Heineken Champions Cup

21 Jan 19
The #RugbyUnited blog

Apparently the Premiership clubs in Europe have ‘failed’ again. Lot’s of social media rejoicing, lot’s of journalists and pundits pointing fingers at who’s to blame, and even some coaches and players pleading that Premiership poverty has caused it. And I call bullspit. (hey look…no swearing!) Let’s look at the facts. The Heineken cup see’s just […]

21 Jan 19
Daily Business

Hamish Watson is out of Scotland’s Six Nations squad with a suspected broken hand (pic: SNS Group)    Scotland’s Six Nations hopes have suffered a significant blow with the news that Hamish Watson has dropped out of the squad with a suspected broken hand. The flanker was injured in Edinburgh’s Champions Cup victory over Montpellier…

Watson hands Six Nations injury blow to Scots was originally published on Daily Business

20 Jan 19
The Irish Sun
DAN McFARLAND has no worries about facing Leinster in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. The Blues’ victory over Wasps and Toulouse’s win at home to Bath teed up a tantalising last-eight derby date. Ulster head coach Dan McFarland It sees sixth seeds Ulster travel to the Aviva Stadium to take on the best in the business. Ulster beat Leicester Tigers by a point to secure their place in the quarter-finals for the first time in five years. And head coach McFarland declared: “It’s where we want to be. If you want to be challenging for championships, you’ve got to be playing play-off football regularly. “In all honesty, I don’t mind who we play. We’re in a quarter-final and any of the sides would be really tough.” Ulster secured their first European knockout stage with a one point victory over Leicester on Saturday It is the first time the provincial rivals have met in Europe since the 2012 Heineken Cup final, which Leinster won 42-14 at Twickenham. After Saturday’s victory at Welford Road, McFarland hailed the speedy return of Iain Henderson from a thumb operation. The Ireland and Lions lock, 26, was due to be out for up to ten weeks after surgery last month but made a storming comeback. McFarland said: “Well, he was man of the match, wasn’t he? He is a towering presence. “We have some good players but Iain is magnificent in his physicality, his composure, his go-forward, he’s a top player. Everyone in Ireland will be pleased he’s back and getting game-time under his belt.” McFarland’s only experience of the last eight was in 2017. As assistant coach at Glasgow Warriors, they were beaten 38-13 at ­Saracens. He said: “It will be a tough challenge to go away. I’ve been in a quarter-final before and suffered a heavy defeat. I know the challenge that’s facing us but we will be preparing to win.” McFarland’s side will face the defending champions Leinster McFarland insisted his team will take confidence from coming out of a group that included last year’s beaten finalists Racing 92, semi-finalists Scarlets and two-time champions Leicester. He recalled: “At the start of this campaign, this was described as the hardest group. “We’ve come out of it with five wins. “We wanted to do the job ourselves. We didn’t want to be watching the Munster match in a bad mood needing a team to do us a favour. We’re really pleased.” Ulster trailed 10-0 at the break before the introduction of scrum-half John Cooney. He missed last week’s win over Racing with a back injury but turned the game on its head when he came on. [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ SPORT” posts_category=”0″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”popular” /] McFarland said: “To be fair to Dave Shanahan, he was working behind a really messy breakdown. When John came on he showed real composure. “Some of his kicking from the base of rucks was excellent. “He also nailed a ­crucial goal, as well as a touchline kick from the middle of the field.”
20 Jan 19
News Archives Uk

January 20th, 6:44 pm Sean Cronin scored in each half as Leinster and Ulster claimed first place in Pool 1 and a home game in the Champions Cup Cup. The holders knew that a defeat at the Ricoh Arena Toulouse would open the door to claim first place in the group and a more favorable […]

20 Jan 19
RugbyLAD

The road to Newcastle. Following confirmation of the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final line-up, the possible semi-final pairings will be as follows: SEMI-FINAL 1 – winner of QF 1: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors will play the winner of QF 2: Edinburgh Rugby v Munster Rugby SEMI-FINAL 2 – winner of QF 3: Leinster Rugby v Ulster Rugby will […]

20 Jan 19
News Archives Uk

Owen Farrell after her captain for the opening round of the Guinness Six Nations underwent thumb surgery. Farrell has undergone a procedure to repair the damage and is expected to return to action in seven to 10 days, a timeframe that would enable him to play against Ireland in a fortnight. However, with England departing […]

20 Jan 19
RugbyLAD

Welcome to Thomond Park. Munster faced one of their toughest battles of the season last night, overcoming a very physical Exeter Chiefs side 9-7 in Thomond Park thanks to the boot of Joey Carbery. The game was placed almost at Test match intensity at times, with the two clubs giving everything they had in a […]

19 Jan 19
Viajando Perdido

Racing 92 booked a home Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final with a 46-33 bonus-point victory over the Scarlets in Paris. A brace of tries from Simon Zebo was enough to overcome Scarlets. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-6611101/Brace-tries-Simon-Zebo-secures-home-quarter-final-hosts-Champions-Cup.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Rugby Articles | Mail Online

19 Jan 19
Newcastle Falcons News

Dean Richards was left cursing the late try which denied his side a Heineken Champions Cup victory over Toulon on Friday night at Kingston Park Stadium as they fell to a 27-24 loss to Toulon. The Falcons had scored twice in two minutes to put themselves in front going into the final seven minutes, only […]

19 Jan 19
Newcastle Falcons News

Newcastle Falcons ended their Heineken Champions Cup campaign with a losing bonus point and no shortage of drama in an end-to-end clash at Kingston Park Stadium on Friday. Despite nothing resting on the game in terms of quarter-final qualification both teams did their best to warm up the crowd on a cold North East night […]

18 Jan 19
TV Aerials Sunderland

Edinburgh sealed Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final places for themselves and Glasgow with a 19-10 victory over Montpellier. from Pocket https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jan/18/edinburgh-montpellier-champions-cup-match-report via TV/a>