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Rugby – European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 1

The Heineken Cup is gone, and has been replaced with the European Champions Cup. In the first of a multi-part series, Jonathan Abbott previews European rugby’s new tournament,  focusing on Pool 1. The era of the Heineken Cup is over. Whatever province you are from you will have endured the highs of the Jonathan Sexton inspired second-half comeback to defeat …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy is back with this week’s edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not. It was a historic week for the Waratahs, while Richie McCaw won’t want to remember the Super Final.  Who’s Hot NSW Waratahs It was third time lucky for the ‘Tahs who finally got their hands on the Super Rugby trophy. The Sydney siders, who finished top …

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Keeping Up With The Kearneys

Geraldine Kieran reports from a special questions and answers event hosted by Brent Pope in Dundalk RFC where the RTE rugby pundit spoke to Leinster and Ireland rugby internationals and brothers, Rob and Dave Kearney. ‘Keeping Up With The Kearneys!’ It may be a very tongue and cheek title but keeping up with the Kearneys is most certainly a big challenge. Over …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss this week’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not’, following successful weekends in the Super Rugby for Crusaders and Waratahs. Who’s Hot Crusaders The most successful team in Super Rugby history is one game away from adding to its collection of seven titles. The Crusaders crushed their South African opponents, the Sharks, crossing the whitewash five …

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Is Israel Folau Really The World’s Best Fullback?

Matt Cassidy investigates the notion that Israel Folau trumps all when it comes to being a fullback in professional rugby. The Australian sports media went into a frenzy just over a week ago when Wallaby star, Israel Folau, was spotted having coffee with the NRL’s head of football, Todd Greenberg. It would be an enormous blow to the ARU if Folau decided to …

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Defining Season Ahead For Guinness Pro12

The European rugby season commences in mid August when the Top 14 kicks off. The season ahead will be the first with the new European structure and the ‘Champions Cup’. However, the tournament that faces its biggest season yet is the Pro12. Some major changes will take effect from this season, and they need to invigorate the competition to guarantee its …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.3 Stade Toulousain (2010)

Coming in at number three on our list of Heineken Cup heavyweights is the Stade Toulousain side of 2010. A team packed with talent, this Toulouse side dominated Europe’s premier tournament. No.3 Stade Toulousain (2010) When the short history of the Heineken Cup is told in future generations it will be remembered that Munster brought the romance, Leicester the professionalism and the dominant …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here to talk us through the ups and downs of the latest week in rugby. Who’s Hot? Matt Toomua The Brumbies’ flyhalf played a blinder in their crunch Aussie derby against Western Force. The Wallaby centre, who was playing at number 10, ran the show from half back whilst scoring himself a hat-trick of tries to lead …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No. 4 Leinster (2012)

Coming in at number four on our list of the greatest Heineken Cup teams is the mighty Leinster outfit of 2012. Eighth place in our top ten went to a Leinster team who powered their way to the title through a combination of momentum, luck, and the borderline manic will to win of Brian O’Driscoll and Rocky Elsom. Michael Cheika …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here for this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not’ in a week where we bid farewell to the legendary Honey Badger. Who’s Hot? Nick Cummins The wacky Wallaby wing will not be representing Australia at next year’s World Cup after signing a lucrative contract with West Red Sparks in Japan. There is nothing new about …

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