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Racing 92 Anthony Foley tribute

Racing 92 Send Classy Message To Munster On Foley Anniversary

Racing 92 have sent a heartwarming message to Munster Rugby on the anniversary of the tragic passing of Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley.  The Shannon, Munster and Ireland legend sadly passed away on the morning of Munster’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 this day two years ago and his loss and absence will always be felt by those who are close …

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Darran O'Sullivan

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan Announces Inter-County Retirement

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan has announced his retirement from inter-county football today.  The four-time All Ireland winner, who was also an All Star in 2011, captained Kerry to the 2009 title even though he was battling injuries throughout that season. Donnchadh Walsh, Kieran Donaghy and Anthony Maher have all announced their departures in recent weeks and O’Sullivan (32) becomes the latest player …

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Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan Labels English Open Venue A “Hellhole”

Ronnie O’Sullivan has launched an attack on the venue for the English Open, labelling it a “hellhole” that smells of urine. O’Sullivan accused event organiser World Snooker of cutting corners because the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, which is staging this week’s tournament, is well below the required standard. The five-time world champion beat Kurt Maflin 4-1 in his opening English …

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Mike Haley Enjoying Munster Life And His New Scooter ‘Gang’

Mike Haley is enjoying life at Munster and since his move from Sale Sharks during the summer, the Irish-qualified fullback has amassed a total of 320 minutes for the southern province this season.  He has already made the starting fullback spot his own at the southern province – the only fixtures he has missed were due to a hamstring injury. …

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Injury Concerns For Munster After Exeter Arm Wrestle

There were plenty of sore bodies around the High-Performance Centre in UL this morning as Munster get ready to prepare for the visit of Gloucester to Thomond Park on Saturday at 1 pm.  Munster put in their most physical performance of the season to earn a hard-fought draw against the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park but unfortunately for Johann van Graan …

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Watch: Gloucester Denied Try In Controversial Circumstances

At Kingsholm, Gloucester and Castres are battling it out in Pool 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup.  With nothing separating Munster and Exeter in yesterday’s arm-wrestle at Sandy Park, there is a huge opportunity for one of these sides to take an early advantage after round one. Gloucester will be hoping to win this game considering they face a tough …

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Quade Cooper

Watch: Quade Cooper Shows Off His Skills In The Mud In NRC

Quade Cooper’s current journey with Brisbane City has come to an end as his side fell to a 13-10 defeat to the Canberra Vikings.  The result means that the Canberra Vikings face a trip to Fiji to take on Drua in the semi-final of the competition. It was a mixed bag for Cooper who scored one of his side’s tries from a …

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Matt Doherty Starts As O’Neill Names Starting XI

Martin O’Neill has named his starting XI for the Republic of Ireland’s Nations League clash with Denmark at the Aviva Stadium tonight.  Despite reports to the contrary, O’Neill has named Matt Doherty to start in tonight’s lineup which will be a huge boost to Irish supporters. Here is the starting XI. BREAKING: Matt Doherty makes his first start for Ireland …

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CJ Stander

Munster Pick Up Precious Two Points In Exeter Arm Wrestle

Exeter Chiefs 10 Munster 10 It’s full-time at Sandy Park and Munster have come away from the south coast of England with two precious points in the bag after an absolute dogfight. Despite what the low scoreline may suggest, this was an as engrossing encounter as you will likely see this season as two of the competition’s behemoths went toe …

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Watch: Andrew Conway Escapes Card For Steenson Charge Down

At half-time in Sandy Park, the Exeter Chiefs lead Munster 10-3.  It’s been an absolute arm-wrestle on the south coast as the strong wind has led to both teams playing the entirety of the game in the tight exchanges. Gareth Steenson got the Chiefs off the mark before Munster responded through a penalty in front of the posts through Joey …

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Freddie Burns

Watch: Freddie Burns Costs Bath With Try-Scoring Blunder

Bath have lost their opening match of the Champions Cup as they fell to a 22-20 defeat to Toulouse at the Rec.  Unfortunately for Bath, it could have been so much different but for Freddie Burns. The 28-year-old look to have scored the game-winning try when he broke through the Toulouse rearguard. He slowed down, blew a kiss and as …

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Dai Young: “It’s Pretty Much The Irish Team Isn’t It?”

Sean McMahon reports from the RDS A record defeat for Wasps in Europe is going to make it a difficult task for Dai Young to take any positives out of such a thrashing.  Wasps, for all their battling and admirable defence in the opening 40 minutes, shipped six second half tries as they couldn’t hold out the Leinster juggernaut for …

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