Posts Tagged "Heineken Cup"
England face the alarming prospect of entering the 2015 Rugby World Cup without players battle-hardened by European competition after their clubs announced they would be missing from next season’s Heineken Cup.
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The question of who runs European club rugby was the major sticking point Friday after both sides in the ‘breakaway’ row moved closer on a raft of other issues.
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The Heineken Cup kicked off last week but the talk leading up to the 2013-14 edition was not who will win it but whether it will be the last one.
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It seems that, for all intents and purposes, this year’s Heineken Cup will be the last. Discussions between the English and the French on the one side and the countries that make up the Pro12 have broken down.
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This week in sport Mayweather kept winning, the Cowboys kept whinging, the Wallabies stopped losing and the Heineken Cup stopped existing (possibly).
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News that English and French clubs plan to break away from the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup competitions – coupled to their invitation to other countries to join them – has implications for Super Rugby because it puts South Africa in charge of negotiations.
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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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