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Despite Rassie Erasmus’ Denials The Kiwi Media Believe Munster Have Made Ben Smith A Monster Contract Offer

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This time last week Munster fans were in giddy form after kiwi news site Stuff reported that the province were chasing 60 times capped All Black Ben Smith. The rumour seemed to have run it’s course when Rassie Erasmus denied the province were interested in signing the fullback, and would instead focus on developing indigenous talent. In any event, most supporters felt Munster would …

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Rory Best’s Season May Be In Peril After Clermont Accuse Irish Hooker Of Eye Gouging

Rory Best

Just as it seemed Rory Best was riding a wave that would carry him to the Lions captaincy, his season could be thrown into doubt after the Ulster hooker was accused of eye gouging by Clermont Auvergne coach Franck Azéma. Azéma accusation comes after Etienne Falgoux received a seven week ban for making contact with Luke Marshall’s eye during last weekend’s European Rugby …

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Munster And Leinster Unveil Starting Line-Ups For Festive Derby Clash

Guinness PRO12, The Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland 8/10/2016
Leinster vs Munster
Munster’s Darren Sweetnam is tackled by Leinster’s Garry Ringrose  
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

After a month dominated by the European Rugby Champions Cup, the attention of Irish rugby fans turns to the Pro12 with each of the four provinces contesting festive derby clashes. The inter provincial encounters during the Christmas period are among the most highly anticipated on the calendar, and are always well attended, despite the trying weather conditions. Indeed, the clash …

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Ruan Pienaar On Leaving Ulster And His Hopes For His Last Season In Ireland

Guinness PRO12, BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales 3/12/2016 Cardiff Blues vs Ulster Ulster's Ruan Pienaar in action Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Camerasport

Ulster and Connaught lock horns on Friday night at Kingspan Stadium. As with all inter-provincial games, the significance is heightened by the prospect of local bragging rights. However, for Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar, these games are taking on added significance this year. As has been well publicised, Pienaar is being forced out of Ulster by the IRFU, against his wishes and those …

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Munster’s Chances Of Extending Jaco Taute’s Stay Given Second Boost In 24 Hours.

Munster

Munster might well have just been handed a massive, South African-sized Christmas present. Further to IRFU High Performance Director David Nucifora’s interview released on the organisation’s social media accounts on Thursday, the prospect of centre Jaco Taute remaining at the province beyond his initial short-term loan contract has been enhanced. The Limerick Post have reported that they believe Taute has been released from …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Tighthead Prop Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Dan Cole looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on December 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

This is the third instalment in a series of articles analysing Warren Gatland’s best options for each position from each nation, with this article looking at the tighthead props most likely to be selected for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is expected that three tighthead props will initially be chosen by Gatland and his coaching …

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Munster Up Their Game In Battle To Sign All Black Ben Smith

Dublin , Ireland - 17 November 2016; Ben Smith of New Zealand during New Zealand Rugby Squad Training at Garda RFC in Westmanstown, Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Munster could be set to seek outside help in their bid to sign New Zealand back Ben Smith. The 30-year-old’s Highlanders contract is due to expire next year, at which time he is widely expected to move to Europe. Munster are thought to be leading the race to sign the All Black, but stuff.co.nz ares suggesting that involvement from a …

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