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...

Rise in salary cap can't guarantee English rugby success in Europe - The Guardian (blog)

Rise in salary cap can't guarantee English rugby success in Europe - The Guardian (blog)

It is one of the joys of English rugby and if, perhaps, not quite on a par with Saracens-Clermont, it has helped push up attendances and television revenues, creating the extra cash which allows the cap to be raised. So far, so good. But I wonder just ...

Ronan O'Gara: Rugby dealing with 'serious' issue of concussion - RTE.ie

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Ronan O'Gara has weighed into the debate about concussion in rugby, saying it needed to be taken seriously but should not be over-dramatised. Now an assistant coach with Racing Metro, the former Munster and Ireland out-half has seen some high profile ...

No need for alarm, struggling rugby union giants Toulouse warn - Yahoo!7 News

No need for alarm, struggling rugby union giants Toulouse warn - Yahoo!7 News

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And while Noves' squad finished atop their European Cup group, which included minnows Zebre and the weakest Irish province, Connacht, the former four-time champions were handed a memorable 47-23 pasting by Munster in the quarter-finals. But Noves ...

Saracens send out big warning - Irish Independent

Saracens send out big warning - Irish Independent

John Fallon. Published 19/09/2014 | 02:30. 0 Comments; Share. Chris Ashton of Saracens celebrates scoring their second try during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Saracens at Twickenham Stoop. Photo credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images.

New 300-seater stand in place for tonight's showdown - Irish Independent

New 300-seater stand in place for tonight's showdown - Irish Independent

The 9,120 in attendance against Toulouse for Connacht's second Heineken Cup game at the Sportsground is not likely to be surpassed in the short term due to the temporary introduction of seated terracing on that occasion, although the arrival of ...

Madigan must be given regular chance to prove himself - Irish Independent

Madigan must be given regular chance to prove himself - Irish Independent

Only the extremely fortunate like Toulouse and Leicester over the years, and more recently Toulon, could field a second world-class 15. The ultimate goal for any coach would be to have a full squad of players more than capable at the top level. The ...

Munster announce signing of Argentinian hooker on short-term deal - Irish Independent

Munster announce signing of Argentinian hooker on short-term deal - Irish Independent

Guinazu has just completed two seasons at Premiership outfit Bath Rugby and he has previously played for French clubs Biarritz and Toulouse and Super Rugby side the Stormers. "We need to hit the ground running this season and to do this we need to ...

Rougerie inspires Clermont Auvergne against Racing - Irish Independent

Rougerie inspires Clermont Auvergne against Racing - Irish Independent

They are second in the table with three wins from four but face a tough test away to Toulouse tomorrow. Sale Sharks, Munster's first opponents in the new European Rugby Champions Cup on October 18, went down 29-20 at home to Bath in the opening ...

Here's your definitive Pro12, Aviva Premiership and Top 14 power rankings - The Score

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But Connacht's win aside, the victories for Munster, Leinster and Ulster were all expected so there isn't really a whole lot to be gained from them, power rankings wise. Toulon were top of our list last week but there has ... Exeter had put 52 points ...

Anthony Foley must bring back the Thomond fear factor - Irish Independent

Anthony Foley must bring back the Thomond fear factor - Irish Independent

ON APRIL 5 last, Toulouse were added to the list of great teams who could not handle the Thomond Park heat. Everything that is good about Munster rugby was on display. A full-strength team, backed by a packed Limerick crowd, gutted Europe's most ...

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