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European Champions Cup Semi-final teams named

Friday 17 April 2015

The starting teams and replacements as well as the match officials and kick off times for this weekend's European Rugby Champions Cup semi-finals have been released.
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Vunipola free to play for Saracens against Clermont

Friday 17 April 2015

England and Saracens No.8 Billy Vunipola is free to play in this weekend's European Rugby champions cup Semi-final against Clermont
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Mermoz out, Halfpenny in for Toulon's Cup Semi

Thursday 16 April 2015

Toulon centre Maxime Mermoz has been ruled out of his team's European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final match against Leinster at Marseille's Velodrome Stadium.
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Farrell set to return for Saracens in Euro Semi

Saturday 11 April 2015

England fly-half Owen Farrell looks set to return for Saracens European Rugby Champions Cup Semi-final against French club Clermont next weekend.
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Burger banned for a week but will face Clermont

Saturday 11 April 2015

Saracens flanker Jacques Burger has been suspended for one week for foul play but will be available to play Clermont in the European Champions Cup semi-final.
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Jacques Burger cited for Machenaud punch

Thursday 9 April 2015

Saracens flanker Jacques Burger has been cited by European Rugby cup officials after they received a against the Saracens back row for allegedly punching Racing scrum-half Maxime Machenaud.
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Late penalty seals Saracens European Cup Semi

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Saracens booked a place in the European Rugby Champions Semi-finals with a late Marcelo Bosch penalty to beat Racing Metro 11-12 at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir.
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Toulon knock Wasps out of Europe

Monday 6 April 2015

Wasps fought their way back in the second half only to be eventually beaten 32-18 at Stade Felix Mayol by former European Champions Toulon who progress to the Semi-finals.
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Clermont thump Saints to book Euro Cup Semi

Sunday 5 April 2015

Clermont booked their place in the European Rugby Champions Cup by beating Northampton Saints 37-5 at Stade Marcel-Michelin on Saturday.
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Madigan kicks Leinster into Champions Cup Semi

Sunday 5 April 2015

Leinster's Ian Madigan kicked six penalties to earn an 18-12 victory over Bath and keep his team on track for a fourth European title.
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Roberts trying to concentrate on Racing Metro

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Wales international Jamie Roberts has admitted that he is trying to put the uncertainty over his club future to the back of his mind ahead of this weekend's European Champions Cup home quarter-final.
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European Champions Cup to kick off in November

Friday 27 March 2015

Europe's Rugby Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup will kick off in the middle of November later this year due to the Rugby World Cup which finishes in October.
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European Champions Cup quarter finalists confirmed

Monday 26 January 2015

The European Rugby Champions Cup quarter finalists have been decided and Racing Metro, Toulon, Clermont and Leinster will all have home matches
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Munster end on a high by smashing Sale Sharks

Sunday 25 January 2015

Munster brought the curtains down on their disappointing European Champions Cup campaign by smashing Sale Sharks 65-13 at Thomond Park
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Bath survive Glasgow charge and qualify for last 8

Sunday 25 January 2015

English Rugby club Bath survived a late charge from Scottish club Glasgow to win 20-15 and book a place in the European Champions Cup quarter finals.
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Clermont too strong at home for Saracens

Sunday 25 January 2015

Clermont booked a home Champions Cup quarter final by beating English club Saracens 18-6 at Stade Marcel-Michelin
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Heineken Cup

The European Rugby Cup (known as the Heineken Cup because of the tournament's sponsorship by Heineken) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from six International Rugby Board (IRB) nations in Europe: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Romania competed in the first year of the competition only.

The competition is organised by the European Rugby Cup, who are also responsible for the secondary championship, the European Challenge Cup.

It is one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport. The tournament was launched in the European summer of 1995 on the initiative of the then Five Nations committee to provide a new level of professional cross-border competition.

It is sponsored by Dutch brewing company Heineken International (it is known as H-Cup in France because of alcohol advertising restrictions).

Each European nation has a different qualifying system, though in total, 24 teams contest the pool stages in six pools of four.

According to performances, the number of clubs from each nation changes. The tournament is held from October to May, with various stages scheduled around domestic club competitions.

The 2007-08 tournament was won by Ireland's Munster, who beat Toulouse of France 16–13 in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Toulouse have been the most successful team, winning the competition three times. Leicester Tigers have won the tournament twice and are the only team to have won the tournament two years in succession.

Past Winners

2008/09: Leinster
2007/08: Munster
2007/08: Munster
2006/07: Wasps
2005/06: Munster
2004/05: Toulouse
2003/04: Wasps
2002/03: Toulouse
2001/02: Leicester
2000/01: Leicester
1999/00: Northampton
1998/99: Ulster
1997/98: Bath
1996/97: Brive
1995/96: Toulouse

Source - Wikipedia

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