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European Rugby Champions Cup

Five things we learned from the cups so far

Iain Morrison looks at the respective cup campaigns of Edinburgh and Glasgow so far.

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A minute's silence is observed in memory of Anthony Foley before the European Champions Cup, Pool One match against Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire

Munster 38 – 17 Glasgow Warriors: Reds win it for Anthony Foley

Perhaps it was always going to be an impossible task for Glasgow Warriors and maybe cold analysis of a rugby match might be crass in the circumstances, but this was a day which belonged to Munster and their late head coach Anthony Foley.

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Sean Lamont has been called up to replace Leonardo Sarto for the game against Munster. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Gregor Townsend: We will help to honour Anthony Foley

It’s been a trying time in re-cent weeks for the extended family that is Munster rugby.

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Warriors co-captain Henry Pyrgos expects the grieving Munster players to give their best possible performance at Thomond Park.

Glasgow ‘have to be even better than Leicester display’

Glasgow’s magnificent victory over Leicester has been hailed as one of the finest by a Scottish side in Europe but Warriors co-captain Henry Pyrgos believes the magnitude of tomorrow’s match against Munster in Limerick will require an even better showing if they are to make it two wins from two.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend. Picture: SNS

Gregor Townsend expects togetherness and poignancy at Thomond

Glasgow were already anticipating the unique atmosphere of Thomond Park on a European afternoon and know that will now be ramped up even more in the wake of Anthony Foley’s tragic death on Sunday.

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Anthony Foley: Mourned. Picture: PA

Glasgow Warriors vow to honour Anthony Foley memory

Gregor Townsend says Glasgow Warriors will do all they can to honour the memory of Anthony Foley, the Munster coach who died suddenly in Paris last Sunday, aged just 42.

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Munster fans pay tribute to former Ireland and Munster star Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park in Limerick. Picture: PA

Munster v Glasgow to go ahead after death of Anthony Foley

Glasgow Warriors’ Champions Cup match with Munster will go ahead this weekend following sudden death of Anthony Foley.

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Gordon Reid: Led the forward charges

How Gordon Reid enjoyed Warriors’ century by taming Tigers

Glasgow beat Leicester by a handy 29-point margin and they did so with a makeshift midfield after Alex Dunbar was taken ill and Sam Johnson disappeared for a head injury assessment.

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New Zealands brilliant stand-off Beauden Barrett has helped take his team to a new level in world rugby. Picture: Anesh Debiky/Getty

Allan Massie: Thank goodness we’re not playing All Blacks

With Glasgow playing their first match in the European Champions Cup a few hours after I write this, it would be vain to speculate on their chance of getting out of their pool for the first time. It’s a hard task. To put it in perspective, Paul O’Connell said this week that for Munster, who are in the same pool as Glasgow, along with Leicester and Racing 92, to do that would be as great an achievement as their double winning of the old Heineken Cup was in his playing days.

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend was thrilled with the victory over Leicester. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Gregor Townsend hails outstanding Euro win for Glasgow

A delighted Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend heaped praise on his players after one of the great European nights in Scottish rugby history.

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Glasgow Warriors' Leo Sarto plunges over for a try in the European Champions Cup match against Leicester Tigers at Scotstoun. Picture: Craig Watson/PA Wire

Glasgow 42 Leicester 13: Dream start for Warriors in Europe

The chant of “we are Warriors, we are Warriors” which regularly rings out from the Scotstoun stands was particularly apt last night as Glasgow showed their mettle and then some to tame Leicester Tigers and get their European Champions Cup campaign off to the perfect start.

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Gregor Townsend has named the team he hopes can topple Leicester. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS/SRU

Tommy Seymour back injury ‘a blow’ admits Gregor Townsend

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend admitted ahead of tonight’s European Champions Cup Pool 1 opener against Leicester Tigers at Scotstoun that the loss of top tryscorer Tommy Seymour to a back injury is “a blow”.

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Stuart Hogg has extended his contract with Glasgow Warriors. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS/SRU

Stuart Hogg: Family and rugby come before big pay-day

He may just have signed what is believed to be the highest-paid playing contract in Scottish rugby history but Stuart Hogg insisted yesterday that money is not his prime motivator and the prospect of even greater riches was “easy” to turn down.

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Tommy Seymour has been named Glasgow Warriors' McCrea Financial Services player of the month. Picture: Jeff Holmes

Tommy Seymour targets flying start for Glasgow Warriors

In-form Glasgow winger 
Tommy Seymour admits the pain of losing last year’s European Champions Cup opener
at home to Northampton Saints has brought an added intensity to the squad this week ahead of tomorrow’s 
visit by Leicester.

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Simone Favaro is close to his comeback for Glasgow Warriors as he recovers from injury. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS/SRU

Glasgow in fine fettle for Leicester Euro clash

With a few senior players coming back from injury, and several more feeling the benefit of having been given last weekend off when the rest of the squad were taking on Zebre in Italy, Glasgow Warriors should be in pretty good shape when they face Leicester Tigers in the European Champions Cup on Friday night, says assistant coach Kenny Murray.

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Prop Gordon Reid leads a dejected Glasgow side off the Scotstoun pitch after losing last seaons Euro opener to Northampton Saints. Picture: SNS

Glasgow Warriors have no room for error, says Dougie Hall

Glasgow need to get off to a perfect start in their Champions Cup pool and continue on in that vein if they are to break through their European glass ceiling and reach the knockout stages of the elite tournament for the first time.

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Dan McFarland reckons his Glasgow pack can front up against European big hitters. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Warriors use brains to beat brawn of the big rugby bullies

Murrayfield hosts the European Champions Cup final this year but the prospect of the fans cheering on a home team is about as likely as Nicola Sturgeon inviting the Queen to tea... or vice versa.

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Glasgow Warriors captain Henry Pyrgos, left, and Edinburgh captain Duncan Weir at the launch of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments in Dublin. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gregor Townsend: Glasgow Warriors are up for the cup

Twenty years of grief: one season to put it right and enter the annals as the man who got Glasgow Warriors into a European Champions Cup quarter final. Trying to stop him, two sides with a legendary Cup pedigree and the reigning French champions. If Gregor Townsend is to end his club career on a high he’ll have to do it the hard way.

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Alex Dunbar in action during Glasgows 22-5 win over Racing 92, a victory which Gregor Townsend believes will boost his side. Picture: SNS

Gregor Townsend defiant in face of ‘real challenging’ group

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend believes he has “the squad and the experience to do well in Europe” but admits the Champions Cup group they have landed for next season is “a real challenging one”.

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Saracens players celebrate with the trophy after winning the European Champions Cup final at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Racing 92 9 - 21 Saracens: Saracens crowned European champions

Saracens skipper Brad Barritt believes the agony of losing a European final two years ago “galvanised” his team’s successful bid for Champions Cup glory in Lyon.

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