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Connacht Munster Sportsground

Sold Out! Connacht And Munster Set For Packed Sportsground On Saturday

Connacht and Munster will play in front of a full house at the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday as the western province confirm that the eagerly-anticipated clash is now sold out.  Huge interest in tickets has led to the club installing additional terracing at the Bohermore and College Road ends of the ground which has now increased the capacity to 8,129. …

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johnny sexton

Poll: Who Will Win The 2019 Six Nations?

Happy new year! We have now entered 2019 and with that comes the World Cup in Japan which is getting closer and closer.  However, there is still plenty of rugby to be played before attention switches to events in the far east. The 2019 Six Nations is just over four weeks away and Ireland will be looking to continue their …

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Owen Farrell England Saracens Leinster

Farrell Cites Leinster Loss As An Example Of How To Turn Things Around

The fine line between winning and losing can boil down to confidence England rugby co-captain Owen Farrell told The Guardian on Tuesday. The 27-year-old fly-half — who has just completed a degree in management and leadership — said this was behind England’s largely disappointing year in 2018 which saw them tamely surrender their two-year reign as Six Nations champions and …

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Chris Cloete Munster

Munster Provide Injury Update After Leinster Battle

Munster Rugby have provided an injury update after their 26-17 win over Leinster at Thomond Park in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday.  In what was an incredibly physical affair, the southern province have only noted Chris Cloete as a fresh injury worry ahead of Saturday’s trip to Galway to take on Connacht. Cloete left the pitch on a stretcher with …

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aboubakar kamara fulham

Fulham To Take Action Over Kamara Racist Abuse

Fulham have vowed to take the “strongest possible action” after striker Aboubakar Kamara was racially abused on social media following his penalty miss against Huddersfield on Saturday. The Frenchman was strongly criticised by his manager Claudio Ranieri for disobeying orders to hand over penalty duties to Aleksandar Mitrovic. “It is unbelievable, he did not respect me, the club, the team …

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Munster Johann van Graan Leinster

Van Graan: Early Decisions For Leinster Could Have Been Worse

On reflection, a crazy 15 minute period in the first half at Thomond Park had a huge impact on the outcome of the latest instalment of the longstanding rivalry between Munster and Leinster.  The southern province ended their four-match losing streak against the eastern province and that 15 minute period, which yielded two yellow cards and one red card for …

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Munster Leinster Tempers Flare

Munster Cease Leinster Drought In Hot-Tempered Thomond Park Battle

Munster – 26 Leinster – 17 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park  Munster secured a 26-17 win over Leinster at Thomond Park to end a four-match losing streak against their fiercest rivals. This game will live long in the memory, not for the quality of rugby on display but for the level of physicality and indiscipline which featured heavily throughout. …

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John Ryan Munster Leinster

John Ryan: Leinster Are A Team That Can Do It All

John Ryan knows that Munster will have to produce their best performance of the season if they are to topple Leinster at Thomond Park on Saturday.  The two rivals go head to head in the Guinness PRO14 at the Limerick venue tomorrow evening and with both teams having named strong sides, the clash should be one to remember. Ryan has …

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Munster Leinster PRO14

Munster & Leinster Name Strong Teams For Thomond Park Showdown

Munster and Leinster have named their respective sides for Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated Guinness PRO14 clash at Thomond Park.  With both provinces producing a host of changes for their respective interpros last weekend, it was expected that Johann van Graan and Leo Cullen would name their strongest hand for tomorrow’s 5.15 pm kick off. That is exactly what has occurred as both …

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Paul Pogba Manchester United

Solskjaer: Out Of Form Trio Should Follow Paul Pogba’s Example

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United stars Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez they should follow Paul Pogba’s example if they are to revive their careers at the club. Lukaku and Sanchez suffered a dramatic loss of form in the last months of Jose Mourinho’s tempestuous spell in charge at Old Trafford, while Martial was criticised by the …

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Simon Zebo Top 14

Simon Zebo Included In Top 14 Team Of The Year

Simon Zebo has been included in Midi Olympique’s Top 14 team of 2018.  It should come as no surprise as Zebo has performed brilliantly for Racing 92 since he made the move to Paris during the summer. The Corkman has been in scintillating form and has backed that up with plenty of try-scoring exploits throughout the current season. The same …

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Connacht Ulster

Connacht & Ulster Name Teams For Friday Interpro

Connacht and Ulster have named their respective sides for Friday evening’s Guinness PRO14 clash at the Sportsground in Galway.  Connacht, who are coming off the back of a devastating last-gasp defeat to Leinster at the RDS, have made four changes to their team. Ireland international Quinn Roux comes into the side to start alongside Gavin Thornbury in the second row. …

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Manchester City

Five Things That Have Gone Wrong For Manchester City

English champions Manchester City slumped to a third shock defeat in four Premier League games at Leicester on Boxing Day to slip to third in the table and seven points adrift of unbeaten leaders Liverpool. Just a few weeks ago City seemed unstoppable as they started their title defence with a 15-game unbeaten run. However, a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea …

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