United Rugby Championship revealed: Opinion

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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 […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership 2019/20 season grading

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The 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season is complete and Exeter Chiefs have been crowned champions. Looking back at the domestic and European campaigns of each of the 12 clubs, Robert Rees grades each sides performances. Grades are given based on a combined domestic/European contribution, but Champions Cup rates higher than Challenge Cup. Exeter Chiefs – A++ […] READ MORE



Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup teams confirmed

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With the final round of Gallagher Premiership fixtures complete, the confirmed line-ups of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are finalised. Robert Rees brings you all you need to know about the one-off campaign ahead. Heineken Champions Cup sides confirmed There are going 24 teams that make up the top tier tournament for the […] READ MORE


2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup format

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There will be 24 teams in the newly announced 2020/21 Heineken Champions Cup (also called the European Rugby Champions Cup). This is an increase of 20 teams from the 2019/20 Champions Cup structure. These teams will include the top eight clubs from Premiership Rugby, Guinness PRO14, and French Top 14. This new format was created […] READ MORE




The 24 teams that would qualify for 2020-21 Heineken Champions Cup

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With the Guinness Pro14 highlighting their qualifying process in yesterday’s announcement, the discussion once again turned to Heineken Champions Cup qualification, and who qualifies.  There has been heavy talk of a 24-team competition, so here are the teams that would qualify for that ‘one-off’ setup. Guinness Pro14 Let’s start off with the Celtic Rugby qualifiers. […] READ MORE



Top 25 Champions Cup pool stage performers

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The 2019-20 Champions Cup campaign may be curtailed, but with plans to yet finish the competition off, Last Word takes a look back through the history books to bring you the top 25 teams in terms of points collected in the pool stages.  Champions Cup history – Pool points The points are taken from every […] READ MORE