekend in the European club rugby cale…

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Jonny May’s sore shoulder will not rule him out of England autumn Tests

• Leicester wing may miss two Champions Cup matches • Marland Yarde faces six months out with dislocated kneecapJonny May is set to be fit for England’s four-Test autumn campaign, which begins against South Africa next month, but the shoulder injury he…

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England’s finest seek Champions Cup atonement at feet of Leinster | Paul Rees

Wasps have the first shot at the imposing holders in Dublin on Friday but Saracens look ready to wrest back the trophyThe pressing question in European rugby union as the Champions Cup starts is how do you stop Leinster winning it for a record fifth ti…

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Wasps, Bath, Toulouse and Leinster in Heineken Champions Cup pool of death

• Premiership duo join holders in pool boasting 11 previous titles• Saracens to face Glasgow, Lyon and Cardiff Blues in Pool ThreeThe defending champions Leinster have been drawn against Wasps, Bath and Toulouse in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup …