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The Stat Which Shows How Far The Irish Provinces Have Receded

It is little secret that the European Champions Cup has been an unmitigated disaster for the Irish provinces so far this year, with Munster and Leinster looking unlikely to reach the knockout stages, while Ulster still face an uphill task. In a not so distant past, the three sides dominated Europe between them, casting away the French and English opposition …

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Andrew Trimble Reminds Joe Schmidt What He Is Capable Of

Andrew Trimble scored a brilliant try against Toulouse tonight. Andrew Trimble can rightly consider himself to be Ireland’s unluckiest player. Having been Ireland’s player of the year in 2014, injury saw him miss much of the following season and ultimately cost him a place at the World Cup. However Trimble seems to be putting much of that misfortune behind him …

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Has Brian O’Driscoll Just Criticised The IRFU?

Brian O’Driscoll seemed to question IRFU policy on BT Sports. As a captain and a pundit, Brian O’Driscoll has never been afraid to speak his mind. Since retiring, O’Driscoll has objectively questioned the performance of both Leinster and Ireland. Indeed in the aftermath of Leinster’s heavy defeat to Wasps earlier this season, the ex Lions Captain was blunt in assessing the performance of his former …

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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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Brian O’Driscoll Declares His Concern For The Irish Provinces

Brian O’Driscoll is pessimistic about the chances of the Irish provinces in Europe. Speaking on BT Sports Rugby Tonight, Brian O’Driscoll described the situation in which the Irish provinces now find themselves as ‘concerning’. The early rounds of this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup have seen both Leinster and Ulster succumb to defeats, while despite earning a four try bonus point …

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5 Of Rugby’s Longest Bans

Rugby chiefs have handed down some lengthy bans for incidents of disgusting foul play. Although fans can be critical at the inconsistency of referees, the game’s disciplinary bodies have a strong track record of punishing those who violently step out of line. Indeed, the quick and ruthless bans issued against drug cheats has seen some lengthy bans handed out to players who …

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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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Video: Nick Williams’ Huge Fend On Rhys Ruddock

Leinster dug deep to win a dour derby at the RDS last night, beating Ulster 8-3. The Dublin 4 outfit had a poor start to their European campaign, with losses to Wasps and Bath, but got back to winning ways after a stubborn defensive performance last night. However, undoubtedly moment of the night in a poor game from an aesthetics …

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A List Of Irish Players Who Are Out Of Contract Next Summer

Ireland risk losing some of their biggest stars next summer. With the World Cup having come to a conclusion, another four year tournament cycle has begun for Ireland. As a result, the contracts for many of their star players have come up for renewal. The IRFU will have to ask whether or not it is worthwhile to hand contracts to some …

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Leinster Name Exciting Team For Interpro Clash With Ulster

Leo Cullen has unveiled a youthful team to play Ulster. After some of Leinster’s more experienced players were found wanting against both Wasps and Bath, Leo Cullen has reacted by selecting an exciting and youthful line up for tomorrow night’s clash with Ulster. After scoring a try on his Champions Cup debut, Josh van der Flier starts at open side flanker, …

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