Heineken Cup

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Heineken Cup Final: Leinster 42-14 Ulster

LEINSTER WON the Heineken Cup for the third time in four years, beating Ulster 42-14 at Twickenham. The Northern Irishmen started the game well, enjoying the majority of the possession…

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Ulster 22-19 Edinburgh: The Verdict

Edinburgh put up a hearty fight, but in a performance that echoed recent Scotland outings, they could not convert their pressure to points. The visitors threw everything they could at…

tim visser edinburgh

Ulster v Edinburgh: The Preview

Ulster are favourites to reach their first Heineken Cup final since 1999 on Saturday, but Edinburgh will arrive in Dublin preparing to put up a fight. The Scots have never…

Nathan Hines

Clermont Auvergne v Leinster: The Preview

Bordeaux is famed for its wine but this weekend it’ll be the smell of rugby players’ sweat filling the air rather than the fruity aroma of a good red. Clermont…

Looking good in yellow and blue: Nathan Hines

French focus: Top 14

They began camping out the day before tickets went on sale at Clermont’s ground for Sunday’s Heineken Cup clash with Leinster, writes Gavin Mortimer. Such is the fervour for all…

Brian O'Driscoll

Heineken Cup facts and stats

The semi-finals of both the 2012 Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cups take place this weekend and we’ve compiled 12 interesting stats and facts so you can impress your mates when…

Ireland v Wales

Ireland: what went right and what went wrong?

By Claire Glancy “We were robbed!” “Red card!” “Heartbreaking.” THOSE ARE just some of the messages that flooded my mobile on Sunday after Ireland’s 23-21 defeat by Wales. The talk…

Darren Allinson

London Irish 15 Cardiff Blues 22 – The Verdict

By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor IT WAS hardly a vintage performance by Cardiff Blues in Reading but they head into the final round of the Heineken Cup pool…

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Tigers in three-way Heineken Cup tussle

We are in for a treat this Friday night as two former European champions, Ulster and Leicester, lock horns at Ravenhill. The Heineken Pool 4 clash is a must-win game…

Chris Wyles

Saracens 31 Ospreys 26 – The Verdict

By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor at Wembley THE X FACTOR finals were taking place next door at Wembley Arena but on the pitch here it was a chance…