Eddie Jones has named his 33-man squad tasked with winning a third Rugby World Cup for Australia.
With the pool draw for next season’s Champions Cup being staged in London on Wednesday, we review the final of the 2022-2023 Heineken Champions Cup campaign and Stade Rochelais’ successful defense of the trophy in Dublin.
The first key step in preparation for the 2023-2024 EPCR season was taken Wednesday, when the pool draws for the Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup were staged at the superbly appointed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Toulouse and French international star flyhalf Roman Ntamack sealed a 22nd French title for his side as they defeated La Rochelle 29 – 26.
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary
After months of hard work and toil, the spoils of war all come down to this, one final, 80 minutes of rugby and everything left on the field.
Only a few weeks removed from winning the 2023 Heineken Champions Cup, La Rochelle is on the verge of another major European rugby championship.
And so six became four. Dreams of a Top 14 title have quickly faded for Stade Francais and Lyon, but for Bordeaux Bègles and Racing 92, the hope persists as they cruised through to the semi-finals following knockout wins last weekend.
Just one game stands between the four remaining teams and the Top 14 final.
Twenty-six rounds of toil for French Rugby’s elite all culminate in three rounds of high-stakes knockout rugby for the top six sides in the Top 14.
The Vodacom United Rugby Championship final was played at the right venue, as the competition continues its outreach into Africa, but Munster taking the trophy home to Ireland might be good for the tournament going forward.
Experienced England international winger Jack Nowell has today ruled himself out of contention for this year’s Rugby World Cup.
Two-time Heineken Champions Cup winners, La Rochelle’s rise from being a middling Pro D2 club to back-to-back European champions has been one of Rugby’s truly remarkable stories of the past decade.
Vanquished Leinster has shared its thoughts on why they turned down the opportunity to kick at the Aviva Stadium posts from long distance when trailing by a point with five minutes remaining in their agonizing 27-26 loss to La Rochelle.
Esteemed Irish Rugby journalist Gerry Thornley has shed new light on the alleged altercation between La Rochelle head coach and Leinster coach Sean O’Brien.