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The four\five\six nations has produced wonderful players over the years from all the countries involved. However, when it comes to most appearances in the tournament one country dominates. Ireland have five of the top six most cappped players in four\five \six nations matches.

The top eleven are:
Ronan O’Gara, Ireland (2000- ) 62 caps.
Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland (2000- ) 57
Mike Gibson, Ireland (1964-79) 56
John Hayes, Ireland (2000-2010) 54
Jason Leonard, England (1991-2004) 54
Willie John McBride, Ireland (1962-75) 53
Chris Patterson, Scotland (2000-2011) 53
Martyn Williams, Wales (1998-2010) 51
Stephen Jones, Wales (2000-2011) 50
Philippe Sella, France (1983-95) 50
Rory Underwood, England (1984-96) 50

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Heineken Cup 2001-02

The 2001–02 Heineken Cup was the seventh edition of the Heineken Cup. Competing teams from France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, England and Scotland, were divided into six pools of four, in which teams played home and away matches against each other. The pool winners and two best runners-up qualified for the knock-out stages. Leicester Tigers won the cup, securing back-to-back titles. The draw for the quarter finals was seeded on pool results.

Quarter Finals

Castres 22 Montferrand 21 at Stade Pierre-Antoine, Castres
Bath 10 Llanelli 27 at Recreation Ground, Bath
Stade Francais 14 Munster 16 at Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris
Leicester 29 Leinster 18 at Welford Rd. Leicester

Semi Finals

Castres 17 Munster 25 at Stade de la Mediterranee, Beziers
Leicester 13 Llanelli 12 at City Ground, Nottingham

Final

Leicester 15 Munster 9 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

The Leicester Tigers became the first team to win the competition more than once.

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Countries of the World.

Denmark: Danish: Danmark, pronounced [ˈd̥ɛnmɑɡ̊] officially the Kingdom of Denmark (Danish: Kongeriget Danmark, [ˈkɔŋəʁiːəð d̥ɛnmɑɡ̊], is a Scandinavian sovereign state in Northern Europe, with two additional overseas constituent countries also forming integral parts of the kingdom: Greenland and the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. Continental Denmark is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, located southwest of Sweden, with which it is connected by the Øresund Bridge, and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. The country consists of a large peninsula, Jutland, and many islands, most notably Zealand, Funen, Lolland, Falster and Bornholm, as well as hundreds of minor islands often referred to as the Danish Archipelago.

The Kingdom of Denmark is a constitutional monarchy organised in the form of a parliamentary democracy, with its seat of government in the capital city of Copenhagen. The kingdom is unitary, with powers to manage internal affairs being devolved from the central government to Greenland and the Faroe Islands; this polity is referred to as the rigsfællesskab (the Danish Realm). Denmark proper is the hegemonial area, where judicial, executive, and legislative power reside. The Faroe Islands are defined to be a community of people within the kingdom, and the Greenlandic people are defined as a separate people with the right to self-determination. One of the results of this arrangement is that Denmark became a member of the European Union in 1973, but both Greenland and the Faroe Islands have opted to remain outside the EU.

Originally the home of the Vikings, Norse seafaring explorers who invaded and settled in many parts of Europe and Russia, Denmark emerged as a unified kingdom in the Middle Ages. Denmark’s later history has particularly been influenced by its geographical location between the North and Baltic seas. This meant that it was between Sweden and Germany and thus at the center of the mutual struggle for control of the Baltic Sea; before the digging of the Kiel Canal, water passage to the Baltic Sea was possible only through the three channels known as the Danish straits. Denmark was long in disputes with Sweden over control of Skånelandene (Scanian War) and Norway, and in disputes with the Hanseatic League over the duchies of Schleswig (a Danish fief) and Holstein (a German fief). Eventually Denmark lost the conflicts and ended up ceding first Skånelandene to Sweden and later Schleswig-Holstein to the German Empire. Denmark obtained Greenland and the Faroe Islands in 1814 after the dissolution of a personal union with Norway, although the Danish monarchy, which had ruled over both Norway and Denmark, had been in possession of the colonies since the fourteenth century.

A founding member of the United Nations, NATO and the OECD, Denmark is also a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. With a highly developed mixed market economy and a large welfare state, Denmark ranks as having the world’s highest level of income equality, and has one of the world’s highest per capita income. It has frequently ranked as the happiest and least corrupt country in the world. In 2011, Denmark was listed 16th on the Human Development Index (8th on the inequality-adjusted HDI), 3rd on the Democracy Index and 2nd on the Corruption Perceptions Index. The national language, Danish, is closely related to Swedish and Norwegian, with which it shares strong cultural and historical ties. Denmark, along with Sweden and Norway, is part of the cultural region known as Scandinavia and is also a member of the Nordic Council.

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Team Sports.

The following are a list of team sports played around the world:

Basket codes
• Basketball
• Korfball
• Netball (Indoor)
•Slamball

Football codes
•Association football/Soccer (Beach, Futsal, Indoor)
• Australian Rules Football
•Cuju
•Gaelic football (Ladies’)
•Harpastum
• International rules
• Kemari
• Volata

Medieval codes
•Mob football
• Camping
•Royal Shrovetide
• Uppies and Downies
• Calcio Fiorentino
• La soule
• Cornish hurling.

