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Looking Back: Amazing Try From Nevin Spence In Ulster Win Over Bath

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Ulster visit The Recreation Ground today looking to extend their undefeated streak over Bath to five games in the Heineken Champions Cup. An intriguing battle is expected as Bath welcome World Cup star Sam Underhill while Iain Henderson returns to the northern province to make his bow as the new captain of Ulster. Dan McFarland’s side are also boosted by …

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Sam Warburton Joins Wales Background Team Ahead Of Six Nations

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The Welsh Rugby Union have confirmed that former captain Sam Warburton will join Wayne Pivac’s background team ahead of the 2020 Six Nations.  The former flanker retired in the summer of 2018, a year after leading the British and Irish Lions to a series draw against the All Blacks. Warburton’s role will be a technical advisor for the breakdown/defence. Former …

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Leo Cullen Confirms Tadhg Furlong Suffering From Back Issue

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There were a few notable omissions when Leinster announced their matchday 23 for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Benetton at the RDS (KO 3.15 pm).  Ireland internationals Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Furlong and Rob Kearney have all been left out for the visit of Kieran Crowley’s side. Henshaw’s absence is not that surprising considering the powerful centre suffered from some …

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“Egos Would Get The Better Of Ireland” – Gatland On Ireland’s World Cup

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Warren Gatland believes that Ireland’s ego was one of the contributing factors to their downfall in 2019 which ultimately culminated in another quarter-final exit at the World Cup.  The former Wales head coach was speaking to Off The Ball during the promotion of his new autobiography, ‘Pride and Passion’. On Ireland’s disappointing World Cup, Gatland first offered the opinion that …

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Scotland Accept Punishment As Row With World Rugby Ends

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World Rugby have confirmed that Scotland will seek no further action against them and have expressed their regret over comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson during the World Cup. Scotland were officially reprimanded for their conduct earlier this month and were ordered by a disciplinary committee to “issue in writing a meaningful apology to World Rugby”. World Rugby have …

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Ben Healy Added To Munster Squad While Leinster Make Five Changes

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Munster have added 20-year-old out-half Ben Healy in place of Alex Wootton to their Champions Cup squad ahead of Saturday’s Pool 4 opener against the Ospreys.  With first-choice ten Joey Carbery out injured and back-up J.J Hanrahan a doubt for this weekend, Munster are light of options with Tyler Bleyendaal the side’s only available out-half. Despite Johann van Graan suggesting …

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Leone Nakarawa A Doubt For Munster Clash Following Suspension

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Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa has been provisionally suspended by Racing 92 after failing to return from the Rugby World Cup in the agreed time, the club has confirmed.  The 31-year-old returned 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 …

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Leinster & Munster Issue Injury Updates Ahead Of Champions Cup

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Leinster and Munster have both issued injury updates ahead of the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend.  Both provinces emerged victorious from the round of Interprovincial action in the PRO14. Leinster secured a bonus-point 42-11 victory over Connacht in Galway and the good news for the eastern province is that Robbie Henshaw returns to training this week …

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Munster Sweat On JJ Hanrahan Injury As Europe Looms

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Seán McMahon reporting from Thomond Park.  Munster are facing into a potential out-half crisis with European rugby on the horizon after JJ Hanrahan was removed after the half-hour mark in Munster’s 22-16 win over Ulster in Limerick on Saturday night.  Munster head coach Johann van Graan confirmed during his post-match press conference that Hanrahan was removed with what looks to …

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Munster Survive Thomond Scare To Edge Ulster In Limerick

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Munster 22 Ulster 16 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park  Halloween may be behind us but Munster produced a real fright for their supporters as they almost suffered an unlikely defeat at home. With a 15-6 lead at halftime, many expected Munster to push on but some poor discipline allowed Ulster a way back into the game through the boot …

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Munster & Ulster Close To Full Strength For Thomond Park Clash

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Both Munster and Ulster will welcome back most of their international contingent as the two provinces clash in Thomond Park on Saturday (kickoff 5.15pm) Peter O’Mahony returns to captain Munster in the back-row where he is joined by Chris Cloete and fellow Irish international CJ Stander. Jean Kleyn also returns to the second row alongside Billy Holland while John Ryan …

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Emotional Alby Mathewson Shares Uncertainties Over Munster Future

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An emotional Alby Mathewson admitted that he has “no plans in the pipeline” as he nervously awaits news on his future with Munster. Mathewson originally joined the province in 2018 on a short-term contract as injury cover for Conor Murray. However, he signed further contract extensions that saw him remain with the province until the end of the World Cup. …

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