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Darren Cave Ulster

Darren Cave Outlines The Need For Continued Ulster Resurgence

Ulster centre Darren Cave believes that the Irish provinces are in a great position to keep hold of their top talent due to the much-envied player welfare programme but that competitiveness at the top level in Europe is also important in order to thwart the efforts of overseas clubs.  The northern province have been enjoying a very successful season under …

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Rugby penalty shootout

What Needs To Happen This Weekend For Place-Kicking Contest To Take Place

The 2018/19 edition of the Heineken Champions Cup enters the quarter-final stage this weekend as Munster, Edinburgh, Glasgow Warriors, Saracens, Leinster, Ulster, Racing 92 and Toulouse all vie for a place in the last four.  Of course, what comes with knockout rugby is the potential prospect of a place-kicking competition occurring to determine the outcome of a game. It is …

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Sexton Out As Leinster & Ulster Name Teams For Quarter-Final

Leinster and Ulster have named their respective sides for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.  It is only the second time that these sides have met in European competition, the first being Leinster’s win over the northern province in the Champions Cup final in 2012 at Twickenham. Both sides had a number of injury worries going …

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Munster Team

Carbery Starts As Munster Name Team For Edinburgh Quarter-Final

Munster have named Joey Carbery in their starting lineup for their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday (KO 12:45).  Carbery has been out injured with a hamstring injury since Ireland’s win over Scotland in Round 2 of the Six Nations but he has recovered in time to be fit for this season-defining clash. Up front, …

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Leinster Injury

Leinster Issue Injury Update Ahead Of Champions Cup Clash With Ulster

Leinster have issued an injury update ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Ulster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  The good news is that Joe Tomane, Luke McGrath, Dan Leavy and Nick McCarthy all came through the clash with Edinburgh, which was their first game back from injury, with no issues. Ross Byrne, who was originally named …

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Zebo Ryan Racing 92

Watch: Simon Zebo Sets Up Donnacha Ryan For Racing 92 Try

Racing 92 are up to fourth in the Top 14 standings after recording a 45-27 win over Bordeaux at the U-Arena in Paris this afternoon.  The win puts them in good stead ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at home to French rivals Toulouse next Sunday. The Parisian side scored six tries en route to a comprehensive win and …

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Irish Provincial Guide

Your Irish Provincial Guide To European Quarter Final Weekend

We’re less than a week away from the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.  Next weekend, all four Irish provincial teams are involved and they will hope to produce the required performance to secure passage to the semi-finals. Here, we provide you with everything you need to know ahead of what should be a memorable weekend of …

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Johann van Graan Munster

Van Graan: Zebre Win Has No Bearing On Edinburgh Quarter-Final

In the regularly spoken words of head coach Johann van Graan, Munster will go “back to zero” when they regroup on Monday ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Edinburgh next weekend.  Preparation for that season-defining match came in the shape of a bonus-point win over Zebre at Thomond Park on Saturday but don’t let the scoreline fool …

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Munster Zebre

Munster Fight Back From Poor First Half To Clinch Bonus Point

Munster 31 – 12 Zebre  Sean McMahon reports from Thomond Park  A poor first-half performance from Munster saw them go into halftime break 5-12 down but an excellent second interval comeback inspired by the introduction of Tyler Bleyendaal saw the southern province secure a bonus point win on a final scoreline of 31-12. Strong carries from CJ Stander and Jack …

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