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Category: European Rugby Champions Cup

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Leinster take Ireland’s assault on European rugby to new heights | Michael Aylwin

Leo Cullen’s side’s dominance over Scarlets was total, and an all-Ireland final against Munster now feels inevitable – and highly appropriateThe grip of the Irish on European rugby tightens ever more mercilessly. Ireland won the grand slam on the back …

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Leinster into European Champions Cup final after Sexton smites Scarlets

• Leinster 38-16 Scarlets• Sexton try completes crushing win to put Leinster into finalIt is not an opportune time to play Irish sides. A contest between league champions and the team they defeated in last season’s Pro12 semi-final across the road from…

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Munster hope to make experience count in clash of styles with Racing | Paul Rees

The Irish are in their 13th European Cup semi-final while the French are in only their second, so the stage is set for another memorable night in BordeauxMunster’s long European love affair started 18 years ago at the Stade Chaban-Delmas and it is to B…

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Leinster’s James Ryan spearheads twin Irish assault on Champions Cup

• Young lock aims to stay unbeaten in Saturday’s Scarlets semi• Keith Earls back from injury for Munster’s game with Racing 92It bears repeating that James Ryan, the Leinster and Ireland lock, is yet to lose a senior first-team match for club or countr…

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Scarlets’ James Davies: ‘I’d rather have fun than be boring and have more Welsh caps’

The Welsh club hope their openside flanker’s rugby skills will be as sharp as his comic timing when they meet Leinster in Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-finalNot since Llanelli’s fabled win over the All Blacks in 1972 has west Wales felt so muc…

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Welsh regions still playing catch-up with Irish despite Scarlets’ success

The provinces and their exploits in Europe inspired radical restructuring in Wales but finance and player development hold the regions backLeinster meet the Scarlets in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The…

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Wayne Pivac says Scarlets have no worries about facing Leinster in Dublin

• Coach relaxed Aviva Stadium is venue for Champions Cup semi• ‘One of our supporters makes up for 10 of the opposition’Scarlets’ head coach, Wayne Pivac, says the prospect of facing Leinster in Dublin holds no fears for his players and has questioned …

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Wayne Pivac’s thrilling Scarlets put heart and soul back into Welsh rugby

The storming run to a European Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster has reunited a proud rugby town and brought the fans flooding backAfter the Scarlets had beaten La Rochelle last month to reach their first European Cup semi-final for 11 years, P…

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Wayne Pivac to rest leading Scarlets players in preparation for Leinster

• Welsh side in last four in Europe for first time since 2007• Pivac: ‘We are where we wanted to be at this stage of the season‘The Scarlets will rest some of their leading players this weekend to keep them fresh for the following Saturday’s European C…

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What England can learn from the Celtic renaissance | The Breakdown

Two sides from Ireland and one from Wales have made the semi-finals of the Champions Cup – Premiership teams are now playing catch-upA Celtic one, two, three in the Six Nations for the first time was followed by two sides from Ireland and one from Wale…

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Champions Cup pulled into firing line in Premiership ring-fencing wrangle

• Ring-fencing of Premiership expected from 2020-21 season• Premiership clubs do not want to expand beyond 12-team leagueDownsizing the European Champions Cup has been proposed as a way to protect player welfare if the Premiership is ring-fenced with m…

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Dan Carter rolls back years while Pro14 dominance leaves England on outside | Paul Rees

Former All Black is gunning for European Champions Cup glory before he goes to Japan but obdurate Munster stand in his wayRacing is not a word associated with Dan Carter’s running style, which is more a languid glide as he assesses his options with def…

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Dan Leavy inspires Leinster to beat holders Saracens in Champions Cup

• Leinster 30-19 Saracens• Leavy on scoresheet as Irish side set up semi-final with ScarletsThe jerseys were blue rather than green but otherwise this was an entirely familiar Anglo-Irish storyline. Leinster are through to the last four of the European…

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Dan Leavy inspires Leinster to beat holders Saracens in Champions Cup

• Leinster 30-19 Saracens• Leavy on scoresheet as Irish side set up semi-final with ScarletsThe jerseys were blue rather than green but otherwise this was an entirely familiar Anglo-Irish storyline. Leinster are through to the last four of the European…

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Leinster’s Devin Toner primed to take advantage in Saracens’ combat zone

Leinster second-row believes Irish strength at the breakdown may be crucial against the European championsSaracens, who retained the Champions Cup last season, face Leinster in Dublin on Sunday cast in the unfamiliar role of underdogs, having crawled i…

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Andrew Conway’s late try sends Munster into Champions Cup semis

• Munster 20-19 Toulon• Winners will face Clermont or Racing 92 in semi-finalMunster had quick-thinking scrum-half Conor Murray and winger Andrew Conway to thank for a thrilling 20-19 victory over three-times winners Toulon on Saturday which booked th…

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Shalk Burger happy to have taken tough option as Saracens head to Leinster

A Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium is next up for the Saracens and former South Africa flankerSchalk Burger has a vineyard that sprawls over 180 hectares of Western Cape countryside waiting for him as soon as he decides to retire. Had …

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Scott Williams try puts Scarlets into semi-finals with win over La Rochelle

• Scarlets 29-17 La Rochelle• Record crowd sees Scarlets go into last four of European CupThe Scarlets became the first Welsh region to reach the last four of the European Cup for nine years as they overcame a nervy start against imposing and enterpris…

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Stephen Jones expects ‘special night’ as Scarlets host La Rochelle

Llanelli’s attack coach has experienced some great times with the Welsh region and believes Friday’s Champions Cup quarter-final could be anotherThe Scarlets have always been a refuge for romantics. A side who spawned Barry John, Phil Bennett and Carwy…

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Brad Barritt back from injury in time to lead Saracens against Leinster

• Saracens captain had metal plate put in cheek on Tuesday• Champions Cup quarter-final is in Dublin on SundayBrad Barritt will lead Saracens in their Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster after displaying miraculous powers of recovery from a br…