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A thorn in Ireland’s side?

Northampton’s stunning 18-9 victory over Leinster last weekend shows a glimpse into the future without the English clubs, writes Dominic Evans. The Heineken Cup as we know will be very different next year. Mark McCafferty, CEO of Premiership Rugby, has stated the intentions of the English clubs are “pursuing other options”. While much has been written on how the English …

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CALLOUS IGNORANCE MUST BE REMOVED FROM SCHOOLS RUGBY

David O’ Connor speaks passionately about all that is wrong with schools rugby in Ireland. No one does drama quite like Munster. Last Saturday’s final phase raid will rival any achievement managed by this drama addicted province to date and let’s face facts, there have been quite a few. J.J Hanrahan’s last gasp try reminded us all of why we …

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TBT: Ireland 43-13 England

For this weeks Throwback Thursday, we look back at the famous Six Nations fixture between Ireland and England at Croke Park in 2007. With Lansdowne road under construction, controversially the home of the GAA was opened to both rugby and soccer. The thought of losing to England at Croke Park seemed unimaginable. An emotional day followed with Ireland producing an …

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Munster rugby: Why has the conveyor belt of talent stopped working?

Munster rugby faces tough challenges ahead and needs to invest heavily in youth development to ensure a strong future, writes John McEvoy. Munster may face a precarious future.  That’s not an entirely unreasonable prediction; the weaknesses of the youth system, coupled with IRFU stipulations restricting the provincial sides from importing foreign talent, mean that Munster certainly have problems to overcome. …

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Munster Romance: The Heineken Cup Story

After this weekend’s heroics in France, Ozer McMahon discusses Munster’s love-affair with the Heineken Cup. Scholars and academics may have their say, and debate will rage on for decades, indeed for generations. What truly is the greatest love story of all time. Is it Romeo & Juliet, Casablanca, Wuthering Heights or Anna Karenina? Everyone will have their opinion of one …

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Irish Soccer Can Learn From Rugby’s Provincial Model

Can Irish soccer learn from the rugby model? Could the four Irish provinces, teams from both of Scotland’s largest cities, and all nine teams from the Welsh Premier Division compete in the RaboDirectPro12?  Kit O’ Keeffe argues that this is exactly what Irish soccer needs. What Irish soccer has been short of since the inception of the League of Ireland …

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PA Rankings: Top 5 Irish Rugby Players So Far This Season

Ozer McMahon delivers the PA Rankings of the ‘Top 5 Irish Rugby Players So Far This Season’. So far this season, from an Irish perspective, we have witnessed quite a mixed bag, both internationally and domestically. With Irish sides occupying first, second and fourth in the Rabo Pro12, and Connacht pulling off the result of the season away to Toulouse …

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A momentous Heineken Cup weekend for the Irish provinces

Behind every cloud, there is a silver lining. Two weeks ago a nation sat heartbroken and crestfallen as Ireland stood toe to toe with the All Blacks for 81 minutes, before losing in the cruellest of circumstances. Yet perhaps the belief that performance instilled in the players is already coming to the fore, and rubbing off on the provinces. Leinster …

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