Gridiron codes
•Arena football
• American football (Eight-man, Flag, Indoor, Nine-man, Six-man, Sprint, Touch)
•Canadian football

Rugby codes
•League (Sevens, Nines,Tag, Touch)
•Union (Sevens, Tag, Touch, Mini)

Handball codes
•Handball
•Beach handball
• Field handball

Safe haven codes
•Baseball
• Brännboll
• British baseball
•Cricket (Indoor)
• Kickball
•Lapta
• Oina
• Over-the-line
• Pesäpallo
•Rounders
• Softball
• Stoolball
• Town ball
• Vigoro

Stick and ball codes
•Hurling (Camogie)
• Lacrosse (Box, Field, Women’s)
•Polocrosse
• Shinty

Hockey codes
•Bandy
• Broomball
•Field hockey (Indoor)
• Floorball
• Ice hockey
• Ringette
• Rinkball
• Roller hockey (Inline, Quad)
• Rossall Hockey
• Street hockey
• Underwater hockey

Polo codes
•Cycle polo
•Elephant polo
• Polo
•Segway polo
•Yak polo

Volleyball codes
•Beach volleyball
•Fistball
• Sepak takraw
•Volleyball

Other codes
•Airsoft
•Basque pelota (Frontenis, Jai alai, Xare)
• Buzkashi
•Canoe polo
•Curling
• Gateball
• Kabaddi
• Mesoamerican ball game
• Paintball
• Roller derby
• Tchoukball
• Ultimate
• Underwater rugby
• Water polo

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Heineken Cup 2000-01.

The 2000–01 Heineken Cup was the sixth edition of the Heineken Cup. Competing teams from France, Ireland, Italy, Wales, England and Scotland, were divided into six pools of four, in which teams played home and away matches against each other. The pool winners and two best runners-up qualified for the knock-out stages. The draw for the Quarter Finals was based on pool results.

Quarter Finals

Gloucester 21 Cardiff 15 at Kingsholm, Gloucester
Stade Francais 36 Pau 19 at Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris
Leicester 41 Swansea 10 at Welford Rd. Leicester
Munster 38 Biarritz 29 at Thomond Pk. Limerick

Semi Finals

Stade Francais 16 Munster 15 at Stadium Nord, Villeneuve-d’Ascq
Leicester 19 Gloucester 15 at Vicarage Rd. Watford

Final

Leicester 34 Stade Francais 30 at Parc des Princes, Paris

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Countries of the World.

The Czech Republic, Czech: Česká republika, short form Česko Czech, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the north. Its capital and largest city, with 1.3 million inhabitants, is Prague. The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia and Moravia and a small part of Silesia.

The Czech state, formerly known as Bohemia, was formed in the late 9th century as a small duchy around Prague, at that time under the dominance of the powerful Great Moravian Empire. After the fall of the Empire in 907, the centre of power was transferred from Moravia to Bohemia, under the Přemyslids. Since 1002 it was formally recognized as part of Holy Roman Empire. In 1212 the duchy was raised to a kingdom and during the rule of Přemyslid dukes/kings and their successors, the Luxembourgs, the country reached its greatest territorial extent (13th–14th century). During the Hussite wars the kingdom faced economic embargoes and crusades from all over Europe. Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526, the Kingdom of Bohemia was gradually integrated into the Habsburg monarchy as one of its three principal parts, alongside the Archduchy of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary. The Bohemian Revolt (1618–20) lost in the Battle of White Mountain, led to the further centralization of the monarchy including forced recatholization and Germanization. With the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the Bohemian kingdom became part of the Austrian Empire. In the 19th century the Czech lands became the industrial powerhouse of the monarchy and the core of the Republic of Czechoslovakia which was formed in 1918, following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I. After 1933, Czechoslovakia remained the only democracy in central and eastern Europe.

After the Munich Agreement, Polish annexation of Zaolzie and German occupation of Czechoslovakia and the consequent disillusion with the Western response and gratitude for the liberation of the major portion of Czechoslovakia by the Red Army, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia won the majority in the 1946 elections. In the 1948 coup d’état, Czechoslovakia became a communist-ruled state. In 1968, the increasing dissatisfaction culminated in attempts to reform the communist regime. The events, known as the Prague Spring of 1968, ended with an invasion by the armies of the Warsaw Pact countries (with the exception of Romania); the troops remained in the country until the 1989 Velvet Revolution, when the communist regime collapsed. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into its constituent states, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

The Czech Republic is the first former member of the Comecon to achieve the status of a developed country according to the World Bank. In addition, the country has the highest human development in Central and Eastern Europe, ranking as a “Very High Human Development” nation. It is also ranked as the third most peaceful country in Europe and most democratic and healthy (by infant mortality) country in the region. It is a pluralist multi-party parliamentary representative democracy, a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Visegrád Group.

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Every weekend thousands of (Irish Soccer Supporters) travel to England to support (their team). This contradiction is rammed home as the majority of these supporters will gladly shout for any other country that is playing against the English national team. All this is the individual supporter’s personal choice. However, if they are truly Irish soccer fans, then why is the League of Ireland dying. Teams from Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Monaghan, Thurles and Cobh amongst others have ceased to be.

The English club/Irish soccer supporter will argue that they have always followed Man Utd, liverpool etc. You rarely hear of Rochdale or Yeovil Town supporters. Are Irish soccer supporters really that superficial that they follow successful English clubs, while ignoring the Likes of Shamrock Rov, Cork City and Sligo Rov all clubs with great histories.

This conundrum is compounded by these same supporters shouting for their English team in pre season friendlies against irish opposition.

If the non attendance at League of Ireland games continues then we will become the laughing stock of Europe (A country that let its domestic league die in favour of a foreign league).

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