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# heineken-cup - Today’s News

From The Score Early battles the key to Munster hopes in Toulon — Horan Bring 'em On!

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.”

From The Score ‘There’ll be plenty of people ringing in sick on Monday, with the help of God!’ Red Army

‘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.

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# heineken-cup - Yesterday’s News

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

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.

From The Score ‘We’ll have to go to a special place internally’ – Zebo ready for Toulon test Z Factor

‘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

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

‘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.

From The Score A look back at Munster’s European campaign ahead of Marseille invasion SUAF

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.

From The Score ‘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 The Score Simon Hick: Big men, big budgets — rugby won’t survive 10 years of Toulon domination Power Shift

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.

From The Score 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.

# heineken-cup - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

From The Score Hanrahan making ‘really good progress’ as Munster get set for Toulon Contention

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.

From The Score 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 The Score 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.

From The Score Toulon captain Jonny Wilkinson fit to face Munster in Marseille Wilko

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.

From The Score Habana getting set to make up for lost time in Toulon shirt Heineken Cup

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

From The Score VINE: Simon Zebo’s weight room dance is what Bank Holidays are all about G-Unit

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.

From The Score The Heineken Cup semi-finals are here, and any one of these four teams could win it FINAL 4

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?

From The Score ‘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.

# heineken-cup - Sunday 20 April, 2014

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

‘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

From The Score Englishman Wayne Barnes to referee Munster’s clash with Toulon Whistleblower

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

From The Score Munster stars visit sick kids in Limerick Hospital Visit This post contains images

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

From The Score Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win Top 14

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

From The Score European Rugby Champions Cup is born as Sky and BT reach TV rights agreement Peace

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.

From The Score It looks like the European Rugby Champions Cup deal has finally been agreed RIP H Cup

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

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

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

From The Score Leinster back to basics after ‘wake-up call’ against Toulon Pro12

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.

From The Score Ulster’s Jared Payne set for hearing in Dublin after red card against Saracens Judgement

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.

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

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.

From The Score VIDEO: Ulster produce an emotional thanks to fans for Heineken Cup support Suftum

VIDEO: Ulster produce an emotional thanks to fans for Heineken Cup support

The Ravenhill faithful served up another memorable atmosphere during the quarter-final defeat to Saracens.

# heineken-cup - Monday 7 April, 2014

From The Score O’Mahony undergoes scan as Munster confirm broken hand for Laulala Injury Worries

O’Mahony undergoes scan as Munster confirm broken hand for Laulala

The province’s captain will learn the extent of his shoulder injury when he meets a specialist tomorrow.

From The Score Ulster’s woes grow as Pienaar and Best ruled out for at least six weeks Sick List

Ulster’s woes grow as Pienaar and Best ruled out for at least six weeks

Mark Anscombe’s side have also seen Andrew Trimble, Roger Wilson, John Afoa and Dan Tuohy ruled out of action.

From The Score Here’s what the French media are saying after the Heineken Cup quarter-finals Reaction

Here’s what the French media are saying after the Heineken Cup quarter-finals

We’ve taken a look at L’Équipe, Midi Olympique and Rugbyrama to discover the alternative viewpoint on the action.

From The Score Anscombe proud of ‘scrambling’ Ulster after enforced tactical reshuffle Payne Game

Anscombe proud of ‘scrambling’ Ulster after enforced tactical reshuffle

The New Zealander was forced to tear up his plans and start again after just four minutes against Saracens.

From The Score 5 things we learned from the Heineken Cup quarter-finals Then There Were 4

5 things we learned from the Heineken Cup quarter-finals

It was a rollercoaster weekend of rugby with plenty of ups in Thomond Park.

# heineken-cup - Sunday 6 April, 2014

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 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 Murray gives ‘special mention’ to his forwards after armchair ride against Toulouse Pack Power

Murray gives ‘special mention’ to his forwards after armchair ride against Toulouse

The Munster scrum-half says his pack ensured yesterday’s Heineken Cup clash was an enjoyable outing for Munster’s clinical backline.

From The Score Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson set for final showdown Last Man Standing

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 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 ‘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 The Score 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.

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