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Connacht Appoint Kieran Keane As New Head Coach

Connacht CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 04: Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane looks on prior to the ITM Cup match between Canterbury and Tasman at AMI Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Connacht have confirmed that Kieran Keane will succeed Pat Lam as the province’s head coach next year. Lam is moving to Bristol at the end of the season, and as a result, the western province were searching for a suitable candidate to replace the Kiwi. Keane, a former All Black, joins last year’s PRO12 champions from the Cheifs, where he was …

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England’s Billy Vunipola Rules Himself Out Of The Six Nations

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Billy Vunipola of England is tackled during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

While England and Saracens prop Mako Vunipola made his return from injury at the weekend, younger brother Billy is still some time away from a comeback. The number eight is still recovering from knee surgery late last year, and while he is nearing a return to the pitch, England’s potential grand slam decider against Ireland looks to have come just …

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Four England XVs Highlighting The Country’s Depth Of Talent

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

Eddie Jones’ England are now on an unprecedented run of victories for the country, and part of that run of unparalleled form has been down to the depth of talent the head coach can choose from. Even with regulars like Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and George Kruis out of the team, the side has still defeated both France …

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Georgia’s Inclusion In Six Nations Could Be Set To Take A Massive Step Forward

Tonga v Georgia - Group C: Rugby World Cup 2015

The Georgian Rugby Union has long harboured aspirations of Six Nations participation and given their steady improvement within the world rugby landscape, there is now growing support for just that. Currently the twelfth-ranked side in world rugby, Georgia are a relatively young union by global standards. Founded as recently as 1964 while under the yoke of Soviet rule, theirs is …

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Pro12 To Introduce Franchises From USA And Canada

Launch of the 2014/15 Guinness PRO12 Season 26/8/2014 General view of Guinness PRO12 trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Guinness Pro12 has been working behind the scenes to include US and Canadian franchises in a new incarnation of the league. As reported in The Scotsman, the new league format would be called the ‘Guinness Atlantic Rugby Championship’ and is planned to begin in the 2018-19 season. Such a prospect is clearly very exciting for all those involved and …

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Richard Cockerill Announced As New Edinburgh Head Coach

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Richard Cockerill of Leicester Tigers ahead of the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers at Kingston Park on March 8, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Richard Cockerill has not been out of work for long. Having parted ways with Leicester Tigers last month after a disappointing run of form, the Englishman has been confirmed as Edinburgh’s new head coach. The three-time Premiership winning coach has signed a two-year deal with the Scottish outfit, and will relocate to Scotland once his finishes his role with Toulon. …

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Fijian Rugby Star Nemani Nadolo Has Fallen In Love With Hurling

Hurling MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Nemani Nadolo of Fiji celebrates as he scores their seventh try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

You can take the man out of Cork… Tomás O’Leary has been in Montpellier for just a few short months, on a short-term deal from Munster, but he has found time to spread the gospel of hurling. O’Leary captained Cork to an All-Ireland minor success in 2001, which was the Rebels’ last triumph at the grade. While many of that …

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Ian Madigan Has Asked To Leave Bordeaux-Begles [Report]

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Ian Madigan of Ireland passes the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Romania at Wembley Stadium on September 27, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Irish out-half Ian Madigan has been a controversial omission from Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations squad. Injuries to Jonathan Sexton and Joey Carbery meant that the Kiwi coach turned to Ian Keatley to act as deputy to Paddy Jackson in Rome last week. Madigan was perfectly fit, but due to the IRFU’s overseas policy, the former Leinster man was not considered. …

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Likely Irish XV To Face France Following Joe Schmidt’s Squad Announcement

Italy v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Following the first rest weekend of the Six Nations, Joe Schmidt named a 34 man squad ahead of Ireland’s crucial encounter with France. To the surprise of many observers, the Irish coach has made a number of alterations, leaving Ultan Dillane, Finlay Bealham, Jack Conan, Billy Holland, Dave Kilcoyne, Rory Scannell and Stuart McCloskey out of his squad. With just one block …

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Stuart Lancaster Set To Extend Stay At Leinster

Leinster

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster joined the Leinster coaching staff in September 2016 as a deputy to Leo Cullen. Less than halfway through his initial short-term deal, the 47-year-old is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension, according to a report in the Sunday Times. His role as a “senior coach” was a welcome change after …

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