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Dominic Evans

Dominic graduated from University College Cork with an honours degree in English and History. He has also completed a News Journalism course and is an accomplished writer.

Rugby Legend: Brian Moore

The number 2 position, a.k.a the ‘Hooker’, is a pivotal area in modern day rugby. Matches can be won and lost on scrums and lineouts. Heading into the New Zealand tour in June,  England head coach Stuart Lancaster and his side may be weakened by the potential loss of first choice Dylan Hartley and will miss Lions number 2 in Tom …

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Mark McCafferty – Changing Rugby For The Good?

For some the Premiership Rugby (PR) chief executive Mark McCafferty is revolutionising the sport. For others, he is changing it for the worse. Since he arrived as Chief Executive of the Premier Rugby Association in 2005, McCafferty has continued to evolve the game in England to ensure its survival. An influx of foreign players can hurt the game, as is …

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Danny Cipriani – A Star Reborn.

After a tumultuous period Danny Cipriani has started to fulfil the promise he showed at the beginning of his career, with many people calling for his return to the England fold. When Danny Cipriani first burst onto the scene for London Wasps, he was hailed as England’s brightest star since Jonny Wilkinson. Eye-catching performances against top domestic and European clubs …

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Aviva Premiership & RaboDirect Pro12 Near Conclusion

For another year the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro 12 leagues arrive at the final round of games. Dominic Evans previews the conclusion of the rugby season. Aviva Premiership The Aviva Premiership is the first to conclude this Saturday. All games kick-off at 15:15. The bottom half of the table is finalised. After a woeful season Worcester Warriors were relegated …

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Saracens- a cut above the rest.

Saracens hammered the Heineken Cup favourites Clermont 46-6 at Twickenham last week with the definitive defensive performance. Man of the Match Jacques Burger completed 29 tackles in 70 minutes. Even more impressive was the force of his hits, he drove the attackers behind the gain line. His defensive prowess was a microcosm for the rest of the team. If Burger …

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Conor Murray- Irish Player of the Season?

Since his exploits with the Lions last Summer, Conor Murray entered the new season with the reputation of a world-class player. Come the turn of the new year, some of the victorious Lions players were fatigued such as George North and Ben Youngs. Training and playing with other Lions resulted in a positive experience for the Ireland and Munster scrum-half. …

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PA Legends: Paul O’ Connell

In the first of a new series entitled ‘PA Legends’ , Dominic Evans discusses the career of Munster  talisman Paul O’ Connell. The Ireland and Lions hero has enjoyed a tremendous career and will be looking to reach another Heineken Cup Final with victory over Toulon on Sunday. “When Paul O’Connell is there, anything is possible.” – Ronan O’Gara. The above statement …

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A Game Too Far For Munster?

Both the Toulon and Munster camps are softening their chances of winning on Sunday, with the expected mind-games coming to the fore.  Toulon’s head coach, Bernard Laporte, said: “Their strength in the mauls is an undoubted weapon and they are equally strong in the lineouts as well. They haven’t reached this stage of the competition for nothing, but then they …

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Gloucester and Bath Deserve Severe Punishment

Last Saturday one of the fiercest rivalries in the Aviva Premiership, Gloucester vs. Bath, produced as Steve James of The Telegraph reported “..one of the Aviva Premiership’s darkest and most shameful days.” Referee Tim Wigglesworth branded two red and six yellow cards. Gloucester suffered greatly, by the eighty-minute mark they were reduced to 11 men including the two sent off. …

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Rugby Champions Cup- A New Start in European Rugby

The Heineken Cup provided numerous classic encounters over the years. The Munster vs Leinster semi final at Croke Park and London Wasps vs Toulouse in the 2004 final to name two. From next season the ERC governed tournament will no longer exist. In place is the new title ‘Rugby Champions Cup’. Ever since the English and French sides handed in …

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Jared Payne deserved red

Opinion is divided over Jared Payne’s contentious red card last weekend. Seven days later, the debate still rumbles on. Dominic Evans argues that the Ulster player thoroughly deserved the red card. Jared Payne’s red card for Ulster in the 5th minute against Saracens was most definitely the correct punishment. His follow through into Alex Goode was probably accidental, mistimed even. …

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The Red Army of Munster march on

Of course Munster would win. It is the Heineken Cup after all. Home advantage and the underdog tag played straight into their hands. Last Saturday the Irish side revealed they can still beat the best. No one could envisage the ease with which Toulouse were dispatched. They caught the viewers, but more importantly the opposition, by surprise. The French giants …

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Amlin Challenge Cup Preview

With the rugby world fixated on this weekend’s Heineken Cup quarter-finals, there is also an action-packed weekend in the Amlin Challenge Cup. Dominic Evans previews this weekend’s fixtures. Fixtures:      1: Sale vs Northampton Saints (Thursday). UPDATE: Sale 28-14 Northampton Saints 2: Stade Francais vs Harlequins (Friday). 3: Bath vs Brive (Sunday). 4: London Wasps vs Gloucester (Sun). The Amlin Challenge …

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Promoting the 2015 Rugby World Cup

On Saturday afternoon, in a sunny Wembley Stadium 83,889 spectators witnessed Saracens vs Harlequins. The figure is a world record for a club fixture. Annually, the Aviva Premiership organise these festive occasions. Fantastic promotion and exposure to rugby especially with the World Cup on England’s shore next year. The planning has been long in the pipeline. On the first matchday …

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Backing Leinster Against Munster

A sold-out Aviva Stadium on Saturday will host the top two tier sides in the RaboDirect Pro 12 league, Leinster versus Munster. An eagerly anticipated match-up of the rugby calendar year, with pundits split between who will win. While betting on Munster would not be considered a unreasonable decision. Rob Penney’s Munster side so far have won 14/17 matches, the …

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How TV coverage is changing rugby

Since the beginning of the professional era in 1995, rugby union has evolved with the times. One area in particular to develop vastly is technology. Dominic Evans discusses the implications for the future of rugby as technology’s grip on the game increases. For British and Irish fans, Sky Sports exposed viewers to the sport worldwide. Subscribers were capable of watching …

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Three horse race for the Six Nations title

Ireland are the favourites for the Championship according to the bookies.  The 49-point difference puts Ireland as front-runners to finish first. On par with second place England in terms of consistent high intense rugby for four rounds,  it is still too early to assess whether head coach Joe Schmidt has created a dependable Ireland. Their record in Paris is poor, …

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