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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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Sean O'Brien Ireland Leinster

Boost For Ireland As Sean O’Brien In Contention For Six Nations Return

Ireland have received a boost ahead of the 2019 Six Nations with the news that Sean O’Brien is in contention to make a return in time for the competition.  O’Brien hasn’t played since he broke his arm while playing for Ireland against Argentina during the November Internationals. However, at today’s Captain’s Run ahead of Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with …

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Leo Cullen Leinster

Leo Cullen: I’m Not Worried About What I Don’t Have

Leo Cullen has been dealt a blow with the news that a number of his front line players will not be involved in the crucial Champions Cup Pool 1 clash against Toulouse at the RDS on Saturday afternoon. The ‘pool decider’, as it has been dubbed this week, is a sell-out and unfortunately for supporters of the eastern province, the …

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Paul Pogba Manchester United

United Receive Paul Pogba Boost Ahead Of Spurs Clash

Paul Pogba is set to return from injury for Manchester United’s crunch Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Thursday. The World Cup winner missed the FA Cup fourth round win over Reading on Saturday after suffering a blow to the back of his leg in the victory over Newcastle United on New …

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Munster Gloucester

Three Key Battles Ahead Of Crucial Gloucester V Munster Clash

The clash between Gloucester and Munster at Kingsholm on Friday night will go a long way in deciding who qualifies for the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup from Pool 2.  Despite Munster being top and Gloucester being bottom of the pool, all four teams are still in contention to qualify for the knockout stages, such has been the …

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Cian Kelleher Connacht Leinster

Cian Kelleher Confirms Departure From Connacht With Statement

Cian Kelleher has confirmed that he will leave Connacht at the end of the season.  Kelleher has been the subject of widespread reports linking him with a move back to Leinster for the beginning of the 2019/20 season but as of yet, that has not been formally confirmed by either province despite it being accepted as a done deal. Kelleher …

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Supporters Player Of The Year

Boost For Connacht As Jack Carty Signs New Deal

Connacht have received a boost with the news that out-half Jack Carty has signed a new deal with the club.  Carty’s two-year contract extension will see him ply his trade at the Sportsground until the end of the 2020/21 season. The Roscommon native has been in superb form this season and has played a big part in the team’s success …

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Ben John

Ben John Announces Retirement From Rugby Due To Head Injuries

Ospreys centre Ben John has announced his retirement from professional rugby after suffering a series of head injuries in 2017.  John has made 70 appearances for the Ospreys, scoring 15 tries but he has now decided to call time on his career with his long-term health taking precedence. John hasn’t played a professional game of rugby since a clash with …

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