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Farrell And Vunipola Brothers Missing For Saracens’ Trip To Munster

Saracens have opted to leave a number of heavy-hitters at home for their trip to Munster for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash in Thomond Park.  World Cup finalists, Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Jamie George, Billy Vunipola and Elliot Daly have all been left out of the Saracens side though Maro Itoje is named along with captain Brad Barritt …

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Leone Nakarawa’s Sacking Confirmed By Racing 92

Racing 92 have sacked Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa, the club confirmed today. The 31-year-old returned from the Rugby World Cup two weeks later than scheduled having played in all four of the Pacific Islanders’ pool matches in Japan before being knocked out. Nakarawa was expected back in Paris on Monday, October 28, but did not return until Monday, November 11. …

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Stockdale Named At Full-Back As All Four Provinces Show Their Hand

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The third round of the Heineken Champions Cup gets underway this week with all four provinces looking to further their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.  The action gets underway at 1 pm on Saturday when Leinster travel to Franklin’s Gardens to face the Northampton Saints. At 3.15 pm Ulster host Harlequins at the Kingspan Stadium while Munster host …

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Ireland Suffer Defeat To USA On World Series Debut

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On their debut at the World Sevens Series as a full-time member on the circuit, Ireland suffered a 24-19 defeat to last year’s runners-up USA.  However, Anthony Eddy’s side can take a lot positives out of this game as they pushed a talented USA side all the way and could have come away with a win if they showed a …

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Ireland Suffer Last-Gasp Heartbreak In Opening Game Of Dubai 7s

Ireland 7s

Ireland’s women suffered an opening day defeat in the Dubai leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.  Stan McDowell’s side went into Thursday’s match hoping to get off to a positive start in Pool B but they conceded a converted try at the death to hand Spain the victory after leading throughout the majority of the match. Ireland got off …

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Lions Confirm Fixtures For 2021 South Africa Tour

Lions Fixtures

The fixture details for the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 have been confirmed this morning.  The tour in 2021 will involved eight games which will take place between July 8 and August 7. The Lions’ first match will be against Super Rugby side the Stormers on July 8 before taking on a South African invitational …

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Mark McCall: Munster A Tougher Opponent With Rowntree & Larkham

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Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall believes Munster are a much tougher prospect than the last time the two sides met thanks to the addition of Graham Rowntree and Stephen Larkham. The pair have crossed paths a few times in rugby’s most prestigious club competition with their most recent match coming in last season’s semi-final at the Ricoh Arena in …

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Ireland U20 Grand Slam Trio Selected In Dubai 7s Invitational Squad

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Three members of the 2019 U20 Grand Slam winning side have been included in the Ireland Men’s Sevens Development squad for this week’s Dubai Invitational tournament.  Ireland’s men’s and women’s senior sides are already in Dubai preparing for the beginning of the HSBC World Series with action getting underway on Thursday. For the men’s side this will be the first …

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Former Wales Coach Mike Ruddock Joins Ospreys Short-Term

Mike Ruddock Ospreys

Former Wales coach Mike Ruddock has been appointed by the Ospreys on a short-term basis to review the club’s rugby operation.  Although head coach Allen Clarke is still technically employed by the club, coaches Matt Sherratt and Carl Hogg were in charge of the Ospreys’ 13-18 loss to the Cheetahs at the weekend. Ruddock, who led Wales to a Grand …

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AIL Roundup As Garryowen Up To Third After Away Win Over Terenure

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Rob Jermyn weighed in with a 25-minute first-half hat-trick as Cork Constitution ran out convincing 35-19 bonus point winners over Ballynahinch. The flame-haired winger showed off his finishing skills with a neatly-taken trio of converted tries, helping Con to extend their lead at the top of Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A to five points. Garryowen moved up to third place …

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Munster Increase Thomond Park Capacity Ahead Of Saracens Battle

Thomond Park

Munster have announced that they will increase the capacity of Thomond Park for Saturday’s mouth-watering clash with Saracens (KO 5.30pm).  The southern province, due to high demand, will install pitchside seating at the northern and southern ends of the ground which will bring capacity up to 26,267 from 25,600. Munster are currently tied at the top of Pool 4 with …

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Joey Carbery In Line For Return For Thomond Park Leinster Clash

Joey Carbery

Munster must face into back-to-back clashes against reigning European champions Saracens without the services of experienced out-half, Tyler Bleyendaal. Following a bright start to the season, Bleyendaal was ruled out of their European clash with Racing 92 with neck stiffness and the province confirmed that he will be rested for a number of weeks in order to take “every precaution …

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