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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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Billy Vunipola

Watch: “I Believe What I Believe In” – Billy Vunipola Post-Match Interview

Billy Vunipola insists that it was never his intention to hurt anyone when he backed Israel Folau’s controversial anti-homosexual social media comments.  Vunipola put in a man-of-the-match performance during Saracens’ 32-16 victory over Munster in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon. BT Sport’s Austin Healey named Vunipola man-of-the-match and consequently, a post-match television interview …

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Munster

EPCR Release Statement After Supporter Confronts Billy Vunipola

Sean McMahon reporting from the Ricoh Arena  EPCR have released a statement after a fan confronted Billy Vunipola when the England star was completing his lap of honour after Saracens’ 32-16 victory over Munster in today’s semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup.  The fan, wearing a Munster jersey, approached Vunipola and EPCR have condemned the incident. “EPCR does not condone …

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Peter O'Mahony

“It Just Felt Like Wave After Wave” – Peter O’Mahony

Sean McMahon reports from Coventry The dejection was written all over the face of Johann van Graan, Peter O’Mahony and Jack O’Donoghue as they faced the media in the aftermath of yet another loss in the semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup.  A 16-point margin of defeat greeted Munster at the full-time whistle, it was the exact same margin of …

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