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# hcup - Sunday 6 April, 2014

Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson set for final showdown

The Irish and English rugby legends meet in a last-man-standing clash at Stade Felix Mayol this afternoon.

‘You’d probably love to stay in Ireland and keep it an All-Ireland semi-final’

Munster second row Paul O’Connell was thrilled by his side’s maul during yesterday’s victory over Toulouse in Limerick.

Shane Byrne: Leinster need to dominate trench warfare if they are to stun Toulon

The former Leinster and Ireland hooker is leaning towards a home win for the reigning champions but hopes Matt O’Connor’s men can prove him wrong.

# hcup - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Payne challenge a yellow but red card ‘very harsh’, says Muller

French referee Jerome Garces will not be welcome back at Ravenhill any time soon.

GIF: Jared Payne sent off for Ulster after only four minutes

The New Zealand fullback was given his marching orders after taking out opposite number Andy Goode.

‘We’d love to face Leinster next’ says delighted Paul O’Connell

Leinster would set up an all-Ireland last-four showdown with a win in France tomorrow.

GIF: Keith Earls dives over for early try in rousing Munster victory

The Limerick native got the home crowd roaring at Thomond Park.

McAlister starts instead of Beauxis for Munster clash

The 30-year-old former All Black star had originally been named on the replacements bench.

‘Trimble, Henry and Ravenhill roar will help Ulster topple Saracens’ – Adam D’Arcy

Former Ulster fullback Adam D’Arcy gives his take on this afternoon’s Heineken Cup quarter final.

# hcup - Friday 4 April, 2014

Shane Byrne: Pienaar and ‘world-class wrecking ball’ Ferris to see Ulster through

The former Leinster and Saracens hooker believes his old side will fall short at a sold-out Ravenhill on Saturday evening.

‘Super-human’ Ruan Pienaar targets second Heineken Cup final in three seasons

Former Ulster teammate Adam D’Arcy caught up with the South African ahead of this weekend’s Heineken Cup clash with Saracens.

Leinster go for Jimmy Gopperth at out-half ahead of difficult trip to Toulon

Meanwhile, Cian Healy, Rhys Ruddock and Dave Kearney are all fit to start at Stade Mayol.

# hcup - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Toulouse have no reason to fear Munster faithful, says Maxime Medard

The French winger believes his team are hitting form at the right time.

Aviva Stadium, not Croke Park, confirmed for potential Leinster v Munster semi final

There are two gigantic, French obstacles in place that may well scupper any hopes of a rematch of the 2006 and 2009 clashes.

Wilkinson and Castro return as Toulon name 27-man group to face Leinster

Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams have failed to recover from injury in time for the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

Simon Hick column: Irish nous staving off French power play, for now

Top 14 sides have been unashamed in spending big and buying bigger in recent years, writes Simon Hick.

# hcup - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Ulster will thrash Saracens, if this cool Lego video is anything to go by

We are not sure if Ruan Pienaar is being tackled or is sporting the sprawled monkey hairstyle.

‘Do you want to let Alain Rolland know that?’ – Penney’s pride in Munster scrum

The province’s Kiwi head coach is confident his forwards can deal with the ‘behemoth’ Toulouse pack this weekend.

# hcup - Monday 31 March, 2014

McAlister doubtful for Munster clash, Noves admits

Toulouse have been hit by a string of injury woes ahead of the Thomond Park showdown.

# hcup - Monday 27 January, 2014

Super Saturday in store as Heineken Cup announce 1/4 final kick-off times

Munster have been handed another early kick-off, while Leinster meet Toulon on the Sunday afternoon.

# hcup - Monday 20 January, 2014

‘He’s an easy guy to follow’: O’Connell lauds O’Mahony leadership

The Ireland captain says he has enjoyed ‘playing under’ Peter O’Mahony.

Munster backs don’t get credit they deserve – Penney

The Munster coach says many of his players feel they deserve a better ‘crack’ with Joe Schmidt.

# hcup - Sunday 19 January, 2014

Leinster and Munster on Heineken Cup collision course if they pass French tests

Matt O’Connor believes his team has the capabilities needed to win their fourth Heineken Cup.

Leinster to visit home of Heineken Cup champions as last eight decided

Munster will face Toulouse at home while Saracens will visit Ravenhill to meet Ulster.

Munster wrap up home quarter final after burying Edinburgh at Thomond

Rob Penney’s men ran in six tries to dismiss the feeble Scottish challenge in Limerick.

5 talking points from Ulster’s 100% perfect Tigers triumph

Chris Henry is a tackling beast, Ruan Pienaar proves his class and Rory Best has some boot on him.

As it happened: Munster v Edinburgh, Heineken Cup

We went minute-by-minute from Thomond Park as Munster aimed to nestle into a snug home quarter-final place.

# hcup - Saturday 18 January, 2014

As it happened: Leicester v Ulster, Heineken Cup

Mark Anscombe’s men could secure at quarter final at revamped Ravenhill by toppling Tigers.

‘These sort of things happen in rugby’ says Lam as Connacht battered

The New Zealander has called on his players to finish the season on a high after a hammering in North London.

Jared Payne tipped to give Ulster the winning edge in Leicester

Former Ulster fullback Adam D’Arcy has backed the New Zealander to shine at Welford Road.

Get pumped up for Edinburgh’s visit with this Thomond Park documentary

Because we can’t wait for Sunday either.

# hcup - Friday 17 January, 2014

Strauss return is Leinster’s highlight on otherwise ugly night

Ospreys had lock Ian Evans sent off after 20 minutes, meaning Leinster were never in danger of falling short.

Leicester v Ulster: 3 key battles to decide who earns a home quarter-final 3kb

Leicester v Ulster: 3 key battles to decide who earns a home quarter-final

Ulster will have to come out on top of these match-ups to maintain their status as top seeds.

Penney sticks to Munster’s winning formula

Rob Penney makes just one change from the side which beat Gloucester in Kingsholm.

Ulster make two changes for Leicester showdown

Mark Anscombe’s side out to tame the Tigers in Welford Road tomorrow evening.

Lam looks to experience to lead Connacht’s last stand

Coach Pat Lam has made four changes for the Pool 3 finale against Saracens.

Justin Tipuric: ‘No better way of bouncing back than beating Leinster’

The Ospreys flanker is determined to end a disappointing Heineken Cup campaign on a high.

Ospreys coming to RDS to dominate warns Leinster captain Leo Cullen

The second-row is delighted that his side have their Pool 1 destiny in their hands going into the final round of fixtures.

# hcup - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Simon Hick: French powers tightening their grip on European rugby

For European competition to have real credibility it needs the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh to be realistic contenders, writes Simon Hick.

Strictly business as Ulster’s Afoa plans to ‘do a job’ on Leicester

The tight-head is promising a big improvement to come from the northern province’s set-piece.

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