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European Rugby Champions Cup Preview – The Dark Horses

The European Rugby Champions Cup kicks off this weekend and Ozer McMahon is here to profile the dark horses of this year’s revamped tournament. Munster So long as night follows day, Munster will continue to be a force in Europe. They may not contain the same standard of player that brought them two victories in the middle of the last …

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Match Preview: Leicester Vs Ulster

With the European Rugby Champions Cup about to begin in earnest, Conor Heffernan previews the clash of Leicester and Ulster on Saturday night. Ulster’s preparations for this weekend’s tie against Leicester at Welford Road have been set back with the news that Andrew Trimble is a doubt for the European Champions Cup opener. Unfortunately for Ulster, Trimble joins Ruan Pienaar …

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Match Preview: Leinster vs Wasps

Leinster’s European campaign gets underway this weekend when they face Wasps in the newly branded European Champions Cup. News emerged this week from the Leinster camp that prop Martin Moore will be joining fellow forwards Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien, as well as winger Fergus McFadden on the injured list for Leinster. One can’t help but feel for Leinster coach Matt O’Connor. Last …

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Five Talking Points Ahead Of Munster’s European Campaign

Conor Luttrell analyses the five main talking points as Munster Rugby make their bow in the new European Champions Cup competition. The competition may have changed, but the importance of it remains the same. Friday week marks the start of a new chapter in European club rugby and in this article we will look at the five main talking points as …

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Match Preview: Munster vs Sale Sharks

Conor Heffernan previews Munster maiden European Rugby Champions Cup game this weekend against Sale Sharks. The time has finally come for the opening weekend of the inaugural European Rugby Champion Cup. The tournament formerly known as the Heineken Cup, has been the subject of much talk in the media but thankfully debates about whether or not British and French sides …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

It was a good week for Ulster, while Sale Sharks had one to forget. Resident rugby expert Matt Cassidy is here with this week’s instalment of Who’s Hot & Who’s Not? Who’s Hot? Ulster The Northern province head into the first round of Europe after a thumping 29-9 win over the Glasgow Warriors. The Scottish side came to Belfast with …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy is here with his weekly fill for the rugby junkies among us. Here’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’. Who’s Hot? Munster They came, they saw and they conquered. Anthony Foley’s men produced a brilliant performance at the Aviva Stadium to beat Leinster for only the second time in ten attempts in the capital. First half tries from James …

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Keith Earls Injury Blow Leaves Munster Shorthanded

Per Munster Rugby, winger and centre Keith Earls,underwent surgery on his right knee on Tuesday afternoon, writes Garbh Madigan. Originally the prognosis was that Earls would be back training with the side within days but having consulted with experts in London,the decision was made to operate on his patellar tendon. The Moyross flier is not expected to be back for …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Another momentous weekend for New Zealand, while Ulster endured a shocking loss in Italy. here’s this week’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’. Who’s Hot? New Zealand Another match and another win for Steve Hansen’s men as they defeated Argentina in La Plata to secure their third straight Rugby Championship success. Tries from Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Julian Savea and TJ Perenara …

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Aviva Premiership: Rating The Irishmen Abroad

Ozer McMahon discusses the performances of Ireland’s exiles in the Aviva Premiership, as the contingent continues to expand. With all four Irish provinces in action on Friday and while Joe Schmidt’s eyes were firmly fixed on developments at The Sportsground in Galway it’s easy forget about Ireland’s ever growing foreign contingent. Indeed there was a time Irish players plying their …

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