Heineken Cup Final 2013


Clermont Auvergne v Toulon, Lansdowne Road, Dublin
17:00 local, 16:00 GMT, 17:00 BST




Lee Byrne; Sitiveni Sivivatu, Aurelien Rougerie (capt), Wesley Fofana, Napolioni Nalaga; Brock James, Morgan Parra

Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Davit Zirakashvili, Jamie Cudmore, Nathan Hines, Julien Bonnaire, Gerhard Vosloo, Damien Chouly.

Ti’I Paulo, Vincent Debaty, Clement Ric, Julien Pierre, Julien Bardy, Ludovic Radosavljevic, David Skrela, Regan King.



Delon Armitage; Rudi Wulf, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau, Alexis Palisson; Jonny Wilkinson (capt), Sebastien Tillous-Borde

Andrew Sheridan, Sebastien Bruno, Carl Hayman, Bakkies Botha, Nick Kennedy, Danie Rossouw, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Chris Masoe.

Jean Charles Orioli, Gethin Jenkins, Davit Kubriashvili, Joe Van Niekerk, Steffon Armitage, Maxime Mermoz, Frederic Michalak, Jocelino Suta.


Referee: Alain Rolland (Ire)
Assistant ref: Wayne Barnes (Eng)
Assistant ref: George Clancy (Ire)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ire)
Citing commissioner: Murray Whyte (Ire)

TV Coverage

UK & Ireland: Sky Sports 1 Live from 16:00
France: Canal+ Live/France 2
Italy: Sky Italia Live
USA: Fox Sports Live
Canada: TV5 Monde (French) Live
Australia: Setanta Live
NZ: Sky/Eurosport Asia Live

Live Streams




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289 Responses to Heineken Cup Final 2013

  1. yesiamclutz says:

    Match report for the HCF has been up on the Graun for a few hours now. It’s easier to count the posts not calling Armitage names than those that do.

  2. refitman says:

    @clutz – so there is some sense left BTL over there?

  3. yesiamclutz says:

    The Swedish Interval show is actually quite good. It’s rather acerbic and self deprecating. Nice dig at the cost of hosting the Euro-vision too.

  4. Borderboy says:

    I want the song that’s on just now to win!

  5. Canaryatthewharf says:

    DA does seem to have got a lot of flak, the Kipper is pretty similar with a consensus he is a DFS.

    anyone understand what the Swedish compere is doing? Apart from a tame pole dance and gay marriage? I need another drink!

  6. refitman says:

    Is it cold in the auditorium?

  7. yesiamclutz says:

    Who is this compere, given the material she’s working with she’s turning dross into gold.

  8. refitman says:

    Good start for Greece. COME ON!

  9. yesiamclutz says:

    Anyone fancy a bet on who comes lower, UK or Ireland?

  10. refitman says:

    I see Sideshow Bob has emigrated to the Ukraine

  11. refitman says:

    @clutz – I reckon England. No one ever votes for us

  12. Canaryatthewharf says:

    The Greek government breathes a sigh of relief as Denmark takes a useful lead..

    I think Ireland will score a few more than the Uk but both will be in the bottom five, probably unfairly.

  13. Canaryatthewharf says:

    And of course Romania now puts the UK above Ireland. Probably hoping Call me Dave will let them in.

  14. yesiamclutz says:


    Feel sorry for Bonnie, she doesn’t deserve this.

  15. yesiamclutz says:

    Jesus my eyes!

    And my ears!

  16. Borderboy says:

    The Armenian guy’s a dick. C’mon Malta! I like Italian lady!!

  17. Canaryatthewharf says:

    Denmark look to have it, given Estonia will get the Baltic votes it’s between Ireland and the Uk for bottom!

  18. refitman says:

    That’s almost a dress the Spanish woman is wearing

  19. Canaryatthewharf says:

    Like the Spanish girl almost as much as the italian, pity she didn’t vote for Ireland

  20. yesiamclutz says:

    Without block voting this would be over already I suspect.

  21. flair99 says:

    I could not watch Eurovision for all the money in the world, but your comments are hilarious.

    Sorry, Ticht, although I vividly remember all the names mentionned in that blog, including the Narbonne express boy’s, I know very little about Narbonne as a rugby club nowadays, except that the glorious years will probably never be back. Too small a city, too close to Montpellier, at best they can hope for a mid position in the Pro D2. With little rugby history, but powerful investors Montpellier has managed to attract the support of the entire B├ęziers/Narbonne area, and beyond.

    Still sad for Clermont. And I know I should not, but still pissed at D. Armitage.

  22. refitman says:

    We’re only half way through the voting! And their having a break!

  23. yesiamclutz says:


    If it’s any commiseration, everyone in England hates Armitage too.


