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European Rugby Champions Cup: Saracens into quarter-finals after Wasps win

Saracens took the final place in the quarter-finals having finished as the third-best second-placed side Defending champions Saracens have progressed to the quarter-finals of this season’s European Champions Cup. The back-to-back title winners thrashed Northampton on Saturday to remain in contention, but their place was only confirmed after Wasps beat Ulster at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday. Mark McCall’s side qualify as the third-best second-place team and face a tough away tie at top-seeds Leinster. Saracens are the only English side to have progressed to the knockout stages. European Champions…

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European Challenge Cup: Dragons 33-17 Bordeaux-Begles

Bordeaux-Begles scrum-half Jules Gimbert clears to touch European Challenge Cup Dragons (5) 33 Tries: Dee, Hill, Hewitt, Fairbrother, Howard Cons: Henson 2, D Jones 2 Bordeaux-Begles (3) 17 Tries: Fuatai, Gimbert Cons: Volavola, Schoeman Pen: Volavola Dragons claimed second place in Pool 1 of the European Challenge Cup with a bonus-point win over Bordeaux-Begles. But Stade Francais’ 17-10 win over Edinburgh denied the Welsh side a quarter-final spot as one of the best runners-up. Elliot Dee’s try gave Dragons a 5-3 lead at half-time. But Cory Hill, Ashton Hewitt, Lloyd…

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European Challenge Cup: Brive 33-7 Worcester

Worcester fell to a heavy defeat in difficult conditions in France European Challenge Cup Pool Five Brive (14) 31 Tries: Koyamaibole 2, Masilevu, Waqaniborutu, Burotu Cons: Germain 4 Worcester (0) 7 Tries: Howe Cons: Pennell Worcester Warriors were knocked out of the European Challenge Cup after defeat by Brive in a game relocated because of a waterlogged pitch. The match was originally set to kick-off at 14:30 GMT but was put back to 19:00 GMT and moved to nearby Tulle. Sisa Koyamaibole scored two first half tries to put the…

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European Challenge Cup: Lyon 18-21 Cardiff Blues

Dillon Lewis has won two caps for Wales European Challenge Cup Lyon (12) 18 Tries: Cretin, Barassi Cons: Beauxis Pens: Beauxis 2 Cardiff Blues (7) 21 Tries: L Williams, Pen Try, T Williams Cons: Evans 2 Challenge Cup Pool winners Cardiff Blues rounded off their group matches with a tense 21-18 win at Lyon. Jarrod Evans set up and converted tries by scrum-halves Lloyd and Tomos Williams, while they were also awarded a penalty try. They held out at a last-minute scrum-five to earn the points. Connacht’s earlier win over…

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European Rugby Champions Cup: La Rochelle v Harlequins

Smith (left) has been included as an apprentice player in the England squad to face Italy in the Six Nations opener European Rugby Champions Cup Venue: Stade Marcel DeflandreDate: Sunday, 21 January Kick-off: 15:15 GMT Coverage: Live score updates on the BBC Sport website Harlequins have made four changes for their final Champions Cup pool game against La Rochelle on Sunday, having already been eliminated. England apprentice Marcus Smith starts at fly-half with James Lang moving into the centre in place of Jamie Roberts. Ian Prior and Ross Chisholm come…

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European Challenge Cup: Stade Francais v Edinburgh (Sat)

Darcy Graham also started at full-back in Edinburgh’s Challenge Cup win over Krasny Yar European Challenge Cup Venue: Stade Jean-Bouin Date: Saturday, 20 January Kick-off: 20:00 GMT Coverage: Updates on BBC Sport website Edinburgh, already guaranteed a home European Challenge Cup quarter-final, make eight changes for their final pool match against Stade Francais in Paris. Darcy Graham starts at full-back, Junior Rasolea comes into midfield, while scrum-half Nathan Fowles starts. Cameron Fenton, Fraser McKenzie, Lewis Carmichael, Jamie Ritchie and Cornell du Preez all come into the pack. The hosts make…

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European Challenge Cup: Connacht v Oyonnax (Sat)

Tiernan O’Halloran’s try helped Connacht to claim a draw against Worcester Warriors in round five European Rugby Challenge Cup Pool Five Venue: Sportsground, Galway Date: Saturday, 20 January Kick-off: 14:30 GMT Coverage: Preview, live text commentary and match report on BBC Sport website Connacht winger Matt Healy will win his 100th cap for the province on Saturday in their European Challenge Cup Pool Five match against Oyonnax on Saturday. Healy has been recalled as one of three changes made by head coach Kieran Keane as Connacht aim to improve their…

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Newcastle Falcons: Players called upon for help as team coach gets stuck in ditch

Newcastle’s players and staff – including director of rugby and ex-England forward Dean Richards – attempted to free the team coach When you go abroad, not many care to remember the journey part. It’s the least exciting bit. But Newcastle Falcons won’t forget their trip to Tbilisi in a hurry. The Premiership club are due to play a Challenge Cup pool match against Russian club Enisei in Georgia on Saturday. Having flown to neighbouring Turkey, all was going well with their journey until the team coach got stuck in a…

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European Rugby Challenge Cup: Gloucester v Pau

Ross Moriarty will join Welsh Pro14 side Dragons at the end of the season European Challenge Cup Venue: Kingsholm Date: Friday, 19 January Kick-off: 19:45 GMT Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Gloucestershire and on the BBC Sport website Gloucester make 11 changes as they welcome French side Pau to Kingsholm in the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Friday. Jason Woodward, Ross Moriarty, Jeremy Thrush and Henry Purdy are the only players to keep their places from their 45-24 win against Agen last week….

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Seven uncapped players in Irish women’s squad to face Wales

Leinster’s Megan Williams gets a chance to shine after being named in the Ireland squad Ireland women’s coach Adam Griggs has named seven uncapped players in his squad to take on Wales in a Six Nations warm-up in Caerphilly on Sunday. Laura Feeley, Edel McMahon and Aoife McDermott will hope for a debut along with Michelle Claffey, Megan Williams, Susan Vaughan and Annette Thomas. “I’m looking forward to seeing them test themselves at international level,” said Griggs. “It’ll hopefully give me some selection headaches over the coming weeks.” Ireland start…

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