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Edinburgh prop Nel: ‘My body feels like it wants to play rugby’

Edinburgh and Scotland prop WP Nel is looking forward to finally getting his career back on track after an injury-plagued couple of years.

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Teddy Iribaren of Racing 92 impressed in the European Champions Cup final loss to Leinster. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Battling Racing 92 shrug off injuries but fall just short

It was a decade ago, I was watching oldies rugby at Racing’s original ground in Paris on the Friday ahead of an international and I got chatting to a Frenchman on the sidelines. In light of Jacky Lorenzetti’s majority purchase, he bet me that Racing would lift the European Cup within five years. We are still waiting but it surely won’t be long before his dream becomes reality.

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Leinster's celebrate winning the European Champions Cup final in Bilbao. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Leinster 15 - 12 Racing 92: Irish hold nerve to win Euro cup

Leinster survived a nail-biting conclusion to win the European Champions Cup for the fourth time, edging out Racing 92 15-12 yesterday in a dour battle at Bilbao’s San Mames Stadium.

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The European Rugby Champions Cup on show at the San Mames stadium. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Leinster set for class war with French aristos in European Cup final

Leinster head coach Leo 
Cullen has billed today’s Champions Cup final in Bilbao as a clash between the paupers from Ireland and the aristocrats of France.

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Simon Zebo will be on the bench for the semi-final. Picture: Getty.

Special reserves the key as Racing 92 and Munster clash

Most neutral fans will be reaching for their blue and white striped rugby shirts this afternoon when Racing 92 take on Munster in Bordeaux if only because the Parisian club has yet to add the European Champions Cup to its venerable palmares.

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Steff Evans is left clutching at fresh air as Fergus McFadden goes over for Leinster's third try. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Leinster 38 - 16 Scarlets: Dubliners power to fourth European final

In the end it wasn’t even close. Leinster showed why they started this match as favourites – playing with a pace, physicality and intensity that few clubs could live with on the day; far too hot for the Scarlets to handle.

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John Barclay in action for Scarlets. He will join Edinburgh after the summer. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

John Barclay has credit in bank after Scarlets win in Dublin

Almost everyone has 
written off Scarlets who must travel to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to play the European Champions Cup favourites in Saturday’s semi-final.

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Ospreys' Wales fly-half Dan Biggar, right, tackles Clermont  flanker Peceli Yato. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Wales sweat over Dan Biggar injury ahead of Scotland game

Wales are sweating on an injury to fly-half star Dan Biggar just a fortnight before their opening NatWest Six Nations game against Scotland.

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Stuart Hogg will makes his comeback for Glasgow against Exeter. Picture: SNS/SRU

Stuart Hogg returns as Glasgow coach focuses on performance

Scotstoun’s answer to the Seventh Cavalry came thundering over the hill, too late to save Glasgow’s woebegone European campaign but perhaps still able to salvage some pride against the Chiefs. The 
Warriors last went without a win in Europe 13 years ago, in season 2004/05.

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Stuart Hogg has not played since the November Tests. Picture:'' Neil Hanna

Stuart Hogg named in Glasgow team ahead of Six Nations

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg will make his long-awaited comeback from injury in Glasgow’s European Champions Cup match against Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun on Saturday.

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Stuart Hogg is in training again as he battles back to fitness. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg ‘itching to play for three weeks’

If Scotland supporters are 
feeling a flutter of anxiety over the fitness of star player Stuart
Hogg as his injury absence lingers on and the Six Nations opener fast approaches, it is nothing compared to the frustration of the man himself.

Leinster's Luke McGrath clears as Warriors' Tim Swinson goes to block at Scotstoun in November. Photograph: Gary Hutchison/SNS Group/SRU

Leinster v Glasgow: Why home side are overwhelming favourites

Glasgow play Leinster today in the Champions Cup although there is only one side with anything other than pride at stake. After an appropriately brave start at Exeter Chiefs, the Warriors have yet to land a blow in Europe, out-muscled and out-fought, despite Callum Gibbins’ best efforts, and how Glasgow could do with some of his dog in today’s fight.

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Adam Ashe is set for his firrat appearance after recovering from an ankle injury. Picture: SNS.

Return for Glasgow Warriors offers Adam Ashe chance to shine

Glasgow might not be able to progress to the Champions Cup quarter-finals but that is not to say that this afternoon’s tie against Leinster is a complete waste, writes Iain Morrison.

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Stuart Hogg injured his hip against New Zealand. Picture:'' Neil Hanna

Stuart Hogg left out of Glasgow Warriors team for Leinster

Stuart Hogg has not been picked for Glasgow Warriors’ European Challenge Cup clash against Leinster on Sunday.

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Glasgow Warriors' Greg Petersen speaks to the media

Glasgow’s Greg Peterson on spending Christmas with the coach

The trip to face Leinster in the European Champions Cup on Sunday is meaningless for Glasgow but there is as much chance of them lifting the trophy in May as there is any of the Warriors players or coaching staff describing the remaining pool games in such terms.

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Stuart Hogg could go into Six Nations after just one club game

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg could go into the Six Nations with just one game under his belt after it emerged it was touch and go as to whether he would make his Glasgow comeback against Leinster on Sunday.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Comment: New tackle law is an ass and leads to repetitive rugby

Dumb. That was Dave Rennie’s word for George Turner’s indiscretion last week. “Daft” is mine.

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Glasgow Warriors' Peter Horne, right, in action. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Peter Horne tries out No 10 role as Finn Russell departure looms

Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie has admitted that Peter Horne is a candidate to fill 
the stand-off void when Finn Russell departs for Racing 92 next season.

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Zander Fagerson during a training session in the gym. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Zander Fagerson: No such thing as a dead rubber for Glasgow

Tomorrow’s match against Vern Cotter’s Montpellier in the south of France is a dead rubber for Glasgow Warriors with progress from their European Champions Cup pool virtually impossible but tighthead prop Zander Fagerson has insisted that there is no chance they will take it easy at the Altrad Stadium.

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Disappointment for Glasgow following the defeat in Europe by Montpellier. But the Warriors are thriving in the Pro14. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

How does Dave Rennie solve the Glasgow Warriors conundrum?

At the mid-point of the season with ten Guinness Pro14 games under their belt and three European fixtures down, Glasgow Warriors have a perfect 100 per cent record in both; without a win in Europe, undefeated domestically.

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