Champions Cup

La Rochelle's head coach Ronan O'Gara, celebrates with Tawera Kerr-Barlow after making the Heineken Champions Cup Final at Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Edward Munro-Martin - May 26, 2022

This weekend sees the biggest game in the European club rugby calendar. The Champions Cup final is finally here. Last year’s beaten finalists, La Rochelle, are back for another shot at glory. Opponents Leinster are looking to add yet another star to their jersey. In a game of such magnitude every collision could prove crucial […]


Leicester’s European tour continues!
Elliott Butlin - Apr 13, 2022

Leicester’s European tour has already seen them travel to difficult away venues to play tricky and stern opponents, yet come away with a victory. Last Sunday saw them face one of the toughest tests in club rugby as they took on Clermont Auvergne in the bearpit of a stadium that is the Parc Des Sports […]

Leicester Tigers 'big April' commences
Elliott Butlin - Apr 7, 2022

We are fast approaching the business end of the season, with each week bringing a fixture of significant proportions. After enjoying a bye week last weekend, the Leicester Tigers’ big April commences this Sunday. The Tigers travel to France to play European hotshots Clermont Auvergne in the first of their two legs of their Heineken […]

Montpellier vs Harlequins: Harlequins' Danny Care passes the ball on May 13, 2016
Connor Dickins - Apr 4, 2022

PREVIEW – There’s not much in club rugby more exciting than the Heineken Cup play-offs. Well, maybe a play-off involving Marcus Smith and his razzle-dazzle Harlequins. It’s the club’s first knockout game in Europe’s top competition for nine years, facing a Montpellier side who are currently 1st in the Top 14. Despite this, Smith spoke […]

Leicester Tigers' recent form drop
Elliott Butlin - Feb 2, 2022

From afar, the Leicester Tigers’ recent form drop could be on one hand, a worry for their supporters or, it is nothing more than a blip on a very near to perfect 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership. Leicester Tigers had an unexpected Saturday off last week. Due to their last pool game in the Heineken Champions Cup […]

Postponed Round Two Heineken Champions Cup a 'draw'

With the official word from European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) that all postponed Round Two Heineken Champions Cup/Challenge Cup games will now be recorded as a 0-0 draw. It means each team collects two points, irrespective of their squad Covid-status [at that time] or ability to travel. Following a series of meetings of the Board […]

Racing 92 Champions Cup
Iestyn Rhys Thomas - Dec 16, 2021

For the last seven seasons in the Champions Cup, Racing 92 have reached the knockout stages in Europe’s elite competition. Unfortunately, they have never won any European silverware despite losing in three finals to Saracens, Leinster and Exeter. Although last season’s run was underwhelming after a quarter-final defeat against Bordeaux Bègles at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, […]

James Barker, Editor - Sep 14, 2021

Last Word on Rugby is refocusing attention on the Gallagher Premiership ahead of the 2021/22 season. This article centers on Northampton Saints, who finished fifth last season but will be looking for a closer top-four challenge this time. Saints biggest departure in offseason Props Francois van Wyk and Owen Franks have departed, which could impact […]

Dan Cullinane - Sep 5, 2021

The Harlequins 2021/22 season promises to be a massive challenge for the current Gallagher Premiership Champions. After parting ways with their head coach Paul Gustard last season, the team set about playing an exciting brand of rugby to run the other Premiership sides off their feet. One by one, they picked them off and got […]

James Barker, Editor - Sep 4, 2021

In the second of our new series, Last Word on Rugby will be refocusing attention on the Gallagher Premiership ahead of the 2021/22 season. This time the focus is on Bristol Bears, who will be hoping to recover from their agonising play-off semi-final defeat, after finishing top of the league. Biggest departure The loan duo […]

James Barker, Editor - Jul 21, 2021

The Champions Cup 2021/22 draw was announced today as the build-up to the new season ramps up. As in last season, the 24 teams were drawn into two pools. Tier 1 sides will take on Tier 4 clubs, whilst Tier 2 and 3 teams will play each other home and away. After the success of […]

United Rugby Championship revealed: Opinion

The United Rugby Championship has been revealed, replacing the PRO14 and including four former Super Rugby teams from South Africa. This new competition is the realization of long-brewing plans to include the South African teams in European rugby after their fallout with Super Rugby. It should be noted though that the competition has yet to […]

Northern Hemisphere rugby playoffs began with JTL/EPCR fixtures

After the Japan Top Rugby and European Professional Club Rugby playoffs concluded, the scene is set for more Northern Hemisphere rugby playoffs over the next month. Japan Top League (JTL) finals played out on the opposite side of the globe, while the two leading European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) leagues played their respective finals; the […]

Toulouse domination
Alastair Telfer - May 24, 2021

Only one side stands alone having won five European Cups. Toulouse over the last decade have been playing with four stars on their shirts, but now they are in a league on their own. Simply the greatest European side ever! Their fifth title was a long time coming with only Maxime Medard left from the […]

Plenty for Jono Gibbes to do after ASM Clermont Auvergne switch
Jeremy Inson - Apr 28, 2021

Jono Gibbes is highly unlikely to change the nature of the team, but he is likely to see the sense in ensuring his side know what to do when the tide of a match starts to turn against him, and a strong defence is called for.
It may involve him opening his contacts to bring in a snarling, Kiwi attack dog to whip the defence into shape. After all, keeping a tighter defence will make life easier for Clermont when they eventually go on the attack,

European rugby success in Champions Cup
Alastair Telfer - Apr 17, 2021

The European Champions Cup has been dominated in the last decade by three teams: Leinster, Toulon, and Saracens. This ruthless domination offers up a common question: is there a specific blueprint to achieve European rugby success? Three key principles from that question stand-alone to assist a side to win a European Champions Cup. However, not […]



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