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Van Graan: Some Guys Took Their Opportunities, Some Didn’t

Johann van Graan

Munster head coach Johann van Graan faces into Saturday’s interprovincial clash with Ulster in Thomond Park knowing that a win is almost a must to alleviate the pressure which has been building due to their inconsistent start to the season.  After four games, Munster have won two and lost two but it’s the manner of their two defeats which has …

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Provinces Name Teams Ahead Of Crucial Inter-Pro Weekend

Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster have all named their teams ahead of this weekend’s interprovincial games in the Guinness Pro14. Connacht take on current Pro14 champions Leinster at the Showgrounds on Saturday at 17:15 as Ulster travel to Thomond Park to take on struggling Munster at 19:35. Dave Heffernan is named as captain for Connacht as Ultan Dillane partners Quinn …

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Springboks Desperate To Build On NZ Win In Tough Wallabies Test

South Africa want to beat Australia for only the second time in seven Tests Saturday and avoid being labelled one-match wonders after a stunning triumph over New Zealand. A seesaw season for the Springboks under new coach Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus has brought four wins and four losses with a thrilling 36-34 victory in Wellington this month the highlight. Before inflicting …

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Referees Announced For Opening Rounds Of Champions Cup

Champions Cup referees

The EPCR have today announced the referees for the opening two rounds of the Champions Cup which will get underway in just over two weeks’ time. We look set for another exciting season of top-quality European rugby and it will be interesting to see if Leinster can win back-to-back European titles which would secure them a record-breaking fifth title in …

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IRFU Looking To Make Conor Murray Highest Paid Irish Player [Report]

Conor Murray of Munster and Ireland

According to reports this week, the IRFU are looking to make Conor Murray the highest paid Irish player in the country in a move which is hoped will keep him away from tempting offers abroad.  The Munster and Ireland star is currently sidelined with a neck problem, an injury which the player and Munster are reluctant to divulge details. Nevertheless, …

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Andy Friend: We Want To Make Leinster Really Uncomfortable

Andy Friend and Leinster

It’s been a promising start to the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season for Connacht and new head coach Andy Friend.  Although two wins and two losses seems like inconsistent form, they should have beaten Glasgow Warriors in their opening fixture and their second victory was outstanding as they showed maturity in defeating a strong Scarlets side. For Friend, he is focussed …

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All Blacks Ring Changes For Argentina

Sonny Bill Williams of the All Blacks

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made six changes for Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against Argentina but insists the revamp is part of his World Cup planning, not a reaction to a shock loss to South Africa. Hansen said the world champions had learned from the 36-34 defeat to the Springboks, their first Rugby Championship loss in three years, and …

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Jerry Flannery: South Africa Trip Won’t Have Weakened Ulster

Munster defensive coach, Jerry Flannery has insisted that this weekend’s opponents, Ulster will not be weakened as a result of their recent trip to South Africa.  Ulster returned unbeaten from their trip to the Southern Hemisphere which saw them earn a hard-fought 39-all draw with Toyota Cheetahs following their 28-7 win over Southern Kings five days earlier. Last season, Munster faced …

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Breaking: Joe Marler Announces Retirement From International Rugby

England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler has announced that he is retiring from international rugby, effective immediately. Citing ‘personal reasons’, Marler has officially stepped away from the international game after earning 59 caps for England. At 28-years-old, the news will certainly come as a shock to most people. Marler has apparently made it clear that he wishes to spend more …

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“I’m Sure A Lot Of Teams Don’t Like Us” – Sexton On Connacht Rivalry

Johnny Sexton of Leinster

The 2018/2019 season will go up a few notches this weekend when the interprovincial derbies get underway and for Leinster’s Johnny Sexton, he knows his side will face a difficult battle when they take on Connacht at the Sportsground on Saturday.  Generally, Leinster will have good memories of last season where they secured a Guinness PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup …

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