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Ten Emerging Irish Players To Watch Out For In The Coming Season

With the new rugby season coming into full flow this weekend, the excitement is building across these shores for a lot of reasons. The newly revamped Guinness PRO14 will add new colours, journeys and experiences for the provinces as they welcome the new guests from South Africa into the competition. The new conference structure will bring a new welcome intensity. …

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Ulster Rugby Have Announced A New Captain For The Coming Season

It’s a season of change for Ulster.  Director of Rugby, Les Kiss, has brought in some new coaching staff to turn around the performances of a squad which underperformed last season. Most notably, the addition of Jono Gibbes as the province’s new head coach should add a steely edge to the Ulster pack, something which was considerably lacking last year. …

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Quiz: Can You Name The Starting XV From Munster’s Opening Game Of Last Season?

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Munster will kick off the new PRO14 season on Friday evening when they host Benetton in Irish Independent Park in Cork. It’s one of three mouthwatering games on the opening night with Ulster’s clash with the Toyota Cheetahs and Cardiff’s match against Edinburgh kicking off simultaneously at 19:35 GMT. Following a brilliant season in 2016/17, hopes are high in the …

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Pic: Connacht Unveil Two Eye-Catching New Kits At The Sportsgrounds

Connacht, in partnership with Australian sportswear company Beyond Limits Known(BLK), unveiled two new kits at the Sportsgrounds in Galway today. Fans of the western province caught their first glimpse of the side’s new home kit last month. Some thought the jersey was a little heavy on sponsorship logos but the response was primarily positive for the traditional green number. Today, …

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Rugby Players Ireland Have Appointed A New CEO

Rugby Players Ireland have announced former Leinster and Harlequins player Simon Keogh as their new chief executive officer.   A panel consisting of current and former internationals chose the 2009 European Cup winner to lead the players’ union forward. Speaking straight after the announcement, current Ireland and Leinster full-back and chairman of Rugby Players Ireland Rob Kearney spoke of what Keogh …

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Donncha O’Callaghan Confirmed As Worcester Warriors Captain For The Coming Season

Pre-Season Friendly, Irish Independent Park, Cork 26/8/2016 Munster vs Worcester Warriors Worcester Warriors Donncha O'Callaghan

Munster and Ireland legend Donncha O’Callaghan has been confirmed as the club captain of Premiership side Worcester Warriors for the coming season. The 38-year-old, now entering his third season at Sixways, has been handed the armband in what will be Gary Gold’s first full season as Director of Rugby. 📢 BREAKING NEWS 📢 Warriors announce @docallaghan4 as Club captain ahead …

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Bundee Aki And Tyler Bleyendaal Are Training With Ireland This Week

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Joe Schmidt has this week gathered his Irish side for a training camp in Kildare’s Carton House before the players return to their clubs for the new season. The world’s number three side will take on South Africa, Fiji and Argentina in November and may have a new name to call upon with Bundee Aki soon eligible for citizenship. The Connacht …

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The 2017/18 Pro14 “New Signings XV”

ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 17: Leigh Halfpenny of the Lions lines up a penalty during the match between the New Zealand Maori and the British & Irish Lions at Rotorua International Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Including transfers between each other, the Pro14 sides have made 74 signings this summer. But which 15 players arriving from other leagues make it to our Pro14 New Signings XV? The start of the 2017/18 season sees two new teams joining the Pro14. The Southern Kings and the Cheetahs may have been shown the door by Super Rugby, but they …

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Confirmed: Christian Lealiifano Joins Ulster Rugby On A Short Term Deal

Ulster Rugby has confirmed the signing of Christian Lealiifano on a short-term deal.  Lealiifano will play for the northern province for five months, with his contract due to expire on the 22nd January 2018. This means that the 29-year-old will return to the Brumbies after Ulster have completed their pool stage fixtures in the Champions Cup. Lealiifano made his comeback …

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