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Sunday 6 April, 2014

From The Score Snapshot: The saddest lads in the world watch Leinster lose in France True Blue

Snapshot: The saddest lads in the world watch Leinster lose in France

If you think you were disappointed watching the Heineken Cup today, spare a thought for these guys.

From The Score O’Driscoll ends European odyssey in disappointment as Toulon prove too tough for Leinster Report

O’Driscoll ends European odyssey in disappointment as Toulon prove too tough for Leinster

The reigning champions always looked to be a step ahead of their predecessors today.

From The Score Bowe laments loss of ‘best opportunity Ulster may ever have’ to win Heineken Cup Down And Out

Bowe laments loss of ‘best opportunity Ulster may ever have’ to win Heineken Cup

The winger had felt that everything was in place for Ulster this year.

From The Score As it happened: Toulon v Leinster, Heineken Cup quarter-final Liveblog

As it happened: Toulon v Leinster, Heineken Cup quarter-final

Can Leinster bring a Heineken Cup semi-final to Dublin? Or will Munster have to head to Marseille.

From The Score Saracens defeat ‘will haunt Ulster players for the rest of our lives’ Hurt

Saracens defeat ‘will haunt Ulster players for the rest of our lives’

Ulster captain told his players that beating Saracens would have been a greater achievement than winning the World Cup, but it was not to be.

From The Score ‘We know what it takes’: Heaslip hoping to join Munster in semis with victory in Toulon Last Eight

‘We know what it takes’: Heaslip hoping to join Munster in semis with victory in Toulon

Leinster will have to topple the reigning champions to maintain an interest in the Heineken Cup.

Saturday 5 April, 2014

From The Score Incredible 14-man performance from Ulster comes up short against Saracens Report

Incredible 14-man performance from Ulster comes up short against Saracens

Jared Payne’s early red card turned the tide irreversibly in Saracens’ favour.

From The Score As it happened: Ulster v Saracens, Heineken Cup quarter-final Liveblog

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.

From The Score Bit by bit Bowe and Ulster in better place to beat Saracens Interview

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.

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

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.

Friday 4 April, 2014

From The Score O’Connor giving nothing away as Toulon tussle looms large Pokerface

O’Connor giving nothing away as Toulon tussle looms large

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

Thursday 3 April, 2014

From The Score Tyrone take on Dublin with just one change while Derry rotate 14 NFL

Tyrone take on Dublin with just one change while Derry rotate 14

Emmet McGuckin is the only survivor in Brian McIver’s high flying Oak Leaf side.

From The Score ‘I could play them today’: Heaslip raring to go up against Toulon Chapeau

‘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.

Wednesday 2 April, 2014

From The Score Leinster’s best may not be good enough in Toulon, admits Eoin Reddan Honest Eoin

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.

From The Score Daydream to reality: Trimble at top of his game and determined to stay there Interview

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.

Tuesday 1 April, 2014

From The Score Rory Best: Ulster must stay cool and selfish to see off Saracens Fine Margins

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.

From The Score Ulster expect Pienaar to return for Saracens showdown H Cup

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.

From The Score Game management key if Leinster are to overthrow Toulon Kicking On

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.

Monday 31 March, 2014

From The Score Towering Andy Carroll delivers Hammer blow to Sunderland Premier League

Towering Andy Carroll delivers Hammer blow to Sunderland

The Black Cats rallied after falling 2 – 0 down, but it was a case of too little too late.

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

‘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.

From The Score Former Ireland coach Gert Smal takes control of Western Province Forward Thinking

Former Ireland coach Gert Smal takes control of Western Province

The forwards coach has been named the new director of rugby with the club he has previously represented as a player and a coach.

From The Score O’Driscoll, Healy and McGrath will be ready to go when Leinster visit Toulon H Cup

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.

Sunday 16 March, 2014

From The Score TheScore.ie’s Six Nations awards extravaganza Honours

TheScore.ie’s Six Nations awards extravaganza

Put down that ice-pack and get your tux on for our big end-of-Championship awards bash.

From The Score Take the cup home: Six Nations Champions Ireland will arrive in Dublin this afternoon Homecoming Kings

Take the cup home: Six Nations Champions Ireland will arrive in Dublin this afternoon

They’ll have a little extra luggage than they left with.

From The Score In Pics: Selfies and celebrations as Ireland take Six Nations title Champions

In Pics: Selfies and celebrations as Ireland take Six Nations title

Here’s where we all wish we were tonight.

Saturday 15 March, 2014

From The Score Paul O’Connell eyes room for improvement even at finest hour Champion

Paul O’Connell eyes room for improvement even at finest hour

The captain doesn’t sound like a man ready to stop at two championship medals.

From The Score 113 brilliant pictures of Brian O’Driscoll’s international career BYE BYE BOD This post contains images
From The Score A truly fitting finale as Brian O’Driscoll finishes as a champion Legend

A truly fitting finale as Brian O’Driscoll finishes as a champion

The great centre vowed to give Ireland one more year and he has delivered.

From The Score As it happened: France v Ireland, Six Nations Championship decider Grand Finale

As it happened: France v Ireland, Six Nations Championship decider

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland went in search of silverware in France.

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From The Score Wisdom of BOD evoked as fans descend on Stade Fruit And Veg

Wisdom of BOD evoked as fans descend on Stade

These fans really take their work seriously.

From The Score GIF: Dirty Hogg sent off for late shoulder on Dan Biggar 6 Nations

GIF: Dirty Hogg sent off for late shoulder on Dan Biggar

Scotland are headed for a trouncing in Cardiff.

From The Score Poll: Who do you think will win the Six Nations Championship today? Your Say This post contains a poll

Friday 14 March, 2014

From The Score The accordions and berets are out for RTÉ’s big France v Ireland promo Tasty
From The Score Stephen Ferris back with a bang as Ulster grab bonus point win Fez

Stephen Ferris back with a bang as Ulster grab bonus point win

It was not all good news for Ulster, Ruan Pienaar appeared to injure his arm in the 26 – 13 win.

From The Score Paddy Jackson and Tommy Bowe ran riot for Ulster against Scarlets Pro12

Paddy Jackson and Tommy Bowe ran riot for Ulster against Scarlets

Here are the tries from Ulster’s 26 – 13 win in the Pro12 tonight.

From The Score Defiant display, but defeat for Ireland Women as France hold on to secure Grand Slam 6 Nations

Defiant display, but defeat for Ireland Women as France hold on to secure Grand Slam

Gillian Bourke scored the first two tries France have conceded in this year’s Championship, but Ireland came up just short.

From The Score In Pics: Paris presents perfect conditions for rugby as O’Driscoll jogs out on final Captain’s Run Dry Track
From The Score GIF: Irish jockey Daryl Jacob injured as Port Melon crashes through Cheltenham railing CheltFest

GIF: Irish jockey Daryl Jacob injured as Port Melon crashes through Cheltenham railing

The incident took the jockey out of the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

From The Score ‘Ireland don’t need mad aggressive heads to beat France,’ says cool, calm Cian Healy Church

‘Ireland don’t need mad aggressive heads to beat France,’ says cool, calm Cian Healy

The prop embodies Ireland’s sense of easy confidence before a traditionally nervy Test.

From The Score Fervent kick chase key to shutting down French counter attack — O’Connell Boot To Ball

Fervent kick chase key to shutting down French counter attack — O’Connell

The captain and his coach are intent on limiting ammunition to Les Bleus’ back three.