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Edinburgh Dominate End Of Season Guinness PRO14 Awards

PRO14 Awards

Edinburgh secured three prizes in the Guinness PRO14’s end of season awards in Dublin on Sunday night.  The Scottish club have made huge strides this season under Richard Cockerill which saw them reach the last eight of the Champions Cup. Bill Mata was honoured by his opponents in the Guinness PRO14 as he was named the Players’ Player of the …

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Cork Con Power Past Clontarf To Clinch Division 1A AIL Title

AIL

Cork Constitution celebrated their second AIL Division 1A title in three years following an impressive 28-13 final victory over Clontarf at the Aviva Stadium. Man-of-the-match Rob Jermyn had a day to remember, scoring a superb solo try, saving one at the other end and supplying the assist for replacement Duncan Williams’ crucial 58th-minute score. Out-half Aidan Moynihan tagged on three …

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Folau Reportedly Rejects $1 Million Settlement As Hearing Continues

Israel Folau

Israel Folau rejected a $1 million offer to from Rugby Australia to walk away from his contract prior to the beginning of his code of conduct hearing according to local media reports. The hearing continued today after eight hours of evidence on Saturday during which Folau, Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle, and head coach Michael Cheika all spoke, but …

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The Top Performers From PRO14 Quarter-Finals

PRO14

The Guinness PRO14 quarter-finals took place this weekend as Munster and Ulster secured their passage to the semi-finals where they will face away trips to take on Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors, respectively.  There was no shortage of drama between the two games and the pain of defeat will no doubt be felt by Benetton and Connacht who will both …

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“Joey and Earlsy Were Both 95% And We Decided Not To Take A Chance”

Earls Carbery

Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park Munster head coach Johann van Graan is hoping to have both Keith Earls (thigh) and Joey Carbery (hamstring) fit for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final with Leinster in two weeks.  Munster have been without Earls and Carbery for the last number of weeks. Both players made their last appearances when they defeated Edinburgh in the …

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Best Bids Kingspan Farewell As Ulster Secure Tight Win Over Connacht

Rory Best Ulster

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 Ulster provided a fitting Kingspan Stadium farewell to Rory Best and Darren Cave as they secured a nervy win over Connacht to progress to the Guinness PRO14 semi-final against Glasgow. It was a typically tight affair between the inter-provincial rivals but Ulster were the deserved winners having taken many lessons from their defeats to Connacht earlier …

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Cheika Gives Evidence At Folau Code Of Conduct Hearing

Israel Folau

Australian head coach, Michael Cheika, appeared at a code of conduct hearing on Saturday which was requested by Israel Folau following the termination of his multi-million dollar contract with Rugby Australia. Cheika gave evidence during the eight-hour hearing which will continue on Sunday after it failed to reach a conclusion. Folau’s contract was terminated last month for a “high-level” breach …

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Late Changes For Munster As Earls And Loughman Ruled Out Of Benetton Clash

Munster

Munster have confirmed that Keith Earls and Jeremy Loughman have been ruled out of tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 quarter-final clash with Benetton at Thomond Park.  The duo were named in today’s team announcement but after today’s captain’s run, the southern province confirmed that the duo have been ruled out. Darren Sweetnam will take Earls’ place on the left wing while Liam …

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Williams Among Four Departures As Munster Announce Further Exits

Munster

Munster Rugby have confirmed the departure of four players at the end of the season.  Duncan Williams, Mike Sherry, Dave O’Callaghan and James Hart will all be leaving the province while Munster have confirmed that both O’Callaghan and Hart will play their club rugby in France next season. This comes off the back of previous news that Ian Keatley, Stephen …

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Munster Ban Supporter From Home Games After Billy Vunipola Incident

Munster

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 To Miss Rest Of The Season After Headbutt Ban

Fergus McFadden 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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“It’s Trying To Make Sure That They Can Just Focus On The 80 Minutes”

Leinster

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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Your Guide To Exciting End Of The 2018/19 Season

Rugby

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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