Heineken Cup

Here they come, whatever they are: Steve Borthwick

Heineken Cup preview: the semi-finals

THE CRASS amongst us would suggest that it is easy to place French powerhouse Clermont Auvergne straight into the final of the Heineken Cup. They are strong, they are slick,…

Will Fraser

Fantastic four: Heineken Cup quarter-final review

CLERMONT AUVERGNE demonstrated just why they are the favourites to lift the Heineken Cup this year as they clinically saw off Montpellier. Rugby World, however, has decided to pinpoint a…

clermont v saracens

Goode ready for European test

GIVEN THE intelligent, unfussy rugby instincts that characterise his game, it comes as no surprise that Alex Goode also possesses a pretty precise memory. Describing a short sequence an hour…

jonny wilkinson toulon

Heineken Cup: Can the Tigers take the heat?

COMPARED TO the chill winds that have been blowing through Leicester of late, Toulon on Sunday will feel positively balmy for the English club. Spring has been slow in showing…

Wayne Barnes

Smash! Wayne Barnes gets hit in the face

IT’S A tough life being a referee – hundreds of decisions to make, crowds jeering you, coaches blaming you. There was an even more painful moment for Wayne Barnes recently.…

Edinburgh's appauling performance has brought Talei to his knees

Heineken Cup Round Six: Winners and Losers

AFTER THE final pool matches at the weekend we now know the quarter-finalists, who drops into the Amlin Challenge Cup and who goes back home, wondering what could have been…

Better luck next time: Laidlaw's sending off is the least of Edinburgh's worries as they fail to make it through to the quarters

Heineken Cup Round 5: Winners and Losers

WE ARE now left with one last round in the Heineken Cup pool stages, with teams not so much balanced on a knife’s edge as trying to clamber onto the…

Braced: Francois Van der Merwe

Heineken Cup Round 5: Five must-watch clashes

SPORTING CLICHES are often abused. Every tournament has a Group of Death and every player is weighed and measured to see if they will be found inferior or capable of…