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Watch: CJ Stander Goes Full Beast Mode On Jerry Flannery Before Racing 92 Clash

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2, Thomond Park, Limerick 22/10/2016 Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Munster Scrum Coach Jerry Flannery with CJ Stander after the game

Munster secured their home quarter final berth in the Champions Cup on Saturday with a hard fought 22-10 victory over Racing 92 at Thomond Park, with CJ Stander delivering yet another Man of the Match performance. Having already been assured of their last eight place in Europe’s premier club rugby tournament, the victory over Racing ensured that ‘fortress’ Thomond would …

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Irish Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

European Rugby Champions Round 6, Thomond Park, Limerick 21/1/2017
Munster vs Racing 92
Munster’s Ian Keatley celebrates scoring a try with Rory Scannell
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Although there existed the possibility of all four Irish provinces qualifying for the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals prior to round five, only Munster and Leinster ultimately made it into the last eight. Ulster fans will no doubt rue the fact that their side came away from Bordeaux Begles empty handed. The northern province led 13-9 with six minutes remaining …

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Champions Cup Power Rankings Ahead Of The Knockout Stages

Saracens v RC Toulon - European Rugby Champions Cup

The Champions Cup pool stages officially came to a close on Sunday. Four-time champions Toulouse fought off a late fightback from last season’s Pro 12 champions Connacht, while Wasps wrapped up a bonus point victory over a spirited Zebre. Toulouse and Wasps will now join Clermont, Saracens, Leinster, Munster, Glasgow and Toulon in the knockout stages as the competition intensifies ahead …

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Toulouse Flex Their Muscles While Connacht Go Down Swinging


The last time Connacht played Toulouse in France, they secured their first ever win on French soil with a hard-fought 16-14 victory in the old Heineken Cup. A second half try from Man of the Match Kieran Marmion was ultimately the difference between the two sides as Marmion’s close range effort lifted Connacht over the four-time European champions. It was …

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Five Uncapped Players Who Could Be Included In Ireland’s Six Nations Squad

Adam Byrne

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will name his 2017 Six Nations squad on Monday as Ireland will attempt win their third Six Nations title in the last four seasons after back-to-back championship wins in 2014 and 2015. Last year Schmidt named an extended 35-man squad that included the previously uncapped CJ Stander, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier and Stuart McCloskey, while the …

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Will Greenwood Names His Starting Lions Team

Will Greenwood

Former British and Irish Lions centre Will Greenwood has named his starting Lions XV for this summer’s tour of New Zealand. Greenwood, who was a Lions tourist on the 1997 tour of South Africa, the 2001 tour of Australia and the 2005 tour of New Zealand, has named a starting XV consisting of eight English players, five Irish and two …

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SA Rugby President On Coetzee: ‘We’re Not Sure Whether We’re Keeping Allister’

Allister Coetzee

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has said that the South African Rugby Union ‘is not sure’ whether they will keep Springboks head coach Allister Coetzee after the Springboks endured a tumultuous 2016 with only four wins from 12 tests. According to reports from Sport 24, unless the SARU receives financial aid from a private company or the government, it will probably …

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Toulon Linked With Move For All Black Scrum Half

New Zealand v France - Quarter Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

New Zealand rugby is currently under siege from France’s Top 14, with big-money offers coaxing a number of high profile names north to Europe. Only last week it was confirmed that Chiefs and All Black out-half Aaron Cruden was turning his back on the famous black jersey at the end season, in a move to Top 14 side Montpellier. The …

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The Pro12’s Communications Manager Talks To Us About The Future Of The League, Conferences, Italian Participation And TV Deals

Guinness PRO12 Final, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland 28/5/2016
Connacht vs Leinster
Connacht celebrate with he Guinness PRO12 trophy 
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Despite the criticism directed towards the Guinness PRO12 in recent years, the league has hit back at its detractors this season by showcasing innovative and attacking rugby that has shaken up the European Rugby Champions Cup. This season alone 385 tries have been scored in the league, a record for the PRO12 at this point in any campaign. Furthermore, during …

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Eddie Jones Criticises Dylan Hartley Over Sean O’Brien Incident

Northampton Saints v Leinster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

In the days following Dylan Hartley’s sending off against Leinster in the European Rugby Champions Cup, there was a great deal of debate over the proposed length of the hooker’s suspension. Some had argued that Hartley should have received a longer ban, while others accused various commentators of leading a witch hunt against the England captain. In any event, Hartley …

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