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Heineken Cup

# heineken-cup - Today’s News

Englishman Wayne Barnes to referee Munster’s clash with Toulon

The ERC has announced the full list of refereeing appointments for the European semi-final weekend.

# heineken-cup - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

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Munster stars visit sick kids in Limerick Hospital

CJ Stander, Simon Zebo and Donncha O’Callaghan were just some of those in attendance.

# heineken-cup - Saturday 12 April, 2014

Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

The South Afrcian was on form as Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final opposition came from 20-9 down to prevail.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 10 April, 2014

European Rugby Champions Cup is born as Sky and BT reach TV rights agreement

The Heineken Cup is no more as a new 20-team competition will take its place from next season on.

It looks like the European Rugby Champions Cup deal has finally been agreed

The end for the Heineken Cup is all but confirmed.

# heineken-cup - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Analysis: Leinster’s game plan comes up short against Toulon’s extreme power

Using GIFs and videos, we’ve examined the province’s kicking and attacking during the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

# heineken-cup - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Leinster back to basics after ‘wake-up call’ against Toulon

Head coach Matt O’Connor is keen that his side learn the lessons of their sub-par display in France.

Ulster’s Jared Payne set for hearing in Dublin after red card against Saracens

Meanwhile, Munster say Casey Lualala will be in a cast for 10 days but should return for the semi-final against Toulon.

Analysis: Munster’s breakdown and mauling power give them a Heineken Cup shot

We’ve pulled out the GIFs and videos to examine the strength of Rob Penney’s men in dismantling Toulouse last weekend.

VIDEO: Ulster produce an emotional thanks to fans for Heineken Cup support

The Ravenhill faithful served up another memorable atmosphere during the quarter-final defeat to Saracens.

# heineken-cup - Monday 7 April, 2014

O’Mahony undergoes scan as Munster confirm broken hand for Laulala

The province’s captain will learn the extent of his shoulder injury when he meets a specialist tomorrow.

Ulster’s woes grow as Pienaar and Best ruled out for at least six weeks

Mark Anscombe’s side have also seen Andrew Trimble, Roger Wilson, John Afoa and Dan Tuohy ruled out of action.

Here’s what the French media are saying after the Heineken Cup quarter-finals

We’ve taken a look at L’Équipe, Midi Olympique and Rugbyrama to discover the alternative viewpoint on the action.

Anscombe proud of ‘scrambling’ Ulster after enforced tactical reshuffle

The New Zealander was forced to tear up his plans and start again after just four minutes against Saracens.

5 things we learned from the Heineken Cup quarter-finals

It was a rollercoaster weekend of rugby with plenty of ups in Thomond Park.

# heineken-cup - Sunday 6 April, 2014

O’Driscoll ends European odyssey in disappointment as Toulon prove too tough for Leinster

The reigning champions always looked to be a step ahead of their predecessors today.

As it happened: Toulon v Leinster, Heineken Cup quarter-final

Can Leinster bring a Heineken Cup semi-final to Dublin? Or will Munster have to head to Marseille.

Murray gives ‘special mention’ to his forwards after armchair ride against Toulouse

The Munster scrum-half says his pack ensured yesterday’s Heineken Cup clash was an enjoyable outing for Munster’s clinical backline.

Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson set for final showdown

The Irish and English rugby legends meet in a last-man-standing clash at Stade Felix Mayol this afternoon.

Saracens defeat ‘will haunt Ulster players for the rest of our lives’

Ulster captain told his players that beating Saracens would have been a greater achievement than winning the World Cup, but it was not to be.

‘You’d probably love to stay in Ireland and keep it an All-Ireland semi-final’

Munster second row Paul O’Connell was thrilled by his side’s maul during yesterday’s victory over Toulouse in Limerick.

Shane Byrne: Leinster need to dominate trench warfare if they are to stun Toulon

The former Leinster and Ireland hooker is leaning towards a home win for the reigning champions but hopes Matt O’Connor’s men can prove him wrong.

‘We know what it takes’: Heaslip hoping to join Munster in semis with victory in Toulon

Leinster will have to topple the reigning champions to maintain an interest in the Heineken Cup.

# heineken-cup - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Incredible 14-man performance from Ulster comes up short against Saracens

Jared Payne’s early red card turned the tide irreversibly in Saracens’ favour.

Payne challenge a yellow but red card ‘very harsh’, says Muller

French referee Jerome Garces will not be welcome back at Ravenhill any time soon.

GIF: Jared Payne sent off for Ulster after only four minutes

The New Zealand fullback was given his marching orders after taking out opposite number Andy Goode.

Clermont await the winner of Ulster and Saracens after taming Tigers

The unbeaten run at Stade Marcel Michelin is now up to 75 matches.

Penney pays tribute to Thomond Park crowd as Munster deliver from 1 to 23

The Kiwi head coach says this afternoon’s performance ‘absolutely’ ranks as one of the finest during his time with Munster.

As it happened: Ulster v Saracens, Heineken Cup quarter-final

We’re going minute-by-minute from the new Grandstand in Ravenhill as Ulster try to take their place in the semi-finals.

‘We’d love to face Leinster next’ says delighted Paul O’Connell

Leinster would set up an all-Ireland last-four showdown with a win in France tomorrow.

Six-try Munster destroy Toulouse en route to Heineken Cup semi-final

Rob Penney’s men scored after only four minutes and never let up for a moment despite losing captain Peter O’Mahony to injury.

GIF: Keith Earls dives over for early try in rousing Munster victory

The Limerick native got the home crowd roaring at Thomond Park.

As it happened: Munster v Toulouse, Heineken Cup

We went minute-by-minute as Rob Penney’s men looked to overcome a powerful French challenge in Thomond Park.

David Wallace: Result too tight to call but Munster will deliver best performance yet

The former Munster and Ireland flanker says Toulouse have been ‘on the radar’ ever since they thrashed his province in 1996.

Botha heads into scrum battle with Toulouse confident in Munster’s power

The South African prop explains how the province has adapted to the demand for hooking and the removal of the hit.

Bit by bit Bowe and Ulster in better place to beat Saracens

12 months on from their last meeting in Twickenham, the northern province welcome the Premiership leaders for a special night in Ravenhill.

Adrian Flavin: Heineken Cup rugby to Munster is like a red rag to a bull

The former Connacht hooker is clearing his weekend schedule for an intense weekend of European rugby action.

‘Trimble, Henry and Ravenhill roar will help Ulster topple Saracens’ – Adam D’Arcy

Former Ulster fullback Adam D’Arcy gives his take on this afternoon’s Heineken Cup quarter final.

Toulouse v Munster: The previous meetings between giants of European rugby

Despite their separate successful histories, the fixture has only been played four times in the Heineken Cup.

# heineken-cup - Friday 4 April, 2014

Shane Byrne: Pienaar and ‘world-class wrecking ball’ Ferris to see Ulster through

The former Leinster and Saracens hooker believes his old side will fall short at a sold-out Ravenhill on Saturday evening.

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