Challenge Cup

European Rugby Challenge Cup

Allan Massie: Why Irish success comes as no great surprise

There are some things one is never likely to see on the rugby field again, the old foot-rush for instance, with three or four forwards keeping the ball under close control and even passing it to each other. Players would spend hours practising the dribble, but nobody, I would guess, is likely to do that again. Just occasionally, however, something that used to be common is surprisingly sprung on us.

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Blair Kinghorn tries to make a break through the Cardiff defence. Picture: SNS/SRU

Edinburgh focus on ‘cup final’ to come

Dreams of Bilbao may have been swept away at a freezing BT Murrayfield on Saturday night but Edinburgh are now focusing on a “cup final” this Friday which they hope will mean the competition they exited is not one they will be returning to next season.

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Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill addresses his team at the Challenge Cup quarter-final at BT Murrayfield. Paul Devlin/SNS

Richard Cockerill admits Edinburgh deserved Cardiff defeat

“I am pretty disappointed in how we played and what we did but we got exactly what we deserved,” was how coach Richard Cockerill summed up the performance as his Edinburgh team exited the Challenge Cup quarter-finals against Cardiff, writes Iain Morrison.

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Edinburgh's Blair Kinghorn and Lloyd Williams of Cardiff get caught up in an altercation at BT Murrayfield. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Edinburgh 6 - 20 Cardiff Blues: Challenge Cup dream over

Edinburgh lost their first match in seven starts and deserved to lose, dropping out of the Challenge Cup in the process. The club have been admirably gritty and composed this season but they played some brainless rugby against Cardiff in last night’s quarter-final.

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Edinburgh Rugby captain Fraser McKenzie trains ahead of his 100th appearance for the club. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

No-nonsense Fraser McKenzie a pleasant surprise for coach

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has paid tribute to club captain Fraser McKenzie’s role in galvanising the team this season but admitted his first impression of the lock forward was that he was one of the most dispensable members of the squad he inherited last summer.

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Edinburgh train ahead of the Challenge Cup tie against Cardiff Blues. Picture: SNS Group

Edinburgh ‘must be at best’ to defeat Cardiff

Richard Cockerill accepts his Edinburgh side must be at their best if they are to progress to the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

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Edinburgh's Duhan van der Merwe in training. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Edinburgh progress exceeds Duhan van der Merwe’s expectations

Duhan van der Merwe freely admits he viewed Edinburgh more as a club that could help kickstart his career than one which would be competing for honours when he joined last year.

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Stade Francais 17 - 10 Edinburgh: Cardiff test awaits

Stade Francais 17 - 10 Edinburgh: Cardiff test awaits

Edinburgh’s winning run in the Challenge Cup was brought to an end in Paris last night, but there was some consolation for Richard Cockerill’s side in the knowledge that they will now have a home quarter-final against Cardiff.

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Cornell du Preez gets a feel for the ball in training ahead of Edinburgh's clash with Stade Francais. Picture: SNS/SRU

Richard Cockerill shuffles Edinburgh pack for Paris

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has named six members of Scotland’s Six Nations squad in his 23 for tonight’s final European Challenge Cup Pool 4 match against 
Stade Francais in Paris.

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Mark Bennett fends off a tackle during Edinburgh's win over Stade Francais at BT Murrayfield last Friday. Picture: SNS/SRU

Mark Bennett: I need to play for Edinburgh as much as I can

Mark Bennett’s successful return from long-term injury has been capped with a swift recall to the Scotland squad for the Six Nations but the Edinburgh centre has no desire for the cotton wool treatment.

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John Hardie during a training session. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

John Hardie trains after ban but must earn Edinburgh place back

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill says John Hardie will have to earn his spot back in the playing squad and is unlikely to be involved in this Saturday’s trip to face Stade Francais in Paris.

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Edinburgh's late try-scorer Junior Rasolea drives forward against Stade Francais. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Edinburgh 34-33 Stade: Capital side seal home quarter-final

It may be Europe’s second-tier tournament but it provided first-rate entertainment and drama at BT Murrayfield. A home quarter-final in the Challenge Cup was sealed in nail-biting fashion as a late Junior Rasolea try saw Richard Cockerill’s side finally fend off a spirited showing from Stade Francais.

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Edinburgh's Murray McCallum has been tipped for international honours. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Edinburgh face prop crisis as bid to add Jordan Lay is rejected

European rugby authorities have turned down a request from Edinburgh to add to their squad after being left with just four fit, registered props for the last two games of their Challenge Cup pool campaign.

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Edinburgh make five changes for Challenge Cup clash with Stade Francais

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has named his team to face Stade Francais in the European Challenge Cup at BT Murrayfield tomorrow night.

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Ben Toolis ready to be a leader for club and country

More than two years elapsed between Ben Toolis’s first and second Scotland appearances but this season he has emerged as a key player with hopes of adding to what is now a haul of seven caps.

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Edinburgh’s clash with Stade Francais moved to Murrayfield

Edinburgh’s crunch European Challenge Cup Pool 4 fixture against Stade Francais has been moved to BT Murrayfield after it was deemed the Myreside pitch needed time to recover following a period of bad weather.

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Blair Kinghorn was in try-scoring form when Edinburgh faced Southern Kings.

Kinghorn good enough to get Scotland nod says Cockerill

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has been convinced in the past few months that young full-back Blair Kinghorn is now ready to play for Scotland.

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Edinburgh's Duhan van der Merwe runs through to score his late try. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Edinburgh 78 - 0 Krasny Yar: Record win for capital side

Edinburgh effectively secured qualification for the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup last night with this record 12-try rout of Russian side Krasny Yar at BT Murrayfield.

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Sean Kennedy will start at scrum-half for Edinburgh against Krsasny Yar tonight. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Richard Cockerill still hoping Myreside can be home sweet home for Edinburgh

Edinburgh head coach 
Richard Cockerill accepts that a European Challenge Cup quarter-final place will be all but assured with a bonus-point win over Russians Krasny Yar tonight but is determined to secure a home tie in the last eight.

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