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Jamison Gibson-Park

Jamison Gibson-Park In Contention For Munster Semi-Final Showdown

Jamison Gibson-Park is in contention for Leinster’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final with Munster at the RDS on Saturday.  The Kiwi scrum-half suffered a hamstring injury in Leinster’s loss to Glasgow Warriors back in April but Leinster confirmed this afternoon that the 27-year-old will return to training this week and is due to be available for selection. The same applies to flanker …

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Jack Conan

“We Probably Didn’t Show Up At Times” – Jack Conan

For Leinster, there isn’t much time to dwell on their defeat to Saracens as they have a season-defining clash with Munster on Saturday in the Guinness PRO14 semi-final.  Most professional rugby players will tell you, having a game to look forward to is the best way to deal with the disappointment that comes with defeat. However, the Heineken Champions Cup …

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Johnny Sexton

“It Was Ferocious, It Was Test Match Stuff” – Johnny Sexton

It’s no surprise to hear Johnny Sexton describe Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final between Saracens and Leinster as similar to a Test match. One only needs to take a look at the starting XVs for both sides to see international quality littered throughout. When it comes to the physicality stakes, Irish sides, be it provincial or national, pride themselves on …

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Saracens

The Top Performers As Saracens Clinch Third European Crown

Sean McMahon reporting from St James Park, Newcastle.  There was no shortage of standout performances as Saracens secured their third European crown in four years as they defeated Leinster 10-20 in Newcastle this evening.  That counts for both teams as Leinster put it up to Saracens for long periods and they had impressive individual performances of their own. Here, we …

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Saracens

Saracens In “Great Condition” To Secure Third European Crown

Sean McMahon reporting from St James Park, Newcastle.  Saracens captain Brad Barritt believes his side are in “great condition” ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup final with Leinster at St James Park on Saturday.  Mark McCall’s side more or less have a full-strength side to choose from with Michael Rhodes the only major absence from the squad. In fact, Rhodes’ …

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Sean Cronin

Leo Cullen: “Hopefully, Sean Cronin Comes Through Ok”

Sean McMahon reporting from St James Park, Newcastle.  Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named the same starting XV from their win over Toulouse for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup final with Saracens. The level of consistency in selection is a bonus for Leinster but Cullen has made changes to his replacements as Jack McGrath and Rhys Ruddock are in reserve …

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Leinster

Leinster Name Team For Champions Cup Final Showdown With Saracens

Leinster have announced their matchday 23 for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final with Saracens at St James Park Park in Newcastle.  As expected, head coach Leo Cullen has named an unchanged starting XV to the one which defeated Toulouse in the semi-final at the Aviva Stadium three weeks ago. Sean Cronin, who had been struggling with a calf injury, has …

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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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