Heineken Cup

Rugby: Shifting Sands in The European Rugby Meltdown

Eoghan Hickey | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Sport
Eoghan Hickey

Alternate proposals to fill the void left by an absent European Cup have considerably more failings than any imperfections they were dreamt up to fix. Remember that the two main reasons for the current European shambles are a dissatisfaction with the lack of meritocracy, and a skewed distribution of remuneration.

Rugby: Is The Heineken Cup Really Without a Future?

Eoghan Hickey | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Sport
Eoghan Hickey

The trajectory of the negotiations that started over a year ago to agree a new accord beyond the current season, is a tale of brinkmanship resulting from the abandonment of meaningful cooperation and a refusal to even contemplate change. Myopia is the common theme here and no group is blameless in this episode.

Could Pro12 'Weakness' Lead To Celtic Strength?

Windsor Roberts | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Sport
Windsor Roberts

It's an oft-repeated claim from supporters of the English and French clubs looking to set up their new version of the Heineken Cup that the RaboDirect Pro12 is too weak. What was once the Celtic League (before the addition of the Italian regions), the Pro12 is perceived as being a mere distraction for the top teams.

Don't Let English Clubs Mess With Premiership Calendar

Windsor Roberts | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Sport
Windsor Roberts

The Premier League final could be moved from its logical place at the end of the domestic season to a new slot in late January or early February to make room for a new cross-border competition, under controversial plans from England's top clubs.

'I'm Sorry For Calling Obama A Whore'

PA | Posted 14.03.2012 | UK

A Scotland rugby international has apologised after calling US President Barack Obama a "whore" on Twitter. Rory Lamont made the remarks, which wer...

Scrum-Half Dropped From England Squad After Drink Driving Arrest

PA | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK

Danny Care will be excluded from England's Six Nations squad after being arrested for drink driving, the Rugby Football Union have confirmed. Engla...