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What Next For Ireland’s Provinces?

As the European transfer-merry-go round gathers pace, Munster’s loss of emerging star JJ Hanrahan to Northampton could be the start of a worrying trend for the Irish provinces. En route to annexing five Heineken Cup trophies in seven seasons between 2005/6 and 2011/12 Munster and Leinster always managed to balance a core of indigenously produced international talent with overseas superstars. …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Great start to the New Year for Connacht, but not so great for Jake McGrath. It’s Rugby’s hot and not.    Who’s Hot Connacht: What a way to start 2015! The Westerners pulled off only their second win in 41 meetings against Munster at the Sportsground to maintain their unbeaten home record. The home side were 13-0 down after 15 …

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Can Leinster bounce back against Ulster?

The Introduction If 2014 was a rugby cliché, it would be ‘Leinster are playing below their best’. Remarks about how Leinster have yet to hit their stride, about how Matt O’Connor is clueless, the scandalous inclusion of Jimmy Gopperth ahead of Ian Madigan, Leinster’s out of form, out of sorts performances dominated headlines. Leinster’s final game of 2014 was one …

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The Knock-On Effects Of The Heineken Cup

Raffaelle Rocca discusses the lasting effects of the now defunct Heineken Cup, all of which have helped to promote grassroots rugby in Ireland. The Heineken Cup changed the Irish rugby landscape forever. Since it began back in 1995, 26 new rugby clubs have been formed representing growth of 11 percent and with 161,534 registered participants, the game has never been …

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It’s Been A Good/Bad Week For…

Sport can be a rollercoaster of highs and lows from week to week. Here’s a quick look back at who had a good/bad week in sport this week. Good Week Dundalk After stuttering to two draws the week before last, Dundalk needed to win at home to Cork City on Friday to win the league. They did just that finishing …

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Match Preview: Ulster Versus Toulon

Ulster face off against reigning European Champions Toulon on Saturday hoping to put last weekend’s defeat to Leicester behind them. The defeat to Leicester was the first time Ulster have lost their opening game in Europe since 2008 and Head Coach Neil Doak is keen to get the Ulstermen back to winning ways. Doak has made two changes to his …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

It was a good week for Ulster, while Sale Sharks had one to forget. Resident rugby expert Matt Cassidy is here with this week’s instalment of Who’s Hot & Who’s Not? Who’s Hot? Ulster The Northern province head into the first round of Europe after a thumping 29-9 win over the Glasgow Warriors. The Scottish side came to Belfast with …

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Provincial Preview: Ulster Rugby

This week’s Provincial Preview sees Ulster Rugby come under the spotlight, as the province looks to put last year’s roller-coaster campaign behind them. Overview Summertime in Belfast is never dull. The usual stories and arguments over contentious parades, flags and violence pepper the media outlets leaving very little room for any other news. However, this off season, Ulster Rugby has done its …

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Tough Draw For Irish Sides For Inaugural Rugby Champions Cup

The Irish provinces have been handed very tough pools for the inaugural Rugby Champions Cup for next season. Munster have been placed in Pool 1 alongside beaten finalists Saracens, French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne and a Sale Sharks side that includes the mercurial Danny Cipriani. Saracens lost out to Toulon in May’s final 23-6 while Clermont were beaten by the same …

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