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Rugby: European Champions Cup Preview: Pools 4 and 5

In the build up this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup, the new competition to replace the Heineken Cup, our writer, Jonathan Abbott previews pools 4 and 5 Pool 4: This is an intriguing pool that raises a lot of questions for rugby fans. Can Toulouse, with their new signings, be a force in Europe again? Will Montpellier or Bath make the step up to Europe’s …

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Rugby – European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 2

As our preview of next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup continues, Jonathan Abbott previews pool 2, which includes three-time European Champions Leinster. The Irish province will do battle with Castres, and London’s duo of Harlequins and play-off winners Wasps. _____ Leinster (4/7) Key Player: Sean O’Brien Player to Watch: Zane Kirchner ( Debut year last year, but scintillating in the Pro12 final against …

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Rugby – European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 1

The Heineken Cup is gone, and has been replaced with the European Champions Cup. In the first of a multi-part series, Jonathan Abbott previews European rugby’s new tournament,  focusing on Pool 1. The era of the Heineken Cup is over. Whatever province you are from you will have endured the highs of the Jonathan Sexton inspired second-half comeback to defeat …

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Keeping Up With The Kearneys

Geraldine Kieran reports from a special questions and answers event hosted by Brent Pope in Dundalk RFC where the RTE rugby pundit spoke to Leinster and Ireland rugby internationals and brothers, Rob and Dave Kearney. ‘Keeping Up With The Kearneys!’ It may be a very tongue and cheek title but keeping up with the Kearneys is most certainly a big challenge. Over …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams – No. 5 Munster (2008)

It’s no secret that the Heineken Cup produced some truly vintage years for Munster rugby. Beginning with two final defeats and carrying through to their victory in the 2008 final, the men in red never took the field without their legendary passion and never-say-die attitude. While their most popular team was the one who repeatedly came so close in the …

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PA Report Cards: Munster Rugby

Our dissection of the Irish provincial sides’ respective seasons continue with Munster coming under this week’s spotlight. Competition Review After two years and three semi-finals, the Rob Penney era came to a disappointingly sombre conclusion this season. True to form, Munster proved to be, on the whole, better than the sum of their parts but another heroic defeat on the …

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What is Happening at Ulster Rugby?

It’s been a tumultuous period at Ulster Rugby, with a number of high-profile departures. Adam Behans discusses where the province go from here. The year 1999 saw the first successful Heineken Cup campaign undertaken by an Irish province, one whose colours were neither red nor blue, but white. Coached by Harry Williams, and with a squad that consisted of some …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.7 Munster (2006)

At number 7 on our list of greatest Heineken Cup winners we have the people’s champions, Declan Kidney’s Munster side of 2006. In years to come, when the European Rugby Champions Cup is dominating news headlines, the Heineken Cup may come to be seen as a stepping stone to a bigger and better tournament. What will never, ever be forgotten …

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Brian O’Driscoll & The Shadow Of A Colossus

The premature end in the final game of what can only be described as a ‘long good-bye’ to Brian O’ Driscoll also signals the end of the first era of professional rugby players. The uncertainties surrounding rugby going ‘pro’ would suggest that the likes of O’ Driscoll would, in effect, be seen as ‘guinea-pigs’ to the rigors and strains that international …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.9 Brive (1997)

What do Leicester’s 2002 Heineken Cup winning team, Leinster’s 2012 legends and Toulon’s class of 2013 have in common that sets them apart from the Brive side of 1997? All of these teams did one thing which Brive did not; they lost a game on their way to the trophy. Last year, Toulon were hockeyed 23-3 by Montpellier in the …

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Saracens and Toulon March To War

As the fat lady sits in the wings warming up her vocal cords, 30 men will be emptying every last ounce of energy on the pitch in the Millennium stadium on Saturday evening. This weekend, the Heineken Cup will come to, its much drawn out conclusion after 19 years of riveting club rugby. While Toulon and Saracens may not be …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 1. Ronan O’Gara

After weeks of counting down Heineken Cup legends, we have finally reached the conclusion. From tough tacklers to accurate outhalfs, our choice for  number one rose above them all. No team was safe from this European rugby legend. Our choice as the Greatest Heineken Cup Player Of All Time is Munster maestro Ronan O’Gara. No. 1 Ronan O’Gara When it comes …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 2. Brian O’Driscoll

This man needs no introduction. Coming in at number two on our countdown is one of the greatest rugby players in the  history of the sport. We give you, Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll. No.2 Brian O’Driscoll What can be said about Brian O’Driscoll that hasn’t been said before? One of the greatest rugby players of all time and the most capped …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 3. Fabien Pelous

Our countdown is nearing its climax and coming in at number three is the legendary French second row Fabien Pelous. 3. Fabien Pelous (Toulouse) No matter how stylish or fluent a team is, every outfit that craves success needs an enforcer. Few players fitted this bill more than Toulouse second row Fabien Pelous. While Guy Noves has held the management reins …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 4. Paul O’Connell

No countdown of European rugby greats could exclude Munster’s man-mountain, Paul O’Connell. Coming in at number four, POC epitomises the ‘Stand Up and Fight’ mantra of Munster rugby. 4. Paul O’Connell (Munster) Figures don’t come more foreboding than the giant frame of Munster icon Paul O’Connell. The current Irish captain, and three time British and Irish Lion is one of the …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.10 London Wasps (2004)

With the Heineken Cup coming to an end this season, we decided to look back on the greatest teams to win the illustrious trophy. Coming in at No.10 is Warren Gatland’s London Wasps side of 2004. Compared to the star studded teams who have tasted Heineken Cup victory in the last number of years, many of the teams who managed …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 5. Vincent Clerc

Our countdown of the Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time is hotting up and coming in at number five is Vincent Clerc, a cold-blooded try scorer with a record of 35 tries in 73 appearances. In every sport finding a prolific scorer is the hardest task of management. None more so than in rugby and the Heineken Cup, where …

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Saracens- a cut above the rest.

Saracens hammered the Heineken Cup favourites Clermont 46-6 at Twickenham last week with the definitive defensive performance. Man of the Match Jacques Burger completed 29 tackles in 70 minutes. Even more impressive was the force of his hits, he drove the attackers behind the gain line. His defensive prowess was a microcosm for the rest of the team. If Burger …

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