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# hcup - Friday 2 May, 2014

Fitting swansong for Alain Rolland as he gets Heineken Cup final reffing gig

One of these men is off to Cardiff at the end of the month. The other is Munster legend Paul O’Connell.

# hcup - Tuesday 29 April, 2014

8 crucial errors that cost Munster a place in the Heineken Cup final Analysis This post contains videos

8 crucial errors that cost Munster a place in the Heineken Cup final

After focusing on the heroics of Simon Zebo, James Coughlan and company, we use GIFS and video clips to highlight some key slip ups.

# hcup - Monday 28 April, 2014

Ronan O’Gara labels Munster’s Heineken Cup semi final venue ‘a disgrace’

The former out-half believes the ERC should have selected a different venue than Stade Velodrome, which is currently under construction.

# hcup - Sunday 27 April, 2014

Munster need to explode over the gainline today and CJ is the man they need to fire Analysis This post contains videos

Munster need to explode over the gainline today and CJ is the man they need to fire

Toulon’s back row represented one of Europe’s most feared units but the South African is capable of taking the fight to them.

‘Munster win could be the catalyst of another golden era’ – Mick O’Driscoll

The former Reds lock played two seasons of Top 14 rugby with Perpignan.

# hcup - Saturday 26 April, 2014

Hanrahan put through his paces as O’Donnell tries out the subs’ bench in Marseille

Rob Penney’s men went through a gentle captain’s run ahead of Sunday’s semi final with Toulon.

Saracens’ name on the Heineken Cup? Ashton breaks record as Clermont crumble Chokes And Tackles This post contains videos

Saracens’ name on the Heineken Cup? Ashton breaks record as Clermont crumble

The England winger surpassed the record for tournament tries and referee Nigel Owens made his mark.

Chris Ashton hoping to eclipse Heineken Cup try-scoring record against Clermont Ash Splash This post contains videos

Chris Ashton hoping to eclipse Heineken Cup try-scoring record against Clermont

The Saracens winger is one try off equalling a long-standing European Cup record.

# hcup - Friday 25 April, 2014

In pictures: Munster players and fans make their presence felt in Marseilles

7,000 fans from the southern province are turning the port town red as we speak.

# hcup - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

‘Conor Murray can handle out-half pressure if Munster come calling’ – James Hart

The Grenoble scrum-half knows a thing or two about facing the Top 14′s best following his breakthrough season with Grenoble.

Paul O’Connell compares Toulon with All Blacks ahead of Munster semi final

The veteran lock says the Heineken Cup champions are better than the side that beat his province heavily in France in 2011.

# hcup - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

In pictures: Munster’s players in training ahead of Heineken Cup semi final

22-year-old academy out-half Jonathan Holland trained with the senior squad as JJ Hanrahan underwent fitness tests.

Munster should resist calls to start Simon Zebo at fullback against Toulon

There have been suggestions that Munster should go with an attacking back three of Zebo, Conway and Earls.

# hcup - Monday 21 April, 2014

‘Some Munster players will have to go beyond where they have been before to beat Toulon’

Head coach Rob Penney is calling on his team to play the best game in their history to knock off the reigning champions.

# hcup - Sunday 6 April, 2014

Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson set for final showdown Last Man Standing This post contains videos

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 Heineken Cup This post contains videos

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 Long Read This post contains videos

‘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 Block Party This post contains videos

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.

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