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Gary Walsh

Gary Walsh
Gary Walsh is a recent graduate in Arts from NUIG and is currently studying an MA in Literature and Media. Galway hurling and Connacht/Irish rugby are his passions and he also has a love/hate relationship with Sunderland. Currently putting the final touches on a thesis investigating whether Galway's hurlers are the most infuriating team in sport.

Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.3 Stade Toulousain (2010)

Coming in at number three on our list of Heineken Cup heavyweights is the Stade Toulousain side of 2010. A team packed with talent, this Toulouse side dominated Europe’s premier tournament. No.3 Stade Toulousain (2010) When the short history of the Heineken Cup is told in future generations it will be remembered that Munster brought the romance, Leicester the professionalism and the dominant …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No. 4 Leinster (2012)

Coming in at number four on our list of the greatest Heineken Cup teams is the mighty Leinster outfit of 2012. Eighth place in our top ten went to a Leinster team who powered their way to the title through a combination of momentum, luck, and the borderline manic will to win of Brian O’Driscoll and Rocky Elsom. Michael Cheika …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams – No. 5 Munster (2008)

It’s no secret that the Heineken Cup produced some truly vintage years for Munster rugby. Beginning with two final defeats and carrying through to their victory in the 2008 final, the men in red never took the field without their legendary passion and never-say-die attitude. While their most popular team was the one who repeatedly came so close in the …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Teams: No.6 Stade Toulousain (2005)

2005 and 6th  position sees French aristocrats Toulouse make their first appearance on our list. Toulouse’s third Heineken Cup victory was achieved, like all the others, under the astute leadership of Guy Noves with his star studded team. Before the days of Toulon, Clermont and Racing Metro splashing huge amounts of cash, it was Toulouse who had an operating budget …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.7 Munster (2006)

At number 7 on our list of greatest Heineken Cup winners we have the people’s champions, Declan Kidney’s Munster side of 2006. In years to come, when the European Rugby Champions Cup is dominating news headlines, the Heineken Cup may come to be seen as a stepping stone to a bigger and better tournament. What will never, ever be forgotten …

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Farewell To The Class of 2014 – Rugby’s Retiring XV

As the 2013- 2014 rugby season comes to an end with the summer internationals, fans the world over are coming to terms with the fact that the game is set to lose some of its most famous sons to retirement before domestic action resumes in the autumn. With a number of true superstar retirements and serious injury problems forcing several …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No. 8 Leinster (2009)

Up next on our countdown of the greatest Heineken Cup sides of all time is the Leinster team of 2009. Entering the summer of 2008, Leinster rugby were celebrating their second Celtic League title, but their celebrations were kept in check by an imposing presence in the south of the country. Despite winning their domestic league, Munster’s Heineken Cup final …

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Toulon 18-10 Castres: Three Reasons For Toulon’s Final Win

In last week’s Pundit Arena preview, we looked at three key factors which would decide whether Toulon could get over the line and complete an historic domestic and European double. Now that the dust has settled on the Top 14 season, we take a look at how Toulon were on the ball in all three areas as they took revenge …

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Toulon v Castres: Three Factors That Will Decide Top 14 Final

For the second successive season, Bernard Laporte’s Toulon are one game away from an historic French and European double. Having taken Europe by storm, rugby’s answer to Real Madrid’s Galacticos once again turn attention to their long wait for a French championship. Standing in their way once again are everybody’s favourite giant-killer, Castres. Twelve months ago Toulon were coming off …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.9 Brive (1997)

What do Leicester’s 2002 Heineken Cup winning team, Leinster’s 2012 legends and Toulon’s class of 2013 have in common that sets them apart from the Brive side of 1997? All of these teams did one thing which Brive did not; they lost a game on their way to the trophy. Last year, Toulon were hockeyed 23-3 by Montpellier in the …

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