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Dublin: 9 °C Tuesday 21 October, 2014

# heineken-cup - Friday 17 October, 2014

No place for Te’o as Leinster ring the changes ahead of Champions Cup debut

There are five changes to the pack for Matt O’Connor’s men.

Jacko’s back as Ulster make three changes for Champions Cup opener in Leicester

Andrew Trimble has not recovered from his toe injury.

What challenge will the French clubs pose in the Champions Cup this season?

The three Irish provinces have Top 14 opposition to deal with in the pool stages.

Heineken may sponsor the Champions Cup but the name ‘Heineken Cup’ is dead and gone

They can’t even call it ‘The tournament formerly known as the Heineken Cup’.

Chop-tackling Kilcoyne learning from Flannery’s professionalism at Munster

The 25-year-old Ireland prop faces competition from James Cronin for the number one shirt.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 16 October, 2014

Leinster coach O’Connor facing big selection calls as he looks to sting Wasps MOC

Leinster coach O’Connor facing big selection calls as he looks to sting Wasps

The Australian head coach has a range of combinations to select from in midfield.

Leinster’s Heaslip: ‘If I was allowed, I’d always bet on myself’

The eastern province’s captain says his side aren’t feeling additional pressure as their European campaign looms.

# heineken-cup - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Munster wary of Danny Cipriani’s X-factor ahead of trip to Sale

The southern province feel Cipriani ‘can turn a game with one play.’

# heineken-cup - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Leinster will go to Coventry for crucial Wasps clash in January Change Of Direction This post contains videos

Leinster will go to Coventry for crucial Wasps clash in January

The fixture could be Wasps’ first European tie after move.

# heineken-cup - Monday 6 October, 2014

The new European Rugby Champions Cup finally has a sponsor…..and everything is the same

Okay, so I’ll give you a clue. It is a lager from continental Europe.

Here’s what European rugby’s new Champions Cup looks like Eyes On The Prize This post contains videos

Here’s what European rugby’s new Champions Cup looks like

Now, can anyone keep it from ending up in the south of France?

# heineken-cup - Wednesday 27 August, 2014

With Sexton on the brink, what now for Madigan and Gopperth?

Matt O’Connor’s got a call to make.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 14 August, 2014

English opposition for three Irish provinces in opening fixtures of Champions Cup Not The Heineken Cup This post contains images

English opposition for three Irish provinces in opening fixtures of Champions Cup

And Connacht will host La Rochelle in the Challenge Cup.

# heineken-cup - Monday 26 May, 2014

Steffon Armitage named 2014 ERC European Player of the Year

The 28-year-old English back row was man of the match in the Heineken Cup final on Saturday.

Toulon wing Bryan Habana has apologised for his Heineken Cup final theatrics

The South African speedster went to ground under a challenge from Saracens’ Owen Farrell.

# heineken-cup - Sunday 25 May, 2014

‘Giteau can do anything’ gushes Wilkinson after exiled Aussie’s cup heroics Wizard From Oz This post contains videos

‘Giteau can do anything’ gushes Wilkinson after exiled Aussie’s cup heroics

The soon-to-retire Toulon out-half praised his try-scoring teammate, who was left out of Australia’s World Cup squad in 2011.

# heineken-cup - Saturday 24 May, 2014

‘This is something I’ll take with me forever’ – Toulon’s Jonny Wilkinson

Meanwhile, Saracen’s Irish Director of Rugby, Mark McCall, will focus his side’s attention on the Premiership final.

5 things we learned from Toulon’s Heineken Cup success against Saracens

Clinical Toulon, the incredible Steffon Armitage, lessons for Saracens and Giteau’s magic.

Armitage and Smith drive Toulon to Heineken Cup victory over Saracens

The French side secured back-to-back titles with a clinical performance against Mark McCall’s men.

# heineken-cup - Friday 23 May, 2014

‘Once in a generation’ Wilkinson eager for Heineken Cup happy ending

The Toulon out-half plays his second last professional game tomorrow against Saracens.

