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European Rugby Champions Cup

Glasgow ready for Saracens test after historic win

The UK may have Brexited in recent months but Glasgow Warriors are more than happy to find themselves ensconced deep in the heart of Europe’s elite after what was probably the most complete performance they have ever offered.

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Finn Russell  is several furlongs ahead of his nearest challenger

Six lessons from the Champions Cup pool stages

As the Champions Cup pools wrap up, Iain Morrison looks at what we’ve learned from the first stage of Europe’s toughest competition.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend celebrates their victory over Leicester Tigers. Picture: David Davies/PA

History man Gregor Townsend glad to start new era

It has been a long time coming but given the manner in which Glasgow booked their first ever slot in the European Cup quarter-finals it was almost worth the wait.

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Clermonts Wesley Fofana is helped off after rupturing his Achilles. Picture: Getty Images

Clermont’s injured Wesley Fofana out of the Six Nations

France’s Six Nations hopes have been dealt a blow with centre Wesley Fofana ruled out of the tournament after rupturing his Achilles tendon yesterday.

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Glasgow Warriors' Mark Bennett scores his side's third try during the thumping 43-0 in the European Champions Cup at Welford Road. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Leicester 0 - 43 Glasgow: Warriors storm into Euro last eight

In the end it wasn’t even close. After 21 years of trying and failing Glasgow finally booked their passage into the last eight of the European Champions Cup and will rub shoulders with the elite when the quarter-final draw is set in stone following this afternoon’s ties, with Saracens or Munster the likely opposition.

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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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Henry Pyrgos touches down during Glasgow's 42-13 victory over Leicester  last October. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Glasgow Warriors unchanged in search of win in Tigers’ Den

Gregor Townsend likes nothing more than confounding expectations and the coach who became synonymous with ringing the changes – win, lose or draw – surprised pretty much everyone by selecting the exact same XV to play Leicester this evening that lost to Munster last 
Saturday.

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Jonny Gray makes a tackle during Glasgow's European Champions Cup defeat by Munster. Picture: SNS Group

Matt Taylor argues case for the Glasgow defence

However disappointed Matt Taylor was at the end of the 80 minutes against Munster 
last Saturday, Glasgow’s defensive guru conceded a professional admiration for the way that the Irishmen went about stopping one of the best attacks in the competition from crossing the whitewash.

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Finn Russell keeps his eye on the ball in a tussle with Munsters Rory Scannell. Picture: SNS.

Glasgow Warriors still in hunt as Leicester Tigers await

The biggest game of Glasgow’s season and one of the most significant in their history ended
in an agonising last-gasp defeat but there was no sense of desolation in the aftermath.

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Glasgow's Ali Price admits he is on a learning curve. Picture: SNS.

Glasgow Warriors’ Ali Price takes blame after drop-goal miss

Scrum-half Ali Price shouldered his share of the blame for Glasgow’s failure to engineer a drop goal that may have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Saturday evening, but insisted that he will have learned from the experience, writes Duncan Smith.

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John Barclay is excited about the special Six Nations and the squad Scotland have. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Scotland flanker John Barclay talks up Scarlets’ hopes

Everyone wants their kids to grow up nice and polite, open minded and, if at all possible bilingual, although John Barclay has mixed feelings on that score. He can’t understand the elder of his two boys, three-and-a-half-year-old Finn, who speaks fluent gobbledegook, or as the locals would have it... Welsh. The Scotland flanker can manage a few phases but Junior’s mumble after a day at his Welsh-speaking school leaves dad floundering.

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Munster's Francis Saili scores the winning try

Glasgow narrowly fail high-intensity test

In rugby the international scene so often takes the lion’s share of public exposure but nights like these are ones for the club game to shine.

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No way through for Jonny Gray of Glasgow as he is tackled by Munster's Jean Kleyn and Dave Kilcoyne. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Glasgow 12 - 14 Munster: Warriors lose to late Saili try

In a match of tiny margins it is perhaps appropriate that the only try earned Munster a somewhat fortuitous victory and a place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Whether Glasgow can join them there depends upon winning next weekend at Leicester and other results elsewhere, their destiny no longer in their own hands.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend has selected a full team of Scotland internationals to take on Munster in the European Champions Cup. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Glasgow pick 15 Scottish internationals for Munster clash

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend will pitch a starting XV made up entirely of Scotland internationals into this evening’s massive European Champions Cup encounter with Munster at Scotstoun.

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Glasgow Warriors are put through their paces at Scotstoun. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Gregor Townsend plots Euro win over Munster

Gregor Townsend says his side will be facing Europe’s form side at Scotstoun tonight as they bid for that elusive great leap forward to the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.

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Glasgow Warriors' Stuart Hogg was rested against Cardiff. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Glasgow name team to play Munster: Stuart Hogg returns

Stuart Hogg has been recalled to the Glasgow Warriors side to face Munster in the European Rugby Champions Cup at a sold-out Scotstoun on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

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Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Dan McFarland meets the media ahead of their game against Munster. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Glasgow’s Euro mission can pave way for Scotland to progress

Glasgow forwards coach Dan McFarland believes that making the breakthrough into the latter stages of European competition more regularly will have a knock-on benefit for the national team.

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Glasgow Warriors lock Brian Alainu'uese has had his suspension reduced from three weeks to two. Picture: SNS

Glasgow forward Brian Alainu’use has his ban cut on appeal

Glasgow Warriors forward Brian Alainu’use is free to play from next week after having his ban for foul play reduced.

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Glasgow Warriors winger Tommy Seymour at a press conference to preview the game against Munster and announce his new contract. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU.

Tommy Seymour’s World Cup goal as he signs new Glasgow deal

Winger Tommy Seymour said yesterday that keeping his place in Scotland side through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan was a key motivating factor in his decision to his future to Glasgow Warriors.

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Ali Price, pictured celebrating his try against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup clash  at Scotstoun last month, has been in fine form for Glasgow. Picture: SNS

Ali Price: Glasgow won’t be caught cold by Munster this time

Scrum-half Ali Price believes Glasgow Warriors have learned the lessons from their defeat at Munster earlier in the European campaign and can turn the tables on the Irish province in this Saturday’s huge Champions Cup showdown at Scotstoun.

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