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Keatley Late Strike Keeps Munster Alive

A penalty deep into the eightieth minute kept Munster’s European hopes alive in Clermont, but only just. Anthony Foley couldn’t have asked for more from his team in the opening ten minutes. Hanrahan was shining out wide, the scrum and set piece was solid and Keatley was taking this chances. Two penalties inside the opening 12 minutes one of which …

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Preview: Clermont v Munster

Brian Barry previews Clermont v Munster in the European Champions Cup.   Following last week’s 9-16 loss, Munster travel to Clermont this afternoon with little expectation riding on their shoulders. When sizing up the opposition for the tie in Limerick, the only argument made in Munster’s favour was the Thomond Park factor. The men in red were outclassed. This time …

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Preview: Leinster v Harlequins

Brian Barry previews Leinster v Harlequins in the European Champions Cup.   Six days after their disappointing loss in the Stoop, Leinster host Harlequins in the Aviva Stadium knowing that nothing less than a win will serve their quarter-final ambitions.   Matt O’Connor has made four changes to the side which fell in London last week, most notably the switch of …

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Heaslip: No Added Pressure For Leinster

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip insists the province has yet to perform for eighty minutes as they prepare for the visit of Harlequins on Saturday, writes Cillian O Conchuir. Leinster left London with a losing bonus point after six Ian Madigan kicks saw them fall to a 24-18 defeat. But it’s the frustration of allowing side’s back into games or starting …

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Conor Murray: We’re In Ideal Position To Put Things Right

Munster Rugby’s scrum-half Conor Murray insists the province have not been looking for excuses but are in the ideal position to put things right this weekend, writes Cillian O Conchuir. Despite being left frustrated following their 9-16 defeat to Clermont Auvernge last weekend at Thomond Park, Murray believes Anthony Foley’s men need to take the positives out of the loss. …

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Munster Boss: JJ Hanrahan Move Just Mere Speculation

Munster Rugby Head Coach Anthony Foley insists JJ Hanrahan’s rumoured move to Northampton is mere speculation, writes Cillian O Conchuir. It was reported in the Irish Times that the former U20 Player of the Year Nominee would make the switch which would see him earn around €190,000 a year and Foley added Munster had to put their best foot forward …

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Leinster: Jimmy Gopperth Looking At Other Clubs

Jimmy Gopperth is shopping himself around to other clubs, according to Leinster skills coach Richie Murphy. Leinster and Irish out-half Ian Madigan has insisted that despite being happy at the province, he would be “naive” to rule out playing for another club, including Munster. With Jimmy Gopperth expected to leave and skills coach Richie Murphy adding that Wasps are not …

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UL Bohs Manager’s Thoughts On Munster Senior Cup

UL Bohemians won the last of their four Munster Senior Cup titles back in 1962. The closest they came to adding to their total was an agonising defeat to Cork Con in the 2013 final with Con emerging victorious by fifteen points to fourteen, courtesy of a try scored eight minutes into injury time. UL Bohemians head coach, Colm Tucker …

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AIL GOTW In Pictures: St. Mary’s 17 – 25 UCD

Last Saturday St. Mary’s faced-up to UCD in the AIL. Kevin Hegarty was there to capture all the action from our ‘Game of the Week’.    The first points of the game came courtesy of a Ross Byrne penalty for UCD after 11 minutes. this was swiftly followed by a Shane Grannell try to put UCD eight points up inside the 15 …

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