Heineken Cup Preview – Leinster facing ultimate test while Ulster on revenge mission

Pictured with the Six Nations trophy Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony will be in Heineken Cup action this Saturday.

Pictured with the Six Nations trophy Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony will be in Heineken Cup action this Saturday.

Ulster, Clermont, Toulon and Munster will host Heineken Cup quarter-finals this weekend. Munster’s clash with Toulouse gets an exciting weekend of rugby under way with their lunch-time kick-off at Thomond Park at 1.30.

Later that evening all eyes will be on Ulster who host Saracens at Ravenhill hoping to overturn last year’s result in Twickenham. But possibly the greatest game of this weekend will involve the holders Toulon against the previous holders Leinster in France next Sunday.

After Ireland’s last Six Nations title clincher in Paris in the Six Nations on 15 March it will mean a swift return to France for a number of Leinster representatives on the Ireland team including hopefully Brian O’Driscoll. The semi-final draw with Ulster/Saracens and Toulon/Leinster set to play at home also sets up another possible All-Ireland Heineken Cup clash following Leinster’s victory over Ulster in 2012.

European Cup Fixtures – Heineken Cup quarter-finals:

Saturday April 5th

  • 1.30 Munster v Toulouse – Thomond Park
  • 5.00 Clermont Auvergne v Leicester Tigers
  • 6.30 Ulster v Saracens, Ravenhill

Sunday April 6th

  • 4.30 Toulon v Leinster

Semi-final Draw:

  • Ulster-Saracens v Clermont-Leicester Toulon-Leinster v Munster-Toulouse