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Johnny Sexton Leinster Ireland

Johnny Sexton Ruled Out Of Leinster’s Trip To Wasps

Leinster have confirmed that Johnny Sexton has been ruled out of the province’s final Champions Cup clash with Wasps at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.  The eastern province provided an injury update at their media briefing today and they confirmed that Sexton is “continuing to rehab a tendon issue in his knee” and “will not be involved this weekend”. Luke …

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Wales Squad Warren Gatland Six Nations

Warren Gatland Announces Wales Six Nations Squad

Warren Gatland has announced his Wales squad for the upcoming Six Nations.  Confidence is high in Wales after the team went through the November internationals with a 100% record which yielded wins over Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa. The Welsh open their Six Nations campaign with a tricky trip to Paris to take on France on Friday, February 1. …

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Nathan Hughes Wasps Bristol Bears

Nathan Hughes Will Leave Wasps For Bristol Next Season

Bristol Bears have announced that they have signed England international back-row Nathan Hughes ahead of the 2019/20 season.  Hughes has signed a three-year deal which will keep him with his new club until the end of the 2021/22 season. “It’s tremendous to secure Nathan’s signing and to see how excited he is about coming to Bristol and helping us realise …

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Jean Kleyn Munster

Jean Kleyn: Sandy Park Was Hell, Saturday Will Be The Same

The 10-10 draw which took place when Munster and the Exeter Chiefs faced off at Sandy Park in the opening round of the Champions Cup was like a Test match in everything but name.  The physicality and intensity in which both sets of players went about their business was gripping viewing and supporters should be in for a treat when …

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Peter O'Mahony Johann van Graan Munster

Van Graan Confident Munster Can Get The Job Done Without O’Mahony

The main concern this week for Munster as they prepare for their deciding clash with the Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park on Saturday is the fitness of captain Peter O’Mahony.  The Corkman suffered a rib injury in the bonus-point win over Gloucester at Kingsholm and head coach Johann van Graan rated O’Mahony’s chances of featuring at the weekend as “50-50, …

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David Wagner Huddersfield

David Wagner Leaves Huddersfield By ‘Mutual Consent’

Huddersfield announced the departure of manager David Wagner by mutual consent on Monday, with the club rooted at the bottom of the Premier League. Saturday’s goalless draw at Cardiff halted a club-record nine straight defeats in all competitions but they have won just twice in the league all season. “David Wagner has departed his role as head coach of Huddersfield …

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Taulupe Faletau Wales

Blow For Wales As Taulupe Faletau Set To Miss Six Nations

Wales and Warren Gatland have been dealt a blow with the news that Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss the Six Nations, according to BBC Sport.  It is being reported that Faletau broke his arm in Bath’s 18-16 victory over Wasps in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday. In what is a huge case of cruel luck, Faletau only made …

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Rory Scannell Chris Farrell Munster

“He Tends To Take Defenders Away From Me Which Is Great”

There is an air of positivity around the Munster Rugby camp these days thanks in part to their three-game winning streak.  Munster have won three games in succession before, but this time, due to the calibre of their opposition and the manner in which they dismantled their opponents, supporters of the southern province are now looking to the future with optimism. …

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Peter O'Mahony Munster

Peter O’Mahony “50-50” To Face Exeter Chiefs On Saturday

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has been rated as “50-50” by head coach Johann van Graan ahead of the southern province’s crucial winner-take-all clash with the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday evening.  The Thomond Park clash is a 1st v 2nd matchup with a win for the home side guaranteeing them progress to the quarter-finals. O’Mahony was removed from the Kingsholm turf …

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Rynhardt Elstadt

Elstadt: You Can Just See That Leinster Are A Level Above

It was a particularly busy afternoon for Rynhardt Elstadt as he was on the losing side as Toulouse fell to a 29-13 defeat to fellow four-time European champions Leinster at the RDS. Toulouse, who were on the back foot for most of this match, performed admirably at times, especially in defence and Elstadt helped spearhead this defensive effort as he …

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Jordan Larmour Matt Williams Leinster Toulouse

“He Just Doesn’t Believe In Himself At Fullback At The Moment”

Leinster are just a few hours away from their crucial Heineken Champions Cup Round 5 clash against fellow four-time winners Toulouse.  With preparations hampered throughout the week as many of Leinster’s frontline players have come out of contention due to injury, the task of beating the French side has become all that more difficult for Leo Cullen and his team. …

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Joey Carbery Munster

Watch: Sublime Carbery Grubber And Intercept Try In Big Munster Win

How good was Joey Carbery?  The Munster out-half produced an incredible performance in Kingsholm; scoring two tries, laying on an assist and was 100% from the tee in a 26-point haul. The southern province ran out 41-15 winners in what was Munster’s best performance of the season which puts them in an ideal position with the Exeter Chiefs pitching up …

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Munster Gloucester Joey Carbery

Carbery Class As Munster Thump Gloucester In Kingsholm

Gloucester – 15 Munster – 41 Munster secured a vital away bonus-point victory inspired by Joey Carbery in the Heineken Champions Cup as they defeated Gloucester 41-15 at Kingsholm on Friday night. Munster’s lineout and scrum proved dominant at crucial parts of the game which helped Munster en route to victory while Conor Murray’s box-kicking proved to be a thorn …

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