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Category: European Rugby Champions Cup

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Club rugby’s inability to sell itself calls for planning and innovation | Robert Kitson

Staging the Champions Cup final in Bilbao showed the benefit of taking a risk or two instead of clinging to the tried and testedThe word final is a relative term in rugby. Leinster’s European Champions Cup victory in Bilbao should logically have repres…

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Hats off to Leinster after giving Racing’s beret brigade the boot | Paul Rees

Leinster had the nous to edge a cagey Champions Cup final that looked to be heading for extra time until Racing 92 crackedRacing’s players ran on to the pitch wearing berets, a nod to the host city that is regarded as the capital of the Basque region. …

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Leinster 15-12 Racing 92: European Champions Cup final player ratings

Who were the stars and who failed to shine as Leinster sealed their fourth European Cup success?Rob Kearney 7 Not quite the attacking force he once was, but never afraid of a cute counterattack. Remains as solid under the high ball as anyone. Reas…

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Sexton and Nacewa kick Leinster to Champions Cup glory against Racing 92

• Leinster 15-12 Racing 92• Isa Nacewa penalty decides nail-biter with two minutes leftIrish rugby’s remarkable year shows absolutely no sign of ending. By no stretch of the imagination was this a classic final but it is impossible to deny the scale of…

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Sexton and Nacewa kick Leinster to Champions Cup glory against Racing 92

• Leinster 15-12 Racing 92• Isa Nacewa penalty decides nail-biter with two minutes leftIrish rugby’s remarkable year shows absolutely no sign of ending. By no stretch of the imagination was this a classic final but it is impossible to deny the scale of…

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Leinster v Racing 92: European Rugby Champions Cup final – live!

European Champions Cup final updates from BilbaoThe Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby emailAnd feel free to email Gregg or tweet @GreggBakowski 5.16pm BST 26 min: Murphy offloads smartly and sends Leinster over to the left side of the pitch, …

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Stuart Lancaster: ‘I would never not want England to do well’

Former England coach will seek redemption for his international disappointments when Leinster take on Racing 92 in Saturday’s Champions Cup final in BilbaoFor more than 12 centuries pilgrims have travelled to northern Spain in search of spiritual fulfi…

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Racing 92 confident French core will bring home Champions Cup

France’s commitment to slow influx of overseas players paying off with 12 Frenchmen to start final against LeinsterIf England’s selection of Brad Shields and the accompanying controversy is a case study into the strained relationship between availabili…

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Racing 92 confident French core will bring home Champions Cup

France’s commitment to slow influx of overseas players paying off with 12 Frenchmen to start final against LeinsterIf England’s selection of Brad Shields and the accompanying controversy is a case study into the strained relationship between availabili…

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Leinster’s Dan Leavy: ‘The culture here is all about winning’ | Paul Rees

The flanker has risen soared up the pecking order for Leinster and Ireland and has a chance to crown a memorable season with European glory against Racing 92As Eddie Jones ponders his options at openside flanker for the summer tour to South Africa…

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Leinster’s ruthless edge can complete greenwash in Champions Cup final

Boasting 18 players involved in Ireland’s grand slam triumph, the region will look to spoil Dan Carter’s European swansong for Racing 92 in BilbaoThe Champions Cup final has yet to be played but Leinster can already claim to be Europe’s best, having an…

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Leinster ready to take their seat at the head of European rugby’s top table

It will take a monumental effort in the final from Racing 92 to deny Leinster victory in a Champions Cup that feels seminal, if certainly not vintageIt has not been a vintage Champions Cup by any stretch but after a weekend of deep intensity, if little…

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Teddy Thomas runs in two tries as Racing power past Munster

• French side set up Champions Cup final with Leinster in Bilbao• Munster caught cold in first half and go down to 27-22 defeatThe ultimate Irish rugby party may not have materialised but this season’s European Champions Cup final should still be one f…

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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 …