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Brian O’Driscoll Reveals the Fastest Player He Ever Played With Or Against

Brian O’Driscoll was part of a golden generation of Ireland rugby success and had the fortune of securing Six Nations titles, a Grand Slam and numerous caps for the British and Irish Lions. Playing alongside the likes of O’Gara, O’Connell, Stringer, Hayes, Foley, Galwey and Wallace, O’Driscoll is Ireland’s record try scorer and most capped international. As such he knows …

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Ian Madigan Heading For Premiership Side When He Leaves Bordeaux [Report]

Ireland Rugby Tour South Africa 2016 3rd Test Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Port Elizabeth 25/6/2016 South Africa Springboks vs Ireland Ireland’s Ian Madigan

It has been widely reported that Bordeaux Bégles outhalf Ian Madigan is looking to leave the Top 14 side one year before his contract is due to expire. The former Leinster number ten made the move to France last year due to strong competition from international teammate Johnny Sexton, but has been encountering similar problems at the Stade Chaban-Delmas with Lionel Beauxis. …

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Brian O’Driscoll Gushes Praise And Predicts Ireland Call-Up For Munster’s Latest Rising Star

Munster continued their seemingly irrepressible march to glory this season with yet another away victory in the Pro12 on Saturday, this time ending the 13-game winning streak of the Ospreys. Showing all the resilience of the Munster sides that swept to European glory between 2006 and 2008, the latest generation of the province’s finest proved they could march on with …

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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

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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

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

“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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