Exeter Chiefs vs Racing – Heineken Champions Cup final player ratings

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Exeter Chiefs lifted their first European crown, a decade on from their promotion to the top tier of English rugby. Following their scintillating victory at Ashton Gate, Robert Rees rates each of the players’ performances.  Exeter Chiefs Stuart Hogg – 7 A few shaky moment in defence, but a very solid final for the Lions […] 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


Sean Maitland keen on extending Scotland career beyond Championship stint

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Sean Maitland is keen to remain part of the Scotland squad during his year in the Greene King IPA Championship with Saracens next season. The winger is back in training ahead of the restart of the Gallagher Premiership, Saracens last week having confirmed he’s signed a two-year contract to remain at Allianz Park, despite the […] READ MORE


Gallagher Premiership, Pro14 and European 2019/20 remaining calendar

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With the Gallagher Premiership, Guinness Pro14 and European rugby seasons still to play out, Last Word have looked at the calendar that lies ahead of us in the coming months. Gallagher Premiership calendar explores midweek options With nine fixtures outstanding in their season, Premiership Rugby have reportedly elected to go with three midweek fixtures to […] 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


Guinness Pro14 set for August restart as Dragons set for Champions Cup

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The Guinness Pro14 is set to resume on August 22 after a five month hiatus. A board meeting on Tuesday determined that the league, along with professional medical guidance, would restart with derby games. August 22 restart Saturday August 22 is officially the date that the Guinness Pro14 plans to resume action with two rounds […] 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


Champions Cup Final still possible in October?

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Last month should’ve been a great one for all European rugby fans. The Champions Cup final should’ve been held at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. An event that – according to The Guardian rugby correspondent Robert Kitson – could’ve made the Monaco Grand Prix seem like a ‘garden fete’. Instead, rugby players and fans are […] READ MORE


Top14 and all French rugby banned until September

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Top14 rugby and French legs of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge quarter finals are in major doubts following the news that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has banned all sporting events until September. There are also plans to keep crowds from events until January. Season unlikely to be finished It’s back to the drawing […] READ MORE