Aussie second-row Kane Douglas on his way to Leinster

Aussie second-row Kane Douglas on his way to Leinster

Ruaidhri O'Connor – Published 05 May 2014 02:30 AMIn a flat, pre-World Cup transfer market where most southern hemisphere talent is under contract until 2015, the...

The Heineken Rugby Show  Ep 5

The Heineken Rugby Show Ep 5

In the latest episode of The Heineken Rugby Show our seasoned panel look back on the best of the semi final action from Europe's premier rugby tournament and take a look to what should be a mouthwatering...

Toulon win the coin toss

With the countdown underway to the biggest occasion in European club rugby, reigning champions, Toulon, have 'taken the spoils' ahead of the 2014 European Cup Final. They won a coin toss to decide...

Top 14 Preview and Predictions: Round 26

Amid all the hype surrounding the Top 14′s “New Deal” it’s easy to forget that there’s one more week of this season to play. The match of the weekend is the battle between second-placed Montpellier...

Munster midfield crying out for revamp

Munster midfield crying out for revamp

David Kelly – Published 29 April 2014 02:30 AMWhether it was the mighty French challenge presented by Toulouse, or the powerful influences emanating from both Wasps...

You can't just write them off, but this is a massive ask

You can't just write them off, but this is a massive ask

Jim Glennon – Published 27 April 2014 02:30 AMThe road Munster travel is one with which they are quite familiar. As in the 2010/'11 season when their seemingly...

Francis: Wilkinson's defiance is greatest obstacle to Munster's

Francis: Wilkinson's defiance is greatest obstacle to Munster's ambition

Neil Francis – Updated 27 April 2014 10:25 AMIn the semi-final England garnered the perfect start and scored a try against a strong and expectant French side after...

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Toulon retain boss:Ahead of their Heineken Cup semi-final clash with Munster later today, Top 14 outfit Toulon have confirmed that head coach Bernard Laporte will remain at the club until 2016. His current...

French dominance set to continue

Just four teams have a shot at winning the last Heineken Cup. While the off-field battles have finally reached a seemingly happy conclusion, the focus can thankfully return to the pitch where Munster,...

Stander ready for 'game of his life'

Munster's CJ Stander relished his first taste of knockout European rugby against Toulouse, but knows Toulon will be tougher. Stander is set for a starring role following the loss of Ireland flanker...

Even the effort wasn't there, admits a wounded Warrior - Herald Scotland

Even the effort wasn't there, admits a wounded Warrior - Herald Scotland

There are some really big games, Toulouse, Edinburgh, Munster as well. There are some great fixtures coming up, which is an incentive for everyone." It is not just Glasgow who will reap the reward of the national players returning with confidence at a ...

Live rugby union on BT Sport - BT.com

Live rugby union on BT Sport - BT.com

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European Rugby Champions Cup. Round 3. Friday 5 December: Montpellier v Bath (7.45pm ko). Saturday 6 December: Ulster Rugby v Scarlets (7.45pm ko). Sunday 7 December: Harlequins v Leinster Rugby (3.15pm ko). Sunday 7 December: Toulouse v ...

Guinness Pro 12 Wrap: Edinburgh punish ill-discipline, Warriors struggle - stv.tv

Guinness Pro 12 Wrap: Edinburgh punish ill-discipline, Warriors struggle - stv.tv

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Despite much of the focus being on the many internationals taking place across Europe, the Guinness Pro 12 quietly continued under the rugby radar this weekend. Either side of Scotland's victory over Tonga, Glasgow Warriors were in south west Wales to ...

Toulouse experience seals win over Bath - Irish Independent

Toulouse experience seals win over Bath - Irish Independent

Bath once enjoyed success in Europe, but their record of one Heineken Cup title pales alongside Toulouse's four. The French club's season has not been without its travails and it is not unknown for clubs from the Top 14 to sacrifice Europe to ...

French media report that Paul O'Connell is set for post World Cup transfer to Pau - Irish Times

French media report that Paul O'Connell is set for post World Cup transfer to Pau - Irish Times

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One is that former Munster backs' coach Simon Mannix is the director of rugby at Bearn Pyrenees Section Paloise to give them their French name while ex-Munster number eight James Coughlan is also there. The 35-year-old O'Connell said last month: “It's ...

Clermont won't underestimate Munster, Gibbes promises - Irish Times

Clermont won't underestimate Munster, Gibbes promises - Irish Times

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“I think Toulouse embarrassed themselves last year when they went down there. “I don't think they fully comprehended ... “Aside from that I know it is a different language but really rugby is rugby and the coaching aspects are very similar. “I was ...

European Rugby Champions Cup: talking points from the weekend action - The Guardian (blog)

Toulouse finished their moves with an aplomb bordering on the insolent. Players formed a ... Wasps' director of rugby, Dai Young, felt his side had run out of energy after a bruising few weeks but Harlequins' Chris Robshaw keeps on going like that ...

This Irish Rugby Hero Is Plotting Ireland's Downfall - Balls.ie

This Irish Rugby Hero Is Plotting Ireland's Downfall - Balls.ie

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Irish Triple Crown Winner Michael Bradley will be a familiar face in the Georgian camp when they come to Lansdowne Road on Sunday. Cork-born Michael Bradley has been the assistant head coach with the Georgian national team for over a year at this ...

Jono Gibbes vows that Clermont Auvergne will be primed - Irish Independent

Jono Gibbes vows that Clermont Auvergne will be primed - Irish Independent

The former All Black, who is in the first of a two-year contract as Clermont forwards coach, said that Toulouse went down in the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park last season because they had no appreciation of what it takes to play there. His ...

French exile fits for former Munster scrum Prendergast - Irish Independent

French exile fits for former Munster scrum Prendergast - Irish Independent

The former Munster scrum-half spent four seasons as director of rugby with Young Munster but was looking for a new challenge. It came in the form of an offer two years ago to come to Grenoble, where former Leinster and Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman ...

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