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


Racing 92 Champions Cup challenge worthwhile keeping an eye on

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For the last seven seasons in the Champions Cup, Racing 92 have reached the knockout stages in Europe’s elite competition. Unfortunately, they have never won any European silverware despite losing in three finals to Saracens, Leinster and Exeter. Although last season’s run was underwhelming after a quarter-final defeat against Bordeaux Bègles at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, […] READ MORE




Exeter Chiefs crowned Champions of Europe

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After winning promotion to the top flight of English rugby ten years ago, Saturday saw Exeter Chiefs crowned Champions of Europe. They beat Racing 92 31-27 in a hugely physical encounter at Ashton Gate. Zebo’s brace of tries and Russell’s boot were not enough to win it for the men in blue and white. They […] READ MORE




Finn Russell delighted to make Champions Cup final

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Finn Russell was delighted to have helped guide Racing 92 to the Heineken Champions Cup final. The Scotland stand-off was at the heart of their win over defending champions Saracens in Paris on Saturday, and is now setting his sights on next month’s final. Racing 92 advance to the @ChampionsCup final! 💙 The Parisians end […] READ MORE



Champions Cup power rankings

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With the final stages of Champions Cup pool matches completed Robert Rees takes a look at the final round of power rankings. 1st – Leinster – (-) Leinster retain the top spot and head into the quarter finals with 28 out of a possible 30 points. They rampaged through both Lyon and Benetton in their […] READ MORE