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Munster

Munster Set Up Quarter-Final With Benetton After Win Over Connacht

Munster 27 Connacht 14 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park Munster set up a Guinness PRO14 quarter-final clash with Benetton after a three tries saw them emerge victorious over Connacht at Thomond Park. A try apiece from Tadhg Beirne and Mike Haley in the first half had Munster in front at halftime with Finlay Bealham crossing for the visitors in …

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Fergus McFadden

McFadden Escapes Card For Apparent Headbutt On Sean Reidy

Leinster winger Fergus McFadden could be cited in the aftermath of his side’s clash with Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium after an apparent headbutt by the 32-year-old didn’t result in a card. McFadden was involved in an incident off the ball with Ulster number eight Sean Reidy. The two players were pushing and shoving off the ball in the first …

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Bundee Aki

Bundee Aki Apologies For “Mistakenly” Liking Israel Folau’s Post

Bundee Aki has issued an apology to anyone he may have offended due to ‘liking’ Israel Folau’s controversial social media post whereby he outlined that hell awaits gay people.  Folau’s views have led to a code of conduct hearing with Rugby Australia taking place on May 4 and the outcome could see the 30-year-old’s contract with the governing body revoked. …

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Springboks Jerseys

Springboks Reveal New World Cup Jerseys

South Africa have released two new jerseys which they will wear for the upcoming 2019 World Cup in Japan.  The Springboks face a tough pool where they will take on reigning world champions New Zealand in addition to Six Nations side Italy while Namibia and Canada make up the final two teams The Boks, now coached by Rassie Erasmus could …

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PFA Team Of The Year

Paul Pogba Included In PFA Team Of The Year

Paul Poga was a surprise inclusion in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Team of the Year which was announced this morning.  The team is dominated by the two clubs who are currently battling for the Premier League title, Manchester City and Liverpool. City have six representatives in the team and they include Ederson, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, …

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Lood De Jager

Sale Sharks Announce Signing Of Springbok Lood De Jager

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Springbok Lood De Jager.  De Jager will join up with Steve Diamond’s side ahead of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season after he finishes the current Super Rugby campaign with the Vodacom Bulls. If he is selected by Rassie Erasmus for South Africa’s World Cup campaign, the 26-year-old will join up with his new …

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European Player Of The Year

Five Left In The Hunt For European Player Of The Year

The nominees for the 2019 EPCR European Player Of The Year award have been whittled down from 15 to five.  At the end of the pool stages, fifteen players were nominated for the award and that has now been reduced to five based on public voting and the verdict of a distinguished panel of rugby experts. Just two teams remain …

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Jerry Sexton

Jerry Sexton, Brother Of Johnny, Signs Deal With Southern Kings

Johnny Sexton’s younger brother, Jerry Sexton, has signed a three-year deal with South African side the Southern Kings in the Guinness PRO14.  The 26-year-old second-row has been plying his trade with the Jersey Reds in the Greene King IPA Championship and currently captains the side. The move opens up the possibility of the two siblings facing off against one another …

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Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

Here’s The Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend As Voted By You

Earlier this afternoon we asked you to vote on your best XV from the two semi-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup which took place at the weekend.  There was some obvious decisions and some very tight calls and unsurprisingly, Saracens and Leinster dominate the team with these two sides set to meet in the final on Saturday, May 11. Champions …

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Champions Cup Team

Vote For Your Heineken Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

After this weekend’s action, we now know who will contest the 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup final at St James’ Park in Newcastle.  Leinster will meet Saracens on Saturday, May 11 in what looks set to be a truly epic contest. These two are by far the standout teams in the competition and the manner in which they swatted aside Toulouse …

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Sexton

Player Ratings As Leinster Set Up Saracens Euro Final Showdown

Leinster are on course to defend their Heineken Champions Cup crown as they secured a final meeting with Saracens thanks to a 30-12 victory over Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.  There were concerns that some of Leinster’s top players would be undercooked coming into this clash against an in-form Toulouse side but those worries were unfounded as the …

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Munster

Munster Release Statement On Spectator Who Confronted Billy Vunipola

Munster Rugby have released a statement on the spectator who entered the pitch after the full-time whistle to confront Billy Vunipola.  Munster exited the Heineken Champions Cup at the semi-final stage when they lost 32-16 to Saracens at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Saturday afternoon. Much of the reaction to that loss has centred around Vunipola and the booing …

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Saracens Munster

The Top Performers From Bruising Saracens Munster Battle

Saracens have returned to the final of the Heineken Champions Cup for the third time in four seasons thanks to their 32-16 victory over Munster at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon.  Based on their performance against Johann van Graan’s side, it will take a truly special performance to stop Saracens from clinching a third European title. They completely overpowered …

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