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Focus Friday – Exciting Time To Be A Connacht Rugby Fan

This week’s edition of Focus Friday talks about the excitement building at the Sportsground as Connacht look like they could enjoy a successful season. Jonathan Fitzpatrick discusses. Cast your eyes back to 2003 – a heartbroken Munster continued their on their quest for European glory. Leinster showed flashes of promise but were susceptible to vanish when the big games came …

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Guinness Pro12: Jamie Heaslip Talks Scarlets

Ahead of the second round of the Guinness Pro12, Jamie Heaslip discussed some of the key aspects of facing Scarlets at home in the RDS. Following Leinster’s 21-20 loss to Glasgow last weekend the squad are under pressure to correct some of the key areas of their game that were sadly lacking. Sloppy ball handling, higher than normal missed tackle …

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Leinster Boss: Madigan Will Decide To Stay Or Go

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor insists that Ian Madigan will decide whether or not he stays or goes when Johnny Sexton returns. With Sexton signing a four year IRFU contract, O’Connor stated that it will be Madigan’s decision whether he will stay at Leinster or leave. Madigan is neck-and-neck with Paddy Jackson as back-up 10 with Ireland and will …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here for your weekly fill of the heroes and zeros from the latest rugby action. Here’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not’. Who’s Hot? Northampton Saints It was their first game as champions at their beloved Franklin’s Gardens and the Saints did not disappoint. Jim Mallinder’s league winners absolutely demolished a hapless Gloucester side, scoring eight tries in the process. …

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Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons: Five Main Talking Points

The Sportsground was bathed in sunshine as Connacht opened their season against the Dragons. Pat Lam’s summer spending spree has added quality and depth to the Westerners’ squad, but with cash being splashed expectation quickly follows and the 4,213 who were in attendance in Galway on Saturday evening were anticipating a home victory. 1. The Cards Three players were sent …

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Leinster Rugby’s Three Amigos – How Will They Fare?

Geraldine Kieran takes a look at Leinster rugby’s new leaders; club captain Jamie Heaslip and vice captains Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien. How will these three distinctively different personalities lead Leinster forward this season?  A new era for Leinster Towards, the end of the last season the big buzz word was ‘transition’. How will Leinster tcope without Brian O Driscoll? How …

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Match Report: Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons

At a sun drenched Sportsground Pat Lam’s men kick off their season with a gritty victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons. The air was thick with anticipation after the Westerners’ summer spending spree. And the home side did not disappoint as they came out firing on all cylinders. Connacht’s attacks were direct and at a pace. But the first opportunity …

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Connacht V The Dragons: Five Key Battles

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss the five key battles that could determine the outcome of Connacht’s opener against Newport Gwent Dragons. After a summer of having to content ourselves with a wondrous World Cup, a glorious GAA championship and a magnificent Rory McIlroy dominating the golfing world, the waiting is finally over! Rugby is back! The dawn of the new term signals …

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Leinster Coach: Criticism of Pro12 Unfair

Leinster Head Coach Matt O’Connor insists criticism of the Guinness Pro12 is unfair as his side prepares for their opening game of the new season away to Glasgow. He believes the control the Top 14 and Aviva Premiership have in minimising the loss of their players during the international periods are the difference between the status of those leagues and …

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Focus Friday – Questions for The Provinces Heading Into Pro12 Season

As the new Pro12 season dawns, there a few questions that each province will have to answer heading into the 2014/2015 season. Jonathan Fitzpatrick discusses. Leinster Will the province fill the vacancy of not only Brian O’Driscoll, but Leo Cullen – both on and off the field? Both superb players, their importance to Leinster transcended their individual talents and skills. Leinster …

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