Heineken European Cup

    150 days ago

    Standing ovation for Wilkinson as Toulon retain title

    Toulon 23 Saracens 6
    Jonny Wilkinson turned on the style once more in his penultimate game before retirement as Toulon comfortably retained their European title.

    198 days ago

    Ulster bow out after tightest of contests

    Fourteen-man Ulster just failed to reach the Heineken Cup semi-final today after an astonishing clash which hung in the balance right to the end at the newly constructed Ravenhill.

    199 days ago

    Munster turn on the style against Toulouse

    Munster 47 Toulouse 23 Today was another great Heineken Cup day for Munster, who played Toulouse off the pitch at Thomond Park today to mark one of their greatest triumphs in the history of this great competition.

    275 days ago

    Munster secure home quarter-final

    Thomond Park can look forward to hosting a Heineken Cup quarter-final after Munster secured a 38-6 victory against Edinburgh this afternoon.

    276 days ago

    No Heineken Cup fairytale for Connacht

    Saracens 64 Connacht 6
    Saracens crushed Connacht 64-6 to make sure of their place in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

    282 days ago

    Leinster's resilience and energy defeated Castres, says Gibbes

    Forwards coach Jono Gibbes praised Leinster's resilience as they came from two converted tries down to beat Castres Olympique 29-22 at Stade Pierre-Antoine.

    282 days ago

    Munster top Pool Six with win against Gloucester

    Gloucester 7 Munster 20
    Munster moved into the Heineken Cup quarter-finals as Pool Six winners after subduing Gloucester’s resistance at a sold-out Kingsholm today.

    326 days ago

    Euro lifeline for English clubs

    England’s clubs have edged back from the brink of exclusion from European competition next season following a dramatic day in a dispute destined to continue for another year.

    333 days ago

    Five unions back ERC in continuing European Rugby Cup

    It now looks certain that the Heineken Cup will continue into next season.

    543 days ago

    Earls the only change for Munster

    The inclusion of a fit-again Keith Earls represents Rob Penney’s only change to his starting XV for tomorrow’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne at the Stade de la Mosson (6pm).

    562 days ago

    Ulster's Cup dream over

    Saracens 27 Ulster 16
    England wing Chris Ashton returned to try-scoring form at Twickenham as Saracens beat Ulster to book their first Heineken Cup semi-final appearance for five years.

    563 days ago

    Schmidt: We must save the Heineken Cup

    Leinster director of rugby Joe Schmidt has called on the warring politicians of European rugby to listen to the supporters and pull out all the stops to save the Heineken Cup.

    565 days ago

    Afoa: Ulster feeling confident ahead of Saracens showdown

    Having gotten back to winning ways against Leinster last weekend, Ulster prop John Afoa can sense the confidence in the squad as they prepare for Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens in Twickenham (6.30pm).

    641 days ago

    One enforced change for Munster

    Ian Keatley will replace Ronan O’Gara at flyhalf in the only change Munster boss Rob Penney has made for Sunday's crucial meeting with Racing Metro at Thomond Park (12.45pm).

    642 days ago

    O'Gara suspended for Heineken Cup clash

    Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara has been suspended for a week following his citing for kicking Edinburgh lock Sean Cox in a Heineken Cup fixture four days ago.

    650 days ago

    No ban for England fly half Flood

    Toby Flood will be named in England's RBS 6 Nations squad today after a citing for an alleged tip tackle was dismissed at a Rugby Football Union hearing.

    674 days ago

    Ulster run halted by Saints

    Ulster 9 Northampton 10
    Ulster fell to their first defeat of the season as Northampton made up for their heavy defeat at Franklin's Gardens by turning over Pool Four leaders Ulster at Ravenhill in their concluding back-to-back clashes in the Heineken Cup.

    674 days ago

    Montpellier impress against Cardiff

    Montpellier 34 Cardiff Blues 21
    Montpellier kept their Heineken Cup hopes alive with a convincing win over Cardiff Blues at Stade Yves du Manoir this evening.

    678 days ago

    No progress in rugby talks

    A meeting of ERC stakeholders today brought about no agreement regarding the ongoing discussions about the future of European club rugby tournaments.

    680 days ago

    Munster back rows on the mend

    Back row trio Niall Ronan, Sean Dougall and Barry O'Mahony will make their return to full training with the Munster squad this week with all three expected to be in consideration for Sunday’s crucial Heineken Cup meeting against Saracens.

