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Three Key Battles To Watch During Munster v Clermont

How often have we marvelled at the events that transpire in Thomond Park on a Saturday Evening? The epic tussle between Munster and Clermont Auvergne – followed by a return visit to France just a week later against the Top 14 club – will make or break the province’s season in the newly re-branded European Rugby Champions Cup.   Limerick is …

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Jamie Heaslip Discusses Kimmage’s View Of Drug Testing In Rugby

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip believes the drug testing processes in Irish rugby work, writes Cillian O Conchuir. When asked whether a danger existed in the sport regarding illegal supplements, Heaslip commented that Paul Kimmage would “find (controversy) in anything” after the Sunday Independent journalist ended his article last Sunday with the following question about drugs in Irish rugby: “And Ireland? Be honest, do …

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Autumn Internationals Report Card: Ireland

Raffaele Rocca grades the performances of the Irish Rugby side during the Autumn Internationals. It was a memorable period for Joe Schmidt’s men, as they came away with three wins from three. Ireland Record: Won 3 Drew 0 Lost 0 Grade: A Joe Schmidt’s men were by far and away the best performers of the Autumn series. The win against …

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The Numbers Game for Limerick’s AIL Clubs

Raffale Rocca speaks to former Munster scrum half Mike Prendergast on the worrying struggles of Limerick’s AIL clubs.   2008 marked Ireland’s decent into recession. It also marked the last time a Limerick club won the All Ireland League (AIL). Shannon were crowned the 08/09 champions after a pulsating tie with Clontarf at Thomond Park. It was Shannon’s ninth title …

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Match Report: Connacht v Scarlets

Connacht 14 Scarlets 8 Attendance: 5631 A showing of real grit and determination from Pat Lam’s men secured an invaluable victory for Connacht in their quest for European qualification. The men from West Wales came to Galway knowing that a win would enable them to jump the home outfit into that vital sixth place in the Pro12 and it was …

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Focus Friday: Pro12 Expectations For The Irish Provinces

Life moves on after Ireland’s courageous clean sweep in this November Series, and this weekend our eyes will drift back to our regional allegiances in the Guinness Pro 12. Where do we lie, and what do we expect for Ireland’s four provinces this week?   Leinster (5th) Leinster are entering a crucial point of their season, coming off a disappointing …

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AIL GOTW In Pictures: Dolphin 18 – 27 St. Mary’s

Last Saturday’s AIL action saw a great win for St. Mary’s in Musgrave Park, Cork. Nick Timoney was the standout player for Mary’s and even managed a try in the final few minutes. St Mary’s started the game off as they meant to go on with a penalty from Gavin Dunne to make it 3-0 early on. This was followed by two …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

It’s time for this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’. Matt Cassidy looks at the positives and negatives of the weekend’s rugby action. Who’s Hot Ireland What a win! Rewind 12 months and the men in green were being taken to town by the Wallabies. Fast forward to the present and the Irish side produce a performance against an …

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Rugby: Can Ireland Win The World Cup?

Ireland dug deep to defeat Australia 26-23 on Saturday to complete three wins from three in their Autumn series, which meant it was Ireland’s first November clean sweep since 2006. As 2015 beckons, focus now turns to the World Cup. It may be taboo to even mention, but nonetheless, the question must be now posed – can Ireland capture the Webb …

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Glorious Ireland Hold Out Against Australia

If one was told Ireland would go undefeated in the Guinness Autumn International Series, we all would have bitten the proverbial hand off.  However, is this Irish team at the peak of its powers? Ireland backed up their win over South Africa two weeks ago as they held off a determined Australia fight-back to edge victory in a thrilling game in Dublin. …

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