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Heineken Cup

# heineken-cup - Friday 4 April, 2014

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.

# heineken-cup - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Rory Best: Ulster must stay cool and selfish to see off Saracens

The hooker is counting the minutes to Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final at Ravenhill.

Brian O’Driscoll back in full training while Leinster’s front row concerns subside

The eastern province has issued a clean bill of health ahead of the Toulon clash.

O’Mahony: ‘We’re going to have to play the best game we’ve played all year’

The Munster captain is working hard to prove his fitness ahead of the challenge against a ‘a huge, huge’ Toulouse back row.

Ryan a major doubt for Toulouse clash as Munster remain uncertain over O’Mahony

Rob Penney does not expect to be able to call on the second row, while Stephen Archer has been ruled out.

Ulster expect Pienaar to return for Saracens showdown

Rory Best will also return to the side allowing Mark Anscombe to pick a full-strength squad.

Game management key if Leinster are to overthrow Toulon

“If we kick badly to these guys they will really hurt you,” says Leinster and Ireland coach Richie Murphy.

# heineken-cup - Monday 31 March, 2014

‘New challenge, but the same principles’: Jennings calls on Leinster to manage emotion on trip to Toulon

The flanker admits that the reigning champions could prove Leinster’s toughest opponent to date, but that will not mean a change in approach.

Ferguson job offer ‘lost in translation’, says Pep Guardiola

The Bayern boss says he might have been offered the United job but couldn’t understand Fergie’s accent.

Jonny Wilkinson set for return against Leinster

His return will see French fly-half Frederic Michalak drop to the bench.

Toulon president cancels rugby friendly after Beziers vote National Front

Mourad Boudjellal has more than Leinster on his mind this week.

McAlister doubtful for Munster clash, Noves admits

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

O’Driscoll, Healy and McGrath will be ready to go when Leinster visit Toulon

The trio have modified training loads early this week, but will be fit and ready for Sunday’s clash with the champions.

Picamoles and Johnston emerge as doubts for Toulouse’s visit to Munster

The powerful pair of forwards were withdrawn during their side’s 32-28 defeat to Toulon on Saturday.

Madigan hoping to hang onto Leinster 10 jersey for Toulon quarter final

The out-half played from start to finish in the Blues’ top-of-the-table triumph over Munster.

# heineken-cup - Sunday 30 March, 2014

McKeon: Connacht ready to go it alone as Heineken Cup dream looms large

The back row forward believes the westerners have what it takes to defeat Scarlets in Wales today.