CC team news: Murray, Stander and O'Mahony return

10:11 PM GMTESPN staffThe Champions Cup returns with some mouthwatering clashes, but injuries from the recent autumn internationals have had an impact.ESPN brings you the latest team news ahead of the weekend's round three action.FRIDAYGlasgow Warriors vs. MontpellerScotstoun Stadium, 7:45 p.m.Scotland centre Huw Jones will make his Glasgow debut

Warburton may miss remainder of season

5:20 PM GMTESPN staffSam Warburton has undergone surgery in an attempt to resolve an ongoing knee issue.A recovery period of four to six months is anticipated, ruling the Cardiff Blues player out of the Six Nations and possibly for the remainder of the season.Already sidelined with a neck injury

Italy boss O'Shea to run rule over Polledri

Gloucester flanker Jake Polledri can strengthen his case for a place in Italy's Six Nations squad when his side face Zebre in the Challenge Cup in front of Conor O'Shea Saturday.Italy head coach O'Shea will be in the crowd to run the rule over Polledri, 22, the son of

Strettle looking to scale final hurdle with Clermont

It is unlikely that David Strettle will be knocking on doors in Hendon when he returns to Saracens with Clermont Sunday. Had he done so following either of his two Aviva Premiership-winning campaigns with the north London club, though, the winger doubts it would have elicited much excitement.Strettle, 34,

Weekend predictions: Champions, Challenge Cups

1:13 PM GMTESPN staffEuropean club rugby is back and things are starting to heat up in the two continental competitions as teams chase a spot in the knockout stages.ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be

CC team news: Glasgow forced into changes

1:27 PM GMTESPN staffThe Champions Cup returns with some mouthwatering clashes, but injuries from the recent autumn internationals have had an impact.ESPN brings you the latest team news ahead of the weekend's round three action.FRIDAYGlasgow Warriors vs. MontpellerScotstoun Stadium, 7:45 p.m.Glasgow will again be without Stuart Hogg as they

World Rugby announces simplified law book

10:46 AM GMTESPN staffWorld Rugby have announced they will release a new, more simplified law book from January 1, 2018 designed to make the laws easier to understand.The book is set to be 42 percent shorter than the current version and is said to be more logically laid out

Bath seal Noguera Paz signing

5:24 PM GMTESPN staffBath Rugby have bolstered their squad ahead of Saturday's Champions Cup encounter with Toulon after the club announced the signing of prop Lucas Noguera Paz Wednesday.Noguera Paz, 24, has accumulated over 40 caps for Argentina and featured for Los Pumas during November's autumn Tests against England,

Genge to have surgery on shoulder injury

6:00 PM GMTESPN staffEllis Genge is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after Leicester Tigers confirmed that the prop will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury.Genge, 22, suffered the knock during Saturday's 32-25 Aviva Premiership defeat at Wasps and was forced to withdraw from the match just

Ireland backrow Murphy makes Ulster switch

10:18 AM GMTESPN staffUlster Rugby have announced that Ireland and current Leinster backrow Jordi Murphy will join the province next summer on a two-year deal.Murphy becomes the second significant Irish signing for next year, with the news that former Leinster front row Marty Moore also joining, from Aviva Premiership