    Someone punch the guy doing interviews in the green room if he says hashtag one more time, please!

  24. refitman says:

    @flair – I think that it was Terry Wogan that made it bearable for me, slowly getting drunk while commentating.

    Did that guy just say “hastag…”? Twat!

    Oh, and HODOR

  25. refitman says:

    Are we really 10 points ahead of Ireland? Apparently greased drummers are not the way to go.

  26. yesiamclutz says:

    Crash, Cannary

    Has Ireland engaged in any invasions or wars alongside the USA recently? Cos I’m really struggling to understand how badly you’re entry is doing here.

  27. Borderboy says:

    Funny, Graham Norton is puzzled as to how Ireland (with it’s oiled-up semi-naked make drummers) is doing so badly…..

    Like French lady too.

  28. Borderboy says:

    Male drummers, obviously

  29. Borderboy says:

    Graham got very squeaky there. Denmark nearly there I think.

  30. yesiamclutz says:


    I think the worst of the regional voting is over now, so I’d agree that Denmark have it.

    And I’d just like to point out I called it two pages back. Yeah Baby! I did! GO ME! etc, etc

  31. Canaryatthewharf says:


    No idea how Ireland could have upset eurpean music lovers or other sad voters.

    Maybe, as BB says, oiled male drummers are a turn off in much of Europe? Wouldn’t have thought so but the evidence suggests otherwise.


  32. yesiamclutz says:

    To answer Graham Nortons question, Denmark need 13 votes from the final 5 countries.

  33. Canaryatthewharf says:

    So, Denmark have done it!

  34. yesiamclutz says:

    Well this is a bit of a lame duck section.. isn’t it.

  35. Canaryatthewharf says:

    Clutz, yes but liked the colouring of the compere’s dres.

    And Ireland got a few more votes

  36. refitman says:

    It was a very strange decision to announce the winner before the voting had finished, even if they had won it.

  37. refitman says:

    I love the fact that she is being mic’d up on stage. Organisation, what’s that?

  38. Borderboy says:

    Well done Denmark – this was almost more exciting than the Heinie final!

  39. yesiamclutz says:

    Not an unreasonable winner I think. It’s one of the better songs, Ms. de Forrest has a good voice and a lovely smile.

  40. Borderboy says:

    The song’s OK – better than I thought it would be. Is she the first barefoot winner since Sandy Shaw?
    *Quick check of Wikipedia*
    Yup, Sandi Shaw did win it. And they already have the Danish winner from tonight up!

  41. yesiamclutz says:

    One final observation before I away. Is social conservatism in parts of Europe strongly affecting the voting? Songs with naked dancers, or approximations there-off, did badly (Romania, Ireland) as did the same sex kiss song (Finland).

  42. Borderboy says:

    Clutz – I was going to say yes, then I remembered that Dani International won it for Israel a few years ago – and she was (I think) transexual? That probably would have had more people up in arms than a few nearly nude drummers. Maybe the songs were just crap?

  43. ElSuavo says:

    For a comment about Eurovision

    Maybe the songs were just crap?

    would be hard to beat.

    I will be black-armbanding today after the Highlanders got torn a new one by the Bulls. And I’ll have a sympathetic drink on Ticht’s behalf at lunchtime.

  44. hamnashida says:

    For the record:

    Delon Armitage: The fact that you are permitted to draw breath even on the same continent as Gentleman Jonny – let alone actually play for the same team – is a sad indictment of Life, The Universe and Everything As We Know It, and a great vindication of the wisdom of the boulanger de Coarraze, who many years ago, on learning that I was not merely British but actually English, opined: “c’est pas grraveuh. Y a des bongs et des congs parretout. Le tout, c’est de savoirre trier, cong”. We know where you live, you little shit..

    Robert Paparembourde (Ticht’s heroic French team of the 80s): Section Paloise, France and world rugby legend (known as “Papa”, not “Patou”). Pretty much exactly what an international prop forward is supposed to look/act/be like. Also, more recently, the very fine patron of the best bar in – of course – Pau.

  45. refitman says:

    Has anyone seen the HSBC advert for the Lions tour: http://www.brandrepublic.com/news/1181975/

  46. rachel685 says:

    I can’t believe Ireland came last. We weren’t great, but we also weren’t, like, Spain bad.

    Also, @refit, YES. When the giant came on stage quite a few of us in my Eurovision party exclaimed, ‘HODOR!!!’

  47. Droptheclaw says:

    I am after closing off one of the greatest rugby weekends I have ever had. Name check: killer, kjh,Mrs kjh, Lara and a lot more besides. I have a Siberian rugby top from a French sing off. God almighty it was amazing. Chek you all x

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