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Munster Madness And Other Talking Points As Southern Province Get Out Of Jail

Munster have drawn their opening Champions Cup match 17-17 against Castres at the Stade Pierre-Fabre. It was a tightly contested affair played in warm but breezy conditions at the southern French venue.  Munster got off to the worst possible start when Conor Murray was yellow carded for tackling Yannick Caballero off the ball as he was chasing a grubber kick. Castres scored …

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Kevin McLaughlin: “Leinster Are Going To Absolutely Rip Out Of The Blocks”

Leinster are the second Irish side aiming to secure victory on the opening weekend of the Champions Cup after Ulster got the ball rolling last night with a 19-9 victory over last season’s Premiership finalists, Wasps, at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.  It’s French opposition for Leinster this time, however, as the welcome a powerful Montpellier outfit to the RDS …

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Jacob Stockdale And Charles Piutau Light Up The Kingspan As Ulster Overcome Wasps

Ulster have recorded a 19-9 victory over last season’s Premiership finalists Wasps in the opening match of the 2017/2018 Champions Cup.   The opening 40 minutes were forgettable, to say the least. Handling errors and chronic indiscipline ruined the first half as a spectacle. No tries were scored in the first half and to be honest, neither side came very close …

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Marcus Horan: “Every Day I’d Think Of Him And I Still Can’t Believe That He’s Gone”

As we made our way out of the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon, we counted ourselves lucky not to have bumped into Peter O’Mahony. Having heard his interview in the aftermath of Munster’s defeat at the hands of Leinster, it wouldn’t have needed much extra-sensory perception to imagine what was going on in the Cork man’s mind. The intensity of …

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“The Hooker Was Beating Me In Fitness” – Christian Lealiifano Opens Up On Leukaemia Battle

Christian Lealiifano’s journey over the past 18 months or so has been nothing short of remarkable.  The 30-year-old had successfully recovered from Leukaemia to make his return to professional rugby at the end of the Brumbies’ 2017 Super Rugby season. He then travelled the 10,500 miles north to Belfast to take up a short-term deal with Ulster Rugby. The opportunity …

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