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Opinion: Why We All Love The Romance Of Connacht

Wasps v Connacht Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

Despite possessing limited financial fire power in comparison to most of the major teams in European rugby, Connacht’s latest win over Wasps shows sometimes heart and soul can mean so much more than money. The Pro 12 champions continue to inspire fans right across the global rugby community with their intelligence and forethought, but most importantly their determination. These were …

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The Reaction As Late Late Leicester Show Breaks Munster Hearts

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Ed Slater of Leicester celebrates their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 17, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Two giants of European rugby played out a tense and nail-biting battle this evening in Welford Road, as Leicester Tigers denied Munster a famous victory at the death. Despite going down 38-0 at Thomond Park last week, the English side dug deep to secure a memorable win over the two-time European champions. In a game that didn’t quite spring to life …

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Andy Goode Column: Munster Announced Themselves As A Force To Be Reckoned With Once More After Embarrassing The Tigers

Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

As a former Leicester Tigers player, it hurt watching their 38-0 trouncing at the hands of Munster last Saturday. the Tigers were outplayed across the park, and were absolutely dominated upfront. This is not the Leicester team of old, they don’t have enough squad depth in key positions and their back row was taught a lesson. For their part, Munster were magnificent. …

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Leinster And Munster Name Sides For Weekend European Cup Ties

LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 10: Rassie Erasmus, the Munster director of rugby looks on during the European Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 10, 2016 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Irish provinces Munster and Leinster are on a crest of a wave at present, following comprehensive victories over English opposition last weekend. The two, who have won five European Cups between them, are looking to put the disappointment of last season behind them by qualifying for the knockout stages. Munster shut out Leicester at Thomond Park last week, on a …

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Why Do Rugby Players Respect Their Referees More Than Footballers Do?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Phil Jones of Manchester United (L) and Marcos Rojo of Manchester United (R) argue with the referee after there was no penalty given during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on December 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Nigel Owen’s recent suggestion that football take retrospective action against diving is not the first time rugby referees have took a somewhat superior stance and offered suggestions to their football counterparts. You can’t blame Owens and his fellow rugby referees for feeling slightly smug about controlling and having the respect of men two or three times their size, while football …

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Munster Tight-Head Prop Forced To Retire

Pre-Season Friendly, Irish Independent Park, Cork 26/8/2016
Munster vs Worcester Warriors
Munster’s John Andress
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Munster have today confirmed that tight-head prop John Andress has retired from professional rugby. The 32 year-old joined the province from Edinburgh last summer in order to replace the departing BJ Botha. However outside of the pre-season game against the Worcester Warriors, the Belfast native hasn’t featured for Munster this campaign. In a professional career that spanned 12 seasons, Andress played …

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Sir Clive Woodward’s Ridiculous Defence Of Dylan Hartley Over Latest Citing

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

Former England and World Cup winning head coach Sir Clive Woodward has waded into the furore over the latest indiscretion and citing of England captain Dylan Hartley. The Northampton Saints star was given a straight red card last weekend for his challenge on Leinster’s Sean O’Brien during their Champion Cup contest and now looks set for another lengthy spell in …

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Ireland Confirm Two Test Dates Against Japan In Summer 2017

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Rory Best with Rob Kearney after the game

The IRFU have confirmed the dares of Ireland’s summer tour of Japan in June 2017. More specifically, they have passed on the confirmation of the Japanese RFU, that the first test will take place on Saturday 17th of June, with the second test taking place a week later. Japan are to play Romania on June 10th in anticipation of facing …

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Former IRB Junior Player Of The Year JJ Hanrahan Set For Shock Munster Return

Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs - Aviva Premiership

When it was announced in 2014 that promising Ireland out-half JJ Hanrahan was to leave Munster for the Northampton Saints, many fans shook their heads in disbelief at the IRFU’s perceived short-sightedness. As Munster’s form continued to slide, the loss of Hanrahan, widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most promising half-backs, was just another blow for the brand that had …

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