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A Team of the Heineken Cup’s Greatest Ever Players

Last Thursday it was announced that a peace agreement had been reached in Europe’s rugby war. The treaty that has been signed has led to the creation of a new 20 team tournament called the ‘Rugby Champions Cup.’ Time will tell if the new competition will be a success but what is certain is that the Heineken Cup will be …

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Danny Cipriani Should Be In England Squad For Tour Of New Zealand

He was once heralded as Jonny Wilkinson’s successor for England’s fly-half position. He was the key player in a club side that was beginning to dominate both English and European rugby. He had a beautiful celebrity girlfriend and the world appeared to be his oyster. Then Danny Cipriani left for Australia. Few players in the modern game have caused as …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Who’s Hot Ulster There was a worry that Mark Anscombe’s men might be suffering a hangover from their heart breaking loss to Saracens the week before. Those fears were unfounded, however, as they crushed Connacht at Ravenhill 58-12, scoring eight tries in the process. Connacht were loose and Ulster made them pay for every mistake. Andrew Trimble plundered a hat-trick …

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Top 7 Candidates To Replace Brian O’Driscoll at Leinster

With only five games (potentially) remaining in the RaboDirect Pro 12, and Leinster’s interest in the Heineken Cup now over, the end of Brian O’Driscoll’s glorious career is imminent. The Blackrock man has become an iconic figure all across Ireland and the world because of his exploits wearing the number 13 jersey for the Blue of Leinster and the Green …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 10. Dimitri Yachvili

Over the next couple of weeks Pundit Arena will count down the greatest Heineken Cup players of all time. Coming in at number ten is French scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili. As the wick that is the Heineken Cup burns to a conclusion, we should savour each and every one of the 240 minutes that remain of the competition. Come October 2014, the …

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Jared Payne deserved red

Opinion is divided over Jared Payne’s contentious red card last weekend. Seven days later, the debate still rumbles on. Dominic Evans argues that the Ulster player thoroughly deserved the red card. Jared Payne’s red card for Ulster in the 5th minute against Saracens was most definitely the correct punishment. His follow through into Alex Goode was probably accidental, mistimed even. …

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The Red Army of Munster march on

Of course Munster would win. It is the Heineken Cup after all. Home advantage and the underdog tag played straight into their hands. Last Saturday the Irish side revealed they can still beat the best. No one could envisage the ease with which Toulouse were dispatched. They caught the viewers, but more importantly the opposition, by surprise. The French giants …

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Jared Payne Red Card Was Correct Decision

The weekend provided a mixed bag of results for Irish rugby. While Munster overcame Toulouse and progressed to the semi finals, both Ulster and Leinster were eliminated. However, the weekend’s biggest talking point stemmed from the Ulster – Saracens game at Ravenhill. Jerome Garces’ decision to send off Ulster fullback Jared Payne in the 5th minute has divided opinions in …

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Reasons to be Cheerful – Munster flying Irish flag in Europe

A Heineken Cup weekend with three Irish teams in action is normally an evocative affair. Last weekend was no different. My mood went from joy, to bitterness followed quickly on Sunday by shock and disappointment. Watching Munster brought on a wave of happiness that very quickly turned sour after Jared Payne had cruelly been shown a red card leaving an …

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Jared Payne & Rugby’s Infuriating Issue; Inconsistent Interpretation

Anyone with a passing interest in rugby will have known that it was quarter-finals weekend. The action was brilliant, intense and compelling but there was one incident that overshadowed all the action. Jared Payne’s red card. Opinions over whether or not Ulster’s Kiwi should have been given his marching orders are certainly split. My concerns lie with the inconsistent decisions …

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