Monday 16 July 2018

Just three Irish players make English newspaper's Champions Cup Team of the Week despite big Leinster and Munster wins

21 January 2018; Keith Earls of Munster goes over to score his side's first try despite the attention of Julien Dumora of Castres during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
21 January 2018; Keith Earls of Munster goes over to score his side's first try despite the attention of Julien Dumora of Castres during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Leinster and Munster both sealed lucrative home Champions Cup quarter-finals over the weekend after impressive wins against French opposition.

Leo Cullen's men left Montpellier with a hard-fought 23-14 victory while the Thomond Park crowd enjoyed a 48-3 destruction of the lamentable Castres.

However, despite the two crucial victories, the provinces could only get three players combined in The Telegraph's Champions Cup Team of the Weekend.

Leinster centre Robbie Henshaw was joined by second row team-mate James Ryan while Munster Man of the Match Keith Earls earned a place on the wing.

Glasgow Warriors and the Scarlets both got three players each after wins against Exeter Chiefs and Toulon, respectively.

Chiefs back row Sam Simmonds was the only player selected who lost a match.

Here is the team in full:

15. Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)

14. Keith Earls (Munster)

13. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets)

11. Nathan Earle (Saracens)

10. Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors)

9. Gareth Davies (Scarlets)

1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

2. Ken Owens (Scarlets)

3. Ben Tameifuna (Racing)

4. James Ryan (Leinster)

5. James Gaskell (Wasps)

6. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors)

7. James Davies (Scarlets)

8. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)

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