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Ireland To Be The Chink In The All Black Armour In 2019

Double defending champions New Zealand will head into the 2019 World Cup in Japan as favourites, but Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland have proven there are chinks in the All Black armour. Steve Hansen’s team suffered a major bump on their run-in to the World Cup when they went down to a second defeat in three games by a …

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Leinster Stage Last-Gasp Comeback Win Against Connacht

A quality festive clash ensued at the RDS as the Champions hosted a buoyant Connacht side. Leo Cullen rang in the changes for the Conference B leaders, so he would have been wary of a Connacht team that boasted five wins in a row – with good reason. It took the visitors just five minutes to get on the board, …

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Exeter End Saracens’ Unbeaten Run In Style To Top English Premiership

Exeter ended Saracens’ 22-game unbeaten record with an emphatic 31-13 win as they regained top spot in the English Premiership on Saturday. The bonus-point victory lifted them three clear of their opponents, who were last defeated by European Champions Cup opponents Leinster on April 1. It was also Saracens’ first Premiership reversal for more than nine months, when Exeter beat …

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Ulster Edge Munster Battle As Winning Streak Continues

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Ulster – 19 Munster – 12 Sean McMahon reports from The Kingspan Stadium.  Ulster edged the first interprovincial derby of the festive season as they emerged 19-12 winners against an under-strength Munster side. Last week, the southern province were criticised for their lack of physicality in their loss to Castres, but they certainly brought a bit of bite to proceedings …

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Watch: Baloucoune Only Receives A Yellow Card For Tackle On Sweetnam

Ulster are currently in PRO14 action against Munster at Kingspan Stadium. It’s been a bruising affair, characterised by one of the very first actions of the game. Within the first ten seconds, the home support’s singing of Stand Up For The Ulster Men was punctuated by Robert Baloucoune clattering into Darren Sweetnam in the air as the Munster winger collected …

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Referees Announced For Irish Provinces’ Crucial European Cup Fixtures

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The EPCR have confirmed the referees for the final two rounds of this season’s Champions Cup group stages which will take place in January.  Munster, Leinster and Ulster all face into crucial fixtures which will determine whether they qualify for the knockout stages of this year’s competition. Munster’s recent loss to Castres means they are in must-win territory when they …

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Munster & Leinster Set To Go Fully Loaded For Thomond Park Clash

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The Christmas interpros begin this weekend as Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster face off against one other.  Friday night sees Munster travel to the Kingspan Stadium to take on Ulster while Leinster host Connacht at the RDS on Saturday. With the IRFU’s player management programme kicking in over the festive period, the provinces’ Ireland representatives will only see limited game …

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Connacht Welcome Back Irish Internationals For Leinster Test

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Irish internationals, Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane have returned to the Connacht starting XV for their interprovincial derby against Leinster on Saturday while Bundee Aki is named among the bench. Bealham comes back into a front row that sees Denis Buckley returning at loosehead and Tom McCartney retained at hooker. In the second row Dillane will line up alongside Gavin Thornbury with James Cannon named among …

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