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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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Eight Young Irish Rugby Players Who Really Stood Out In 2015

With another disappointing World Cup quarter-final exit for Ireland, it may be easy to think that the future is not as bright with stalwarts such as Paul O’Connell gone from the international side. However, 2015 has overseen the emergence of many young stars across the provinces and onto the international scene. The players listed below can bolster Ireland’s options going …

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Brendan O’Brien Latest Journalist To Back Henshaw To Leinster

Brendan O’Brien of the Irish Examiner is the latest Irish rugby journalist to back Robbie Henshaw to move to provincial rivals Leinster at the end of this season. Speaking to Action Replay Xtra Time about Luke Fitzgerald and his preferred position, O’Brien said that he thinks that Fitzgerald’s best position is at inside centre but that the possibility of Robbie Henshaw …

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Team Ireland Or The Provinces, Where Should The Loyalties Lie?

One of life’s most pertinent questions has always been what came first, the chicken or the egg? In Irish rugby circles that can be tweaked and people can viably ask what comes first, team Ireland or the provinces? With only four professional clubs on the island, each of which is considerably backed by the IRFU, juggling resources – both talent …

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What Are On The Irish Provinces’ Christmas Wish-Lists?

Christmas time is almost upon us, and the Irish provinces face a tricky schedule over the festive period. However, Ulster, Munster and Leinster have had their struggles, and could really do with a boost, even it is for next season. Nonetheless Pat Lam, Leo Cullen, Anthony Foley and Neil Doak will be writing their letters to Santy to tell him …

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Major Blow For Connacht As Robbie Henshaw Out Injured

Following an historic win over Munster in Thomond Park on Saturday night, Connacht have been dealt a major blow. The western province, who are sitting pretty atop the Pro 12 table and Pool 1 of the European Challenge Cup, will have to plan without Robbie Henshaw and Denis Buckley for the coming weeks. The duo missing is a massive dent to …

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Five Talking Points From Munster Vs Connacht

After a poor showing by Munster on Saturday night where Connacht outclassed them in Thomond Park, Diarmuid Ryan reviews the five main talking points. _____ Dear Munster, welcome to the second tier in Irish Rugby, population you. It was a dour, sterile performance at home, riddled with poor game management and lackluster execution. If they keep playing like that, they’ll …

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Drew Mitchell V Robbie Henshaw – Whose Step Was Better

This weekend saw two outstanding sidesteps. Yesterday saw two massive games in the Top 14 and Pro 12. Both games saw the visiting sides record victories in Stadiums in which they are not accustomed to winning. In Thomond Park, Connacht beat Munster for the first time in the famous Limerick venue, while the Stade Marcel Michelin saw Toulon record a long …

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Video: Referee Ben Whitehouse Berates John Muldoon

Nigel Owens, eat your heart out. Ben Whitehouse may have awarded an extremely controversial penalty try to Munster last night in their home loss to Connacht, but the referee was certainly in no mood for any back-chat as he scolded the western province’s captain John Muldoon. A constantly lauded feature of rugby is the respect given to referees, and Whitehouse …

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Munster Fans Are Not Happy With Their Team Or Coach

Munster fans were furious at their sides performance. Tonight Connacht won their first game in Thomond Park since 1986, beating Munster 18-12. While the scoreline suggests a close game, in reality Anthony Foley’s side were well beaten. Munster were outfought at the breakdown and outclassed by Connacht’s skill and pace out wide. Fans of the southern province were therefore not …

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