Posts Tagged "Heineken Cup"
On Tuesday we discovered that BT Vision had penned a deal for exclusive television rights for clubs playing in the Aviva Premiership, including European games from 2014.
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It’s the end of August, end of the summer, the rain has stopped, it’s getting darker, and that means it’s rugby time again. In this part of the world anyway.
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Today’s announcement that Denis Leamy is to retire due to a hip injury is yet another punch in the guts for Munster followers.
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This weekend an ancient battle between two tribes that first started warring over two thousand years ago resumes. This time on foreign soil for the Heineken Cup.
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A couple weeks ago, my friends and I watched the Force and Stormers game, simply because a South African side was involved.
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This week sees the final round of the Aviva Premiership before the playoffs begin.
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As the Super Rugby competition trundles towards its mid-term break at the end of May, the northern hemisphere season reaches its climax over the next four weeks.
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The migration of southern hemisphere players to northern hemisphere leagues has been increasingly common in the last few years.
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Tony McGahan, the head coach at Irish provincial team Munster, will leave the club at end of season to become the defensive coach for Australia. McGahan will serve under Robbie Deans next season.
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The Chief Executive of Premier Rugby in England wants the Pro 12 to change its qualification system for the Heineken Cup so that more English clubs can make it through to the knockout stages. It sounds ludicrous, but it’s true.
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The first weekend of the Heineken cup in Europe saw the Celtic nations, Wales, Ireland and Scotland come out top with eight wins from 10 matches.
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With the ever-increasing need to grow rugby union as an international brand and capture a bigger TV audience, the premiership clubs in England and the Top 14 clubs in France are believed to be exploring the opportunity to expand the level of competition outside the existing six countries that participate in the Heineken Cup.
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After the varying disappointments of the Rugby World Cup, the European club/provincial competition gets underway again next weekend, with some of the usual suspects to lift the Cup being joined by a few more possible contenders for this season’s tournament.
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One of the learnings from Rugby World Cup 2011 is that rugby has a long way to go if it is to become a truly global sport.
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In the final pool round of the Heineken Cup, Leinster, 2009 winners, smashed Racing Metro 36-11 with a five-try hammering of the Top 14 team at the French outfit’s home base.
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Former European Cup champions Leinster ensured there would be at least one Irish representative in the last eight of the rugby tournament as they crushed English side Saracens 43-20 on Saturday.
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A late penalty from former France international centre Nicolas Laharrague earned 14-man Perpignan a deserved 22-22 draw with two-time European Cup rugby winners Leicester Tigers on Sunday.
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All Black legend John Kirwan says he wants a competition established involving top club and regional teams from East Asia, New Zealand and Australia ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
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In the Courier Mail yeterday morning, there was an exclusive question and answer article, and the topic of expansion arose. Recently on The Roar there have been a couple of articles stressing the importance for Australian rugby to expand.
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The other day, a team of journalists and past players from the Northern Hemisphere selected their best XV from the last fifteen years of the Heineken Cup.
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