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Rugby Fans In Awe As Munster Turn In Vintage Performance To Beat Toulouse

European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter-Final, Thomond Park, Limerick 1/4/2017 Munster vs Toulouse Munster's Darren Sweetnam celebrates his try with Tyler Bleyendaal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Munster secured their spot in the last four of the European Champions Cup at Thomond Park in a vintage home performance. Rassie Erasmus’ men followed Leinster into the semi-finals with an impressive 41-16 win over Toulouse. They led for almost the whole game after John Ryan crossed in just the fifth minute. They could have been further after Tyler Bleyendaal dotted …

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Conor Murray Ruled Out Of Munster’s Clash With Toulouse

Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick 14/9/2016 Conor Murray Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Munster have been dealt a hammer blow as Conor Murray has been ruled out of this evening’s Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Toulouse. The Irish international picked up a knock against Wales during the Six Nations. It came as a surprise when he was included in Rassie Erasmus’ starting line-up for this evening’s clash at Thomond Park. However, an 11th …

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Watch: Willie Le Roux Makes An Absolute Hash Of Touching Down Easy Try Against Leinster

Willie Le Roux

Leinster and Wasps are facing off in the European Champions Cup quarter-final, in front of a packed Aviva Stadium. The hosts being heavy favourites, found themselves leading 8-0 during the second half. However, Wasps’ Willie Le Roux broke through and found himself on his own crossing the Leinster line. However, rather than simply touching down for the try, he decided …

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Ranking Europe’s Top 8 Sides Ahead Of The European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Finals

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 14: Saracens celebrate their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Stade de Lyon on May 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After taking a mid-season hiatus, the European Rugby Champions Cup returns this weekend with a very intriguing quarter-final line-up. Perhaps the most hotly contested tie will be between Leinster and Wasps, two sides who are known for playing entertaining running rugby and top the tournament’s try-scoring charts with 28 and 31 touchdowns respectively. Indeed, Leinster’s total is made all the more impressive …

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Why Jared Payne Should Be In Warren Gatland’s Lions Squad

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 22: Jared Payne of Ulster (L) and Harry Williams (R) of Exeter Chiefs during the Champions Cup Pool 5 game at Kingspan Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Ireland back Jared Payne has a solid chance of being named in the Lions squad. With a possible five centres and two fullbacks set to travel, the versatile Kiwi should be on head coach Warren Gatland’s radar. For the 2013 tour of Australia, Gatland brought four set centres, with another two brought in for backline cover. If he sticks to …

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Munster And Leinster Select Teams For Champions Cup Quarter Finals

After the disappointment of the 2016/17 season, in which no Irish side qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions Cup, this campaign both Munster and Leinster have the opportunity to advance to the semi-final stage. Although they face tough competition in the form of Toulouse and Wasps respectively, both Irish sides have home advantage this weekend and will hold realistic expectations …

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Sergio Parisse Could Be On His Way To The Premiership [Report]


Italy and Stade Francais captain Sergio Parisse, even at 33, remains one of the most powerful and effective back row forwards in the northern hemisphere. With Stade in disarray, both on the pitch and off, the number eight may look to leave the club he’s been with since 2005 and The Rugby Paper is reporting that Gloucester are now seriously interested …

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An Experimental Irish Squad For The Summer Tour

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Joey Carbery of Leinster Rugby attempts to move past the challenge of Stephen Myler of Northampton Saints during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster Rugby on December 9, 2016 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

With all the coverage over which Irish players will be on the plane for the upcoming Lions tour, it is easy to forget about the summer tour. This will see Ireland take on the USA on the 10th of June in New Jersey , before playing tests against Japan on the following two Saturdays. For the purposes of this article, …

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