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Leinster lead off quarters at RDS Haye homes in on Ruiz regardless of Klitschkos Hala'ufia is cited for an alleged strike on Cullen Best signs up for two years with the Warriors

RUGBY: Heineken Cup holders Leinster will launch the quarter-finals on Friday, April 9 (8.0), at the RDS against French side Clermont Auvergne.

Munster's quarter-final against Northampton will take place the day after. Tournament organisers European Rugby Cup have confirmed a 5.30pm kick-off for the Thomond Park clash, which is a repeat of the teams' Pool One encounter in Limerick just four days ago.

Welsh challengers the Ospreys face Biarritz the same day, at the same time, with Biarritz taking the game into northern Spain to the 32,000-capacity Estadio Anoeta in San Sebastian. And the last eight programme is concluded on Sunday, April 11, with the all-French clash between Toulouse and Stade Francais.

Connacht hosting Bourgoin on Saturday, April 10, in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals.



Murphy falls at first as Rocket strolls in Wales

SNOOKER:World number three Shaun Murphy was a notable first-round casualty at the totesport.com Welsh Open as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Maguire and Stephen Hendry advanced.

While O'Sullivan crushed Stuart Bingham 5-1 and Hendry won by the same scoreline against Dave Harold, Maguire scraped past Dominic Dale 5-4 and Murphy was edged out by home favourite Matthew Stevens in another final-frame decider.



Haye homes in on Ruiz regardless of Klitschkos

RUGBY: David Haye's trainer insists the WBA world heavyweight champion will not be thinking about conquering the Klitschko brothers until he has made his way past a "massive banana skin" in the shape of his bout with John Ruiz. Haye will fight Ruiz, the mandatory challenger, in Manchester's on April 3 in his first defence of the belt he won from Nikolai Valuev last November.



Hala'ufia is cited for an alleged strike on Cullen

RUGBY: London Irish forward Chris Hala'ufia has been cited for an alleged punch during the Exiles' Heineken Cup clash against Leinster at Twickenham last Saturday. Hala'ufia has been reported by match citing commissioner Jean-Claude Legendre for an alleged strike on Leinster skipper Leo Cullen.



Best signs up for two years with the Warriors

RUGBY: Worcester Warriors have signed Ireland flanker Neil Best, 30, from Northampton a two-year deal starting at the beginning of next season.

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