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Byrne, Beirne in Ireland squad for Australia

Joe Schmidt has named uncapped duo Ross Byrne and Tadhg Beirne in Ireland's squad for their summer tour of Australia next month.

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Weekend review: Player of the weekend, flop & more

The PRO14 playoffs are now confirmed and with the Aviva Premiership and French Top 14 facing a dramatic finish next weekend, there is still much to play for with playoff places up for grabs and team eager to book a place in next season's Champions Cup.

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Weekend review: Player of the weekend, flop & more

It is all about the playoffs as the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 edged even closer to the finish flag. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup may take centre stage this week but there is still plenty at stake after the latest round of games.

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Weekend review: Player of the weekend, flop & more

It is now or never for many teams across European rugby's domestic competitions as teams battle it out for relegation and playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and the French Top 14.

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Weekend predictions: Champions, Challenge Cups

ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across all of the quarterfinals.

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European review: Player of the week, flop & more

After a weekend of rugby that required all your fingers, toes and a calculator, the quarterfinal line-ups in both the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup have been finalised.

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Challenge Cup: Morgan gives Blues victory

Winger Ollie Thorley ran in four tries as Gloucester coasted to a 69-12 European Challenge Cup Pool 3 victory over winless Zebre.

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Ireland include Aki, leave out Zebo

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has included Connacht's newly Irish-qualified centre Bundee Aki, while dropping Simon Zebo for autumn internationals against Argentina, Fiji and South Africa.

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Cheetahs kick off PRO14 in Ulster

South African franchise the Cheetahs will get their first taste of PRO14 action on Friday, Sept. 1 as they take on Ulster at Kingspan Stadium.

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The issues facing expanded PRO14

It is not difficult to see why Celtic Rugby would jump at the chance to breath new life into the rebranded PRO14. But the organisers face issues as they attempt to make the expansion work.

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Connacht sign Tahs fly-half Deegan

Connacht and the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) have announced the signing of NSW Waratahs fly-half Andrew Deegan.

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Connacht release Marnitz Boshoff

Connacht Rugby have released South African fly-half Marnitz Boshoff from his contract.

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PRO14 expansion explained

Tuesday brought official confirmation that South African sides the Cheetahs and Southern Kings would, as expected, join an expanded PRO14 competition. But what will the new championship look like?

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Saints a step away from Champions Cup

Northampton kept alive their hopes of playing in the European Champions Cup next season with a hard-fought 21-15 victory over Connacht in the second play-off at Franklin's Gardens.

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Day, Harrison return to Saints side

Northampton Saints and Connacht have released their starting teams for Saturday's Champions Cup playoff semifinal at Franklin's Gardens.

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Connacht sign new coach Kieran Keane

Connacht have appointed Chiefs assistant Kieran Keane as their new head coaching, replacing Bristol-bound Pat Lam at the end of the season.

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Lam hits back at Hansen comments

Connacht head coach Pat Lam has hit back at All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's comments referring to the former Blues and and Auckland coach as an "ex New Zealander".

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Young focused on performance against Zebre

Dai Young has stressed a need for Wasps to "hit the ground running" when they chase a European Champions Cup quarter-final place on Sunday.

2019 RankingsEuropean Rugby Challenge Cup

  • CONN10th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Clermont Auvergne : 44 Tries Scored
    CLER1st
    19
    44
  • CONN9th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Clermont Auvergne : 187 Points Difference
    CLER1st
    26
    187