1/5/09     Photograph: Alan Betson          Munster Captain Paul O Connell and Leinster Captain Leo Cullen , meet at  Croke Park in advance of Saturdays Heineken Cup Semi Final Clash .

European rugby bosses are close to reaching an agreement on the elite club tournament to replace the Heineken Cup and an announcement could c(...)

Jamie Heaslip: The 30-year-old’s business interests include a share in the Jo-Burger firm that includes Dublin restaurants Crackbird and Skinflint.

Accumulated profits at the firm owned by former Irish rugby captain Jamie Heaslip last year topped €60,000.Last week, the IRFU broke its pay structure(...)

Stade Félix Mayol (above) holds only 15,400 but under ERC rules travelling fans are entitled to purchase 25 per cent of the capacity (3,841).

Despite the Sunday evening fixture, Leinster have confirmed they will be taking their full quota of tickets for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against(...)

Munster head coach Rob Penney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster head coach Rob Penney said securing a home Heineken Cup quarter-final was “massive” for his team after they coasted to a 38-6 bonus-point win (...)

Conor Murray makes a break for Munster during Saturday’s 20-7 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm. Munster will know the outcome of four pools when they kick-off in Sunday’s game against Edinburgh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

English critics of the Heineken Cup will no doubt cite the relative lack of customary drama on next weekend’s final round of pool games as further evi(...)

Leinster bade farewell to Joe Schmidt, Johnny Sexton and Isa Nacewa with an entertainingly won double of the Rabo Pro12 and the Amlin Challenge Cup, thereby winning their sixth major trophy in six seasons and the 12th for Irish rugby in eight seasons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the minds of most Irish rugby supporters, 2013 would be instinctively deemed a non-vintage year. Certainly it was a year of missed opportunities an(...)

Peter Stringer of Munster dives over to score his side’s second try during the Heineken Cup final against Biarritz in 2006. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty images

Perpignan president François Rivière has written a letter of complaint to the ERC about the performance of English referee Greg Garner during his side(...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien and Cian Healy hold up Roger Wilson’s (Northampton) progress in the memorable 2011 Heineken Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The side’s will face off again when the in-form English side play host on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s back, and we may as well cherish it while we still have it given the determination of leading figures in the English club especially to take a wr(...)

The French, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Italian rugby unions have agreed to press ahead with the Heineken Cup next season, under the auspices of the ER(...)

Jack McGrath during yesterday’s run-out at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rodney O’Donnell uses the words “quiet assassin” to describe Jack McGrath. It’s a term of endearment and there is no mistaking the warmth in O’Donnell(...)

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