The Heineken Cup – an Irish success story.

This is the sixteenth year of the Heineken Cup and so far we have had 4 Irish victories.

If Leinster beat Northampton in Cardiff’s Millennium stadium tomorrow(Saturday kick off 5pm) that will make it 4 Irish victories in the competition in the last 6 years- two each for Munster and Leinster – an incredible record.

Unfortunately, this season, a resurgent Ulster exited to Northampton in the quarter finals, the first time they had qualified for the knock out stages since they won the competition in 98/99 and hopefully next year we can look forward to them joining Munster and Leinster as serious title contenders.

The Heineken Cup is Europe’s premier ‘club’ rugby competition and seems to have been tailor made for the Irish provinces, who unlike the English(6 winners) and French(5 winners) clubs, prioritise it above their National leagues. The Welsh and Scottish teams who seem to have struggled to cope with the transition from club to regional rugby have made little impact in the tournament.

So having tempted fate by counting my Irish provincial chickens before they have hatched and with Paddy Power having already paid out on the province there is just the little matter of the boys in blue delivering the H cup.

C’mon Leinster.

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  • Mark

    Sammy ,

    Its’ not just Paddy Power who seem to think Leinster just have to show tomorrow to win . Talk sport tonite on Newstalk had Matt Williams , Big Mal etc saying the the same thing . I think Northampton will be up for this bigtime with some of it’s players having been beaten when playing for England against Ireland . Chris Ashton has a further point to prove after being caught with that haymaker last saturday . He’ll be fired up . I hope Leinster win but i just think Northampton have the bigger motivation . I hope I’m wrong .

  • gréagóir o frainclín

    Come on Leinster!

  • ItwasSammyMcNally


    Yes, overconfidence did it for Munster against Quins.

    Leinster need to get their arses in gear early as Northampton will come out all guns blazing.

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Rollup rollup for next years final. This year, even with an Irish team it didnt sell out. Next year its Twickenham, English supporters will probably buy tickets early.

    Dont see any odds for next years winners from Paddy Power – but suspect Leinster will be clear favourites – Connacht now also in the competition – that makes it 4 Irish teams for the first time.

    Competition normally starts in October – but may be delayed because of the World Cup.

  • ItwasSammyMcNally
  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Munster beat the auld enemy. Irish rugby is in the rudest of health – roll on the world cup.

    With Ospreys in meltdown, Cardiff stuck in the middle lane, (an improving) Llanelli not quite the finished product and nothing much happening in Scotland – it probably looks a another 1-2-3 for the Irish provinces in the league next year.