Five Reasons To Watch The Champions Cup Semifinals

French Top 14 Round 22 Toulouse vs Clermont

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The buzz around any sports championship is greater when the blue bloods are in the playoffs.

The storylines and rivalries in this year's European Champions Cup semifinal matchups are endless, but here are the five stories the Middle East, North Africa will watch unfold live on FloRugby this weekend.

Watch Leinster vs Toulouse LIVE on FloRugby Saturday April 21 at 9:15 am CDT.

Watch Saracens vs Munster LIVE on FloRugby Saturday April 20 at 9:00 am CDT.

Irish Tussle

If you want to watch some of the best tacklers in the world go at eachother, watch the Champions Cup this weekend. CJ Stander leads the Champions cup in tackles with 112 for Munster. While Leinster’s James Ryan tallied 27 tackles against provincial rival Ulster in thee quarterfinal.

No New Faces

The four teams competing this weekend for the Champions cup have all been here before. Toulouse and Leinster are tied for the most with four, and only one of them will  go for a fifth after Saturday. Munster and the Saracens are  just behind with three each.

Cheslin Kolbe

Cheslin Kolbe might just be the most evasive man on foot. Kolbe has beaten the most defenders in the Champions cup so far with 45. He’s slippery too the point that he can actually slip and still burn several defenders. 

This is the second best team in the Top14 he’s doing this to. 

History Favors The French

Toulon should win if you go by the numbers. The Top14 teams are 10-5 against Irish provincial sides in semifinals. But then again, this is Leinster and they’ve got a secret weapon.

It’s Johnny Sexton


The World Rugby Player of The Year rides in from injury on his golden horse and to beat the French? Sexton gutted it out in the Six Nations and will now have a go at a Champions cup repeat. A fifth Champions cup places Johnny Sexton on Mt. Rushmore.

Sexton is just two wins away from adding another line to this year and a half long trophy grab. The World Cup hangs on the horizon.

Townsend Makes Wholesale Changes For France Rematch

France v Scotland On-Demand

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend retained just one player, fullback Stuart Hogg, in the starting XV for Saturday's Test with France as the side bid to rebound from their 32-3 pasting by the French last weekend.

Rugby World Cup Titles Gender-Neutral From 2021

The Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 will be the last to bear that title with World Rugby announcing on Wednesday they are adopting a policy of gender neutrality for their tournaments.

Seawolves Land RUNY Coach Lensing

The Seattle Seawolves have signed former Rugby United New York forwards coach, Kees Lensing, as head coach for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. 

Summer Test or Final Exam: Riekert Hattingh Has To Step Up

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The Summer Test Series is a final proving ground for players trying to make the roster for the Rugby World Cup, for a few players it’s the first and only chance to make the squad.

Five Things We Learned About RWC Contenders This Week

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Just when it seemed like the sky was falling, and the mighty All Blacks were ready to lose their grip on rugby dominance, order was restored. 

Could Ban KO World Cup Hopes For Gabrillagues?

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French forward Paul Gabrillagues's World Cup hopes were in the balance on Tuesday after he was banned for six weeks for a tackle on Scotland flanker John Barclay last weekend.

Argentina Star Isa Left Off World Cup Squad

France-based loose forward Facundo Isa was a shock omission from the 31-man Argentina Rugby World Cup named Monday by coach Mario Ledesma in Buenos Aires.

Italy Veteran Ghiraldini Returns From Injury For World Cup

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Leonardo Ghiraldini is set to return from injury with the experienced hooker included on Sunday in Italy's largely youthful squad which features 23 tournament debutants for next month's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Cal Welcomes 12-Player Freshmen Class

The Drama Of Jesuit's HS Nationals Victory

The University of California men's rugby program has announced the addition of 12 freshmen to its program.

Welsh Star Halfpenny: 'My Legs Are Killing Me' Before Kicking Penalty

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Leigh Halfpenny admitted his legs were "killing" him as he stepped up to take the penalty that sealed Wales's 13-6 win over England on his return to Test rugby after a prolonged absence due to concussion.