A close-up of the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Munster will be the first of the Irish provinces into action on Saturday, December 6th, when they host Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park (5.30) follow(...)

Peter O’Mahony’s inclusion in the Munster team is a huge bonus against Toulouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a measure of the Heineken Cup’s status that this quarter-final weekend is almost as pivotal in the story of the 2013-14 season as Ireland(...)

 Toulon outhalf Frederic Michalak:  “They are awesome, a team that contains 20 players, including (Brian) O’Driscoll who helped Ireland win the Six Nations.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Matt O’Connor won’t publicly reveal his hand for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulon at the Stade Felix Mayol (4.30, Irish time) unt(...)

Leo Cullen in action against Perpignan in the 2003 Heineken Cup semi-final – Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy are the two other survivors from that defeat

Leo Cullen went and mentioned it yesterday. Perpignan. It was the 2003 Heineken Cup semi-final in Lansdowne Road and all Leins(...)

Clermont Auvergne's Aurelien Rougerie is an injury concern ahead of meeting with Munster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne captain Aurelien Rougerie is doubtful for Saturday’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Munster in Montpellier after picking up (...)

The in-form Sitiveni Sivivatu runs in one of Clermont’s tries against Montepellier in last weekend’s Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Getty Images

Second-placed Clermont travel to the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles on Sunday to take on leaders Toulon in one of the stand-out(...)