European rugby quarter-finals: talking points ahead of penultimate round

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The European rugby quarter-finals have finished for another year. Both the Heineken Challenge Cup and Champions Cup quarter-finals were settled last weekend, and they did not disappoint. There was plenty of drama across the two competitions. Knowing this, Last Word on Rugby has analyzed the main talking points. That penalty shoot-out! Breathtaking conclusion The biggest […] READ MORE


Can Anyone Catch Saracens in Pool Three?

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The Champions Cup is back and we are all primed and ready for a fortnight of action packed thrills and spills. On the face of it Pool Three looks to be one of the more straightforward groups in the competition. Saracens are two from two and sitting top. Glasgow and Cardiff have both won one […] 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



Baptiste Couilloud Masterclass in Attack: Top14 Round 16 Wrap

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The Top14 Round 16 action resumed after the final pool fixtures of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup competitions. The French are well represented in the quarter finals – Toulon, Clermont, La Rochelle and Racing 92 all progressing in the Champions Cup. Pau, Stade Francais and Brive likewise, in the Challenge Cup. Round 16 in […] READ MORE



Racing See Red, Lyon Crush Oyonnax: Top 14 Round Eight Wrap

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The break in league fixtures for the start of the European competitions offered some respite for the league’s struggling teams. But the Top 14 round eight fixtures gave teams like La Rochelle and Toulon the chance to further their pursuit of leaders Lyon. Here’s all you need to know from Top 14 round eight: Toulon […] READ MORE


Challenge Cup Round One: Krasny Yar Defeat Holders Stade Francais

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This season’s European Challenge Cup started in France on Thursday, with Pau beating Gloucester 27-21. It ended in Switzerland, with Connacht thumping the touring hosts Oyonnax 43-15. From Siberia to Switzerland, Last Word on Rugby rounds up the highlights of Challenge Cup Round One, including a shock win for an Russian side. Further Progress for […] READ MORE


Lyon Take Top Spot With Win, Brive Off The Mark With Castres Victory: Top 14 Round Seven Wrap

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Montpellier led the charge after round six – condemning Brive to a sixth straight loss. But Lyon’s narrow victory over Racing continued their pursuit with Montpellier at the top of the table. The Top 14 round seven fixtures were an opportunity for teams to finish positively, ahead of the opening rounds of the European competitions positively. […] READ MORE