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Matt Faddes

Ulster Confirm The Signing Of Super Rugby Back Matt Faddes

Ulster have confirmed the signing of Kiwi utility back Matt Faddes.  The 27-year-old plays his rugby with the Highlanders in Super Rugby and Otago in the Mitre10 Cup. The Balclutha native made his debut for Otago in 2011 and he earned himself a spot in the New Zealand 7s squad in 2013 where he played in three tournaments. His impressive …

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Rafa Benitez Celtic

Rafa Benitez Emerges As Favourite For Celtic Job

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has emerged as the frontrunner to take over as manager of Scottish Premiership side Celtic ahead of the new season.  Benitez’ contract with Newcastle expires in the summer and despite supporters of the Toon Army demanding that the Spaniard continues as boss of the north-east club, the chances of a new contract seem to hinge …

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Joey Carbery

Frustrated Joey Carbery Looking To Make Comeback Against Leinster

It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks for Joey Carbery.  The Ireland out-half has had to sit on the sidelines and watch his side endure a difficult time as they exited the Champions Cup at the semi-final stage to eventual winners Saracens. Munster also scraped over the line in their Guinness PRO14 quarter-final victory over Benetton at Thomond Park as …

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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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