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Brian O’Driscoll On Legal Painkillers In Rugby: “It Almost Became A Habit”

Former Ireland and Leinster captain Brian O’Driscoll has opened up on the use of legal painkillers in rugby during his playing career outlining that for him their use “almost became a habit.” O’Driscoll was one of Ireland and Leinster’s finest players winning countless individual and collective accolades during his nearly 20-year career. Speaking to Off The Ball’s Wednesday night rugby, …

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Keith Earls On Glory Days: “In My Eyes I Have No Medal”

It has been 10 years since Munster last lifted a trophy at European level, despite numerous attempts, and the team are more desperate than ever to relive the glory days, according to Keith Earls.  The Limerick winger is the only surviving member of that 2008 squad, however, he played no part in the campaign that saw the province beat Toulouse …

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Van Graan Hails Contract News As A Sign That Players “Believe In Our Dream”

Johann van Graan Munster

Munster head coach Johann van Graan faced the media today ahead of his side’s clash with Castres in Round 3 of the Heineken Champions Cup on Sunday.  With the southern province announcing just before Tuesday’s press conference that 12 players have signed contract extensions, the news was put to van Graan and the 38-year-old, as you would expect, was incredibly pleased …

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Munster Release Injury Update Ahead Of Castres Thomond Park Battle

Munster Injury

Munster Rugby has released an injury update ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup Round 3 clash with Castres at Thomond Park on Sunday.  The good news is that both Conor Murray and Chris Farrell came through Friday night’s Edinburgh clash unscathed as they both made their first starts of the season. Mike Haley was replaced at halftime due to a suspected …

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Boost For Munster With The Announcement Of 12 Contract Extensions

Munster Contracts JJ Hanrahan

Munster Rugby have announced that 12 players have signed contract extensions with the southern province in what is an early Christmas present for supporters. Nine of the 12 players are all products of the Munster Academy and the 12 players are: John Ryan, Niall Scannell, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam, Jack O’Donoghue, JJ Hanrahan, Alex Wootton, Rhys Marshall, Fineen Wycherley, Calvin Nash, …

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45% Of Players Pressured To Play Or Train When Not Fully Fit – Global Player Survey

International Rugby Players

International Rugby Players, a global representative body on issues of importance to professional rugby players, have published a report outlining the results of a survey conducted among men’s international 15s players.  More than 350 players worldwide responded to the survey with all nations who have qualified for the 2019 World Cup in Japan represented in addition to four emerging nations; …

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Negotiations Underway For ‘Ring-Fenced’ Premiership [Report]

Gallagher Premiership

Negotiations are underway between the Premiership clubs to potentially bring an end to promotion/relegation in England’s top-tier, according to a report in The Times.  The idea of ‘ring-fencing’ the Premiership has been long-mooted but the problem often stemmed from one of the shareholders of Premier Rugby Limited currently plying their trade in the Championship and as a result, would be left …

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Eastmond Set For Disciplinary Hearing After Ian Madigan Tackle

Kyle Eastmond will appear before an independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday as a result of his tackle on Ian Madigan in the Leicester Tigers’ loss to the Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate on Saturday.  The incident occurred in the 24th minute of the match with Bristol holding a slender 10-7 advantage over their opponents. The home side were going from …

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Surgery For Jack McGrath As Leinster Sweat On Availability Of Key Players

Jack McGrath Leinster

It was a fruitful November for Leinster with many of their squad away on international duty with Ireland.  Three games, three wins and three bonus-point victories – an excellent return for the eastern province with the added caveat that a substantial number of their extended squad and Academy representatives gained valuable experience. Now that we’re in December, tougher tests lie …

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