The enormity of the challenge facing Leinster and Munster in their respective Champions Cup quarter-finals this weekend is capably captured by the fact their opponents, Saracens and Toulon, have won the last five Heineken/Champions Cups between them, writes
Wed, 28 Mar, 2018
Sat, 19 Dec, 2015
Leo Cullen has backed Jonathan Sexton and the rest of his Leinster team to turn the corner after three European defeats that leave them all but out of the Champions Cup reckoning ahead of Toulon’s visit to the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.
Fri, 18 Dec, 2015
Leinster have not yet accepted defeat in their bid to extend Kiwi centre Ben Te’o’s stay at the province beyond next summer, despite considerable reported interest in the 28-year old from clubs in England, France and Australia.
Wed, 09 Dec, 2015
Tue, 01 Dec, 2015
Leo Cullen believes Leinster’s surprise defeat of Munster in the classic 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final at Croke Park can serve as a template as the province contemplates the prospect of facing Toulon at the same stage in Marseille.
Wed, 15 Apr, 2015
Lost amid the disappointment of Leinster’s PRO12 defeat to Newport Gwent Dragons and their upcoming European semi-final in Marseille has been the fact that the province’s Champions Cup ambitions for next season have already been seriously compromised.
Tue, 14 Apr, 2015
Ireland’s provinces remain every bit as capable of seeing off the biggest and best English and French clubs the European game has to offer, according to Sean O’Brien who is desperate for another crack at reigning champions Toulon.
Fri, 30 Jan, 2015
Wasps 20 Leinster 20: European Champions Cup Pool 2: Matt O’Connor put a mostly positive spin on a game that got away from his Leinster team in Coventry on Saturday, but there can be no escaping the difference between the worth of a home and an away berth in the last eight.
Mon, 26 Jan, 2015
Leinster’s weekend of mixed emotions continued through to tea-time yesterday when the three-time Heineken Cup champions were handed a daunting potential Rugby Champions Cup semi-final assignment ‘away’ to reigning champions Toulon in mid-April.
Mon, 26 Jan, 2015
Munster’s proud history and record of achievement in Europe demanded they be afforded a fighting chance coming into this monumental Heineken Cup semi-final challenge but, in truth, they were always going to be hard pressed to come out on top.
Mon, 28 Apr, 2014
It was while gazing through the NFL schedule for 2014, which was revealed earlier this week, and other gridiron-related matters that our eyes happened to stray across a well-worn quote from John Madden, the Hall of Fame ex-coach, broadcasting legend and the face of millions of American football computer games around the world.
Fri, 25 Apr, 2014