    685 days ago

    Duffy back on Connacht injury list

    Connacht suffered a setback in their preparations for Friday’s Heineken Cup game against Biarritz with the news that captain Gavin Duffy has been ruled out of action for four to five weeks with a hamstring injury.

    686 days ago

    Ulster coach restores big names for Northampton test

    Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe has added several senior players to his 27-man preliminary squad for their crucial Heineken Cup Pool 4 clash against Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens on Friday (8pm).

    693 days ago

    Best targeting Heineken Cup return

    Ulster hooker Rory Best is targeting a return to action for the Heineken Cup third round clash with Northampton on December 7.

    725 days ago

    Premiership chief wants new approach to Heineken Cup talks

    Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty will meet with the English clubs today and propose a new approach to the discussions over the future of the Heineken Cup.

    732 days ago

    Bradley relishing Munster clash

    Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley hopes to match Munster’s muscle in Sunday’s Heineken Cup round two clash at Thomond Park.

    734 days ago

    Dougall eager to experience Thomond Park atmosphere

    Munster's summer signing Seán Dougall is excited about experiencing the famous Thomond Park atmosphere when they welcome Heineken Cup rivals Edinburgh to Limerick on Sunday.

    735 days ago

    Ferris and Williams could return for Glasgow meeting

    Ulster back row duo Stephen Ferris and Nick Williams are in contention to face Glasgow Warriors in the Heineken Cup this Friday after being named in Mark Anscombe's provisional 28-man squad (kick off 8pm).

    736 days ago

    No fresh injury concerns for Leinster

    Aside from a few cuts and bruises, the Leinster medical team have reported no new injuries ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash with the Scarlets in Wales (1.35pm).

    737 days ago

    Harlequins make Heineken Cup statement

    Harlequins 40 Biarritz 13
    Harlequins overcame the early loss of Nick Evans to make a triumphant start to their Heineken Cup campaign in a bruising clash with Biarritz this evening.

    738 days ago

    Leinster grind out victory against dogged debutants

    Leinster 9 Exeter Chiefs 6
    Defending champions Leinster were left clinging on for a nervy, narrow win over Heineken Cup new boys Exeter Chiefs at the RDS.

    738 days ago

    Dominant Saracens keep Edinburgh scoreless

    Edinburgh 0 Saracens 45
    Charlie Hodgson led the way with a 25-point haul as Saracens launched their Heineken Cup campaign by dismantling Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

    738 days ago

    Connacht hold nerve to secure vital away victory

    Zebre 10 Connacht 19
    Connacht got their Heineken Cup campaign off to a winning start with a scrappy victory away to tournament newcomers Zebre in Parma.

    738 days ago

    Racing Metro stun Munster at Stade de France

    Racing Metro 22 Munster 17
    A late Olly Barkley penalty helped give Racing Metro an unlikely Heineken Cup victory over Munster at a wet and soggy Stade de France this afternoon.

    755 days ago

    Meeting to discuss future of Heineken Cup

    The power struggle which is threatening the future of the Heineken Cup will be top of the agenda when Rugby Football Union officials meet with Aviva Premiership club representatives today.

    763 days ago

    French clubs not interested in breakaway tournament

    The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), the governing body for domestic rugby in France, has clarified that unless there is a “catastrophic failure in negotiations” it will not consider abandoning the Heineken Cup for a breakaway tournament.

    788 days ago

    French clubs set autumn deadline for Heineken Cup negotiations

    France's Top 14 clubs have set an autumn deadline for completion of negotiations over the restructuring of the Heineken Cup, after which they will examine alternative options.

    789 days ago

    English and French clubs threaten to pull out of Heineken Cup

    Top clubs in England and France have served notice of their intention to quit the Heineken Cup and organise a rival competition as they believe the current format is weighted too heavily in favour of the Celtic nations.

    861 days ago

    Draw made for Heineken Cup

    The pool draw has today been made for the 2012/13 Henieken Cup.

    905 days ago

    Leinster set up Ulster showdown

    Clermont Auvergne 15 Leinster 19
    Defending champions Leinster set up an all-Irish Heineken Cup final after surviving a late onslaught from Clermont Auvergne during which Wesley Fofana dramatically had a try ruled out for the French side.

    905 days ago

    Wannenburg keen to end on a high note

    Pedrie Wannenburg is aiming for a dream end to his Ulster career after his try-scoring performance helped secure a 22-19 victory over Edinburgh and a place in the Heineken Cup final.

