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Connacht Appoint Kieran Keane As New Head Coach

Connacht CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 04: Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane looks on prior to the ITM Cup match between Canterbury and Tasman at AMI Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Connacht have confirmed that Kieran Keane will succeed Pat Lam as the province’s head coach next year. Lam is moving to Bristol at the end of the season, and as a result, the western province were searching for a suitable candidate to replace the Kiwi. Keane, a former All Black, joins last year’s PRO12 champions from the Cheifs, where he was …

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Pro12 To Introduce Franchises From USA And Canada

Launch of the 2014/15 Guinness PRO12 Season 26/8/2014 General view of Guinness PRO12 trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Guinness Pro12 has been working behind the scenes to include US and Canadian franchises in a new incarnation of the league. As reported in The Scotsman, the new league format would be called the ‘Guinness Atlantic Rugby Championship’ and is planned to begin in the 2018-19 season. Such a prospect is clearly very exciting for all those involved and …

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Stuart Lancaster Set To Extend Stay At Leinster

Leinster

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster joined the Leinster coaching staff in September 2016 as a deputy to Leo Cullen. Less than halfway through his initial short-term deal, the 47-year-old is expected to put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension, according to a report in the Sunday Times. His role as a “senior coach” was a welcome change after …

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Johnny Sexton Included In Irish Squad To Face France

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Joe Schmidt has named a reduced 34 man Ireland squad to face France next weekend. Included in Schmidt’s initial squad is Johnny Sexton, who has missed both of Ireland’s opening Six Nations fixtures. Indeed, despite suggestions that the Leinster fly-half will have recovered in time to face France, the Irish Independent reported that he has until Tuesday to prove his …

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Neil Best Column: If Ulster Wanted To Appoint A Scrum Half With Little Coaching Experience – Why Not Ruan Pienaar

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11:  Ruan Pienaar of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” Ireland achieved this last weekend -Ulster didn’t and England didn’t. Yet we probably learned more about Italy’s likely finishing position in this year’s Six Nations than we did of either Ireland or England. Eddie Jones is right to …

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Opinion: Irish Rugby Are Ignoring A Clear Template For Success

Irish Rugby CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 18: Rob Kearney of Ireland is dejected at the final whistle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Argentina and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

There is a clear path to success for Irish Rugby, one which they are not taking. Inspired by a lecture in Strategic Management, in which my lecturer used the German national soccer team as an example of and effective strategy in practice, I decided to pen this article and discuss it a little further in a sporting Context. The Germans …

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Statistically Speaking This Is The Best XV Of The Six Nations So Far

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander

For some time now, the guys over at rugby.net have compiled lists detailing the best players in the world. Using mathematically generated data, they claim to objectively rate players from each of rugby’s elite competitions. Using their Rugby Net Rating Engine, thy interoperate an array of statistics, give them a weighting according to the competitions in which they were recorded and publish them using …

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