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Bundee Aki And Tyler Bleyendaal Are Training With Ireland This Week

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Joe Schmidt has this week gathered his Irish side for a training camp in Kildare’s Carton House before the players return to their clubs for the new season. The world’s number three side will take on South Africa, Fiji and Argentina in November and may have a new name to call upon with Bundee Aki soon eligible for citizenship. The Connacht …

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The 2017/18 Pro14 “New Signings XV”

ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 17: Leigh Halfpenny of the Lions lines up a penalty during the match between the New Zealand Maori and the British & Irish Lions at Rotorua International Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Including transfers between each other, the Pro14 sides have made 74 signings this summer. But which 15 players arriving from other leagues make it to our Pro14 New Signings XV? The start of the 2017/18 season sees two new teams joining the Pro14. The Southern Kings and the Cheetahs may have been shown the door by Super Rugby, but they …

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Confirmed: Christian Lealiifano Joins Ulster Rugby On A Short Term Deal

Ulster Rugby has confirmed the signing of Christian Lealiifano on a short-term deal.  Lealiifano will play for the northern province for five months, with his contract due to expire on the 22nd January 2018. This means that the 29-year-old will return to the Brumbies after Ulster have completed their pool stage fixtures in the Champions Cup. Lealiifano made his comeback …

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Opportunities And Challenges For Irish Provinces Ahead Of New Season

It was a mixed season for the Irish provinces last year in the PRO12 and Europe. Munster were the most successful side as they reached a PRO12 final and Champions Cup semi-final. They also finished top of the PRO12 after the regular season. Leinster reached the semi-finals of both competitions but came up short against Scarlets and Clermont Auvergne. For …

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Connacht In Envious Position For PRO14 South African Expedition

We’re only three weeks away from the beginning of the new, revamped PRO14 season and there is certainly excitement in the air as teams from both hemispheres enter into the unknown.  Whatever your opinion is on the new format of the competition, it’s safe to say that interest will certainly be increased compared to previous seasons with the addition of …

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New Connacht Boss Kieran Keane: “We’re Not Just There To Entertain, Winners Are Winners Aren’t They?”

Training this morning at Connacht HQ was certainly characterised by good spirits. When the sun is shining in the West of Ireland there is always cause for celebration and the players certainly fed off the good vibes as laughter rang out throughout the training paddock.  Of course, this is a fresh start of sorts for Connacht Rugby, Kieran Keane has …

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A Closer Look At The Signings Made By Irish Clubs Ahead Of The PRO14

Preparations for the 2017/2018 PRO14 season are ratcheting up as teams are currently going through the rigours of pre-season, with the new look tournament kicking off on September 1. The Irish provinces have recruited heavily and below is a list of their new recruits that will join for the 2017/18 season. _____ Leinster Players in: James Lowe from the Chiefs; …

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Opinion: Rugby Needs A Global Salary Cap

Since the dawn of professionalism in rugby it feels like there has been no real agreed plan on how the sport as a whole should progress. England and France have adopted approaches similar to those in football, with privately-owned and run clubs producing players for Test teams. However, most of the other major nations have come to operate some kind …

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