    906 days ago

    Heineken Cup: All-Irish final hangs in the balance

    As Ulster adapt to being favourites for a Heineken Cup semi-final, champions Leinster face the sternest test in the defence of their title and an all-Irish final hangs in the balance.

    907 days ago

    Boss to start as Reddan drops to the bench

    Isaac Boss will partner Jonathan Sexton when Leinster face ASM Clermont Auvergne in Sunday's Heineken Cup semi-final in the Stade Chaban-Delmas (3pm Irish time).

    907 days ago

    Jackson to start for Ulster

    The Ulster team to face Edinburgh in Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final (5.45pm) has been named with Paddy Jackson starting at outhalf.

    917 days ago

    Injury worry for Ulster's Marshall

    Ulster scrum half Paul Marshall is at risk of missing the province’s Heineken Cup semi-final clash with Edinburgh after picking up an arm injury against Connacht on Saturday.

    925 days ago

    Bradley targets repeat performance against Ulster

    Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley has called on his players to reproduce the level of performance which saw them overcome Toulouse in Murrayfield on Saturday, when they meet Ulster in the Heineken Cup semi-final.

    926 days ago

    Schmidt predicts tough semi-final

    Leinster boss Joe Schmidt has predicted an “horrendously tough” Heineken Cup semi-final for his team after they cruised into the competition’s penultimate knockout round.

    926 days ago

    Masterful Leinster maul Cardiff

    Leinster 34 Cardiff Blues 3
    Leinster marched into the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup with a masterful display against Cardiff Blues at the Aviva Stadium.

    927 days ago

    Edinburgh through after shock win over Toulouse

    Edinburgh 19 Toulouse 14
    Edinburgh produced a stunning victory over French giants Toulouse to become the first Scottish side to reach the last four of the Heineken Cup.

    928 days ago

    Leinster at full strength for Cardiff showdown

    Leo Cullen captains a familiar looking Leinster team to face the Cardiff Blues in Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter final in the Aviva Stadium (5.45pm).

    930 days ago

    Big names return to Munster squad

    David Wallace, Paul O’Connell, Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray have all been named in Tony McGahan’s squad for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster on Sunday.

    932 days ago

    Big names set for Munster return

    Paul O'Connell, Donnacha Ryan and Conor Murray could all take to the field this weekend for Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster, with all three making a return to training this week.

    932 days ago

    Leinster enjoy rude health ahead of European showdown

    The Leinster management have reported no major injury concerns from Saturday night’s 18-9 win over Munster in Limerick.

    932 days ago

    Muller: We must match Munster up front

    Ulster captain Johann Muller is anticipating a war of attrition between both sets of forwards when his team travel to Thomond Park for their Heineken Cup quarter-final on Sunday (1.45pm).

    1003 days ago

    Cardiff through to quarter-finals

    Cardiff Blues 36 Racing Metro 30
    Cardiff Blues booked their Heineken Cup quarter-final place today - but not before Wales coach Warren Gatland was dealt another major pre-Six Nations injury scare.

    1003 days ago

    Cup joy for Edinburgh

    Edinburgh 34 London Irish 11
    Edinburgh advanced to the knockout stage of the Heineken Cup for the first time in eight years when they produced some scintillating rugby to sweep aside a London Irish side that offered little in an attacking sense at Murrayfield.

    1003 days ago

    O’Connell hails Munster performance

    Munster skipper Paul O’Connell believes his side still have a way to go to get up to the level of Toulouse and Leinster in the Heineken Cup.

    1003 days ago

    Imperious Munster march on to quarter-finals

    Northampton Saints 36 Munster 51
    Munster clinched a home Heineken Cup quarter-final spot as they hit last season's runners-up for a record 51 points.

    1003 days ago

    McLaughlin looks at the positives

    Brian McLaughlin was "exceptionally proud" of his Ulster side after they qualified for the Heineken Cup quarter-finals and came within minutes of ending Clermont Auvergne's long-standing unbeaten home record today.

    1004 days ago

    Defeat sees Ulster surrender home advantage

    Clermont Auvergne 19 Ulster 15
    Ulster will be playing away from home in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals after Clermont Auvergne leapfrogged them at the top of Pool Four with a narrow win today.

    1004 days ago

    Scoreline flatters below-par Leicester

    Leicester's disappointing European campaign came to an end with a comfortable but far from convincing 33-6 win over a battling Aironi at Welford Road.