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PA Archives: Five Of The Greatest Moments From The Cork/Kerry Rivalry

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is the venue this evening as Cork and Kerry square off in yet another Munster SFC final.  Peter Keane’s Kerry side are the red-hot favourites going into the game but Cork will be buoyed by their impressive showing against Limerick coupled with Kerry’s below-par second-half performance against Clare. While the two counties seem to be headed in …

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LYON, FRANCE - MAY 14: Saracens celebrate their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Stade de Lyon on May 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Ranking Europe’s Top 8 Sides Ahead Of The European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Finals

After taking a mid-season hiatus, the European Rugby Champions Cup returns this weekend with a very intriguing quarter-final line-up. Perhaps the most hotly contested tie will be between Leinster and Wasps, two sides who are known for playing entertaining running rugby and top the tournament’s try-scoring charts with 28 and 31 touchdowns respectively. Indeed, Leinster’s total is made all the more impressive …

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Munster And Leinster Select Teams For Champions Cup Quarter Finals

After the disappointment of the 2016/17 season, in which no Irish side qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions Cup, this campaign both Munster and Leinster have the opportunity to advance to the semi-final stage. Although they face tough competition in the form of Toulouse and Wasps respectively, both Irish sides have home advantage this weekend and will hold realistic expectations …

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Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

Selecting A Pro12 Champions Cup Quarter Final Select XV To Take On Their Aviva Premiership And Top 14 Equivalents

After the conclusion of the Six Nations, rugby fans turn their attention to the European Rugby Champions Cup this weekend. However, unlike last season when Pro12 sides didn’t feature at the quarter-final stage, this weekend will see Munster, Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors strut their stuff in the final eight of the competition. Although the Scottish side would need to …

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Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

By virtue of the decision to schedule games on Friday night, Six Nations fans face into another fallow Sunday in this season’s Championship. While Friday night fixtures are popular among fans at a domestic and European level, Six Nations organisers face opposition to their staging. In any event, the lack of action allows rugby fans time to reflect on the weekend’s results …

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Maro Itoje

Maro Itoje Being Targeted By NFL Franchises [Report]

For a number of years now, England rugby fans have been telling anyone who would listen that Maro Itoje would become a superstar of the game. However, so loud have they been shouting and so great have his performances been, scouts from the NFL appear to have sat up and taken note of the Saracens lock. According to The Independent, …

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England v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

5 Quick Conclusions From England’s Massive 61-21 Win Over Scotland

1. Scotland’s Terrible Start Scottish fans were quietly confident as they arrived in Twickenham this afternoon. However, any hope they may have had was quickly extinguished in the opening fifteen minutes. Fraser Brown’s early yellow card was compounded by Alex Dunbar’s missed tackle on Jonathan Joseph, then Finn Russell missed touch from a penalty and followed that up by lacking any conviction when striking …

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Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Where It All Went Wrong For Joe Schmidt And Ireland Against Wales

In the build-up to Friday night’s Six Nations clash between Ireland and Wales, outside of a few dissenting voices, a consensus emerged suggesting that Rob Howley’s rudimentary offensive strategy would be unable to break down a very physical Irish side. However, in spite of being dominated by Ireland for much of the second half, it was Wales who were by …

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British and Irish Lions Press Conference

Earlier Than Expected Date For Lions Squad Announcement Heaps Pressure On Fringe Players

Late last week the British and Irish Lions media team circulated an email confirming that Warren Gatland would name his squad on April 19. The unveiling of the touring squad will be the centrepiece of a well coordinated day designed to facilitate the various media organisations from across the rugby world. However, while fans and commentators look forward to April 19 …

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Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

How Ireland Could Lose To Wales And Still Win The Championship Even If England Beat Scotland

When Six Nations organisers first hinted at the introduction of the bonus point system, supporters were generally supportive of the idea. After all, bonus points are used in each of rugby’s most prestigious tournaments as a means of fostering attacking rugby. However, due to the format of the Six Nations, the bonus point system isn’t entirely fair. Indeed, John Feehan, the chief …

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland Set To Add Former England Prop To Lions Coaching Staff [Report]

Warren Gatland looks set to bolster the British and Irish Lions backroom team with the addition of former England prop Graham Rowntree. According to ESPN, Rowntree will work in tandem with Steve Borthwick “focusing on the forwards and set-piece”. The appointment is in line with Gatland’s desire for continuity within the coaching set-up, with Andy Farrell and Rob Howley retaining their roles …

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Wasps v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

Kurtley Beale Set To Leave Wasps At The End Of The Season

Wasps have this afternoon confirmed that Kurtley Beale will leave the club at the end of the season and return to Australia. Despite only joining the Premiership club last summer, there has been constant speculation hanging over his future, with Fox Sports hinting at his departure as early as last September. In February, ESPN then reported that Michael Cheika was preparing the ground …

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Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Detailing Ireland’s Chequered History With Wayne Barnes

Writing in the Irish Times on Wednesday, Gavin Cummiskey summed up the apprehension felt by many Irish fans ahead of their side’s clash with Wales by headlining his article following Joe Schmidt’s squad announcement with “Referee the only concern as Schmidt names expected team”. Although Cummiskey’s headline raised some eyebrows, it’s fair to say that Ireland’s relationship with Wayne Barnes has been …

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England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

Six Nations Championship Set For Controversial Overhaul As New Global Season Takes Shape

Despite concerns raised over player welfare, concussion and recovery time, it looks as though the rugby’s governing body will reduce the duration of the Six Nations from seven to six weeks from 2020. Although The Telegraph had reported that English Premiership clubs were campaigning for the Six Nations to be condensed to five weeks, few expected Championship organisers or World …

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Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints - Aviva Premiership Final

Former Leicester Tigers Coach Now Favourite To Take Over At Welford Road [Report]

The Leicester Tigers appear to be closing in on a replacement for Richard Cockerill, after the Leicester Mercury reported that Matt O’Connor is now to favourite to take over at Welford Road next season. The 46-year-old Australian had enjoyed four successful years at the Tigers after being appointed as backs coach by Heyneke Meyer, and was subsequently promoted to head coach …

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