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Eddie Jones will be without Mako Vunipola

More Injury Woe For Eddie Jones As Saracens Duo Ruled Out

Eddie Jones is facing an injury crisis ahead of the November internationals with the news that two more players will be unavailable to him due to injury.  Jones will be naming his England squad at 9.30 am on Thursday and he may need to make some late changes to that squad as Saracens confirmed today that both Mako Vunipola and …

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Stefan Okunbor of Kerry

Kerry Lose Another Young Star To The AFL

Kerry have lost another promising young player to the lure of professional sport as Munster U-20 Player of the Year, Stefan Okunbor, has joined the Geelong Cats on a two-year rookie contract, as reported in The Irish Examiner.  Okunbor will join up with former Kerry minor footballer Mark O’Connor who has already impressed at Geelong after joining on a category …

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Ireland Adam Idah

Future Is Bright! Ireland U19s Defeat The Dutch And Top Euro Group

The Republic of Ireland U19s have pulled off a remarkable result in the European Championships after defeating the Netherlands 2-1 at the City Calling Stadium in Longford.  Going into this match, Tom Mohan’s side were guaranteed progression to the ‘Elite Round’ due to their previous wins over Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Faroe Islands. The Netherlands only needed to avoid …

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Ireland Announce Squad For Opening Leg Of World Series

Director of Sevens Rugby, Anthony Eddy, has announced his Ireland women’s sevens squad for the opening leg of the 2018-19 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series which takes place in Glendale, Colorado.  This season, the women’s World Series has increased from five to six legs and in addition to the Glendale leg which gets underway this weekend, the remaining venues are Dubai, Sydney, …

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Quinn Roux

Quinn Roux Signs New Contract With Connacht

Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced that Quinn Roux has signed a new contract with the western province.  Roux has extended his contract by two years which will see him ply his trade for Andy Friend’s side up until the end of the 2020/21 season. Since arriving at the Sportsground, Roux has made 85 appearances for Connacht and has …

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Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland

Gatland Names Two Uncapped Players In Wales Squad For November

Warren Gatland has named two uncapped players in his Wales squad for the upcoming November Internationals. Wales will take on Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa throughout November as Gatland and his coaches ramp up preparations in what is a crucial season building into the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Ospreys wing and Wales Sevens’ all-time leading points and try …

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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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