Mourad Boudjellal a controversial figure, but driven by his love for Toulon

The multi-millionaire may antagonise rugby fans, but his dedication to RCT is never in doubt.

Inspirational Borthwick fit for Saracens as Wilkinson leads Toulon

Mark McCall’s captain has been passed fit to face a star-studded Toulon team in the Heineken Cup final.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 22 May, 2014

Munster old guard’s fresh start after ‘frustrating’ two seasons under Penney

Former Munster flanker David Wallace believes Brian ‘Squeaky’ Walsh will bring dynamism to a backline in need of a boost.

# heineken-cup - Monday 19 May, 2014

Jonny Wilkinson officially confirms retirement at end of the season

‘It goes without saying that I have an enormous number of people to thank for their support from all around the world.’

# heineken-cup - Saturday 17 May, 2014

Laporte ban lifted in time for Toulon’s Heineken Cup showdown with Saracens

The Toulon coach had been banned until June 3, but is now free to give his pre-match team-talk in Cardiff this weekend.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 8 May, 2014

Rob Penney has taught Munster to play like New Zealand – Paul O’Connell

The veteran star says the coach’s methods have been beneficial to the Irish side.

# heineken-cup - Friday 2 May, 2014

Fitting swansong for Alain Rolland as he gets Heineken Cup final reffing gig

One of these men is off to Cardiff at the end of the month. The other is Munster legend Paul O’Connell.

‘Payne can send a message to Schmidt by upstaging O’Driscoll at Ravenhill’

Adam D’Arcy believes tonight’s clash at Ravenhill may prove an appetiser for Ulster v Leinster Pro12 semi

# heineken-cup - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Simon Hick column: Rabo Pro title scant consolation for Irish provinces

If anything, the competition has gone backwards in recent years, writes our columnist.

‘The sickening, stinging feeling is still there’ – Munster lock O’Callaghan

The 35-year-old explains that the defeat against Toulon left ‘the type of scars you carry.’

# heineken-cup - Tuesday 29 April, 2014

Analysis: Munster match Toulon’s fierce physicality but errors prove costly (Part 2)

Using GIFs and videos, we examine some of the penalty concessions and handling errors from Rob Penney’s men in Marseille.

Connacht coy on Muliaina speculation as Swift signs on for 15th season

While talk continues to swirl on the capture of one veteran, the province have announced a contract extension for another.

8 crucial errors that cost Munster a place in the Heineken Cup final Analysis This post contains videos

8 crucial errors that cost Munster a place in the Heineken Cup final

After focusing on the heroics of Simon Zebo, James Coughlan and company, we use GIFS and video clips to highlight some key slip ups.

# heineken-cup - Monday 28 April, 2014

Analysis: Munster match Toulon’s fierce physicality but errors prove costly (Part 1)

Using GIFs and videos, we take a look at the excellence of Rob Penney’s men in the tight and with their restarts.

Ronan O’Gara labels Munster’s Heineken Cup semi final venue ‘a disgrace’

The former out-half believes the ERC should have selected a different venue than Stade Velodrome, which is currently under construction.

‘Munster can’t keep doing this to ourselves every year’ — Simon Zebo

“We had chances last year to win and we didn’t take them and it’s the same this year,” said the winger whose try gave Munster real hope in Marseille.

Boudjellal: ‘We make good winners because we beat a great team’

The Toulon president is delighted that RCT are France’s last representative in the Heineken Cup.

# heineken-cup - Sunday 27 April, 2014

5 things we learned from Munster’s defeat to Toulon in Marseille

We touch on the superb performances of Zebo and Keatley, as well as costly basic errors and Toulon’s effectiveness.

Munster’s Ian Keatley: ‘We didn’t do all the things that we said we would do’

The out-half gave a rounded display but his side’s errors proved costly against Toulon’s power.

Here’s the astonishing James Coughlan block on Jonny Wilkinson’s drop-goal attempt

The Corkman summed up Munster’s Trojan effort against Toulon today.

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