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Saracens and Toulon March To War

As the fat lady sits in the wings warming up her vocal cords, 30 men will be emptying every last ounce of energy on the pitch in the Millennium stadium on Saturday evening. This weekend, the Heineken Cup will come to, its much drawn out conclusion after 19 years of riveting club rugby. While Toulon and Saracens may not be …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 1. Ronan O’Gara

After weeks of counting down Heineken Cup legends, we have finally reached the conclusion. From tough tacklers to accurate outhalfs, our choice for  number one rose above them all. No team was safe from this European rugby legend. Our choice as the Greatest Heineken Cup Player Of All Time is Munster maestro Ronan O’Gara. No. 1 Ronan O’Gara When it comes …

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Top 14: Toulon and Castres Set Up Rematch of 2013 Final

Neither Montpellier nor Racing Metro were able to overcome the odds in the French Top 14 Semi-finals as favourites Toulon and Castres marched on to a repeat of last year’s climax in two highly contrasting games in Lille. Tries were at a premium in the first game as Toulon and Racing Metro predictably unleashed their star-studded packs in a dour …

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Rugby Legend: Brian Moore

The number 2 position, a.k.a the ‘Hooker’, is a pivotal area in modern day rugby. Matches can be won and lost on scrums and lineouts. Heading into the New Zealand tour in June,  England head coach Stuart Lancaster and his side may be weakened by the potential loss of first choice Dylan Hartley and will miss Lions number 2 in Tom …

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Stuart Hogg Reportedly Spotted Meeting With Ulster Rugby

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland player Stuart Hogg was reportedly seen being shown around Ravenhill by Ulster’s top brass three weeks ago amid reports of a possible move to the Northern province. Hogg is currently preparing for the historic RaboDirect Pro12 Final versus Leinster at the RDS on May 31st. Despite being dropped for the semi-final, 21-year-old Hogg has played an important …

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Toulon v Saracens: Five Key Battles

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss the five key battles that could determine the outcome of Saturday’s Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens. And then there were two. Toulon and Saracens clash in Cardiff’s cauldron, the Millennium Stadium, to see who will be crowned Champions of Europe for 2014. Toulon have been efficient in this season’s continental competition, effectively …

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Mark McCafferty – Changing Rugby For The Good?

For some the Premiership Rugby (PR) chief executive Mark McCafferty is revolutionising the sport. For others, he is changing it for the worse. Since he arrived as Chief Executive of the Premier Rugby Association in 2005, McCafferty has continued to evolve the game in England to ensure its survival. An influx of foreign players can hurt the game, as is …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 2. Brian O’Driscoll

This man needs no introduction. Coming in at number two on our countdown is one of the greatest rugby players in the  history of the sport. We give you, Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll. No.2 Brian O’Driscoll What can be said about Brian O’Driscoll that hasn’t been said before? One of the greatest rugby players of all time and the most capped …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 3. Fabien Pelous

Our countdown is nearing its climax and coming in at number three is the legendary French second row Fabien Pelous. 3. Fabien Pelous (Toulouse) No matter how stylish or fluent a team is, every outfit that craves success needs an enforcer. Few players fitted this bill more than Toulouse second row Fabien Pelous. While Guy Noves has held the management reins …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Who’s Hot Ian Madigan The strutting peacock that is the Leinster flyhalf rescued the Blues from a shock defeat over Irish rivals Ulster with a dart over the try line. It has been a frustrating season for the Blackrock man who has found his opportunities limited due to Matt O’Connor’s preference for Jimmy Gopperth. However, Madigan’s magic may just be …

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