European Champions Cup

  • Connacht have pulled off a dramatic 27-24 win over Gloucester in the European Champions Cup.

    A late try from Robin Copeland gave the Westerners a win that lifts them off the bottom of Pool One - and still in the hunt for the knockout stages.

    Caolin Blade and Shane Delahunt were the other try scorers for Connacht.

  • The draw for next season's European Champions Cup has taken place in Switzerland.

    Munster has been handed a difficult pool alongside reigning champions Saracens, as well as Simon Zebo's Racing 92 and Ospreys.

    Leo Cullen's Leinster are in alongside Lyon, Northampton Saints and Italian side Benetton.

    While, Ulster will play Clermont Auvergne (PRON: Oh-verne), Harlequins and Bath.

    Connacht, who are back in the competition for the first time since 2016 have been drawn with Toulouse, Gloucester and Montpellier.

    The other pool includes Ronan O'Gara's La Rochelle alongside Exeter Chiefs, Glasgow Warriors and the Sale Sharks.


  • It's been reported that Connacht have signed versatile Australian back Will Goddard as short-term injury cover.

    Goddard's joined from Brumbies but will not be registered for Heineken Champions Cup action.

    He's been signed as cover for the injured Tiernan O'Halloran and will return to the Brumbies at the turn of the year.

    Connacht have added Peter McCabe and Niall Murray to their European squad for Paddy McAllister and Sean O'Brien.

  • Ireland International Quinn Roux returns to to the Connacht side as skipper for the Heineken European Champions Cup away to Toulouse on Saturday

    Roux is among 10 changes to the Connacht side after their opening round win over Montpellier at The Sportsground.

    Toulouse named a strong side skippered by former All Black Jerome Kaino at number 8.

    The game kicks off at the Stade Ernest Wallon at 1 o'clock


    Connacht Team

    1. Matt Healy, 14. John Porch, 13. Tom Farrell, 12. Tom Daly, 11. Kyle Godwin, 10. Conor Fitzgerald, 9. Caolin Blade, 1. Peter McCabe, 2. David Heffernan, 3. Dominic Robertson-McCoy, 4. Ultan Dillane, 5. Quinn Roux (c), 6. Eoghan Masterson, 7. Colby Fainga'a, 8. Robin Copeland.



    1. Shane Delahunt, 17. Matthew Burke, 18. Finlay Bealham, 19. Joe Maksymiw, 20. Paul Boyle, 21. Angus Lloyd, 22. Jack Carty, 23. Peter Robb,


    Toulouse Team

    1. Thomas Ramos, 14. Yoann Huget, 13. Sofiane Guitoune, 12. Lucas Tauzin, 11. Maxime Médard, 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Sébastien Bézy, 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Peato Mauvaka, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 4. Richie Gray, 5. Joe Tekori, 6. Alban Placines, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 8. Jerome Kaino (c).



    1. Julien Marchand, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Dorian Aldegheri, 19. Rory Arnold, 20. Selevasio Tolofua, 21. Francois Cros, 22. Pita Ahki, 23. Pierre Pages,

    Connacht will play in next season's European Champions Cup after the tournament organisers confirmed 24 teams are to take part in the competition.

    8 teams from the Pro 14, including all the Irish provinces, 8 teams from the Top 14 in France, and 8 teams from the English Premiership will make up the numbers.

    The competition will begin in December, with two pools of 12 to be assembled, with teams ranked into 4 tiers.

    Each team will play four pool matches.

    The quarter finals will be over two legs, with the decider to be staged in Marseille next May.

  • The resumption of this season's Heineken Champions Cup is in doubt.

    European Rugby officials have been meeting with their French counterparts and the French department for sport.

    They're concerned about the new variant of COVID-19, and the travel involved in playing European competitions.

    The third round of pool fixtures are due to be played next weekend.

  • Ultan Dillane and Matt Healy have been passed fit to start for Connacht's match against Montpellier at the Sportsground on Sunday.

    Bundee Aki starts in midfield after coming off the bench in last weekend's loss to Leinster.

    Kick-off is at 1pm on Sunday.