Following a sun-drenched Saturday of action we now know the make-up of the playoff picture in France and the PRO14 and Aviva Premiership semifinal lineups.
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.
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.
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.
Following a thrilling weekend of knockout European rugby we have a much clearer idea who will lift the Champions and 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.
An injury-ravaged season in the Top 14 means Nick Abendanon and his Clermont teammates must win the Champions Cup if they want to play in the competition next season.
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.
Holders Saracens will face top seeds Leinster in a mouthwatering European Champions Cup quarterfinal.
European rugby is back as the quarterfinal line-ups are finalised. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
European rugby is back for 2018 as the quarterfinal line-ups are finalised. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
European rugby is back with another stacked fixture list. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
Saracens owner Nigel Wray sided with Clermont as he hit out at Champions Cup organisers European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) over the handling of the pair's rearranged fixture.
Clermont have accused Saracens of "incompetence" and claimed they were cut out of negotiations over the rescheduling of their Champions Cup Pool 2 match in a strongly-worded statement posted on its website.
Clermont's trip to Saracens will not be a wasted one after all but how did we get to this point? ESPN recaps the events that have led us to Monday evening's game.
Saracens' rearranged Champions Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne will no longer be played behind closed doors after the hosts confirmed all tickets for the fixture remained valid.
Saracens' Champions Cup clash with Clermont-Auvergne has been postponed due to "adverse weather conditions" around Allianz Park.
David Strettle returns to Saracens with Clermont looking to help the Top 14 champions scale new heights in the Champions Cup.
Tom May does not believe that any of league leading Montpellier's players caught the eye in rounds nine and 10 of the Top 14, but who did impress the former Toulon centre?
An independent review has found that Clermont Auvergne scrum-half Morgan Parra was correctly permitted to return in their victory over Northampton Saints at the weekend.
Clermont hooker Benjamin Kayser has claimed it would be bad for the game to further punish Dylan Hartley for the yellow card he received during Northampton's Champions Cup defeat in France.
Camille Lopez looks set for a substantial spell on the sidelines after he was stretchered off during the first half of Clermont's clash with Northampton.
Former Toulon centre Tom May casts his eye over rounds three and four of the Top 14 to pick out some of the overseas players who made their mark -- and you might be surprised to learn that a few have ended up in France.
Anthony Tuitavake was sent off as Racing 92 lost 23-19 at Agen in the Top 14.
Toulon finished off the opening round of the new Top 14 season by thumping Pau 41-14 as former England international Chris Ashton stole the show.
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