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Jerry Flannery Felix Jones

Breaking: Jerry Flannery And Felix Jones Will Leave Munster

Munster Rugby have announced that Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones will depart the province at the end of the season.  The contracts of both coaches were up for renewal at the end of the season and head coach Johann van Graan reiterated his desire in recent weeks to keep the duo on the coaching ticket. Both coaches have declined their …

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Johann van Graan

Johann Van Graan: We’re Going To Back Those U20s Guys Next Season

The potential success of Munster’s season will be decided in the coming weeks.  A disappointing exit in the Heineken Champions Cup to Saracens was followed by the southern province scraping into the last four of the Guinness PRO14 thanks to their narrow win over Benetton on Saturday at Thomond Park. Munster’s problems in attack have been highlighted at times throughout …

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Paddy Jackson

London Irish Confirm Signing Of Paddy Jackson

London Irish have confirmed that they have signed Paddy Jackson from Top 14 side Perpignan ahead of the 2019/20 season.  Jackson has been plying his trade with the French club for the 2018/19 campaign but due to the club’s impending relegation to the PRO D2, there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of the Irish out-half. Jackson will …

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Israel Folau

Code Of Conduct Hearing For Israel Folau Concludes

The Code of Conduct hearing for Israel Folau has concluded, Rugby Australia confirmed in a statement today.  The hearing was in response to Folau’s controversial social media posts where he outlined that hell awaits gay people. Since those social media posts, Folau has not played rugby for his club the Waratahs and it is widely expected that his contract will …

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James Haskell

Breaking: James Haskell To Retire At The End Of The Season

James Haskell has announced that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the current season.  The English flanker has endured an injury-plagued campaign with the Northampton Saints with recurring ankle and toe issues limiting his appearances at Franklin’s Gardens. “I have loved every minute of my career in rugby and feel very privileged to have played with …

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Daniel Crowley

Mick McCarthy Confirms Daniel Crowley Won’t Feature In Upcoming Squad

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that talented midfielder Daniel Crowley won’t feature in his upcoming provisional squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark, in Copenhagen on June 7, and Gibraltar at Aviva Stadium on June 10. McCarthy will name his provisional squad on Tuesday for a training camp in Portugal but the 21-year-old who plys …

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Van Graan Keeping Cards Close To His Chest On Rob Howley Reports

Johann van Graan has refused to comment on the reports linking Rob Howley with a senior attack coach position at Munster.  Last Monday, Van Graan hinted that any possible additions to Munster’s coaching staff would have an attacking emphasis due to a shift to attacking rugby at the beginning of a new World Cup cycle. On Sunday, The42 reported that …

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PRO14 Awards

Edinburgh Dominate End Of Season Guinness PRO14 Awards

Edinburgh secured three prizes in the Guinness PRO14’s end of season awards in Dublin on Sunday night.  The Scottish club have made huge strides this season under Richard Cockerill which saw them reach the last eight of the Champions Cup. Bill Mata was honoured by his opponents in the Guinness PRO14 as he was named the Players’ Player of the …

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The Top Performers From PRO14 Quarter-Finals

The Guinness PRO14 quarter-finals took place this weekend as Munster and Ulster secured their passage to the semi-finals where they will face away trips to take on Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors, respectively.  There was no shortage of drama between the two games and the pain of defeat will no doubt be felt by Benetton and Connacht who will both …

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Earls Carbery

“Joey and Earlsy Were Both 95% And We Decided Not To Take A Chance”

Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park Munster head coach Johann van Graan is hoping to have both Keith Earls (thigh) and Joey Carbery (hamstring) fit for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final with Leinster in two weeks.  Munster have been without Earls and Carbery for the last number of weeks. Both players made their last appearances when they defeated Edinburgh in the …

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Late Changes For Munster As Earls And Loughman Ruled Out Of Benetton Clash

Munster have confirmed that Keith Earls and Jeremy Loughman have been ruled out of tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 quarter-final clash with Benetton at Thomond Park.  The duo were named in today’s team announcement but after today’s captain’s run, the southern province confirmed that the duo have been ruled out. Darren Sweetnam will take Earls’ place on the left wing while Liam …

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Williams Among Four Departures As Munster Announce Further Exits

Munster Rugby have confirmed the departure of four players at the end of the season.  Duncan Williams, Mike Sherry, Dave O’Callaghan and James Hart will all be leaving the province while Munster have confirmed that both O’Callaghan and Hart will play their club rugby in France next season. This comes off the back of previous news that Ian Keatley, Stephen …

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