Why this will be the toughest Rugby Championship in years
Each team has made improvements over the past 12 months, which Craig Dowd believes will make this year's Rugby Championship the toughest in years.
Raising a glass to England great Jason Leonard
Ulster confirm Champions Cup spot
Ulster confirmed their place in next season's Champions Cup with a 35-17 victory over Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium.
European review: Player of the week, flop & more
Rugby union displayed its best side in Bilbao over the weekend, as a 61-point thriller of a Challenge Cup final was followed by a tense, nerve-shredding Champions Cup showpiece.
Lambie suffers serious knee injury
Pat Lambie is almost certain to miss the Springboks' Tests against England after sustaining what is believed to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the European Rugby Champions Cup final.
Patience pays dividends for 'ugly' Leinster
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen admitted the final 20 minutes of his side's Champions Cup final victory were "torturous" as he praised his players' resilience.
Dan Carter ruled out of Champions Cup final
Racing 92 fly-half Dan Carter has been ruled out of the Champions Cup final with a hamstring injury.
Nacewa the hero as Leinster snatch glory
Racing 92 fly-half Remi Tales missed a late drop-goal as Leinster clung on to claim a 15-12 victory in the Champions Cup final in Bilbao.
O'Driscoll: Lancaster in no rush for Test return
Leinster legend Brian O'Driscoll has praised the "exceptional" work Stuart Lancaster has done in helping the Irish province to the brink of a fourth European Cup success. But he does not think he will rush back into the Test arena.
Bilbao rain could give way to Racing tears
Those who headed to northern Spain in search of sun this weekend look set for disappointment but those who have found a way to Bilbao should witness a fine Champions Cup final.
Weekend predictions: Champions, Challenge Cup finals
All eyes are on Bilbao this weekend as Leinster, Racing 92, the Cardiff Blues and Gloucester contest this season's European finals.
Leinster must find 'another gear' in Bilbao
Dan Leavy believes Leinster must find an extra gear if they are to beat Racing 92 and secure a fourth European Cup triumph.
Barnes to ref Leinster vs. Racing 92 final
Wayne Barnes will take charge of Leinster against Racing 92 in the 2018 Champions Cup final at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao on Saturday, 12 May.
Sexton, Furlong among Euro POTY nominees
Leinster and Racing 92 dominate the shortlist for the EPCR European Player of the Year after both sides booked their places in the Champions Cup final.
European review: Player of the week, flop & more
Then there were four. Following a thrilling weekend of rugby, we now know who will contest the Champions and Challenge Cup finals.
Quickfire Racing stun Munster to reach final
Racing 92 scored three tries in the opening 22 minutes to stun Munster and set up a 27-22 victory that secured their place in the Champions Cup final.
Sexton: Biggest test awaits Leinster in Bilbao
Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton was able to look forward to a special occasion in Bilbao next month after helping the Irish province to a comfortable win over Scarlets in the Champions Cup semifinal in Dublin.
Racing united in bid to create European history
Donnacha Ryan faces his former Munster teammates with Racing on Sunday but he won't let sentimentality get in the way of his side's quest for a first Champions Cup title.
Five-star Leinster cruise into Champions Cup final
Leinster cantered into the Champions Cup final with a comprehensive 38-16 defeat of the Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium.
Piutau wants to give Ulster parting gift
Ulster's former All Black Charles Piutau is determined to "make the jersey proud" as he aims to help deliver Champions Cup qualification in his final two appearances for the Irish province.
Weekend predictions: Champions, Challenge Cups
Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Scarlets boss unfazed by Aviva Stadium
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac says the choice of venue for Saturday's European Champions Cup semifinal against Leinster was "never going to bother us".
Madigan: Forget champagne, Bristol's sights set on Champions Cup
The newly renamed Bristol Bears may have gained promotion back to the Aviva Premiership but the champagne is firmly on ice until they get among the elite of Europe in the Champions Cup, according to fly-half Ian Madigan.
Weekend predictions: Prem, PRO14, Top 14
The Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and French Top 14 are drawing to a close and with playoff places up for grabs it is time for teams to stake a claim to Champions Cup places or be left to fight it out in the Challenge Cup next season.
O'Brien: I won't be shouting for Munster
Despite a possible European Rugby Champions Cup final meeting with Munster, Leinster and Ireland backrow Sean O'Brien won't be cheering for Munster in their semifinal clash with French Top 14 giants Racing 92 in two weeks.
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