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Mathieu Bastareaud: Toulon centre apologises for homophobic comment

Mathieu Bastareaud made the comment at the end of Sunday’s win over Benetton Treviso Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud has been cited after making a homophobic comment during Sunday’s European Champions Cup victory over Benetton. Bastareaud, 29, apologised after the match but will face disciplinary action and, if found guilty, would face a minimum ban of six weeks. The incident occurred in the last minute of a 36-0 Toulon victory in which Bastareaud scored a try. He tweeted: “I want to apologise for my reaction to the player’s insults.” The centre, who…

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European Challenge Cup: Cardiff Blues 18-13 Toulouse

Cardiff Blues scrum-half Tomos Williams scores after Gareth Anscombe’s fine chip and gather European Challenge Cup Cardiff Blues (10) 18 Tries: T Williams, Anscombe Con: Evans Pens: Evans, Anscombe Toulouse (10) 13 Try: Kolbe Con: Ramos DGs: Ramos 2 Cardiff Blues booked their place in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a game to spare as they held off Toulouse at Cardiff Arms Park. Full-back Gareth Anscombe was the catalyst, scoring a try and a penalty while kicking skilfully out of hand. Cheslin Kolbe had given Toulouse an early lead,…

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European Champions Cup: Harlequins 33-28 Wasps

Ross Chisholm scored for Harlequins European Champions Cup Pool One Harlequins (12) 33 Tries: R Chisholm, Lang, Care, Elia, J Chisholm Cons: Lang, Smith 3 Wasps (21) 28 Tries: Eastmond, Carr, Johnson, Macken Cons: Cipriani 4 Harlequins came from behind to all but end Wasps’ hopes of qualifying for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. Wasps raced into a 21-0 lead and their fourth try after 55 minutes gave them a 16-point advantage against the bottom team in Pool One. James Haskell was sent off for Wasps after a late flurry…

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European Champions Cup: Northampton 34-21 Clermont Auvergne

Northampton’s Ben Foden scored his side’s third try European Champions Cup Pool Two Northampton (10) 34 Tries: Harrison, Tuitavake, Foden, Pisi, Reinach Cons: Mallinder 3 Pens: Mallinder Clermont Auvergne (15) 21 Tries: Grosso, Toeava Cons: Parra Pens: Parra 3 Northampton achieved back-to-back wins for the first time since September as they beat Clermont in the European Champions Cup. The Saints ran in five tries against last season’s finalists for their first win in the tournament this season. It was a first defeat in the pool stages for Clermont, who will…

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European Champions Cup: Exeter 41-10 Montpellier

Sam Simmonds scored Exeter’s second try European Champions Cup Exeter (7) 41 Tries: Ewers, S Simmonds, Woodburn (2), White, Armand Cons: Steenson 3, J Simmonds Pen: J Simmonds Montpellier (0) 10 Try: Nadolo Con: Cruden Pen: Cruden Exeter secured a potentially crucial bonus point as they beat Montpellier to keep alive their hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. The Premiership leaders scored six tries, five of which came in the second half, against their subdued Top 14 counterparts at Sandy Park. The win moved Exeter second in Pool…

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European Champions Cup: Bath 17-35 Scarlets

Lock Tadhg Beirne scored the Scarlets opener at the Recreation Ground European Champions Cup Bath (3) 17 Tries: Banahan, Mercer Cons: Burns 2 Pens: Burns Scarlets (22) 35 Tries: Beirne, Asquith, Parkes, Williams Cons: Jones 3 Pens: Jones 3 Scarlets took a step towards the European Champions Cup quarter-finals and dented Bath’s hopes with a bonus-point victory at the Recreation Ground. It was a scintillating display of attacking rugby by the visitors, who scored four tries before Matt Banahan and Zach Mercer replied for Bath. The Welsh side replace Bath…

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European Challenge Cup: Edinburgh 34-33 Stade Francais

Junior Rasolea’s late try and Blair Kinghorn’s conversion saw the lead change hands for an eighth and final time Edinburgh (12) 34 Tries: Watson, Van der Walt, Rasolea Cons: Hidalgo-Clyne, Kinghorn Pens: Hidalgo-Clyne 4 Stade Francais (6) 33 Tries: Macalou, Nayacalevu, Burden Cons: Plisson 3 Pens: Plisson 4 Edinburgh secured a home European Challenge Cup quarter-final after an enthralling see-saw victory over Stade Francais at Murrayfield. The capital side led 12-6 at half-time via four Sam Hidalgo-Clyne penalties. Jules Plisson’s third penalty and tries from Sekou Macalou and Waisea Vuidarvuwalu…

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European Champions Cup: Castres v Leicester (Sun)

Ben Youngs is one of a number of England players rested by Leicester European Champions Cup Venue: Stade Pierre Antoine Date: Sunday, 14 January Kick-off: 17:30 GMT Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website and app Leicester have rested their England players for their penultimate European Champions Cup pool game against Castres on Sunday. Ben Youngs, George Ford, Jonny May and Dan Cole played in the Premiership win against London Irish but miss the trip to France. The Tigers are bottom of pool…

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Edinburgh prop crisis for Challenge Cup after request for extra player is refused

Jordan Lay made his full debut last week against Southern Kings after signing on a short-term deal European Challenge Cup: Edinburgh v Stade Francais Venue: Murrayfield Stadium Date: Friday, 12 January Kick-off: 19:35 GMT Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport website Edinburgh have had a request to register an extra prop for the rest of the European Challenge Cup pool phase refused by tournament organisers. The capital side asked for special dispensation to register recent signing Jordan Lay with four front-line props injured and Simon Berghan banned….

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Darryl Marfo: Scotland prop set to miss Six Nations matches

Marfo started the season Edinburgh’s fourth-choice loose-head but made a rapid rise to Test rugby Scotland prop Darryl Marfo, one of the finds of their autumn series, is likely to miss at least the first two matches of their Six Nations campaign. The Edinburgh loose-head, 27, has not played since emerging from obscurity to start all three November Tests. A specialist deemed earlier this week that an ongoing back problem does not require surgery, but further treatment. “Hopefully it will start to settle but at this point there is no…

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