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Heineken Cup

# heineken-cup - Saturday 5 April, 2014

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.

Clermont await the winner of Ulster and Saracens after taming Tigers

The unbeaten run at Stade Marcel Michelin is now up to 75 matches.

Penney pays tribute to Thomond Park crowd as Munster deliver from 1 to 23

The Kiwi head coach says this afternoon’s performance ‘absolutely’ ranks as one of the finest during his time with Munster.

As it happened: Ulster v Saracens, Heineken Cup quarter-final

We’re going minute-by-minute from the new Grandstand in Ravenhill as Ulster try to take their place in the semi-finals.

‘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.

Six-try Munster destroy Toulouse en route to Heineken Cup semi-final

Rob Penney’s men scored after only four minutes and never let up for a moment despite losing captain Peter O’Mahony to injury.

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

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

As it happened: Munster v Toulouse, Heineken Cup

We went minute-by-minute as Rob Penney’s men looked to overcome a powerful French challenge in Thomond Park.

David Wallace: Result too tight to call but Munster will deliver best performance yet

The former Munster and Ireland flanker says Toulouse have been ‘on the radar’ ever since they thrashed his province in 1996.

Botha heads into scrum battle with Toulouse confident in Munster’s power

The South African prop explains how the province has adapted to the demand for hooking and the removal of the hit.

Bit by bit Bowe and Ulster in better place to beat Saracens

12 months on from their last meeting in Twickenham, the northern province welcome the Premiership leaders for a special night in Ravenhill.

Adrian Flavin: Heineken Cup rugby to Munster is like a red rag to a bull

The former Connacht hooker is clearing his weekend schedule for an intense weekend of European rugby action.

‘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.

Toulouse v Munster: The previous meetings between giants of European rugby

Despite their separate successful histories, the fixture has only been played four times in the Heineken Cup.

# heineken-cup - 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.

Here’s what the French media are saying about the Heineken Cup weekend ahead

We’ve taken a look at the pages of Midi Olympique, L’Équipe and Rugbyrama to see what the other side are talking about.

‘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.

Brian O’Driscoll wants Leonardo DiCaprio to play him in the BOD biopic

Gordon D’Arcy knows his Leinster bro more than his Leinster bro knows about him.

Ulster boost as Pienaar fit to face Saracens

Mark Anscombe has named his side for tomorrow evening’s showdown in Ravenhill.

O’Mahony recovers from hamstring issue to captain Munster against Toulouse

Rob Penney has made just two changes to his team, with James Downey also returning to the side at 12.

Pienaar: ‘Sport is a very powerful tool, it has the power to change the world’

The former Saracens player, coach and CEO will be in the Ravenhill stands for tomorrow night’s Heineken Cup tie.

O’Connor giving nothing away as Toulon tussle looms large

The Leinster head coach has recent experience of taking on the European champions.

Ulster’s Gilroy clocking his fastest times ever as best form remains elusive

The Ireland international wing is hoping that tomorrow’s clash with Saracens will give him the chance to impress.

Wexford lock Eoin Sheriff hoping to skittle Ulster’s European Cup hopes

The former Leinster and Ireland U20 lock is hoping to make the Sarries squad to compete in the Heineken Cup quarter final.

Stopping the offload and O’Mahony’s breakdown work the keys for Munster

Grenoble skills coach and former Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast discusses the strengths of Toulouse.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 3 April, 2014

‘I could play them today’: Heaslip raring to go up against Toulon

The number eight can’t get enough of the business end of the season.

Irish rugby fans so vocal ‘because they’re normally drunk’ jokes Saracens’ Kelly Brown

The Scottish captain has vast experience of playing in front of fired up Ireland supporters.

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.

High-intensity attack and Reddan’s influence can sway Toulon tie in Leinster’s favour

Grenoble skills coach and former Munster scrum-half Mike Prendergast talks us through winning at Stade Mayol.

Barritt believes Saracens’ subtle additions can help beat the away odds at Ravenhill

The England international centre says his side are hoping to continue their new-found ‘fluidity’ against Ulster.

# heineken-cup - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Leinster’s best may not be good enough in Toulon, admits Eoin Reddan

‘It’s hard to put a decent spin on it,’ says the experienced scrum-half.

Toulouse dealt major blow as Johnston ruled out of Munster quarter-final

The gigantic Samoan prop will not play in Limerick after sustaining a neck injury last weekend.

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.

Daydream to reality: Trimble at top of his game and determined to stay there

The winger has moved from international outsider to match-winner during the course of this season.

Munster’s army will be in the stands – Toulouse coach Guy Novès

The experienced boss of the Top 14 side feels his men are in a good place ahead of the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

Munster’s Keatley enthusiastic about facing Toulouse’s 70% back three threat

The out-half explains that his province’s analysis of Saturday’s quarter-final opposition has been ongoing for seven weeks.

‘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.