European Rugby Champions Cup: Saracens 29-10 Lyon OU

Itoje recovered from a broken nose against Glasgow to take his place in the Saracens’ line-up Heineken Champions Cup Saracens (17) 29 Tries: Itoje, Maitland, Barritt, Lewington Cons: Farrell (3) Pen: Farrell Lyon (3) 10 Try: Lacombe Con: Beauxis Pens: Beauxis Saracens made it two wins from two in their hunt for a third Champions […]

Five-try Leicester too strong for Scarlets

Manu Tuilagi gained 89 metres – more than any other player on the pitch European Rugby Champions Cup Leicester (15) 45 Tries: Wells, Thompson, Kalamafoni, Tuilagi, May Cons: Ford (4) Pens: Ford (4) Scarlets (13) 27 Tries: G Davies, Steff Evans, Thompson Cons: Halfpenny (3) Pens: Halfpenny (3) Leicester proved too strong for Scarlets as […]

Nathan Hughes will learn from tweet ban – Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones (left) is short of options at number eight after Hughes (right) was banned England’s autumn internationals Live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, with highlights on BBC Two and online England number eight Nathan Hughes “deeply regrets” a tweet that contributed to an additional two-week ban, says his coach Eddie Jones. Hughes […]

Mako Vunipola adds to lengthening England injury list

Mako Vunipola limped off midway through the first half of the 13-3 win in Glasgow on Sunday England have been dealt a further injury blow before the autumn internationals after prop Mako Vunipola was ruled out for about six weeks. Vunipola strained his calf in Saracens’ Champions Cup win over Glasgow. The 27-year-old’s brother Billy […]

Newcastle stun three-time European champions Toulon

Joel Hodgson (right) scored 14 points for the visitors Heineken Champions Cup Toulon (19) 25 Tries: Taofifenua, Lakafia, Guirado Cons: Trinh-Duc 2 Pens: Trinh-Duc 2 Newcastle (14) 26 Tries: Cooper, penalty try Cons: Hodgson Pens: Hodgson 4 The Premiership’s bottom side Newcastle withstood severe late pressure from three-time Champions Cup winners Toulon to record a […]

England lock Launchbury to miss autumn Tests

Joe Launchbury played in two of England’s three Tests against South Africa in June England lock Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of the autumn internationals after having knee surgery. The 27-year-old, who has 54 caps for his country, will be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks. Launchbury picked up the injury while captaining club […]

Who is going to win the European Cup? Predictions, debate and vote

Leinster’s 2018 triumph followed successes in 2009, 2011 and 2012 After finishing bottom of their pool two seasons previously, Leinster completed a remarkable turnaround by lifting the Champions Cup for a record-equalling fourth time in Bilbao in May. Their defence starts on Friday as they entertain Wasps in this season’s tournament opener. English champions Saracens, […]