Champions Cup

European Rugby Champions Cup

Divided loyalties for Nathan Hines as Clermont face Leinster

He was three years at Clermont, two at Leinster. He lifted the European Cup with the Dublin outfit and lost a final with what is still reckoned to be the best club never to have won the big one. Little wonder that Nathan Hines is torn between today’s two semi-finalists.

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Chris Wyles has great support as he rolls over to touch down for the clinching try. Picture: Getty Images

Munster 10 - 26 Saracens: Sarries on the way to Edinburgh

Saracens stormed into the final after absorbing Munster’s first-half onslaught before powering to a 26-10 victory at the Aviva Stadium.

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Lee Jones makes a try-saving tackle on Saracens' Chris Ashton. The Warriors wing says his team's focus is now firmly back on the Pro12. Picture: Getty

Lee Jones: Warriors still have Pro12 play-off chance

The pain of Sunday’s sound beating at Saracens will understandably be lingering in the Glasgow Warriors camp but, even in the post-match huddle on the Allianz Park pitch, there was a burning desire to ensure the loss did not mark the end of their season.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend admitted his side 'didn't deliverl against Saracens. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Gregor Townsend: Glasgow failed to deliver against Saracens

Gregor Townsend reflected with disappointment as his Glasgow Warriors side were outclassed by Saracens in the European Champions Cup quarter-final, admitting they “didn’t deliver”.

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Saracens Marcelo Bosch breaks clear to score a second-half tryagainst Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Getty.

Saracens’ strength and skill too much for Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow’s historic run to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup came to a shuddering halt as they were brushed aside by a ruthless Saracens side.

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Schalk Brits of Saracens breaks with the ball during the clash at the Allianz Stadium. Picture: Getty

Saracens 38 - 13 Glasgow: Warriors crash out of Europe

Glasgow’s historic run to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup came to a shuddering halt as they were brushed aside by a ruthless Saracens side.

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Carl Hogg, Head Coach of Worcester Warriors. Picture: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Carl Hogg’s Warriors guide to beating Saracens

Worcester head coach and former Scotland cap Carl Hogg materminded a stunning win over Saracens in February. Here he explains how he did it:

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Saracens' Jim Hamilton poses during the Heineken Presents Take the Hit with School of Hard Knocks, a charity which works to tackle unemployment through rugby. To donate, visit  Picture: Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Heineken Rugby

Saracens v Glasgow: Euro Champions Cup quarter-final bingo

What to look out for Allianz Park this afternoon....

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Duncan Taylor  wants to get back into the action. Picture: Gary Hutchinson/SNS

Scotland’s Duncan Taylor is back and gunning for Glasgow

Saracens’ centre Duncan Taylor has the reputation of being the most laid-back character in any dressing room and all the evidence bears this out. We end up speaking one day later than scheduled because on the due date the Scotland international returned from training and fell fast asleep on the sofa for a couple of hours.

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Leinsters Sean OBrien takes on  Wasps Thomas Young, left, and  the former Irish club favourite Jimmy Gopperth in yesterdays Dublin encounter.  Photograph: PA

Leinster power into semi-finals

Fergus McFadden’s 73rd-minute try took the sting out of Wasps’ second-half comeback as Leinster reached the Champions Cup semi-finals with a 32-17 win at the Aviva Stadium.

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Toulouse's French fly-half Jean-Marc Doussain is tackled. His third penalty brought wind-backed Toulouse to within four points. Picture: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Munster 41 - 16 Toulouse: Glasgow or Saracens next up

Munster started and finished strongly to set up a 41-16 win over Toulouse at Thomond Park – and a place in the Champions Cup semi-finals against the winners of today’s tie between Saracens and Glasgow.

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Glasgow Warriors close ranks during training at Scotstoun. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Glasgow pick Henry Pyrgos over Ali Price for Saracens clash

The last time Scottish rugby
fans converged on London with hope in their hearts they beat a hasty retreat with their tails between their legs following that Twickenham rout in the Six Nations but Gregor Townsend has picked a strong Glasgow squad for tomorrow’s Champions Cup quarter-final which should be competitive against what the Warriors’ coach calls “the best team in Europe”.

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Glasgow Warriors' Henry Pyrgos has been preferred at scrum-half ahead of Ali Price. Picture: Roddy Scott/SNS

Allan Massie: Glasgow capable of troubling mighty Sarries

You struggle to reach a Wimbledon quarter-final for the first time and you find you are up against Roger Federer or Andy Murray. This, as it were, is where Glasgow find themselves tomorrow, playing the European and English champions, Saracens, at Allianz Park. Saracens have never lost a European match there: played 12, won 12. In the Champions Cup, as in the Six Nations, it’s hard to win away from home. Few do so, nobody yet at Allianz Park.

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Sean Maitland is tackled during Saracens' 53-10 win over Bath at Allianz Park last weekend. Picture: Getty Images

Sean Maitland relishes clash with Glasgow mate Tommy Seymour

Saracens winger Sean Maitland is hoping to go up against his “good mate” Tommy Seymour in Sunday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final and admits that such a showdown would be a unique all-Scottish match-up for a potential Lions place.

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Jim Hamilton poses in a kilt during the Heineken Presents Take the Hit with School of Hard Knocks event at Richmond Park, London. The Coventry-raised lock, who credits rugby with making him a better human being, is relishing Saracens cup quarter-final with Glasgow on Sunday.

Jim Hamilton: Glasgow ‘proper contenders’ for Euro crown

“Do you know, the funny thing is I’m the most Scottish out of all of them,” says Jim Hamilton in his broad English Midlands accent with a hearty laugh.

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Maro Itoje is a key player for Saracens.

We’re ready for Saracens test says Warriors forwards coach

If there was ever any doubt that Glasgow were gearing up for the European quarter-final against the current cup holders Saracens it was dispelled yesterday afternoon when the Warriors’ training over-ran by a full hour. If they exit the 
competition come Sunday afternoon it won’t be for the want of preparation.

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Stuart Hogg, left, and Jonny Gray have been nominated for European Player of the Year. Picture: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray nominated for Euro Player of Year

THE Glasgow duo of Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray are the two Scots to be nominated for the European Player of the Year award.

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Glasgow's Henry Pyrgos, right, celebrates as Tim Swinson goes over for the Warriors' sixth try against Leicester Tigers. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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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