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Irish Rugby Under Serious Threat Just As It Becomes Ready To Challenge For Greatness

Ireland’s international rugby panel is finally a thing of beautiful depth and talent, a mix of experience, talent, youth and ambition. It’s a pity it could soon be undone by the deep pockets of our continental neighbours. Less than two years out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup, head coach Joe Schmidt has been steadily building a squad that could legitimately …

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Top 14 Leaders Montpellier Emerge As The Club Courting CJ Stander

Make no mistake, Irish rugby is under attack from France as cash-rich Top 14 sides come calling for Ireland’s best and brightest. First came the news that Munster’s Simon Zebo was making the switch France next season, this bombshell was quickly followed by the news last week that Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has offers on the table from both Franch and England …

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Eddie O’Sullivan Has Questioned Why Leinster Have Signed Maori All Blacks’ James Lowe

When it was announced that Leinster had secured the signing of James Lowe, supporters of the eastern province were licking their lips at the thought of the 25-year-old tearing it up at the RDS.  Lowe made his eagerly anticipated debut for Leo Cullen’s side at the weekend in their 36-10 victory over Benetton at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo. The four-capped timed …

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Conor Murray Is Looking Forward To Battle With Ben Youngs Who He Has “Massive Respect For”

Christmas is approaching and with that means it’s the season for crucial back-to-back Champions Cup fixtures.  Munster will face the Leicester Tigers this weekend at Thomond Park before travelling to Welford Road a week later for the return fixture. Of course, these sides are no strangers to one another. The Tigers are the only side to beat Munster at Thomond …

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Johann Van Graan Is Under No Illusions To The Threats Which The Leicester Tigers Will Bring

Start to life at Munster for new head coach Johann van Graan could perhaps be described as a baptism of fire for the 37-year-old South African.  Since he’s arrived Munster have eased to victories over Zebre and the Ospreys in the Guinness PRO14. However, the speculation surrounding the future of Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander, the injury crisis which is …

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‘It’s A Short Career’: Peter O’Mahony Addresses His Rumoured Move Away From Munster

Munster flanker Peter O’Mahony has spoken publically for the first time since rumours began of a potential move to France’s Top14 or the Aviva Premiership. With Simon Zebo set to leave the province in the off-season, the Munster faithful will be hoping that they can keep their captain and talisman. However, his central contract with the IRFU is up in …

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Monumental Performance Sees Munster Swat Away The Ospreys In Cork

On a chilly night in Cork, Munster produced a powerful and dominant performance to swat away the challenge from an admittedly poor Ospreys side who’s dreadful run of form continues.  With most of Munster’s Ireland contingent on a rest week, this fixture provided a perfect opportunity for fringe players to further impress Johann van Graan as crucial back-to-back Champions Cup …

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Connacht Fall To Bitterly Disappointing Defeat In Italy

Guinness PRO14, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma, Italy 2/12/2017 Zebre vs Connacht Connacht's John Muldoon and James Cannon tackle Matteo Minozzi of Zebre Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Matteo Ciambelli

Connacht headed to Italy this weekend, expecting to come back with four, if not five points, as they faced off against Zebre. However, the Irish province were shocked by their hosts after Zebre won out on a scoreline of 24-10. Kieran Keane’s side endured an error-strewn first half, as their Italian opposition headed for the dressing room at half-time, 3-0 …

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