In a mirror image of the Six Nations, England and Ireland’s best do battle in the European Champions Cup Final

A match that has perhaps been as eagerly anticipated as the opening fixture of this year’s Six Nations between Ireland and England in February, kicks off on Saturday, as the final that most people wanted in the European Champions Cup takes place between Ireland’s Leinster and England’s Saracens. The two best club sides in EuropeContinue reading “In a mirror image of the Six Nations, England and Ireland’s best do battle in the European Champions Cup Final”

Rounds 5 and 6 of the European Champions Cup provide little in the way of surprises but plenty of entertainment as it is an all English/French affair heading into the quarter-finals!

The last two weekends and the penultimate rounds of the European Champions Cup pool stages provided us with plenty of spectacle, but in many ways few surprises as English and French clubs emerged as the clearly dominant forces in the competition.  We apologize to English and French fans as there was so much rugby over the last twoContinue reading “Rounds 5 and 6 of the European Champions Cup provide little in the way of surprises but plenty of entertainment as it is an all English/French affair heading into the quarter-finals!”

Ireland’s hopes for this year’s European Champions Cup are in Ulster’s Hands

As we continue our look at how this year’s European Champions Cup tournament is shaping up, we turn our attention to how Ireland’s three representative teams are faring.  In the years gone by Irish club teams have traditionally performed extremely well in this competition, but this year with the exception of Ulster, European giants suchContinue reading “Ireland’s hopes for this year’s European Champions Cup are in Ulster’s Hands”

Mixed Fortunes for Welsh sides so far in this year’s European Champions Cup!

Continuing our look at how the Six Nations countries are doing in this year’s European Champions Cup, we look at Wales’ representative two teams’ efforts in round 3 of the competition.  Ospreys took on Bordeaux-Begles from France while Scarlets took on Glasgow Warriors. Glasgow Warriors vs Scarlets Final Score – Glasgow 43/Scarlets 6 Glasgow AsContinue reading “Mixed Fortunes for Welsh sides so far in this year’s European Champions Cup!”

Scotland’s representative in the European Champions Cup gets off to a shaky start but shows some promise for the rest of the tournament!

It may not have been the start to their Champions Cup campaign that they would have liked, but despite the loss there were signs that once Glasgow settle into their stride in this tournament it is unlikely that the errors we saw in this match will repeat themselves so readily.  From a Scotland point ofContinue reading “Scotland’s representative in the European Champions Cup gets off to a shaky start but shows some promise for the rest of the tournament!”

Italy’s lone representative in the European Champions Cup struggles to make a positive impression in difficult Irish conditions!

With the World Cup well and truly behind us, we turn our attention to the European Champions Cup which got underway this weekend.  As we did last year, during the Pool stages of the competition we take a look at the efforts of the teams from a particular country each weekend as we try toContinue reading “Italy’s lone representative in the European Champions Cup struggles to make a positive impression in difficult Irish conditions!”

As the European International season comes to an end, Toulon makes history and shows that there is still no substitute for experience!

In a match where everyone predicted that the international juggernaut known as Toulon would carve their place in history by winning the European Championship three years in a row, there were very few surprises.  While we may not have got much of a sense of what the World Cup may look like from a FrenchContinue reading “As the European International season comes to an end, Toulon makes history and shows that there is still no substitute for experience!”

As Europe’s International season draws to a close, the spotlight ends up being squarely on France!

As the Lineout, spends its last two weeks in Europe before setting up shop in the Southern Hemisphere until August and preparations for the World Cup, we look at the upcoming inaugural European Champions Cup Final between Clermont Auvergne and Toulon.  Although this clash perhaps lacks the international nature of the competition in that itContinue reading “As Europe’s International season draws to a close, the spotlight ends up being squarely on France!”

In a weekend that sees few surprises French clubs claim the inaugral European Champions Cup as their own!

Let’s be honest, many of us were hoping for an upset but realistically felt that it was unlikely to happen, as the only two non-French clubs left in the competition travelled to France to take on the two best teams in Europe on home soil.  Leinster hadn’t really shown us in the semis that theyContinue reading “In a weekend that sees few surprises French clubs claim the inaugral European Champions Cup as their own!”

The European Champions Cup Semi-Finals take place this weekend as Leinster and Saracens go to France looking for miracles!

As Saracens and Leinster travel to France this weekend, they know that they need a bit of divine intervention to pull off what can only be described as upsets if they are to emerge the victors.  Marseille will be an exceptionally challenging place for Leinster to pull off a win against a daunting Toulon, andContinue reading “The European Champions Cup Semi-Finals take place this weekend as Leinster and Saracens go to France looking for miracles!”