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Five Must Watch Contests at the RDS

Leinster vs Treviso

After 23 rounds of action, defending champions Leinster clash with surprise finalists, Glasgow Warriors. Matt O’Connor’s men will look to become the first side to retain the Pro 12 title whereas Glasgow will want to engrave a new name on the trophy and become the first team to take the league title back to Scotland. 1. Front Row The efforts …

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Shane Byrne Says A Farewell To Leo Cullen & Brian O’Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll

The day has finally arrived. At 6:15pm, Brian O’Driscoll will begin his last stint as the chief protagonist in the Leinster love story. As we enter the final scenes of one of the greatest scripts in rugby history, Glasgow Warriors are all that stand between O’Driscoll and the perfect ending. However, there is a subplot at the RDS that will be awash …

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Townsend: Stuart Hogg Will Remain At Glasgow

Stuart Hogg

Glasgow Warriors’ Gregor Townsend insists Lions’ full-back Stuart Hogg will remain at the club despite leaving him out of his Rabo Pro12 final squad. Rumours linked Hogg with Ulster, but it is also understood that Saracens and a number of Top 14 clubs are interested. Despite this, Townsend was adamant that while it was a difficult decision to leave him …

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O’Connor: Ian Madigan Best Utilised From The Bench

Ian Madigan

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor stated that his squad know the stakes ahead of their RaboPro12 final clash with Glasgow tomorrow at the RDS. The coach has also decided that Ian Madigan – who secured the semi-final victory with a try against Ulster – is best utilised from the bench with Jimmy Gopperth once again chosen at out-half.  “Everyone …

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Five Key Battles that will decide the RaboDirect Pro12 Final

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It’s the eve of a very special RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final. Countless Leinster fanboys and fangirls (myself most definitely included) are clutching our tickets to our hearts in anticipation of tomorrow’s game. The match against the Glasgow Warriors kicks off at 18:15 in the RDS. This isn’t only a final, it isn’t only Leinster’s last game of the season, it’s …

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Trevor Hogan: Glasgow Will Pose A Serious Threat To Leinster

RDS Leinster

Leinster and Glasgow go to war on Saturday night at the RDS in what will be the Irish province’s fifth league final in a row. In stark contrast to Matt O’Connor’s side, Glasgow have qualified for the RaboDirect Pro12 Final for the first time in their history and are in blistering form ahead of the Dublin showdown. Pundit Arena spoke to …

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Exclusion Pushes Stuart Hogg Closer To Ulster

Stuart Hogg

Stuart Hogg has been excluded from Glasgow Warriors’ 23-man squad for Saturday’s Pro12 Final, further fuelling the rumours that the Scot is on his way to Ravenhill. Hogg’s exclusion for the clash with Leinster means the 54-0 thrashing of Zebre at the start of the month will have been his last action in a Warriors shirt. We broke the news about …

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Five Facts About James Coughlan’s New Home

Stade_du_Hameau_SP - Pau

As any Irish rugby fan worth their salt will already know, the big news emerging from the country’s southernmost province yesterday was that Munster stalwart James Coughlan will be departing for French shores next season. The Dolphin RFC man will be released from his contract a year early (by his own request) and leaves to join French second division side …

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Matt O’Connor: Concussion Decisions Should Be Made By Team Doctors

Matt O'Connor

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor has stated that decisions on whether a player is concussed or able to continue in a game should be left up to team doctors. O’Connor’s comments come following the decision to allow Toulouse’s Florian Fritz to continue playing in the Top14 Quarter-Final despite having collapsed while walking off and also Leinster’s decision to replace Brian O’Driscoll and Fergus …

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