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IRUPA Player Of The Year Award Nominees Announced

Ireland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

Each of the four provinces are represented among the nominees. The Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association have this afternoon announced that Rory Best, Robbie Henshaw, Jack McGrath and CJ Stander have been nominated for the Zurich IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year Award. Voted for by their by their professional teammates, the four nominees were selected following their form throughout the Pro …

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Munster Linked With Six Foot Five Inch Grenoble Centre

Munster will be looking to rebuild under a new director of rugby. French regional newspaper, Le Dauphine, have reported that Munster are interested in signing Chris Farrell from Grenoble at the conclusion of his contract with the Top 14 club in 2017. The article reporting the news states that while 6ft 5in Farrell has been offered a contract extension by Bernard …

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Irish Rugby Hits Back At Exeter Chiefs For Ignoring Connacht’s European Achievments

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20 : Connacht Rugby head coach Pat Lam during the European Rugby Challenge Cup pool 1 match between Newcastle Falcons and Connacht Rugby on December 20, 2015 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup take place this weekend, and unusually, there is no Irish involvement in the final eight. However, Connacht are flying the flag for the country in the Challenge Cup. Munster, Leinster and Ulster all failed to emerge from their pools, and therefore the only Irish representatives left in the Champions Cup are Exeter Chiefs pair …

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Five Ideas To Improve The Pro 12

Glasgow Warriors v Munster - Guinness Pro 12 Final

The Pro 12 will be without any representatives in the Champions Cup Quarter Finals. The Pro 12 has come in for a great deal of criticism this season, with commentators pointing to the low attendances, questioning the quality of rugby on display, and criticising the fact that many of the league’s star players are withheld by national unions. However those who criticise …

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Pro 12 To Be Split Into Conferences

Glasgow Warriors v Munster - Guinness Pro 12 Final

Pro 12 chiefs are proposing a radical shake up of the league’s structure. The Pro 12 could be about to undergo a massive overhaul according to Wales Online, who have reported that competition organisers are contemplating expanding the league and splitting it into conferences. Such a move would ensure that that there would be no league fixture scheduled during international windows, …

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Opinion: Is The Spirit Of Rugby Slipping Away?

Rugby LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Mike Brown of England talks with Dan Biggar of Wales after the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The headlines in the media over the past week have been dominated by ‘Marler-gate’ and whether what has transpired in the aftermath of the incident is at odds with the ‘spirit’ of the game. So is that ethereal notion at threat or is the very esoteric character of rugby alive and well? Many fans were angered with what Joe Marler …

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Two Statistics That Will Worry England And Give Hope To Ireland

Ireland v England - RBS Six Nations

England are vulnerable on two fronts. Since the beginning of the Six Nations, many England fans have questioned the selection George Ford. Not only have they pointed to his poor form, but also his weak defensive abilities. Despite all of his wonderful attacking attributes, there have always been lingering questions over his defence. Standing at 5ft 10 in tall and weighing …

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Reports Suggest Jared Payne Will Miss Ireland’s Clash With England

Ireland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

Joe Schmidt could be forced into a midfield reshuffle. Although it was suggested yesterday that Jared Payne would be given the opportunity to train today, it has been reported that the Ulster centre was unable to do so this morning. Since suffering a minor hamstring tear against France, Payne has been a doubt for this weekend’s clash in Twickenham. However it seemed …

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