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Irish Rugby Player Rankings After Heineken Cup – Week Ending 06/04/2014

It was Heineken Cup Quarter-Final Weekend and with three Irish Teams involved there was plenty of homegrown talent on show. Here are this week’s Irish Rugby Player Rankings. Munster annihilated Toulouse at Thomond Park, Ulster narrowly lost to Saracens in a controversial game at the new and improved Ravenhill and Leinster were well beaten by holders Toulon. (10) Ian Keatley Many …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Who’s Hot Munster Earlier in the week Rob Penney believed Munster needed to produce their best performance of the season to overcome four-time champions Toulouse and the men in red delivered. Big time! The Southern province played with a ferocious intensity which Guy Noves’ team could not live with at a heaving Thomond Park. Admittedly, Toulouse are not the team …

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Can Irish provincial success continue beyond the Heineken Cup?

Ireland are the Six Nations champions. Three Irish provinces, all former European champions, are about to contest the Heineken Cup quarter finals. Five out of the last eight Heineken Cup winners have been from Ireland. This would suggest that the outlook for Irish rugby looks incredibly strong. However, with European rugby as we know it set for big changes next …

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Five Reasons Why Ulster Can Beat Saracens This Time Around

The quarter finals of the Heineken Cup are here and Ulster have been presented with a chance to avenge the defeat they suffered at Twickenham to Saracens at this stage last season. 1. Squad Health Before the Twickenham clash last year Ulster were ravaged by injuries. Mark Anscombe opted against selecting his inexperienced members who were playing regularly for the …

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Three Key Areas That Leinster & Munster Need To Improve

The construction industry in Ireland may have been dormant for the past few years, but there were plasterers a plenty working hard to cover over the problems that arose for both the victorious Leinster and the vanquished Munster after Saturday’s underwhelming top of the table Pro 12 derby, argues Ozer McMahon. Both teams were looking for a good run out, …

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Irish Rugby Player Rankings – Week Ending 31st March

It was another great weekend of rugby for Irish fans, particularly those donning the blue of Leinster. Some fine performances were witnessed, and some players shone. John Keogh gives us his top 10 Irish players for the week ending 31st March 2014. (10) Darren Cave (Ulster) The question of who will be Brian O’Driscoll’s replacement is one that has to be …

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Irish Rugby – Future of the All Ireland League

While our national team and provinces continue to perform on the biggest stages, the All Ireland League has endured an opposite turn of fortune. Michael McCarthy discusses the decline of the AIL. Spring has sprung and once again all appears to be rosy in the garden of Irish rugby. We are Six Nations Champions and have three provinces in the …

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Ireland’s Greatest Heineken Cup Last Eight Victories

Less than a week until the Heineken Cup quarter finals commence and fans from Leinster, Munster and Ulster will be hoping the classes of 2014 can emulate epic wins of years gone by in rugby’s greatest club competition. The provinces’ record at the quarter final stage reads; played 27; won 18 and lost 9. Matt Cassidy looks back on eight …

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Backing Leinster Against Munster

A sold-out Aviva Stadium on Saturday will host the top two tier sides in the RaboDirect Pro 12 league, Leinster versus Munster. An eagerly anticipated match-up of the rugby calendar year, with pundits split between who will win. While betting on Munster would not be considered a unreasonable decision. Rob Penney’s Munster side so far have won 14/17 matches, the …

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