Champions Cup final: The key battlegrounds

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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 […] READ MORE


Another decade of Toulouse domination?

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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 […] READ MORE


Plenty for Jono Gibbes to do after ASM Clermont Auvergne club switch

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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, READ MORE



La Rochelle lead covid-affected Top 14

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La Rochelle leads the French Top 14 after eight rounds of league action, after beating top of the table Clermont Auvergne  19-10. Last Word on Rugby brings you a summary of this weekend’s action and senior editor James Barker looks at the disrupted season so far. #TOP14 – J8Il y en a eu pour tous […] READ MORE



Sale Sharks Champions Cup Hopes Rest on this Weekend

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Sale Sharks need to achieve three out of three wins in their final games in the Pool Two if they are to have any hope of a quarter-final spot in the Champions Cup. They travel to Exeter Chiefs this weekend with the hope of upsetting England’s high-fliers in the competition. The State of the Pool […] READ MORE


Champions Cup Pool 2 in Focus – Round two

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The Champions Cup kicked off with a bang last weekend, continuing his focus on Pool 2, David Challis has all the lowdown on this weekend’s matches. Sale and La Rochelle face off in a match that could decide their destiny even though it is only round 2 after they both lost last weekend. Conversely, Exeter […] READ MORE


European Champions Cup Pool 2 In Focus

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Just as the Rugby World Cup concludes rugby fans are treated to the start of the European Champions Cup. It promises to be an exciting ride with a number of exciting sub-plots rumbling on, including Saracens’ salary cap misdemeanors. Here Last Word on Rugby focuses in on Champions Cup Pool 2 which comprises Exeter Chiefs, […] READ MORE


How did the 2019 European Cup Finals compare to the best?

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This weekend the 2019 European Cup finals weekend made it’s way to Newcastle, England in the week the city mourned the loss of Premiership Rugby. But it was still a party atmosphere with England, Ireland and France all represented across the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals. Thankfully, the matches themselves did not disappoint. Clermont […] READ MORE