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Irish Pro12 Side Of The Festive Period

Munster were the big winners of the festive period after winning their derby clashes against Leinster and Connacht. The contrasting manner of their victories might perhaps be the most pleasing aspect of the Christmas period for Rassie Erasmus. While their St. Stephen’s Day win over Leinster saw the Reds run in four tries in an open contest, the conditions forced Munster to keep …

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A Football XI For Each Irish Province

Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, Dublin 23/5/2016 Shane Long, Jeff Hendrick and Callum O'Dowda Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

With Munster set to tackle Leinster in Thomond Park on Monday and with Ulster having beaten Connacht on Friday, we look at what Ireland’s provinces might look like when it comes to football.  Ireland is a country that thrives on provincial and inter-county rivalry. This hasn’t always transferred to football, but these lineups could certainly make for some interesting games. _______ …

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The Irish Form XV Of 2016

2016 has proven to be a remarkable year for Irish rugby. After being knocked out at the quarter final stage of the World Cup, Ireland underwhelmed during their subsequent Six Nations campaign. Although Ireland began to find form during their tour of South Africa, Irish rugby found itself in a depressing place last March. Following their defeat to France, it …

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Rory Best’s Season May Be In Peril After Clermont Accuse Irish Hooker Of Eye Gouging

Rory Best

Just as it seemed Rory Best was riding a wave that would carry him to the Lions captaincy, his season could be thrown into doubt after the Ulster hooker was accused of eye gouging by Clermont Auvergne coach Franck Azéma. Azéma accusation comes after Etienne Falgoux received a seven week ban for making contact with Luke Marshall’s eye during last weekend’s European Rugby …

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Munster And Leinster Unveil Starting Line-Ups For Festive Derby Clash

After a month dominated by the European Rugby Champions Cup, the attention of Irish rugby fans turns to the Pro12 with each of the four provinces contesting festive derby clashes. The inter provincial encounters during the Christmas period are among the most highly anticipated on the calendar, and are always well attended, despite the trying weather conditions. Indeed, the clash …

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Frank Quinn Column: My Predicted Champions Cup Quarter-Final Lineup

European Rugby Champions Round 4, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 17/12/2016 Leinster vs Northampton Saints Leinster's Jamison Gibson-Park Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

After four rounds of the European Rugby Champions Cup, the quarter-final lineup is already beginning to take shape. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the fall of Racing 92, who despite being fancied to claim the trophy at the end of the season, find themselves at the bottom of Pool 1 without even attaining a bonus point during their opening three games. …

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Opinion: Why We All Love The Romance Of Connacht

Despite possessing limited financial fire power in comparison to most of the major teams in European rugby, Connacht’s latest win over Wasps shows sometimes heart and soul can mean so much more than money. The Pro 12 champions continue to inspire fans right across the global rugby community with their intelligence and forethought, but most importantly their determination. These were …

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Opinion: Irish Rugby Culture Changed For The Better

Irish Rugby LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 10: Darren Sweetnam of Munster takes on Adam Thompstone (C) and Tom Youngs during the European Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 10, 2016 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Injuries create opportunities. There’s no denying that. Cast your eyes over Ireland’s journeys in the rainbow country, Chicago and home. Fantastic historical victories underpinned by sheer hard work, graft, creativity and intellect. Despite the results, of which saw the Irish rugby team become the first to beat the Southern Hemisphere’s three powerhouses in a single calendar year since 2003, the real …

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Ranking Europe’s Top 10 Club Sides After This Weekend’s Action

Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

What a weekend it’s been for the Pro12. For so long the cross border competition was derided by many as being a “development league”, but the Celtic nations hit back at their detractors with a series of big wins. Leinster set the tone on Friday night, dismissing a Northampton Saints side that lost it’s discipline and shape. Ulster then saw off …

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