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Earls Carbery

“Joey and Earlsy Were Both 95% And We Decided Not To Take A Chance”

Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park Munster head coach Johann van Graan is hoping to have both Keith Earls (thigh) and Joey Carbery (hamstring) fit for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final with Leinster in two weeks.  Munster have been without Earls and Carbery for the last number of weeks. Both players made their last appearances when they defeated Edinburgh in the …

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Munster

Late Changes For Munster As Earls And Loughman Ruled Out Of Benetton Clash

Munster have confirmed that Keith Earls and Jeremy Loughman have been ruled out of tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 quarter-final clash with Benetton at Thomond Park.  The duo were named in today’s team announcement but after today’s captain’s run, the southern province confirmed that the duo have been ruled out. Darren Sweetnam will take Earls’ place on the left wing while Liam …

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Munster

Williams Among Four Departures As Munster Announce Further Exits

Munster Rugby have confirmed the departure of four players at the end of the season.  Duncan Williams, Mike Sherry, Dave O’Callaghan and James Hart will all be leaving the province while Munster have confirmed that both O’Callaghan and Hart will play their club rugby in France next season. This comes off the back of previous news that Ian Keatley, Stephen …

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Munster

Munster Ban Supporter From Home Games After Billy Vunipola Incident

Munster Rugby have confirmed that they have banned a supporter from attending future games at Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park.  The supporter confronted Billy Vunipola after Munster’s loss to Saracens in the semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry two weeks ago. At the time, the supporter was detained by stadium authorities but released …

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Fergus McFadden ban

Fergus McFadden To Miss Rest Of The Season After Headbutt Ban

Fergus McFadden will miss the remainder of the season after the Leinster winger picked up a six-week ban for striking Ulster’s Sean Reidy with his head during their recent Guinness PRO14 clash in Belfast at the weekend.  Referee George Clancy reviewed the incident with his TMO at the time but because he couldn’t see the point of contact on the …

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Leinster

“It’s Trying To Make Sure That They Can Just Focus On The 80 Minutes”

There are many moving parts to the success of a matchday experience and the Communications Manager for a sporting organization plays a key role in this.  Marcus Ó Buachalla holds that role with Leinster Rugby and his responsibilities are multi-faceted which include developing and implementing communications strategies, liaising with the media and to provide support to players and coaches when …

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Rugby

Your Guide To Exciting End Of The 2018/19 Season

The 2018/19 season is drawing to a close and there are just a few weeks of action left before we find out the destination of this year’s silverware.  The Guinness PRO14, the Gallagher Premiership, the Top 14 and European Cup rugby are all entering their final weeks and here we provide you with a week by week account of what …

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Fergus McFadden

Fergus McFadden Cited For Apparent Headbutt In Interpro Clash

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden has been cited for an incident with Ulster’s Sean Reidy during the clash between the two provinces at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.  The Guinness PRO14 confirmed this evening that McFadden will face a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. The incident involved McFadden leading with his head in a motion towards Reidy in what looked to be an apparent …

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Rhys McClenaghan

Rhys McClenaghan – “I Always Felt Like If I Wanted Something Bad Enough, I’d Do It Myself”

There’s something about the Irish psyche which means many of our elite athletes tend to play down their achievements or make safe predictions about their potential success in future competitions. Focusing on the quality of their opponents, or using phrases such as “I’ll give it my best and see what happens” are often expressed and it’s clear to see why. …

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Andrew Conway

“It’s Not Good Enough” – Van Graan On Andrew Conway Error

Munster head coach Johann van Graan made his feelings clear on Andrew Conway’s error during his side’s 27-14 win over Connacht at Thomond Park on Saturday night.  In the first half of Saturday night’s clash, Conway intercepted a pass from Tiernan O’Halloran which was destined for Robin Copeland. The Munster winger took his time to ground the ball under the …

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PRO14

Guinness PRO14 Playoff Matchups Now Confirmed

The participating teams in the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 playoffs have been confirmed after the final round of regular season action was finalised today.  GUINNESS PRO14 – QUARTER-FINALS Saturday, May 4 15:00: Munster Rugby (A2) v Benetton Rugby (B3) Thomond Park, Limerick Live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports & DAZN 17:35: Ulster Rugby (B2) v Connacht Rugby (A3) Kingspan Stadium, Belfast …

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