Heineken showdown will be the Scot's last game for his club, as it will for countryman Nathan Hines
THE SCOTTISH Rugby Union's ability to develop and hold on to young talent is now firmly under the microscope with news that promising youngsters Alex Blair and Fraser Brown have had their contracts terminated at Edinburgh and centre Mark Bennett is heading to France.
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Northampton reached their first Heineken Cup final for 11 years after pummelling sole French survivors Perpignan in the Milton Keynes sunshine. They will play Leinster, who beat Toulouse 32-23 in Dublin on Saturday, on 21 May at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
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IRELAND rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll will not be at the royal wedding, despite initially accepting an invitation for him and his actress wife.
The Heineken Cup semi-finals are on back on the agenda next weekend and it is a measure of how far Leinster have progressed that the Dubliners will probably start as modest favourites despite going head to head with Europe's most successful-ever side. Leinster go into next Saturday's match determined to prevent the mighty Toulouse from bagging their fifth European title, a new record should it happen.
Holders Toulouse advanced to the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup when they beat Biarritz 27-20 in extra time yesterday after Biarritz had come back from 17-0 down to level the scores in the 80th minute.
Toby Flood has denied the Aviva Stadium holds any fears for him or his England team-mates at Leicester as they prepare for their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster tonight.
Perpignan thwarted Jonny Wilkinson's hopes of playing in a first Heineken Cup semi-final after beating their arch-rivals 29-25 in Barcelona.
Leicester manager Richard Cockerill has made no excuses for the Tigers' Heineken Cup demise after they lost a titanic quarter-final against Leinster.
THE drip of rugby internationalists leaving Scotland is continuing with No 8 Richie Vernon departing Glasgow this summer after signing a two-year deal with Premiership club Sale.
SCOTTISH rugby has received a major boost with international hooker Ross Ford deciding not to purse lucrative offers from England and France to sign on again with Edinburgh.
Perpignan have decided to play next month's Heineken Cup quarter-final with fellow French side Toulon over the Spanish border in Barcelona.
PETER Wright has thrown his hat into the ring for the head coach position at Edinburgh as Rob Moffat's vacated post was advertised by the SRU yesterday.
London Irish prop forward Faan Rautenbach has been cited for allegedly stamping on the head and shoulder of Munster's Ireland international flanker David Wallace.
Northampton will play Ulster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup after qualifying for the knockout stages as the tournament's top seeds.
Twice Heineken Cup runners-up Biarritz moved into the knockout stages to keep alive their hopes of a first title and were joined by Pool 4 rivals and former champions Ulster.
MUNSTER failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup for the first time in 13 years after slumping to a 32-16 defeat in Toulon.
AN UNDER-strength Glasgow side claimed another stunning Heineken Cup champions' scalp at a windy Firhill yesterday by outgunning a Wasps side that will now struggle to reach the quarter-finals.
GLASGOW coach Sean Lineen was the least surprised man at Firhill yesterday after his side pulled off another of the great Heineken Cup upsets by beating Wasps, leaving the English Premiership side struggling to qualify for the quarter-finals.