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Drew Mitchell V Robbie Henshaw – Whose Step Was Better

This weekend saw two outstanding sidesteps. Yesterday saw two massive games in the Top 14 and Pro 12. Both games saw the visiting sides record victories in Stadiums in which they are not accustomed to winning. In Thomond Park, Connacht beat Munster for the first time in the famous Limerick venue, while the Stade Marcel Michelin saw Toulon record a long …

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Five Players The IRFU Must Re-Sign

With the Rugby World Cup well and truly behind us, Irish sides are enjoying a strong start to the Pro12 with Connacht, Munster and Leinster filling out the top three places, but with a number of big players out of contract at season’s end, we look at the five players that must be an absolute priority for the IRFU. _____ 1. …

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Moving To Munster May Be The Right Option For Madigan

The precarious nature of Ian Madigan’s contract negotiations have had many speculating on the future of Leinster’s versatile inside-back, and with Bristol and Harlequins both emerging as potential suitors, the IRFU will have to somehow convince the mercurial 26-year-old to stay on home soil. Madigan is a direct product of the Irish youth system having come up through the ranks from …

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Video: Referee Ben Whitehouse Berates John Muldoon

Nigel Owens, eat your heart out. Ben Whitehouse may have awarded an extremely controversial penalty try to Munster last night in their home loss to Connacht, but the referee was certainly in no mood for any back-chat as he scolded the western province’s captain John Muldoon. A constantly lauded feature of rugby is the respect given to referees, and Whitehouse …

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Munster Fans Are Not Happy With Their Team Or Coach

Munster fans were furious at their sides performance. Tonight Connacht won their first game in Thomond Park since 1986, beating Munster 18-12. While the scoreline suggests a close game, in reality Anthony Foley’s side were well beaten. Munster were outfought at the breakdown and outclassed by Connacht’s skill and pace out wide. Fans of the southern province were therefore not …

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Video: Rugby Kick Hits Post Four Times Before Going Over

Is that really happening? Yes, yes it is. We’re not quite sure how it is possible, but this video confirms that a rugby kick can hit the uprights four times before going over the bar. It was a schools rugby match in Dublin between St Conleth’s and Tullow CS. A conversion was being taken, and it got over eventually. However, …

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Sexton The Bright Spot In Lacklustre Leinster Win

After missing a vital penalty late on against Bath last weekend, Johnny Sexton recovered well at the RDS as the Ireland pivot guided Leinster to an unconvincing 8-3 win against provincial rivals Ulster. With a make or break trip to the Stade Mayol next weekend to take on defending European champions Toulon, Leinster needed to put in a complete and …

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Five Things We Learned From Leinster’s Win Over Ulster

Leinster overcame Ulster on Friday night to move to second in the Pro12 table, just a point behind current top dogs Connacht. Jack O’Toole discusses five things we learned from the Irish derby. _____ 1. Neither Back-line Inspired With a scoreline of 8-3 this may seem blatantly obvious, but the lack of creativity and dynamism from both sets of backlines was …

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