# European Cup

Last year
# New ball game
Van Graan seeks advice from soccer coaches to learn tricks of the two-leg trade
Ireland’s provinces set for whole new ball-game this weekend with introduction of two-legged round of 16 ties.
All time
# Wave Goodbye
Ex-France star Picamoles retiring at end of season
The 35-year-old earned the last of his 82 caps at the 2019 World Cup.
# Play it again Des
Fond memories of facing Real Madrid for the Limerick legend who lived his dream
‘I happened to be the fella who was in the right place at the right time.’
# Barnhall Bruiser
'He's one of the great players in the history of the club... the definition of a warrior'
Trevor Brennan made a massive success of his move to Toulouse and remains part of the club’s fabric.
# Champions Cup
Connacht dig in to give Racing 92 one hell of a fright
The French giants seemed to be cruising for a bonus point win, but tries from Matt Healy, Alex Wootton and Conor Oliver gave Connacht a hard-won losing bonus.
European debut for Coombes as Munster welcome back big guns for 'Quins clash
Peter O’Mahony continues at 7 while Conor Murray is back to partner JJ Hanrahan.
# plenty in reserve
Sexton, Ryan on bench as Ross Byrne starts Leinster's Champions Cup opener
Byrne, Robbie Henshaw and Caelan Doris are among the men who jump straight from Ireland duty to the starting Leinster XV.
# Welfare
Online abuse sees EPCR switch referee Brace's Champions Cup appointment
‘With his welfare and development as a referee to the fore, this course of action was deemed to be appropriate.’
# Champions Cup
Leinster won't rush Furlong or Sexton
The prop has not played since February, the out-half suffered a dead leg against Scotland but could feature this weekend.
# Back in Blue
Lowe and Ryan doubts, but Sexton set to lead Leinster in Montpellier
Will Connors is also set to be fit for Leo Cullen’s side.
# Champions Cup
Man for the big occasion Zebo in place to realise Racing dream
The Munster man moved to Paris for opportunities like this.
# Format
EPCR looking at possible 24-team Champions Cup for next season
Eight clubs from each of the leagues would qualify and the competition would be played over eight weekends.
# stay at home
Virgin Media Sport to show over 12 hours of Liverpool's classic European games this weekend
This should help fill that sizeable void in our lives.
# It's Quizness time
Quiz: Can you name the players from Leinster's four European Cup winning teams?
Leinster chase a fifth crown on Saturday in Newcastle.
# It's Quizness time
Quiz: How much do you remember from Leinster's previous European cup final victories?
Let’s test your knowledge.
# European Cup
Rassie v ROG, nothing to fear for Connacht and more talking points after the Champions Cup draw
The draw was more favourable to Irish provinces than last season.
# Provincial
ROG's Racing to take on Munster in Champions Cup, Connacht and Toulouse meet again
Here’s what the cornerstones of your province’s season will look like.
# Bangor Bulldozer
Stuart McCloskey's brilliance earned him a place in MO's Champions Cup Team of the Week
Other members of the XV weren’t quite as deserving as he was though.
# you sexy thing
The documentary charting Nottingham Forest's rise to European Cup glory looks class
I Believe in Miracles charts the story of Nottingham Forest in 1979.
# Remember when
The story of the Irish part-timers who were ‘one kick away’ from Real Madrid
A new documentary recalls Dundalk’s memorable 1979-80 campaign.
# Star
Johnny Sexton helped Racing Metro to a win in the Top 14 tonight
The out-half recently played a starring role in Ireland’s Six Nations triumph.
# legacy
Brian Clough and his effect on the Irish management team
On what would have been Clough’s 80th birthday, we examine the iconic manager’s influence on Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.
# Flashback
On this day in 2009... Munster recorded one of their greatest European triumphs
Tony McGahan’s side ended Perpignan’s five-year unbeaten streak at home in the Heineken Cup with a bonus-point win at the Stade Aime Giral.
Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stéfano passes away aged 88
The legendary Argentine-born striker suffered a heart attack in Spain on Saturday.
# mob rule
Real Madrid players crash Ancelotti's press briefing, Carlo raises unimpressed eyebrow
The Italian eventually got swept up in the wave of singing euphoria.
# War of Words
'The European Cup will be an extended Pro12 next season' predicts Welsh chairman
‘I cannot see the tills ringing to see us play Zebre for the fourth time in a season,” said Dragons chief Gareth Davies.
# The Quiet Man
‘Happy enough’: Understated Keatley proving he can be Munster’s key man
Munster’s out-half was careful not to thread on any toes after doing all his talking on the pitch.
# History Books
56 years ago: Shamrock Rovers met the Busby Babes in Europe
It was the first time a League of Ireland team featured in the prestigious competition.
# Collision Course
IRB 'don't believe' in Anglo-French European Cup venture
“We strongly believe it should be a European competition,” declared IRB chief executive Brett Gosper.
# Inspirational
7 lessons today’s footballers can learn from Roy of the Rovers
From surviving kindappings to staying loyal to your club, Roy Race could teach today’s millionaires a thing or two.
# happy hunting ground
Good news Leinster and Munster fans, Millennium Stadium gets Heineken Cup Final
The Irish sides have won a combined three European Cups at the 74,500-seater stadium in Cardiff.
# Heysel
Snapshot: Juventus mark 28th anniversary of Heysel disaster
39 people were killed and 600 injured on this day in 1985.
# Ready to go
Bullish Mourinho confident of Champions League glory
Asked to give details of his starting line-up on Wednesday and how his team will play, the Real Madrid coach was very guarded.
# knockout phase
Dates for your diary: Heineken Cup quarter-final times confirmed
Munster and Ulster’s trips to England will be almost 24 hours apart.
# Wave Goodbye
Confirmed: Defending champions Leinster out at pool stage, Saracens claim win
The reigning champions are officially out.
# bonus point
Heineken Cup Explainer: What Leinster and Munster need to do to reach 1/4 finals
Six clubs, including the two Irish provinces, are competing for two runners-up slots.
# Provincial
Heineken Cup Cheat Sheet: your guide to this weekend's rugby action
Even four wins from four may not be enough for our provinces.
# Heineken Cup
'We've a lot of pride in our home record' - Steenson plans ferocious welcome for Leinster
Exeter Chiefs are hoping to end their first season of Heineken Cup rugby by eliminating the champions.
# Round-Up
Heineken Cup: Good news for Irish sides as Ospreys hold Tigers
Former Leinster back dived over in the corner for Leicester but the Welsh side struck back.
Edinburgh v Munster, Heineken Cup
Rob Penney’s men landed at Murrayfield on their magic carpet and were plotting a four-try win.