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Peter Bills: French rugby needs a reality check

For anyone seduced into believing that four French clubs in the last eight of the Heineken Cup reflects the altogether superior quality of rugby being played across the Channel this season, a reality check is required. Either that, or a visit to the men in white coats.

Scarlets' fate sealed after heavy defeat

The Scarlets' narrow hopes of qualifying for the latter stages of the Heineken Cup were extinguished yesterday after they lost 37-5 at Perpignan in Pool Five, earning the French side a home quarter-final.

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Biarritz home and dry with Balshaw double

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Heineken Cup round-up: Biarritz home and dry after Balshaw bags a bonus point

There have been more dramatic final pool rounds in the Heineken Cup than this one – in matters of life and death (so to speak), yesterday confirmed only that Biarritz and Ulster were through, as expected, from Pool Four.

Round-up: Wilkinson's deadly boot sends Munster out

Jonny Wilkinson kicked Toulon to a 32-16 Pool Three victory over Munster last night to help his team reach the knockout stages, but sending the Irish province out of the competition before the quarter-finals for the first time in 12 years.

Moody injury leaves Bath deflated after spree

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Rugby round-up: Cipriani helps Rebels further their cause in victory over Tonga

In Australia yesterday, Danny Cipriani started for the Melbourne Rebels in their first game, against Tonga in a warm-up for the Super 15. The sometime Wasps and England fly-half played the first half of a match that was won by the Rebels, 43-13, after they had been 13-12 down at the break. Cipriani was seen to apply ice to his knee after leaving the field.

Round-up: Schmidt praises pack as Leinster fight back

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt hailed the "immense" impact of the Irish side's pack after they moved five points clear at the top of Pool Two of the Heineken Cup with a 24-8 win against Clermont Auvergne. The Ireland prop Cian Healy scored two tries as the 2009 trophy winners avenged last week's 20-13 defeat in France.

Humphreys' Ulster leave Bath drained

Bath 22 Ulster 26: West Country club out of contention after fly-half helps keep Irish side on course for the quarters

Mears the survivor dreams of England

Hooker is determined to play his way back into the international fold by turning Bath's season around, he tells Chris Hewett

Round-up: O'Connell sees red on Cup comeback

The Munster coach, Tony McGahan, was left to rue a bittersweet 22-16 victory over Ospreys in Pool Three at Thomond Park yesterday as Paul O'Connell saw red 10 minutes into his Heineken Cup comeback.

Humphreys leaves Bath running out of steam

Ulster 22 Bath 18

Round-Up: Late Laharrague drop-goal seals super win for Aironi over Biarritz

The wisdom of the decision to reorganise Italian rugby was in evidence in Viadana yesterday. Aironi, a "superteam" formed from seven clubs, beat Biarritz 28-27 in Pool Four of the Heineken Cup.

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