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Saracens risk Champions Cup expulsion over fielding ‘ineligible’ player

Troubled Saracens face Lamositele hearing on Friday nightChampions are due to play Leinster in April quarter-finalSaracens’ Champions Cup defence could be under threat after it emerged that prop Titi Lamositele may have been ineligible to play against …

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

Exeter will take some stopping in the knockout stages, Leinster have top-seed status and Racing 92’s reward is to face ClermontLeinster secured top-seed status after a hard-earned victory at Treviso. They did not need a bonus point which was just as we…

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‘Punishment is not proportionate’ – Saracens fans lick their wounds | Ian Malin

Nervy win over Racing 92 took champions into quarter-finals but Allianz Park atmosphere was darkened by off-field troublesA quarter of a century ago, when Nigel Wray began investing in Saracens, the club played on a public recreation ground in the nort…

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Owen Farrell carries Saracens past Racing 92 to keep Europe dreams alive

• Saracens 27-24 Racing 92 – Champions Cup• Qualification for last eight depends on Gloucester result laterOwen Farrell kept Saracens’ competitive season alive by landing a late penalty that clinched a 27-24 Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 at Alli…

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Chris Boyd smiling again as Northampton make comeback in Lyon

• Saints win 36-24 in France• Bath’s Ross Batty sees red in UlsterThe Northampton players were castigated by their director of rugby Chris Boyd for their lacklustre display against Benetton Treviso last weekend but the Saints recovered to keep their f…

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Champions Cup preview: five clubs fight for three best runners-up spots

• Saracens, Saints, Gloucester, Glasgow and Ulster can progress • Exeter can seal home quarter-final, Gloucester go to ToulouseLeinster will be the top seeds for the quarter-finals if they win in Treviso and don’t have to fret about a bonus point. Last…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

Danny Cipriani’s injury has hurt Gloucester with a crunch match to come while Saracens and Racing 92 meet in a game to savourA sure sign of a good team is one that keeps winning convincingly even when not entirely striking its best form. Leinster curre…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Champions Cup action

Danny Cipriani’s injury has hurt Gloucester with a crunch match to come while Saracens and Racing 92 meet in a game to savourA sure sign of a good team is one that keeps winning convincingly even when not entirely striking its best form. Leinster curre…

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Exeter carry the English standard but French clubs look a real force | Robert Kitson

Racing 92 and Toulouse are a threat in the European Champions Cup while Leinster are a dominant force this seasonAt first glance this year’s European Champions Cup is not noticeably awash with suspense, with four of the five pool winners plus Clermont …

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Exeter carry the English standard but French clubs look a real force | Robert Kitson

Racing 92 and Toulouse are a threat in the European Champions Cup while Leinster are a dominant force this seasonAt first glance this year’s European Champions Cup is not noticeably awash with suspense, with four of the five pool winners plus Clermont …

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Champions Cup triumph would be extraordinary – Saracens’ Alex Lozowski

• Club could defend trophy only if they avoid relegation• ‘If we make quarters, not many teams would want to play us’Alex Lozowski believes that, if Saracens retain the European Champions Cup, it would rank as the club’s greatest achievement after the …

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European Champions Cup roundup: Clermont punish wasteful Ulster

• Morgan Parra and Greig Laidlaw boot 16 Clermont points• Bonus-point win against Montpellier boosts GloucesterClermont Auvergne secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup with a 29-13 Pool 3 victory over Ulster at the Stade Marcel …

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European Champions Cup roundup: Clermont punish wasteful Ulster

• Morgan Parra and Greig Laidlaw boot 16 Clermont points• Bonus-point win against Montpellier boosts GloucesterClermont Auvergne secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup with a 29-13 Pool 3 victory over Ulster at the Stade Marcel …

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Matt Kvesic double helps Exeter qualify for quarter-finals with Glasgow draw

• Glasgow 31-31 Exeter• Stuart Hogg hits crossbar with last-minute penaltyA home quarter-final beckons for Exeter. A highly entertaining draw at Scotstoun ended in dramatic fashion, as Stuart Hogg took aim at the posts from 60 metres out. Had he been s…

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Saracens shrug off Rhys Carré red card for comeback win against Ospreys

• Ospreys 15-22 Saracens• Sarries prop sent off for high tackle after four minutesSaracens survived the early dismissal of the Wales prop Rhys Carré for a high tackle to come from behind and defeat the Ospreys to remain on course for the quarter-finals…

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Champions Cup preview: Exeter’s Hogg heads to Glasgow to meet former club

• Munster seek to deny Racing 92 top spot in Pool Four• Leinster host Lyon, Toulouse travel to face ConnachtLeinster are already guaranteed to finish top of the pool and their focus is on securing a home draw in the quarter-finals with two points separ…

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Champions Cup revamp plans include fewer teams and two-leg semi-finals

• Plans under consideration involve 18 teams in six pools of three• Sides from Premiership, Pro 14 and Top 14 would be kept apartChanges to the structure of the Champions Cup are being considered with some stakeholders keen to reduce the competition to…

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Simmonds brothers on song for rampaging Exeter in thrashing of Sale

• Exeter 35-10 Sale• Chiefs on verge of qualifying for last eight of Champions CupIt is not every day that hail stops play in European rugby but even the spectacular storm that briefly forced the players off in the second half could not halt Exeter’s i…

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Garry Ringrose scores hat-trick as Leinster overwhelm Saints again

• Leinster 50-21 Northampton• Saints can still qualify for last eightLeinster became the first team to qualify for the knock-out stage with two rounds to go after overwhelming Northampton for the second time in a week, again scoring seven tries. Despit…

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European champions Saracens keep their quarter-final hopes alive

• Saracens 15-6 Munster• Vunipola brothers shine in bad-tempered victoryThere are bigger issues on Saracens’ minds these days, but they remain just about in contention for one competition, at least, the one of which they are the champions. An ugly, bad…