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Heineken Cup

# 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.

As it happened: Toulon v Munster, Heineken Cup semi-final

We went minute-by-minute as Munster took on the reigning champions in Marseille.

Munster need to explode over the gainline today and CJ is the man they need to fire Analysis This post contains videos

Munster need to explode over the gainline today and CJ is the man they need to fire

Toulon’s back row represented one of Europe’s most feared units but the South African is capable of taking the fight to them.

‘Munster win could be the catalyst of another golden era’ – Mick O’Driscoll

The former Reds lock played two seasons of Top 14 rugby with Perpignan.

Bottled beer for Trev while Claw warms up for Munster match in traditional style

Shades? Check. Pack of ciggies? Check. Couple of pints? Check. Sun block? Oh.

Munster craving ‘difference between good and great’ to reach fourth Cardiff final

It’s gonna be tough, but Munster hold hope of toppling the European champions in Marseille.

# heineken-cup - Saturday 26 April, 2014

Hanrahan put through his paces as O’Donnell tries out the subs’ bench in Marseille

Rob Penney’s men went through a gentle captain’s run ahead of Sunday’s semi final with Toulon.

Saracens’ name on the Heineken Cup? Ashton breaks record as Clermont crumble Chokes And Tackles This post contains videos

Saracens’ name on the Heineken Cup? Ashton breaks record as Clermont crumble

The England winger surpassed the record for tournament tries and referee Nigel Owens made his mark.

Chris Ashton hoping to eclipse Heineken Cup try-scoring record against Clermont Ash Splash This post contains videos

Chris Ashton hoping to eclipse Heineken Cup try-scoring record against Clermont

The Saracens winger is one try off equalling a long-standing European Cup record.

David Wallace: Nullifying the threat of the immense Armitage is a 15-man job

The former Munster flanker details the areas the province need to excel in to pull off the unlikely in Marseille.

# heineken-cup - Friday 25 April, 2014

In pictures: Munster players and fans make their presence felt in Marseilles

7,000 fans from the southern province are turning the port town red as we speak.

Five things to watch out for when Saracens host Clermont

With no Irish team involved in this weekend’s first Heineken Cup semi-final, you can just sit back and enjoy it.

Dougall selection gamble can pay off as Munster target Toulon’s main strength

Selecting a natural number 7 may be the wildcard Munster need on Sunday.

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