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“He Tends To Take Defenders Away From Me Which Is Great”

Rory Scannell Chris Farrell Munster

There is an air of positivity around the Munster Rugby camp these days thanks in part to their three-game winning streak.  Munster have won three games in succession before, but this time, due to the calibre of their opposition and the manner in which they dismantled their opponents, supporters of the southern province are now looking to the future with optimism. …

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Peter O’Mahony “50-50” To Face Exeter Chiefs On Saturday

Peter O'Mahony Munster

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has been rated as “50-50” by head coach Johann van Graan ahead of the southern province’s crucial winner-take-all clash with the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday evening.  The Thomond Park clash is a 1st v 2nd matchup with a win for the home side guaranteeing them progress to the quarter-finals. O’Mahony was removed from the Kingsholm turf …

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Perfect Saracens Cruise Into European Cup Quarter-Finals

Two-time champions Saracens reached the European Cup quarter-finals on Sunday with a bonus-point, four-try 28-10 win over Lyon, extending their record to a perfect five wins in five in the competition. Saracens, the 2016 and 2017 winners, join defending champions and four-time winners Leinster as the second side to make the last eight of this year’s competition. Centre Nick Tompkins …

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Watch: Stroe Sees Red As Exeter Set Up Showdown With Munster

Stroe Red card Exeter Castres

Exeter revived their bid to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup with a 34-12 win over 14-man Castres at Sandy Park on Sunday. The Chiefs, top of the English Premiership, needed to win their final two group fixtures, against French club Castres and two-time European champions Munster, to have a chance of reaching the knockout phase. Exeter, …

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Report: Paddy Jackson Edging Closer To London Irish Move

Former Ulster out-half Paddy Jackson is edging closer to a move to Championship side London Irish as his time in France looks to be coming to an end. Reports had emerged in December outlining that Jackson was in discussion with London Irish and according to the Irish Independent, a deal to bring the out-half to England is “virtually a done …

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Blackadder Backs “Class” Faletau To Be Fit For Six Nations

Faletau

Bath boss Todd Blackadder believes Taulupe Faletau is on course to take his place in the Wales squad for the Six Nations Championship. The British and Irish Lions back-row put 13 weeks on the sidelines with a broken arm behind him during a barnstorming return in an 18-16 win over Wasps in the European Champions Cup on Saturday. It was …

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Watch: Mata Produces Magical Offload In Try Of The Tournament

Bill Mata offload

Edinburgh became only the third team to beat Toulon at Stade Felix Mayol in the Heineken Champions Cup yesterday and they did so with the help of a ridiculous piece of skill from Bill Mata. Richard Cockerill’s side got off to the worst possible start by conceding a try after just two minutes when a miss-kick gifted Toulon an opportunity which French …

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Haskell: Young Players Are “Glued To Their Phones 24 Hours A Day”

James Haskell

English flanker, James Haskell, has hit out at the attitude of young rugby players looking to succeed in the game, saying they are “mollycoddled”. The 33-year-old made the comments on Channel 4‘s, ‘The Big Tackle’ which aired this morning. As he edges closer to retirement, the Northampton Saints player was reflecting on the future of the sport and shared his …

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