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“It Was Totally His Decision” – Van Graan Excited To Work With Joey Carbery

Munster’s preseason preparations take a step up this week as they get set to take on London Irish in their first run-out of the summer in Cork on Friday night.  Last week, Munster’s Irish contingent, now supplemented by Joey Carbery and Tadhg Beirne, spent their time in the luxurious surroundings of Cork’s Fota Island resort, a perfect backdrop for Munster’s …

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All Blacks Coach Defends ‘Overused’ Haka

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has rejected suggestions from former players that the team’s famous pre-match haka has been devalued by overuse. The world champions perform the traditional Maori challenge before every Test match but former New Zealand prop Kees Meeuws told British author Peter Bills the foot-stomping, chest-thumping ritual had become too familiar. “It has lost its mana (prestige). …

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ProD2 Player In France Has Died After Preseason Friendly

French rugby was in mourning on Saturday after the death of a young player during a second division friendly match on Friday night. Louis Fajfrowski, 21, died in the changing room of his club Aurillac, the Pro D2 team announced on Twitter. The centre was substituted in the 60th minute after a tackle in the match against Rodez. Stunned, he …

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Harlequins Coin Ridiculous New Term To Describe Their Subs

English Premiership side Harlequins named their starting XV for a pre-season friendly against Jersey Reds earlier but it was something peculiar about the list of replacements which caught the eye of many fans. Instead of referring to their substitutes as the commonly used “replacements” term, Harlequins decided to turn it up a notch and call them “game changers.” The novel …

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Paddy Jackson Makes Winning Return To Rugby For Perpignan

Paddy Jackson played his first game of competitive rugby in 14 months as he helped his new Perpignan side to a 21-20 win over Toulouse in a preseason friendly.  Jackson, whose last game came during Ireland’s tour of the USA and Japan in 2017, will be playing his rugby for the newly-promoted Top14 outfit this season after he had his …

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O’Gara Among Five New Inductees Into World Rugby Hall Of Fame

World Rugby have announced this morning that they have inducted five new members into the hall of fame.  One of those is Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O’Gara who is currently an assistant coach with the Crusaders in New Zealand. The other four inductees are Liza Burgess (Wales), Stephen Larkham (Australia), Pierre Villepreux (France) and Bryan Williams (New Zealand). The World …

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Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper Signs ‘Historic’ Five-Year Deal

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has signed up to a “historic” five-year contract that will secure him through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Rugby Australia said Friday. Hooper, a two-time John Eales medal-winner as Australian rugby’s best player, was due to be out of contract with Rugby Australia at the end of this year. The massive deal with the New …

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Leinster Name Team For First Pre-Season Match In France

Pre-season for Leinster will go up a notch on Friday evening when they travel to the south of France for a friendly.  Leo Cullen’s charges will take on ProD2 outfit Montauban. An extended squad of 28 players will travel and it gives a chance for many fringe players to stake a claim ahead of the coming season with the Ireland contingent …

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John Kiely Reveals Details Of Keith Earls’ Limerick Visit

Just over 10 days separate Limerick from winning their first All-Ireland Senior Hurling title since 1973.  Of course, they have one huge obstacle in the way to finally end 45 years of hurt, reigning champions Galway. The Tribesmen are rightly favourites for the August 19 clash but the Treaty County will take confidence from their run to the final and their …

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