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Ranking Europe’s Top 8 Sides Ahead Of The European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Finals

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 14: Saracens celebrate their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Stade de Lyon on May 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After taking a mid-season hiatus, the European Rugby Champions Cup returns this weekend with a very intriguing quarter-final line-up. Perhaps the most hotly contested tie will be between Leinster and Wasps, two sides who are known for playing entertaining running rugby and top the tournament’s try-scoring charts with 28 and 31 touchdowns respectively. Indeed, Leinster’s total is made all the more impressive …

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Munster And Leinster Select Teams For Champions Cup Quarter Finals

After the disappointment of the 2016/17 season, in which no Irish side qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions Cup, this campaign both Munster and Leinster have the opportunity to advance to the semi-final stage. Although they face tough competition in the form of Toulouse and Wasps respectively, both Irish sides have home advantage this weekend and will hold realistic expectations …

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Selecting A Pro12 Champions Cup Quarter Final Select XV To Take On Their Aviva Premiership And Top 14 Equivalents

Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

After the conclusion of the Six Nations, rugby fans turn their attention to the European Rugby Champions Cup this weekend. However, unlike last season when Pro12 sides didn’t feature at the quarter-final stage, this weekend will see Munster, Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors strut their stuff in the final eight of the competition. Although the Scottish side would need to …

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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

By virtue of the decision to schedule games on Friday night, Six Nations fans face into another fallow Sunday in this season’s Championship. While Friday night fixtures are popular among fans at a domestic and European level, Six Nations organisers face opposition to their staging. In any event, the lack of action allows rugby fans time to reflect on the weekend’s results …

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Maro Itoje Being Targeted By NFL Franchises [Report]

Maro Itoje

For a number of years now, England rugby fans have been telling anyone who would listen that Maro Itoje would become a superstar of the game. However, so loud have they been shouting and so great have his performances been, scouts from the NFL appear to have sat up and taken note of the Saracens lock. According to The Independent, …

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5 Quick Conclusions From England’s Massive 61-21 Win Over Scotland

England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

1. Scotland’s Terrible Start Scottish fans were quietly confident as they arrived in Twickenham this afternoon. However, any hope they may have had was quickly extinguished in the opening fifteen minutes. Fraser Brown’s early yellow card was compounded by Alex Dunbar’s missed tackle on Jonathan Joseph, then Finn Russell missed touch from a penalty and followed that up by lacking any conviction when striking …

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England And Scotland Submit Final Team Sheets Ahead Of Calcutta Cup Match

England Media Session

Not only will England be playing for the Calcutta Cup this afternoon, but the Championship title following Ireland’s defeat to Wales on Friday night. However, standing in the way of Eddie Jones’ team is a Scottish side who are enjoying a brilliant run of form and playing some fantastic rugby. Indeed, Scotland possess some of the most dangerous players in …

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Where It All Went Wrong For Joe Schmidt And Ireland Against Wales

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

In the build-up to Friday night’s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Wales, outside of a few dissenting voices, a consensus emerged suggesting that Rob Howley’s rudimentary offensive strategy would be unable to break down a very physical Irish side. However, in spite of being dominated by Ireland for much of the second half, it was Wales who were by …

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