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# hcup - Friday 2 May, 2014

From The42 Fitting swansong for Alain Rolland as he gets Heineken Cup final reffing gig Last Call

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

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

From The42 8 crucial errors that cost Munster a place in the Heineken Cup final Analysis This post contains videos

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

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

From The42 Ronan O’Gara labels Munster’s Heineken Cup semi final venue ‘a disgrace’ Building Site

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

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

From The42 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.

From The42 ‘Munster win could be the catalyst of another golden era’ – Mick O’Driscoll Mountain To Climb

‘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.

# hcup - Saturday 26 April, 2014

From The42 Hanrahan put through his paces as O’Donnell tries out the subs’ bench in Marseille In Pictures

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.

From The42 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.

From The42 Chris Ashton hoping to eclipse Heineken Cup try-scoring record against Clermont Ash Splash This post contains videos

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.

# hcup - Friday 25 April, 2014

From The42 In pictures: Munster players and fans make their presence felt in Marseilles Flying The Flag

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.

# hcup - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

From The42 ‘Conor Murray can handle out-half pressure if Munster come calling’ – James Hart Plan B

‘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.

From The42 Paul O’Connell compares Toulon with All Blacks ahead of Munster semi final Heineken Cup

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.

# hcup - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

From The42 In pictures: Munster’s players in training ahead of Heineken Cup semi final Gearing Up

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.

From The42 Munster should resist calls to start Simon Zebo at fullback against Toulon Opinion

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.

# hcup - Monday 21 April, 2014

From The42 ‘Some Munster players will have to go beyond where they have been before to beat Toulon’ Heineken Cup

‘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.

# hcup - Sunday 6 April, 2014

From The42 Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson set for final showdown Last Man Standing This post contains videos

Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson set for final showdown

The Irish and English rugby legends meet in a last-man-standing clash at Stade Felix Mayol this afternoon.

From The42 ‘You’d probably love to stay in Ireland and keep it an All-Ireland semi-final’ HCup

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

Munster second row Paul O’Connell was thrilled by his side’s maul during yesterday’s victory over Toulouse in Limerick.

From The42 Shane Byrne: Leinster need to dominate trench warfare if they are to stun Toulon Column

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

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

From The42 Payne challenge a yellow but red card ‘very harsh’, says Muller Reaction

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

French referee Jerome Garces will not be welcome back at Ravenhill any time soon.

From The42 GIF: Jared Payne sent off for Ulster after only four minutes Controversy

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.

From The42 ‘We’d love to face Leinster next’ says delighted Paul O’Connell Paulie

‘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.

From The42 GIF: Keith Earls dives over for early try in rousing Munster victory Heineken Cup This post contains videos

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

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

From The42 McAlister starts instead of Beauxis for Munster clash HCup

McAlister starts instead of Beauxis for Munster clash

The 30-year-old former All Black star had originally been named on the replacements bench.

From The42 ‘Trimble, Henry and Ravenhill roar will help Ulster topple Saracens’ – Adam D’Arcy Column

‘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.

# hcup - Friday 4 April, 2014

From The42 Shane Byrne: Pienaar and ‘world-class wrecking ball’ Ferris to see Ulster through Column

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.

From The42 ‘Super-human’ Ruan Pienaar targets second Heineken Cup final in three seasons Long Read This post contains videos

‘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.

From The42 Leinster go for Jimmy Gopperth at out-half ahead of difficult trip to Toulon HCup

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

Meanwhile, Cian Healy, Rhys Ruddock and Dave Kearney are all fit to start at Stade Mayol.

# hcup - Thursday 3 April, 2014

From The42 Toulouse have no reason to fear Munster faithful, says Maxime Medard HCup

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

The French winger believes his team are hitting form at the right time.

From The42 Aviva Stadium, not Croke Park, confirmed for potential Leinster v Munster semi final Heineken Cup

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.

From The42 Wilkinson and Castro return as Toulon name 27-man group to face Leinster HCup

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.

From The42 Simon Hick column: Irish nous staving off French power play, for now Heineken Cup

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.

# hcup - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

From The42 Ulster will thrash Saracens, if this cool Lego video is anything to go by Block Party This post contains videos

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.

From The42 ‘Do you want to let Alain Rolland know that?’ – Penney’s pride in Munster scrum HCup

‘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.

# hcup - Monday 31 March, 2014

From The42 McAlister doubtful for Munster clash, Noves admits HCup

McAlister doubtful for Munster clash, Noves admits

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

# hcup - Monday 27 January, 2014

From The42 Super Saturday in store as Heineken Cup announce 1/4 final kick-off times Plan Of Attack

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

Munster have been handed another early kick-off, while Leinster meet Toulon on the Sunday afternoon.

# hcup - Monday 20 January, 2014

From The42 ‘He’s an easy guy to follow’: O’Connell lauds O’Mahony leadership Crowd Pleaser

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

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

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

Munster backs don’t get credit they deserve – Penney

The Munster coach says many of his players feel they deserve a better ‘crack’ with Joe Schmidt.

# hcup - Sunday 19 January, 2014

From The42 Leinster and Munster on Heineken Cup collision course if they pass French tests Collision Course

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

Matt O’Connor believes his team has the capabilities needed to win their fourth Heineken Cup.

From The42 Leinster to visit home of Heineken Cup champions as last eight decided Quarter Finals

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

Munster will face Toulouse at home while Saracens will visit Ravenhill to meet Ulster.

From The42 Munster wrap up home quarter final after burying Edinburgh at Thomond Match Report

Munster wrap up home quarter final after burying Edinburgh at Thomond

Rob Penney’s men ran in six tries to dismiss the feeble Scottish challenge in Limerick.

From The42 5 talking points from Ulster’s 100% perfect Tigers triumph Heineken Cup

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

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

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