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Champions Cup Draw

Zebo’s Munster Return & Other Talking Points From Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/2020 edition of the Heineken Champions Cup was made on Wednesday afternoon in Lausanne, Switzerland.  All four of the Irish provinces are competing in next season’s edition of the Champions Cup and today they learned who stands between them and European glory. Here we discuss some of the biggest talking points from Wednesday’s draw. Pool Of …

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Champions Cup Draw

Munster Handed Pool Of Death In Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/2020 Heineken Champions Cup has been made in Lausanne, Switzerland.  20 clubs from across Europe will compete in next season’s edition of the competition. This is the first time since the 2016/17 season in which all four Irish provinces have qualified for the competition on their own merits – prior to the 2016/17 season, Connacht only …

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Champions Cup pool draw

Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/20 Heineken Champions Cup takes place today at 1.20 pm in Lausanne, Switzerland.  20 clubs have qualified for next season’s premier European club rugby competition. Before the main pool draw can take place, the 20 qualified clubs must first be placed into four tiers of five teams based on their ranking: Tier 1 The three domestic …

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Diarmuid O'Sullivan

“Where Does Player Welfare Come Into The Equation?” – Diarmuid O’Sullivan

Cork All-Ireland winner Diarmuid ‘The Rock’ O’Sullivan has questioned the organising surrounding Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash between Cork and Clare at Cusack Park in Ennis due to the weather conditions which affected the game.  In the second half of the encounter, which saw Cork lose but still progress to the All-Ireland stage of the championship, the venue was …

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Mathieu Bastareaud

Mathieu Bastareaud One Of The Big Names Left Out Of France World Cup Squad

Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of France’s 37-man World Cup training squad as head coach Jacques Brunel revealed his selection today.  According to reports, Bastareaud’s exclusion is at the behest of incoming head coach Fabien Galthie who will take over from Brunel after the 2019 World Cup. The powerful centre was vice-captain throughout the Six Nations which makes his …

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Top Rugby Players

Rugby World Magazine Reveals Top 100 Players On The Planet

Rugby World magazine has listed the top 100 players in the world right now which was voted by the publication’s expert panel.  In addition to the magazine’s editorial team, the panel included former Fiji 7s head coach Ben Ryan, Wasps Ladies Director of Rugby Giselle Mather and Kiwi writer Liam Napier. Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones tops the list and …

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PRO14 Conferences

New Look PRO14 Conferences Confirmed For Next Season

The PRO14 has confirmed the makeup of the two conferences for the next two seasons.  The current format of the PRO14 has been in place for two seasons with the same teams competing in the same conferences in the last two campaigns. However, officials have now confirmed that there will some shakeup ahead of the 2019/20 campaign with six teams …

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Ireland World Cup

The Work Begins Now As Ireland Look To Exorcise Six Nations Demons

Toulouse lifting the Top 14 title on Saturday signalled the end of the northern hemisphere club season but the lengthy nature of the French campaign aside, many of Europe’s elite players will be getting back to work soon.  Today, Ireland have reconvened at their Carton House base as they begin their preparations for their World Cup opener against Scotland on …

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Ireland U20s

Ireland Name Side For England Clash At U20 World Championship

Ireland U20s head coach Noel McNamara has announced his starting XV which will take on England (KO 7:30 pm) in the 5th place semi-final at the World Rugby U20 Championships on Monday.  Ireland, who have suffered from an extensive injury list throughout this campaign, will meet England for the third time this season having defeated them already in the pool …

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McIlroy Tee Time

Tee Times & Pairings For Final Round Of US Open

The final round of the US Open has already teed off and all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy as he bids to finally end his major drought which stretches back to 2014.  The Holywood native has shot a 68, 69 and 70 in the opening three rounds to leave him on -6 for the tournament, five shots behind the leader …

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Ireland World Cup Squad

Predicting Joe Schmidt’s 31-Man Ireland Squad For The World Cup

It’s relatively quiet in the northern hemisphere with international players taking a well-deserved break after a gruelling 2018/19 season.  However, although many players are currently enjoying some sun on their backs, it won’t be long until the serious work starts again as preparations begin for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Warm-up games will take place in August and …

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Ireland Sevens

Ireland Fall To Opening Defeat At Biarritz 7s

Ireland have fallen to a 27-5 defeat in the opening round of the Biarritz leg of the World Sevens Series.  Stan McDowell’s side took on Australia and with just one win in 14 meetings with the Aussies heading into this fixture, Ireland certainly had an uphill battle on their hands. Ireland were under pressure from the off when Eve Higgins’ …

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Irish Sport

Your Guide To A Stacked Weekend Of Irish Sport

We’re set for another packed weekend of Irish sport with GAA action dominating the headlines.  Both the Leinster and Munster hurling championships reach a crucial stage this weekend as the respective provincial finals will be confirmed in addition to those teams whose involvement in this year’s championship will come to an end. There is also excitement surrounding the US Open …

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Robbie Keane

Mick McCarthy Congratulates Robbie Keane On Middlesbrough Job

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has congratulated Robbie Keane for his recent appointment as assistant-manager of Middlesbrough.  It was confirmed today that Keane will become a part of Jonathan Woodgate’s backroom staff at the north-east club with Woodgate signing a three-year contract as head coach. Keane will continue his assistant manager role with the Republic of Ireland as the …

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Stephen Larkham Munster

Munster Confirm Wallabies Legend Stephen Larkham As New Senior Coach

Munster have confirmed that Wallabies legend Stephen Larkham will join the province as a new senior coach ahead of the 2019/20 season.  Munster are currently in the midst of a coaching reshuffle after the news that Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones would be leaving the province. The southern province have already secured the services of former England and British & …

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