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European Rugby Challenge Cup

McLennan has all the skinny on Siberian rugby side

At the age of 29 Nick McLennan is a valued member of the Scotland sevens team thanks to Scottish grandparents who qualify the Kiwi for his adopted country. But back in 2010 he was a 22-year-old on the edge of the Canterbury squad who didn’t so much need an excuse to accept a challenge, he needed an excuse not to.

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Allan Dell will make his first start of the season for Edinburgh when they face London Irish. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Edinburgh face much changed London Irish side in Euro tie

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill says they will only discover this afternoon how seriously London Irish are taking the European Challenge Cup after they rested a number of first-choice players for the Pool 4 opener at the Madejski Stadium.

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Allan Dell returns to the Edinburgh side for the game against London Irish. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Allan Dell returns to Edinburgh starting line-up

Scotland loosehead Allan Dell will make his first start of the season for Edinburgh in tomorrow’s European Challenge Cup opener at London Irish.

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Edinburgh winger Tom Brown in training: Picture: SNS/SRU

Tom Brown can’t explain why Edinburgh do better in Europe

Winger Tom Brown admits he can’t answer why Edinburgh’s performances in Europe have been so much better than in the league in the past few seasons.

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Edinburgh flanker John Hardie trains ahead of Saturday's European showdown with London Irish. Picture: SNS/SRU

Edinburgh’s John Hardie ready for kilted Kiwi clash

John Hardie is relishing the prospect of a “kilted Kiwi” back-row showdown with Scotland team-mate Blair Cowan when Edinburgh open their European Challenge Cup campaign at London Irish on Saturday.

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Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill

We’d be close to bottom in England says Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill was on standard straight-talking form yesterday when he said Edinburgh would be around the 
bottom of the pile if they were playing in England’s Premiership.

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Robbie Fruean, right, in action for Edinburgh against Benetton Treviso. Photograph: Bill Murray/SNS

Edinburgh’s Robbie Fruean is a gentle giant with big heart

Instead of sport, the Robbie Fruean story seems more like a medical drama that is slowly unfolding before our eyes, all in utterly impenetrable language. Google the new Edinburgh centre and you would need a heart surgeon to translate his Wikipedia page.

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Richard Cockerill has made a difference to the Edinburgh side. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Edinburgh rugby sent to Siberia in Challenge Cup

Who’s in Edinburgh’s pool and what are their chances. Iain Morrison runs the rule over Pool 4

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New Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Edinburgh open Euro bid with trips to Madejski and Moscow

Edinburgh Rugby will kick off their European Challenge Cup campaign with back-to-back away fixtures.

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Edinburgh's Duncan Weir in action against La Rochelle during last season's European Challenge Cup quarter-final. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Edinburgh sent to Siberia in European Challenge Cup

Edinburgh Rugby face a trip to Siberia in next season’s European Challenge Cup.

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Geoffrey Doumayrou scores Stade's third try against Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup final at BT Murrayfield. Picture: SNS/SRU

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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