Challenge Cup draw offers up scintilating ties

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The Challenge Cup draw is usually a secondary affair with all eyes on the Champions Cup. This year has been different with a whole stack of big-name clubs falling into the tier competition, thus making it a very satisfying product to watch unfold. Robert Rees previews the 2019/20 competition. Pool 1 Castres, Worcester Warriors, Dragons, […] READ MORE


Guinness Pro14, Gallagher Premiership, French Top14 rugby attendances

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The 2018/19 season for all rugby competitions has officially come to an end. As popular as ever, with many teams and regions having solid rugby attendances over the course of domestic and European Championship fixtures. All the average Guinness Pro14,  Gallagher Premiership and French Top14 attendances from the 2018/19 season are listed here, in alphabetical order. *All […] READ MORE


Champions Cup increasingly tough for Premiership clubs – Sharples

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“The Heineken Champions Cup is becoming increasingly tough for Premiership clubs” insists Gloucester winger Charlie Sharples as he reflects on a tough campaign that sees the Castres tie end this season’s European campaign. Sharples is looking forward to the game saying it’ll be good to play without pressure as they head into a much needed break […] READ MORE



Champions Cup Round One summary

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Week one of the Heineken Champions Cup gifted some big scores, big shocks and some old fashioned thumpings. A huge weekend of rugby is over, and Robert Rees gives you your 2018/19 Champions Cup round one summary Pool One Standings Leinster – 5 points Toulouse – 4 points Bath – 1 point Wasps – 0 […] READ MORE


Gloucester Rugby ready for a strong Castres challenge

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As a player, the biggest tournament you can be part of outside international rugby is the Champions Cup. Josh Hohneck and Tom Hudson talked about their experiences and what they are looking forward to in the game, as Gloucester rugby ready for a strong challenge from French club Castres. Hohneck preparing for physical test ahead […] READ MORE


Johan Ackermann relishing first shot at Champions Cup rugby

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Gloucester take on Castres in their first Champions Cup game for nearly five years this Sunday at Kingsholm. Despite their recent European form of two consecutive Challenge Cup finals and two losses head coach Johan Ackermann is in good spirits about their tough battle ahead.  Excitement at Kingsholm ahead of Castres clash Johan Ackermann insists […] READ MORE


2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup – Full focus on Pool 2

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Excitement amongst European rugby fans has been growing steadily in the last few weeks. And gladly, the moment has almost arrived. The 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup returns this weekend and promises to be at its ever brilliant best. Here at Last Word on Rugby, our group of writers will cover the results and the outcomes. […] READ MORE


Castres Crowned Top14 Champions after Defeating Montpellier in French Final

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Castres have become Top14 champions following their 29-13 victory over favourites Montpellier at the Stade de France on Saturday night. Nearly 80,000 people witnessed Castres, who finished sixth at the end of the regular season, add a fifth title to their collection. Castres Crowned Top14 Champions Castres defeated Toulouse (3rd) in the playoff before dispatching […] READ MORE