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#Heineken Cup

# heineken-cup - Sunday 27 April, 2014

As it happened: Toulon v Munster, Heineken Cup semi-final

We went minute-by-minute as Munster took on the reigning champions in Marseille.

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.

Bottled beer for Trev while Claw warms up for Munster match in traditional style

Shades? Check. Pack of ciggies? Check. Couple of pints? Check. Sun block? Oh.

Munster craving ‘difference between good and great’ to reach fourth Cardiff final

It’s gonna be tough, but Munster hold hope of toppling the European champions in Marseille.

# heineken-cup - 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.

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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.

David Wallace: Nullifying the threat of the immense Armitage is a 15-man job

The former Munster flanker details the areas the province need to excel in to pull off the unlikely in Marseille.

# heineken-cup - 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.

Five things to watch out for when Saracens host Clermont

With no Irish team involved in this weekend’s first Heineken Cup semi-final, you can just sit back and enjoy it.

Dougall selection gamble can pay off as Munster target Toulon’s main strength

Selecting a natural number 7 may be the wildcard Munster need on Sunday.

O’Donnell misses out as Munster choose Dougall for Heineken Cup semi

Donncha Ryan’s absence has forced Rob Penney into a back row reshuffle for Sunday’s trip to Marseille.

Early battles the key to Munster hopes in Toulon — Horan

“Munster definitely don’t want to be chasing a game and trying to fix problems as they go.”

‘There’ll be plenty of people ringing in sick on Monday, with the help of God!’

Munster’s James Coughlan feels his side must avoid over-thinking their Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Yellow for ROG, Wally’s late try and hurt; the last time Munster played Toulon

The province’s defeat to the Philippe Saint-André’s men meant they failed to reach the knock-out stages of the Heineken Cup.

‘We’ll have to go to a special place internally’ – Zebo ready for Toulon test

The 24-year-old wing says he learned from last season’s Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Clermont.

# heineken-cup - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

‘The match is 51 to 49% in our favour’ – Toulon head coach Laporte

The former France boss has highlighted the threat of Munster’s maul and line-out ahead of Sunday’s semi-final.

A look back at Munster’s European campaign ahead of Marseille invasion

This pirate-themed video runs through the highlights that have led to the province reaching a Heineken Cup semi-final.

‘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.

Simon Hick: Big men, big budgets — rugby won’t survive 10 years of Toulon domination

If Mourad Boudjellal’s side win a second straight European title, others will start following their gameplan.

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.

# heineken-cup - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Hanrahan making ‘really good progress’ as Munster get set for Toulon

The 21-year-old was at the squad’s training session in Cork today, while Casey Laulala’s recovery has gone to plan.

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.

Toulon captain Jonny Wilkinson fit to face Munster in Marseille

The English out-half has recovered from the injury he picked up against Leinster, but Bakkies Botha and Ali Williams are doubts.

Habana getting set to make up for lost time in Toulon shirt

But first, he’s hoping to be part of ‘a long day at the office’ against Munster.

# heineken-cup - Monday 21 April, 2014

VINE: Simon Zebo’s weight room dance is what Bank Holidays are all about

Watch out, Toulon. The winger was ‘Poppin Them Thangs’ in between sets today.

The Heineken Cup semi-finals are here, and any one of these four teams could win it

Toulon or Munster, Clermont or Saracens. Where’s your money going?

‘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.

# heineken-cup - Sunday 20 April, 2014

‘We’ll need to be at our very best, and then some, to beat Toulon’ – Rob Penney

The Munster coach was pleased that his side picked up a bonus point win, and no injuries, in Galway.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Englishman Wayne Barnes to referee Munster’s clash with Toulon

The ERC has announced the full list of refereeing appointments for the European semi-final weekend.

# heineken-cup - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

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Munster stars visit sick kids in Limerick Hospital

CJ Stander, Simon Zebo and Donncha O’Callaghan were just some of those in attendance.

# heineken-cup - Saturday 12 April, 2014

Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

The South Afrcian was on form as Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final opposition came from 20-9 down to prevail.

# heineken-cup - Thursday 10 April, 2014

European Rugby Champions Cup is born as Sky and BT reach TV rights agreement

The Heineken Cup is no more as a new 20-team competition will take its place from next season on.

It looks like the European Rugby Champions Cup deal has finally been agreed

The end for the Heineken Cup is all but confirmed.

# heineken-cup - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Analysis: Leinster’s game plan comes up short against Toulon’s extreme power

Using GIFs and videos, we’ve examined the province’s kicking and attacking during the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

# heineken-cup - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Leinster back to basics after ‘wake-up call’ against Toulon

Head coach Matt O’Connor is keen that his side learn the lessons of their sub-par display in France.

Ulster’s Jared Payne set for hearing in Dublin after red card against Saracens

Meanwhile, Munster say Casey Lualala will be in a cast for 10 days but should return for the semi-final against Toulon.

Analysis: Munster’s breakdown and mauling power give them a Heineken Cup shot

We’ve pulled out the GIFs and videos to examine the strength of Rob Penney’s men in dismantling Toulouse last weekend.