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RugbyU: French heavyweights eye European Cup glory

French heavyweights Toulon and Clermont, neither yet guaranteed a place in the Top 14 play-offs, will meet Munster and Saracens in their bid for glory in the European Cup later this month. Defending champions Toulon, the side expensively assembled by president Mourad Boudjellal and coached by Bernard Laporte, demonstrated their raw power in what turned out to be a comfortable 29-14 quarter-final victory over three-time title-holders Leinster on Sunday.

RugbyU: French heavyweights eye European Cup glory

French heavyweights Toulon and Clermont, neither yet guaranteed a place in the Top 14 play-offs, will meet Munster and Saracens in their bid for glory in the European Cup later this month. Defending champions Toulon, the side expensively assembled by president Mourad Boudjellal and coached by Bernard Laporte, demonstrated their raw power in what turned out to be a comfortable 29-14 quarter-final victory over three-time title-holders Leinster on Sunday.

RugbyU: Munster into semi-finals, Ulster in controversial loss

Munster outplayed four-time champions Toulouse to reach the European Cup semi-finals Saturday but Ulster slumped to a controversial defeat to Saracens after being reduced to 14 men inside four minutes. Munster, themselves former two-time title holders of the continent's elite club tournament in 2006 and 2008, routed Toulouse 47-23 and will be joined in the last four by Saracens who edged Ulster 17-15. Clermont clinched a nail-biting 22-16 win over Leicester for their 75th successive home victory.

RugbyU: European Cup results - collated

European Cup quarter-final results on Saturday (kick-off times all GMT): At Limerick, Ireland Munster (IRL) 47 Toulouse (FRA) 23 At Clermont-Ferrand, France Clermont (FRA) 22 Leicester (ENG) 16 At Belfast Ulster (IRL) 15 Saracens (ENG) 17 Sunday At Toulon, France (1530) Toulon (FRA) v Leinster (IRL) afp

RugbyU: European Cup results - 1st update

European Cup quarter-final results on Saturday (kick-off times all GMT): At Limerick, Ireland Munster (IRL) 47 Toulouse (FRA) 23 At Clermont-Ferrand, France Clermont (FRA) 22 Leicester (ENG) 16 Playing later At Belfast (1730) Ulster (IRL) v Saracens (ENG) Sunday At Toulon, France (1530) Toulon (FRA) v Leinster (IRL) afp

RugbyU: Munster, Clermont advance to European Cup semis

Munster outplayed four-time champions Toulouse and Clermont snuck past Leicester to move into the European Cup semi-finals on Saturday. The Irish province, themselves former two-time title holders of the continent's elite club tournament in 2006 and 2008, routed Toulouse 47-23 and will be joined in the last four by Clermont, whose nail-biting 22-16 win over Leicester was their 75th successive home victory.

RugbyU: European Cup results

European Cup quarter-final results on Saturday (kick-off times all GMT): At Limerick, Ireland Munster (IRL) 47 Toulouse (FRA) 23 Playing later At Clermont-Ferrand, France (1500) Clermont (FRA) v Leicester (ENG) At Belfast (1730) Ulster (IRL) v Saracens (ENG) Sunday At Toulon, France (1530) Toulon (FRA) v Leinster (IRL) afp

RugbyU: Entire Clermont squad tested for doping

Clermont's entire rugby union squad were drug tested on Thursday morning before the French Top 14 side meet English club Leicester in the European Cup quarter-finals on Saturday. The mass testing was carried out before the morning training session with the club claiming that the tests were commissioned by the International Rugby Board (IRB). However, the IRB said that they were not involved in the testing and their jurisdiction only extends to international matches. "We have to adapt," said the club's New Zealand coach Vern Cotter.

RugbyU: Cockerill urges his Tigers to break Clermont home run

Leicester coach Richard Cockerill has urged his Tigers side to go to Clermont and "make history" by breaking their impressive unbeaten home record that now stretches to a remarkable 74 games over four years. The English champions were given the unenviable task of travelling to central France for what is guaranteed to be a humdinger of a European Cup quarter-final on Saturday after going down to group winners Ulster by three points in their final pool game.

RugbyU: Brive hand leaders Clermont reality check

French Top 14 leaders Clermont, who stunned European champions Toulon last week, slumped to a 26-24 loss at Brive on Friday in a bruising game which saw three yellow cards. Despite the defeat, Clermont stay top of the table with a four-point lead over Toulon after grabbing the consolation of a losing bonus point. Brive full-back Gaetan Germain finished with a personal haul of 21 points to cement his place as the championship's leading points scorer.
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