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Jonny Sexton To Return To Leinster

There has been a huge boost to the domestic game in Ireland on this Monday morning, with the news that Racing Metro outhalf Jonny Sexton will be returning to Leinster at the end of the upcoming season. News of Sexton’s return was reported in the Irish Independenton Monday following weeks of speculation about whether the Ireland international would return to ‘D4TRESS’. The deal …

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Provincial Preview: Munster Rugby

With the new Anthony Foley era about to get underway Matt Cassidy previews Munster’s upcoming season in Europe and the Pro 12.  Overview The Southern province heads into the new campaign with a sense of the unknown. Anthony Foley steps into the breach after Rob Penney decided to up sticks and move to the Land of The Rising Sun. Experienced …

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Rugby: European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 3

The era of the Heineken Cup is over and the rugby world is now readying itself for the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup. Our preview continues with a look at Pool 3. Pool 3 Along with Pool 1, this is the blockbuster pool. The undisputed European champions, Toulon, with their riches take on ever consistent Leicester Tigers, along with the unlucky Ulstermen and …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy is here with his usual roundup of the week’s rugby action. It was a week to remember for English rugby, while New Zealand will be scratching their heads as they let another record slip. Who’s Hot England Women The ‘English Roses’ finally got their hands on the World Cup trophy on Sunday evening in Paris when they defeated …

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Rugby – European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 2

As our preview of next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup continues, Jonathan Abbott previews pool 2, which includes three-time European Champions Leinster. The Irish province will do battle with Castres, and London’s duo of Harlequins and play-off winners Wasps. _____ Leinster (4/7) Key Player: Sean O’Brien Player to Watch: Zane Kirchner ( Debut year last year, but scintillating in the Pro12 final against …

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Rugby – European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 1

The Heineken Cup is gone, and has been replaced with the European Champions Cup. In the first of a multi-part series, Jonathan Abbott previews European rugby’s new tournament,  focusing on Pool 1. The era of the Heineken Cup is over. Whatever province you are from you will have endured the highs of the Jonathan Sexton inspired second-half comeback to defeat …

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Provincial Preview: Ulster Rugby

This week’s Provincial Preview sees Ulster Rugby come under the spotlight, as the province looks to put last year’s roller-coaster campaign behind them. Overview Summertime in Belfast is never dull. The usual stories and arguments over contentious parades, flags and violence pepper the media outlets leaving very little room for any other news. However, this off season, Ulster Rugby has done its …

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Provincial Preview: Connacht Rugby

In the first of his province previews, Matt Casssidy looks at how Connacht have been shaping up in the off season. “Rugby has many problems, but the gravest is undoubtedly that of the persistence of summer.” As the long, hot summer draws to a close, players, coaches and supporters of the four provinces will be gearing themselves up for another …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy is back with this week’s edition of Who’s Hot and Who’s Not. It was a historic week for the Waratahs, while Richie McCaw won’t want to remember the Super Final.  Who’s Hot NSW Waratahs It was third time lucky for the ‘Tahs who finally got their hands on the Super Rugby trophy. The Sydney siders, who finished top …

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