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European Rugby – “Not” The Heineken Cup

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“Four tries at the very least, and a 27 point margin to boot. No team could surely ever pull it off. Watch now, as Ronan O’Gara lines up the most important kick of his Munster career…”

Ok so, except that there’s one less pool (and four less teams as a result), let’s face it, this is the Heineken Cup. To Irish rugby fans in particular, the Heineken Cup even in name alone meant a lot more than just sponsorship. It’s a heritage, a legacy. It’s the reason we all looked forward to October. And the greatest Irish successes, be it winning finals or overcoming huge opponents in knockouts, all came at the peak of the competition’s popularity both with the public and financially. Is it any wonder there were calls for change from outside the country? Continue reading

Rabo – Provinces Move On To Final Prize

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Once again, May brings the bad news. Irish interest has vacated the Heineken Cup and all the provinces can strive for is Celtic silverware. There has been whispers the last week of the insignificance of the Rabo these days, especially with the shake up it will receive next season due to increased relevance, but I defy you to tell any of these teams that it’s somehow lesser.
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Toulon And Leinster Bring The Fire – Heineken/Amlin Round Up

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Leinster claim European silverware for third year running

And so it is, the Heineken Cup has left Ireland for only the second time since 2006. At least it left in style though, with Toulon absolutely powering Clermont off the field in the closing stages of a nerve shredding match. Leinster gave a great account themselves the night before too, albeit with one eye on the Rabo, as they put Stade to the sword to win the Amlin (and as a result, a record breaking third European trophy in a row). The argument still lingers as to whether or not Leinster fans were building up the second tier in hopes of elevating it’s status as a Heineken Cup replacement; tell that to the players who brought all the required intensity of a Heineken test to the RDS on Friday.
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The Irish Provinces Take On England – Heineken/Amlin Cup

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O'Connell will be instrumental for Munster

Yes how the cards have fallen indeed, it looks like this weekend the majority of the Irish players involved in the Six Nations will face off against their English counterparts as Leinster, Ulster and Munster take on Wasps, Saracens and Harlequins. All three of those provinces haven’t exactly had the handiest time of it post-Six Nations. Ulster took a nasty hit from Edinburgh in Ravenhill whilst Munster were flattered by Connacht and Leinster left it till the death to snatch a victory from Glasgow. The following round saw fortunes flip, Ulster snagging their first win in Dublin in over a decade against Leinster whilst Munster were majorly humbled by Glasgow. Yet it is the two losing teams from this round that stand the best chance for this weekend.
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