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Irish Players Aplenty In Midi Olympique’s Team Of Champions Cup

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Six Irish players have been included in French publication Midi Olympique’s Champions Cup team of the tournament.

Saracens were the victors in this season’s competition after they denied Leinster the chance to retain the crown beating them in Newcastle by 20-10 on Saturday.

Despite finishing as runners up, Leo Cullen’s side managed three inclusions with Tadhg Furlong in at tighthead prop, Sean Cronin selected as hooker while Australian Scott Fardy also makes the side.


The champions Saracens understandably dominated proceedings with four inclusions as Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Will Skelton and European Player of the Year Alex Goode all found themselves selected.

Munster, who were defeated by Saracens in the semi-finals, were well represented also with Joey Carbery selected at outhalf while Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Beirne also feature.

Earls Carbery

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale rounds out the team for the Irish on the wing after finishing the tournament as joint top scorer with six tries in seven games.

The three inclusions is a silver lining for Leinster fans who will be bitterly disappointed at their sides defeat at St James’ Park On Saturday.

“I suppose we probably just didn’t show up at times, didn’t play the Leinster rugby that got us to the final, which is disappointing, the lads are feeling it, there’s a lot of battered, bruised bodies in there at the moment,” Jack Conan told the media after the game on Saturday.

“It’s at the end of the season, we have another two massive weeks hopefully. Munster in the RDS on Saturday, so, rugby can be pretty cruel at times. We’ll turn the page as quickly as we can, regroup, stick together, we’ll learn from this mistake and hopefully, be better next weekend.”

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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