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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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Toulouse Flex Their Muscles While Connacht Go Down Swinging

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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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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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5 Quick Conclusions From Munster’s 22-10 Win Over Racing 92

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

1. What Happens When An Opponent Matches Munster Up Front? Throughout their pool campaign, Munster have been able to wrestle opponents into submission using their forward pack. Racing however had the ability to frustrate Munster for long periods. Although Simon Zebo crossed for Munster’s opening try as the first half came to a conclusion, it took a long time in …

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Ireland’s Backrow Power Rankings

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2, Thomond Park, Limerick 22/10/2016 Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Munster's Peter O'Mahony applauds the crowd as he leaves the pitch Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Competition for the Irish backrow has arguably never been stronger. There was Anthony Foley, Alan Quinlan, Denis Leamy, Simon Easterby and David Wallace all competing for spots in the mid-2000s. Stephen Ferris, Jamie Heaslip, Wallace and Sean O’Brien battled for positions in the build-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup, while Peter O’Mahony quickly succeeded Ferris after the fallout of that …

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Watch: Leinster Denied Try By Football-Style Sliding Tackle

European Rugby Champions Round 6, Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres, France 20/1/2017 Castres Olympique vs Leinster Leinster's Rory O’Loughlin scores a try that was later disallowed Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

On Friday night Leinster played out an enthralling draw with Castres that left both sides battered and bruised. A game-winning try was crucially denied by the TMO after a football-style sliding tackle from Pierre Bérard. During a rumbustious first half Johnny Sexton yet again confirmed to his critics that he lacks the ability to stay injury-free as he was unable to …

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