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European Rugby Challenge Cup

Gloucester 17-25 Stade Francais: No final glory for Laidlaw

Stade Francais won their first European trophy last night as Greig Laidlaw’s return to BT Murrayfield in the Challenge Cup final ended in 
disappointment.

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Gloucester's Greig Laidlaw is back on familiar ground at Murrayfield during the Captain's Run ahead of the European Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais.  Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Bullish Greig Laidlaw relishing end of season Challenge

A lot has happened since Greig Laidlaw was last on the BT Murrayfield pitch, some of it not very pleasant, but the Scotland skipper was all smiles yesterday as he took part in the Gloucester Captain’s Run ahead of tonight’s European Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais.

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Scotland scrum-half and captain Greig Laidlaw in action for Gloucester. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Greig Laidlaw aims to put cherry on top of Gloucester career

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is viewing next month’s European Challenge Cup final at BT Murrayfield as the chance for a perfect end to his three-year spell at Gloucester.

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Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw was injured against France in the Six Nations. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw set for return from injury

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is set to return from injury in Gloucester’s European Challenge Cup semi-final against La Rochelle today.

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Edinburgh's Phil Burleigh scores a try against La Rochelle. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Edinburgh 22-32 La Rochelle: Hodge’s men crash out of Europe

Edinburgh’s disappointing season was effectively ended last night as they crashed out of the European Challenge Cup at the quarter-final stage at the hands of French league leaders La Rochelle.

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Jason Tovey has been given Edinburgh's No 10 jersey after Duncan Weir disappointed against Scarletsy. Picture: SNS.

Duncan Hodge admits Duncan Weir omission was a “tough call”

Edinburgh acting head coach Duncan Hodge admits it was “a tough call” to drop Scotland stand-off Duncan Weir for tonight’s crunch European Challenge Cup quarter-final against La Rochelle at BT Murrayfield.

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Jim Hamilton has been impressed by Edinburgh's appointment of Richard Cockerill as head coach. Picture: Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Heineken Rugby

Jim Hamilton hails Edinburgh’s move for Richard Cockerill

Former Edinburgh star Jim Hamilton believes the appointment of Richard Cockerill as head coach for next season is a “statement of intent” from his former club.

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Edinburgh's Jason Tovey has been selected at stand-off for the game against La Rochelle. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Edinburgh pick Jason Tovey ahead of Duncan Weir for Euro tie

Edinburgh have picked Jason Tovey at stand-off ahead of Duncan Weir for Friday night’s European Challenge Cup quarter-final with La Rochelle at BT Murrayfield.

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Cornell du Preez hopes Edinburgh can rise to the occasion in their Challenge Cup quarter-final against La Rochelle. Picture: SNS/SRU

Cornell du Preez: Edinburgh can rise to French test

Edinburgh No 8 Cornell du Preez hopes the excitement of a big European night can invigorate the side out of their current slump.

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In Vito veritas: Former All Black Victor Vito happily admits he moved for money  but now hes playing for fun and an unlikely shot at glory in La Rochelle. Picture: Getty Images

Europe’s team of the season are coming to Murrayfield

Whatever happens between now and the end of May, Edinburgh will welcome the European Team of the Season to Murrayfield in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup next Friday.

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Hoyland fling: Winger Damien Hoyland is eager for some success in Europe. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Damien Hoyland hopes to get his hands on the ball

All the traditional signs of a Scottish spring were in place last week. A brilliant display of yellow daffodils, a thick blanket of snow and the capital’s rugby community wondering how on earth Edinburgh can look so good in Europe while tying their boots properly would constitute progress in the Pro12.

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Finn Russell of Glasgow is tackled by Munster's Rory Scannell at Scotstoun. Picture: SNS/SRU

Allan Massie: Glasgow must be inventive to claim big win

The result at Scotstoun last weekend was disappointing. Of course it was. At the same time we had to admire the quality of Munster’s defence. To have conceded only three tries in five European Cup matches is remarkable, all the more so because all were scored after Munster were so far ahead as to be out of sight.

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Fans watch the action at Myreside as Edinburgh romped to victory against Timisoara Saracens in the European Challenge Cup. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh 49-3 Timisoara: Myreside era off to a flier

Edinburgh marked their first match at the renovated Myreside by securing a home quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup last night in front of 5,235 spectators, close to the ground’s 5,500 capacity.

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Edinburghs managing director Jonny Petrie is determined to make Myreside a home with a true club feel to it. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Edinburgh set to burst into European Challenge Cup’s last eight

Duncan Hodge emerged from the Myreside tunnel countless times in his career for Watsonians, Edinburgh and Scotland A but admits that tonight’s occasion promises to be an experience unlike any other.

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Allan Dell says last weekend's win at Harlequins has given the Edinburgh squad a major boost ahead of Friday night's clash against Timisoara. Picture: SNS/SRU

Allan Dell: Right mindset will seal Edinburgh home quarter

Prop Allan Dell believes if Edinburgh approach Friday evening’s European Challenge Cup clash against Timisoara with the right mindset they can achieve their goal of a home quarter-final.

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Edinburgh Rugby chairman Andy Irvine at Myreside ahead of the team's first match there against Timisoara Saracens. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Andy Irvine: Myreside move can be new dawn for Edinburgh

He may be a Heriot’s man to the core but Andy Irvine said yesterday that he felt home from home as he surveyed the scene at Myreside ahead of Edinburgh’s move to the George Watson’s College ground on Friday.

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Fraser McKenzie makes a break to score Edinburghs opening try. Picture: Getty.

Edinburgh sow seeds of success with victory over Harlequins

Perhaps things have worked out perfectly for Edinburgh and their move to Myreside. A few weeks ago their inaugural match against Timisoara Saracens looked as though it would be a case of going through the motions in a 
lost cause. One top-class 
performance in London and suddenly it is a game that 
matters.

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Gregor Townsend said Muster worked well for their try

Gregor Townsend admits Munster were the better side

“We are obviously disappointed,” said an obviously disappointed Gregor Townsend, who had no argument with Stuart Hogg’s yellow card that contributed to Munster’s late victory.

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Edinburghs Fraser McKenzie evades full-back Mike Browns despairing tackle to dive over to score his sides first try. Picture: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Harlequins 18 - 23 Edinburgh: Capital side conquer the Stoop

A top-of-the-table finish beckons for Edinburgh in their European Champions Cup pool after they became the first away side this season to win at the Twickenham Stoop. Not just that, but despite the misleadingly close final score, they were by far the better team throughout.

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Nasi Manu celebrates scoring a try in Edinburghs 36-35 victory over Harlequins  last October. Picture: Getty

WP Nel returns to prop up Edinburgh’s Challenge Cup bid

Edinburgh interim head coach Duncan Hodge is delighted to welcome Scotland tighthead WP Nel back for today’s crunch European Challenge Cup clash against Harlequins in London.

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