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Stander & Taute Return As Munster Ring Changes For Cardiff Trip

CJ Stander will make his first appearance this season for Munster as they take on Cardiff Blues in the Pro14 on Friday night. JJ Hanrahan comes into the side at full-back and there is an all-changed centre partnership with Jaco Taute making his first start since returning from injury alongside Rory Scannell. Hanrahan joins Andrew Conway and Darren Sweetnam in …

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Proposal for Behind-The-Scenes Irish Rugby Series Declined by IRFU

The IRFU recently declined a proposal from a production company for Schmidt’s team to be at the centre of an in-depth series. ___ It’s understood that the discussions never moved beyond an informal stage, with the IRFU expressing its reservations about providing all-areas access to Schmidt’s camp. Ireland have previously been the focus of a one-off documentary based around their …

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Leinster Release New European ‘Night Navy’ Kit

The Champions Cup begins next month, and defending champions Leinster are dressed to impress. The Irish province won their fourth title last season at the expense of Racing 92 in the final. The also hold the Pro14 title, and have already won twice this season in their usual blue strip. But their European challenge will take on a different hue, …

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Ireland Close In On All Blacks In Latest World Rugby Rankings

Kieran Read of the All Blacks and Conor Murray

New Zealand’s recent loss to South Africa in the Rugby Championship has seen their lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings cut to just 2.40 points with Ireland hot on their heels.   The latest rankings, released on Monday, means that November’s clash between the All Blacks and Joe Schmidt’s side will have an added layer of significance. …

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Munster Facing Tighthead Trouble After Ospreys Win

John Ryan of Munster

Munster will be sweating on the fitness of both John Ryan and Stephen Archer after both players were removed from the field of play during the 49-13 victory over the Ospreys on Friday night.  Archer started the game but was removed after 49 minutes when he took a knock to head. He was replaced by John Ryan who later went …

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Johann Van Graan: “There Were Special Moments There For Joey”

It wasn’t a bad night’s work for Munster as they cruised to a 49-13 win over the Ospreys at Irish Independent Park in Cork.  The southern province had the game, and the bonus point, wrapped up by halftime and the result, including the manner of it, will provide a much-needed confidence boost after last week’s disappointing result in Scotstoun. Munster’s …

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