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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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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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