Championsh­ip Rugby


The Champions and Challenge cups started last month and there were two weekend of massive rugby. The best teams from Europe clashed over two weekends and the groups are starting to take shape now. Despite a couple of upsets there are no real surprises in the early group leaders. Saracens, Leinster and Toulon are all top of their groups in the Champions Cup and Newcastle, Edinburgh and Cardiff lead theirs in the Challenge cup.

Stade Francais are sitting at the bottom after a surprise defeat 34 29 to the only Russian team in the Challenge competitio­n Krasny Yar. In the Champions Cup Exeter won a famous away vitory at Montpellie­r 24 27 which means they are second place in a tough group which also contains Leinster.

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