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Connacht Rugby Agree New Three-Year Shirt Sponsor Deal

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 3, Ricoh Stadium Coventry 11/12/2016 Wasps vs Connacht Connacht’s Bundee Ak

Following on from Munster’s jersey sponsorship announcement, Connacht have announced a deal for the next three seasons. Outdoor and workwear company Portwest will link up with the western province in what is their first venture into rugby. Portwest purports to be the fastest growing workwear company in the world. In addition to their online sales, they have three high street outdoor shops in Galway and …

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Munster Confirm Sponsorship Deal Lasting Until 2023

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Munster Rugby Open Training Session, Irish Independent Park, Cork 12/4/2017 Munster huddle at the end of training Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

As the old saying goes: “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”. This would appear to apply to Munster rugby and their shirt sponsor Bank of Ireland. The renewed sponsorship deal will see the bank retain exclusive playing and training kit rights for the Munster senior and “A” teams. There are also new roles for Ireland international’s Peter O’Mahony and …

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The Five Greatest Ever British And Irish Lions Coaches

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 27: Ian McGeechan, the Lions head coach looks on prior to the Second Test match between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld on June 27, 2009 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland may be the coach on everyone’s mind these days. With his potential selections for this year’s tour filling column inches, most people are focused on the players that might make the cut and how the potential 2017 edition of the Lions stacks up to the previous wearers of the famous red jersey. But what about the coach himself? …

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A Brutal All Blacks Pack That Will Bully The Lions

Aled Price takes a look at the All Blacks’ pack options and deciphers exactly which combination could pose the most problems for the Lions. ________ 1. Joe Moody The most understated and least appreciated member of this All Black pack, Moody quietly goes about his business with precision and aplomb. The Crusaders man is challenged for the number 1 jersey …

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A New Zealand Backline To Tear Open The Lions

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand in action during the International Friendly between Ireland and New Zealand at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With Lions fever gripping England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales ahead of the team announcement later this month, Aled Price takes a look at New Zealand’s strongest backline and just the damage it could do to Warren Gatland’s Lions. Starting with Aaron Smith, here are the All Blacks who could really tear the tourists open. _________ 9. Aaron Smith The diminutive scrum …

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The Top Five British And Irish Lions Bolters Of All Time

4 Jun 1997: Will Greenwood of the British Lions takes on a defender during the tour match against Mpumalanga at the Jan van Riebeeck Stadium at Witbank, South Africa. The British Lions won the match 14-64. Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport

The Lions bolter is a famous and commonly used term among the rugby community. It denotes a player whose been selected having come from relative obscurity, with little or no international experience. Managing to be picked in the tour party due to outstanding form for their club, they often make a massive impact on the tour. This has got me thinking, who …

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The International Rugby ‘Away Form’ XV

Winning away from home is always a significant challenge for any international rugby team, and this year’s Six Nations is the latest piece of evidence of this. Out of the 15 games played, Italy – who were mostly dreadful the entire tournament – lost three at home and England defeated Wales in Cardiff. Every other game was a victory for …

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Nigel Owens Responds To Luke Fitzgerald’s Criticism, Fans Put The Irishman On Blast

  Nigel Owens has responded to Luke Fitzgerald’s comments about the respected referee’s style of officiating on the field of play and fans have unanimously rounded on the former Leinster man for his troubles. Fitzgerald was critical of Owens’ comments during Munster’s defeat of Glasgow during their Pro 12 clash on Saturday, claiming they were ‘disrespectful’. Then, singling out the …

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