La Rochelle stun Quins in Champions Cup bow

TWICKENHAM STOOP -- Jouez, jouez. French flair and ambitious rugby a thing of the past? Pah! La Rochelle, dressed in their black and white, were straight out of the same rugby chapter housing the Barbarians as they went from anywhere and everywhere to open their Champions Cup campaign with

Carbery inspires Leinster to bonus point win

3:05 PM BSTESPN staffJoey Carbery stepped up in the absence of Johnny Sexton as Leinster started their Champions Cup campaign with a bonus point 24-17 win over French powerhouse Montpellier at the RDS in Dublin.Playing at fullback, the 21-year-old was a constant threat with ball in hand, scoring one

Cheika: Cooper in the mix for Nov. series

There will be plenty of fringe Wallabies desperate to impress in the annual Barbarians fixture, but not all of them will be wearing green and gold.Barbarians captain Quade Cooper will take centre stage on October 28, when the playmaker confronts an opposition he has represented in 70 Tests.Retired Western

Exeter determined to give Glasgow 'headaches'

Exeter boss Rob Baxter wants the Chiefs to give Glasgow "some headaches" in Saturday's European Champions Cup clash at Sandy Park.Glasgow will arrive in Devon on the back of six successive Guinness PRO14 victories, while English champions Exeter are currently just one point behind Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens.As another

Saracens' Euro empire shows little sign of crumbling

It is difficult to overstate Saracens' dominance in the Champions Cup over recent years.Mark McCall's side have grown accustomed to mixing with Europe's elite at the business end of the competition. The Londoners have navigated the pool stage in each of the past six seasons, making the semifinals every

Wilson announces international retirement

5:56 PM BSTESPN staffTry-scoring maestro Kay Wilson has announced her international retirement from the England Women's team, effective immediately.Wilson scored 32 tries in 49 Tests after making her debut in 2011 in a career that included a Women's Rugby World Cup triumph three years ago.The England winger made headlines

Champ Cup team news: Launchbury returns

12:26 PM BSTESPN staffThe Champions Cup is back after a five month absence as 20 teams from seven countries compete for European club rugby's coveted prize.Saracens are looking to emulate the Toulon side of 2013-2015 in winning a third Champions Cup in a row, while La Rochelle make their

Weekend predictions: Champions, Challenge Cups

12:30 PM BSTESPN staffEuropean club rugby returns after a five-month absence, and the first round of fixtures should not disappoint. Last year's beaten Challenge Cup finalists Gloucester kick off proceedings against Pau on Thursday before the Champions Cup begins at the Kingspan with Ulster entertaining Wasps on Friday.Here, ESPN's

Lawes named Prem player of the month

11:34 AM BSTESPN staffNorthampton Saints forward Courtney Lawes has been named the Aviva Premiership player of the month for September.Lawes -- who has rediscovered his best form in 2017 after strong outings in the Six Nations for England and on the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand

Newcastle's Socino handed two-week ban

1:14 PM BSTESPN staffJuan Pablo Socino will miss Newcastle Falcons' opening European Challenge Cup fixtures after being handed a two-week suspension by the RFU's disciplinary panel.Socino, 29, was cited after a high tackle in the first minute second half of the Falcons' Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter.The chairman of