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# hcup - Friday 2 May, 2014

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

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

May 2nd 2014, 5:01 PM 13,856 Views 27 Comments

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
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# Analysis

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

Apr 29th 2014, 8:00 AM 12,753 Views 29 Comments

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'
# Building Site
From The42
# Building Site

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

Apr 28th 2014, 6:10 PM 18,819 Views 19 Comments

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
From The42
# Analysis

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

Apr 27th 2014, 10:34 AM 5,849 Views 10 Comments

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
# Mountain To Climb
From The42
# Mountain To Climb

'Munster win could be the catalyst of another golden era' - Mick O'Driscoll

Apr 27th 2014, 9:15 AM 3,466 Views 4 Comments

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
# In Pictures
From The42
# In Pictures

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

Apr 26th 2014, 6:14 PM 9,027 Views 10 Comments

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
From The42
# Chokes And Tackles

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

Apr 26th 2014, 4:35 PM 15,688 Views 52 Comments

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
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# Ash Splash

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

Apr 26th 2014, 8:15 AM 4,182 Views 21 Comments

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
# Flying The Flag
From The42
# Flying The Flag

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

Apr 25th 2014, 9:02 PM 9,679 Views 15 Comments

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
# Plan B
From The42
# Plan B

'Conor Murray can handle out-half pressure if Munster come calling' - James Hart

Apr 23rd 2014, 5:49 PM 7,509 Views 1 Comment

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
# Heineken Cup
From The42
# Heineken Cup

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

Apr 23rd 2014, 12:31 PM 7,153 Views 13 Comments

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
# Gearing Up
From The42
# Gearing Up

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

Apr 22nd 2014, 4:24 PM 6,072 Views 12 Comments

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
# Opinion
From The42
# Opinion

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

Apr 22nd 2014, 2:10 PM 8,698 Views 18 Comments

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'
# Heineken Cup
From The42
# Heineken Cup

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

Apr 21st 2014, 8:02 AM 13,999 Views 12 Comments

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
From The42
# Last Man Standing

Brian O'Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson set for final showdown

Apr 6th 2014, 9:42 AM 7,696 Views 8 Comments

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'
# HCup
From The42
# HCup

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

Apr 6th 2014, 8:00 AM 9,338 Views 10 Comments

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
# Column
From The42
# Column

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

Apr 6th 2014, 7:40 AM 2,847 Views 1 Comment

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
# Reaction
From The42
# Reaction

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

Apr 5th 2014, 8:52 PM 10,930 Views 43 Comments

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
# Controversy
From The42
# Controversy

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

Apr 5th 2014, 6:56 PM 20,502 Views 63 Comments

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
# Paulie
From The42
# Paulie

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

Apr 5th 2014, 4:19 PM 7,636 Views 16 Comments

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
From The42
# Heineken Cup

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

Apr 5th 2014, 1:46 PM 8,961 Views 0 Comments

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

McAlister starts instead of Beauxis for Munster clash
# HCup
From The42
# HCup

McAlister starts instead of Beauxis for Munster clash

Apr 5th 2014, 11:42 AM 3,334 Views 2 Comments

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
# Column
From The42
# Column

'Trimble, Henry and Ravenhill roar will help Ulster topple Saracens' - Adam D'Arcy

Apr 5th 2014, 7:30 AM 1,604 Views 5 Comments

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
# Column
From The42
# Column

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

Apr 4th 2014, 7:37 PM 6,768 Views 10 Comments

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
From The42
# Long Read

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

Apr 4th 2014, 4:50 PM 3,449 Views 5 Comments

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
# HCup
From The42
# HCup

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

Apr 4th 2014, 12:19 PM 9,089 Views 47 Comments

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
# HCup
From The42
# HCup

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

Apr 3rd 2014, 2:09 PM 5,253 Views 24 Comments

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
# Heineken Cup
From The42
# Heineken Cup

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

Apr 3rd 2014, 12:08 PM 14,008 Views 37 Comments

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
# HCup
From The42
# HCup

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

Apr 3rd 2014, 10:55 AM 3,614 Views 10 Comments

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
# Heineken Cup
From The42
# Heineken Cup

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

Apr 3rd 2014, 9:27 AM 4,498 Views 8 Comments

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
From The42
# Block Party

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

Apr 2nd 2014, 3:06 PM 3,141 Views 0 Comments

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
# HCup
From The42
# HCup

'Do you want to let Alain Rolland know that?' - Penney's pride in Munster scrum

Apr 2nd 2014, 8:00 AM 14,821 Views 33 Comments

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
# HCup
From The42
# HCup

McAlister doubtful for Munster clash, Noves admits

Mar 31st 2014, 5:59 PM 4,957 Views 2 Comments

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
# Plan Of Attack
From The42
# Plan Of Attack

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

Jan 27th 2014, 12:25 PM 18,517 Views 37 Comments

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
# Crowd Pleaser
From The42
# Crowd Pleaser

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

Jan 20th 2014, 12:32 PM 3,537 Views 6 Comments

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

Munster backs don’t get credit they deserve – Penney
# H Cup
From The42
# H Cup

Munster backs don’t get credit they deserve – Penney

Jan 20th 2014, 8:00 AM 3,534 Views 10 Comments

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
# Collision Course
From The42
# Collision Course

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

Jan 19th 2014, 9:30 PM 24,371 Views 125 Comments

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
# Quarter Finals
From The42
# Quarter Finals

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

Jan 19th 2014, 5:02 PM 27,690 Views 93 Comments

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
# Match Report
From The42
# Match Report

Munster wrap up home quarter final after burying Edinburgh at Thomond

Jan 19th 2014, 3:24 PM 19,796 Views 32 Comments

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
# Heineken Cup
From The42
# Heineken Cup

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

Jan 19th 2014, 2:44 PM 3,651 Views 14 Comments

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

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