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Amlin Challenge Cup

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

Posted 6 months ago

In control: Ruan Pienaar barely put a foot wrong in Ulster

Ulster went into the final weekend of Heineken Cup pool matches as the top ranked team and duly completed a near-perfect qualifying campaign, making it six wins out of six with a 22-19 win at Leicester Tigers. Their back row were in storming form but the Man of the Match was scrum-half Ruan Pienaar, who oozed class and composure from the first whistle to the last and scored all of Ulster’s points.

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

Posted 6 months ago

Flying finish: Matt Hoppers dives joyfully over for a try set up by the brilliance of Danny Care

by Katie Field
The Saints
Skills and thrills
Why do we watch rugby? For many fans, it’s all about the moments of stunning skill, those out-of-your-seat moves which leave you shaking your head in wonder. There were a fair few of those in this weekend’s Heineken Cup action, led by Harlequin Danny Care’s brilliant backwards, mid-air flick which stopped the ball from going…

Amlin Challenge Cup: Round 2 preview

Posted 9 months ago

Juggling act: some clubs struggle to flit between competitions, but this weekend some clubs could put the graft in in the Amlin

THE SECOND round of the Amlin Challenge Cup is almost here and despite the complaints of some about the level of competition in Round 1 there are some mouthwatering clashes coming up.

Picture gallery: Best European quarter-final Action

Posted 1 year ago


LAST WEEKEND was a rip-roaring weekend of European rugby, with the action starting on a Thursday evening with Gloucester v Biarritz and finishing as the sun set on Sunday evening with a Jonny Wilkinson-inspired Toulon edging past a valiant Leicester.
We’ve brought you a little picture gallery, to show you the best of the action, enjoy…

Gloucester draw Exiles in Amlin Challenge Cup draw

Posted 2 years ago

Former Amlin Challenge Cup champions, Gloucester Rugby, have been drawn with high-quality opposition in English rivals, London Irish, as well as French representatives, Bordeaux-Bègles and Mont-de-Marsan, following the pool draw for the 2012/13 tournament.
Gloucester will renew their Amlin Challenge Cup rivalry with London Irish, who they dramatically defeated 36-34 after extra-time in the 2006 decider, in a competition which will…

Heineken Cup Pool draw kind to Quins

Posted 2 years ago

REIGNING HEINEKEN Cup champions, Leinster, have been drawn in Pool 5 of the 2012/13 tournament and will face ASM Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets and newcomers, Exeter Chiefs, as they attempt to win an unprecedented third title in a row.
The draw for European club rugby’s elite competition took place on Tuesday, 12 June at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin where the 18th…

Amlin Challenge Cup Final: Biarritz 21-18 Toulon

Posted 2 years ago


A RATHER drab and uninspiring final with Biarritz able to ensure their Heineken Cup qualification thanks to the boot of Dimitri Yachvili in wet conditions at the Stoop. They were fortunate, however, that Toulon couldn’t get the ball to Jonny Wilkinson in the final minutes or he could have slotted another of

Amlin Challenge Cup Final – Toulon v Biarritz preview

Posted 2 years ago

IT’S AN all-French affair in Friday’s Amlin Challenge Cup final at the Stoop as Toulon take on Biarritz. Did we say ‘all-French’ affair? That’s a bit like saying Arsenal against Chelsea is an all-English affair. Both clubs reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the Top 14 with Biarritz boasting the likes of England World Cup winner Iain

Luke Charteris set to move to France

Posted 3 years ago

Dragons lock and captain Luke Charteris will be leaving the region at the end of the season to take up a contract with an undisclosed European team.
Luke has been at the Dragons since the inception of regional rugby, playing a decade of rugby at Rodney Parade and has been a favourite with both his teammates and the Dragons supporters.
“I’ve really…

Tui targets big month ahead for Chiefs

Posted 3 years ago

Exeter Chiefs prop Hoani Tui is targeting a big month ahead for the Devon club as they look to push on not only in the Aviva Premiership, but also within the Amlin Challenge Cup.
On Friday night, Rob Baxter’s side return to domestic action when they travel to Sale Sharks at Edgeley Park (7.45pm), before they then gear up to entertain…