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Assessing The Irish Provinces’ Overseas Players

Nobody within the Irish game is under any illusions as to the difficulty the provinces face in trying to reassert themselves amongst the game’s elite. Having pilfered five European crowns in seven years, Munster and Leinster now lag miles behind the continent’s superpowers. The French game has been awash with money for the past number of seasons, while the English …

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Ulster Announce Signing Of Ireland International Prop

Ulster Rugby have announced the signing of Ireland international tighthead Rodney Ah You from Connacht. The 27 year-old prop has been capped three times for Joe Schmidt’s side, making his debut in the 2014 tour of Argentina. Although born in New Zealand, Ah You qualifies for Ireland under residency rules. Ah You spoke to the Ulster website of his excitement …

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Stuart McCloskey Has Earned The Right To Partner Robbie Henshaw In The Irish Midfield

Stuart McCloskey’s recent performances for Ulster suggest he may be ready to slot into the Irish midfield. When Brian O’Driscoll announced his retirement from international rugby in 2014, there were huge question marks over who was going to fill his boots at outside centre, and invariably who would be his successor’s partner at inside centre. O’Driscoll and provincial teammate Gordon D’Arcy …

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Fergus McFadden Was Lucky To Avoid Sanction After This Stamp On Nathan White

Fergus McFadden could yet be cited for this dangerous stamp on Nathan White. In the midst of Leinster’s hard fought win over Connacht on Friday night, Leinster’s Fergus McFadden appeared to stamp on Nathan White’s face. The incident occurred within view of the linesman and could further anger Pat Lam, particularly after the referee awarded Josh Van der Flier’s try without clear evidence …

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Six Attainable Transfer Targets That Could Return Ireland’s Provinces To Europe’s Top Table

The Irish provinces are in need of rejuvenation. For much of the past decade Ireland’s provinces dominated European rugby. However with the likes of Mourad Boudjellal bankrolling Top 14 sides and English clubs benefiting from additional TV revenue, the Irish teams have struggled to attract  the game’s top talent. Indeed with the likes of Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll retiring, Ireland’s provinces …

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The Pundit Arena GAA 2016 Preview

2015 is behind us, and while the summer championships were most definitely a let-down, we look forward to 2016 with a sense of anticipation. Can Kilkenny and Dublin defend their crowns? What is going to happen elsewhere? Who will be the Westmeath or Fermanagh of 2016? Some of our main GAA writers, Seán Ó Murchú, Seán Cremin, Donal Cashin and …

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Stats Provide A Damning Assessment Of Anthony Foley’s Game Plan

Munster have now lost five consecutive matches. Like many supporters, I was prepared to accept short term set backs last season for long term gain. However after one and a half seasons, Munster are showing no signs of progress under Anthony Foley. When the former Shannon number eight took charge of Munster, he promised a return to the provinces core values …

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Has Brian O’Driscoll Just Revealed The Worst Kept Secret In Irish Rugby

Brian O’Driscoll may have announced Leinster’s newest signing. In the aftermath of Leinster’s victory over Munster, a clearly excited Brian O’Driscoll took to twitter to rightly praise the performance of Garry Ringrose. Leinster’s latest midfield star ripped open Munster’s defence with a superb outside break, before stepping and passing to Isa Nacewa to score. Such was the performance of Ringrose, …

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All Change For Irish Provinces Ahead Of Christmas Derbies

Irish rugby fans are in for one hell of a treat in the coming days, with Leinster travelling to Limerick to face Munster, while Ulster face Connacht in Galway. Joe Schmidt will be an interested observer, with the Six Nations appearing on the horizon, but there are also precious Pro 12 points on the line. Leinster coach Leo Cullen has named …

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