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Jonathan Fitzpatrick

Jonathan Fitzpatrick
UCD Commerce Graduate working in Marketing. An avid fan of Irish Rugby, with loyalties lying at Leinster. I'm also a Manchester United supporter, old school wrestling fan, Phil Collins enthusiast and lactose intolerant. Follow me @jfitz92 on Twitter as my Bebo is still down unfortunately.

4 Young Irish Players To Watch In This Season’s Pro 12

uropean Rugby Champions Cup Round 1, Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax, France 10/1/2016 Oyonnax vs Ulster Ulster's Kyle McCall is tackled by Oyonnax's Pierrick Gunther Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

With the Pro 12 set to recommence in just three weeks’ time, Jonathan Fitzpatrick profiles four young Irish players to watch out for throughout the 2016/17 season.  ______ 1. Cian Kelleher (Connacht) The manner in which Leinster expressed their disappointment at losing the services of the young fullback in February speaks volumes about his potential. Rejecting the province’s proposed two-year …

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An In-Depth Review Of Munster’s Disappointing Season

LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 12: Leicester celebrate as Michael Fitzgerald scores the second try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 12, 2015 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It’s been a difficult year for Munster Rugby, and the trials and tribulations they’ve faced have been well documented over the course of the season. While it was ultimately a disappointing campaign, two wins to secure Champions Cup qualification was an excellent sign-off note and a positive way to finish the year. _____ The Positives The continued excellence of CJ …

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Six Nations 2016: Main Talking Points From Ireland’s Campaign

Joe Schmidt Ireland

The 2016 Six Nations enters the history books, and it’s time to reflect on some key learning points for Ireland moving forward. It was an acceptable championship for Joe Schmidt’s side. Nothing more, nothing less. Two wins over Italy and Scotland boosted morale after bruising trips to Paris and London. While two wins in five games us undoubtedly disappointing, there …

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The Rise And Rise Of Josh Van Der Flier

Leinster's Irish flanker Josh Van Der Flier (C) tries to escape a tackle during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match between Toulon and Leinster at the Mayol Stadium in Toulon, southern France, on December 13, 2015. / AFP / Franck PENNANT (Photo credit should read FRANCK PENNANT/AFP/Getty Images)

In the post-World Cup doom and gloom, there have been few reasons for Irish Rugby fans to be cheerful. The spiralling disappointment that engulfed the nation following the loss to Argentina was coupled with a barren year for Irish provincial sides in Europe, and a relentless onslaught of injuries to some of the country’s most influential players. Positives came in …

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Round One Of The 2016 RBS Six Nations: Previews And Predictions

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Ireland player Conor Murray (r) tries to stop Jonathan Davies of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jonathan Fitzpatrick takes an in-depth look at the opening round of fixtures in this year’s RBS Six Nations.  _____ France vs Italy, Stade de France, 2:25pm (GMT) Guy Noves has named his first starting XV as French coach, and there’s real excitement around his selection. The debuting Jonathan Danty forms a potentially excellent combination alongside Gael Fickou, Paul Jedrasiak is …

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Andy Farrell’s Appointment – Genius Or Madness?

Well that was unexpected… In a shocking turn of events, Andy Farrell was yesterday announced as the newest member of Ireland’s coaching ticket. The rugby league convert has been out of work for just over three weeks, as Eddie Jones sought a coaching overhaul ahead of his revamp of English Rugby. Defensive coach Farrell was one such casualty of the …

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Leinster Primed For Do-Or-Die Clash Against Toulon

Leinster’s European season lies in tatters, but it will be in the Stade Félix Mayol this weekend that their fate will ultimately be decided. Succumbing to both Wasps and Bath already this season, a third loss in as many games to Toulon will confirm their Champions Cup exit. As overwhelming underdogs, Leinster have a mountain in front of them if …

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England Rugby’s Midfield Dilemma – Pressure On

Stuart Lancaster will name the 31 men tasked with bringing the World Cup to England at lunch time on Thursday, and prying eyes will be keen to see what decision Lancaster makes in his midfield. With George Ford and Owen Farrell in as fly-halves, Sam Burgess, Brad Barritt, Luther Burrell, Henry Slade, and Jonathan Joseph are all vying for a …

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