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Sportsground & RDS To Receive €10m Grant From Government

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The first wave of government funding under the new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) was announced today with Connacht Rugby and Leinster Rugby set to receive €10m for stadium redevelopments.  In total, 25 different projects are to receive funding of various amounts with the total expenditure amounting to €77.4m. While the project funding has been announced, all grants are …

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JJ Hanrahan Returns Ahead Of Munster’s Crunch Clash With Racing

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Munster have named their starting XV ahead of their crucial Heineken Cup Champions Cup against Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday afternoon. Johann van Graan’s side have been handed a timely boost with the return of out-half JJ Hanrahan to the starting XV which contains eight changes from the team that faced Ulster last weekend. Niall Scannell starts at hooker …

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Van Graan “Gutted” As Joey Carbery Ruled Out For Up To Four Months

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Munster head coach Johann van Graan has said he is “gutted” for Joey Carbery following his latest injury setback on his return from a lengthy absence. According to Virgin Media’s Sinead Kissane, the 24-year-old is set to spend between two and four months on the sidelines after suffering a wrist ligament injury in Friday night’s game against Ulster which requires …

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Munster Add Three Youngsters To European Squad Ahead Of Racing Clash

Munster European Squad

Munster have added three fresh faces to their European squad ahead of their season-defining Heineken Champions Cup clash with Racing 92.  The southern province go into Sunday’s clash with Racing 92 in Paris knowing that a win will be necessary to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive. Johann van Graan’s side welcome Ospreys to Thomond Park …

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France Name Six Nations Squad With 19 Uncapped Players

France Six Nations Squad

France have named their Six Nations squad ahead of the 2020 edition of the tournament.  New France head coach Fabien Galthie has named a revamped 42-man squad ahead of the Six Nations which includes a rather incredible 19 uncapped players. There will also be a new skipper and that honour has fallen to Toulon back-row Charles Ollivon. The 26-year-old has …

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Worcester Provide Positive Update On Fatialofa Following Surgery

Michael Fatialofa

Worcester Warriors’ lock Michael Fatialofa is recovering well following surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord caused by swelling. The 27-year-old suffered a serious neck injury during his side’s clash with Saracens and was withdrawn on a stretcher after receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch. Fatialofa was transferred to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington in West London where he underwent …

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Saracens Players Could Face Redundancy, Warns Interim Chief Executive

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Saracens could be forced to dismantle their current squad in order to comply with the Premiership salary cap, their new interim chief executive has warned.  The London club were fined £5.36 million and docked 35 points by Premiership Rugby for breaching salary cap regulations in the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons by failing to disclose payments to players, leading to …

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Joey Carbery Set For Stint On The Sidelines After Suffering Wrist Injury

Joey Carbery

Munster will be without Joey Carbery for their must-win Heineken Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 on Sunday and for the foreseeable future after the 24-yar-old suffered a wrist ligament injury against Ulster which requires surgery.  This will leave Munster severely depleted in the out-half department with JJ Hanrahan currently rehabbing a hamstring injury while Tyler Bleyendaal is sidelined with …

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Michael Fatialofa Set For Surgery After Serious Neck Injury

Michael Fatialofa

Worcester Warriors’ Michael Fatialofa will undergo surgery after the New Zealand second-row suffered a serious neck injury in his side’s clash with Saracens at the weekend.  Fatialofa came on in the second half but was removed on a stretcher after carrying the ball into contact a minute into his introduction. The 27-year-old former Hurricanes man was treated on the field …

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Simon Zebo A Doubt For Champions Cup Visit Of Munster To Paris

Simon Zebo

Racing 92 could be without the services of former Munster player Simon Zebo for the visit of the Irish province to Paris in the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend. According to a report by James Harrington in the Irish Examiner, the former Ireland international has emerged as a doubt after he was withdrawn from Racing’s win over Clermont in the …

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Leinster Issue Johnny Sexton & James Ryan Injury Update

Sexton Ryan

Leinster Rugby have issued an injury update on key duo Johnny Sexton and James Ryan ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup clash with Lyon on Sunday.  The eastern province have already qualified for the quarter-finals of this season’s competition thanks to the four wins they have secured in the pool stages thus far. Sunday’s visit of Lyon will provide a …

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Michael Fatialofa To Remain In Hospital After Suffering Neck Injury

Michael Fatialofa

Worcester Warriors’ Michael Fatialofa is set to remain in hospital for a second night after the New Zealand second-row suffered a neck injury in his side’s loss to Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.  Fatialofa came on in the second half but was removed on a stretcher after carrying the ball into contact a minute into his introduction. The …

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Controversy As Owen Farrell Escapes Punishment With Dangerous Tackle

Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell was in the spotlight on Saturday after he was involved in a controversial incident in Saracens’ heavy 62-5 victory over Worcester Warriors at Allianz Park.  Mark McCall’s side are doing everything in their power to get themselves out of their precarious standing in the Gallagher Premiership. This latest bonus-point victory sees them on -7 points, 18 points behind …

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Leinster Make Wholesale Changes While Murray Debuts For Connacht

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Leo Cullen has changed Leinster’s entire backline from their win in Thomond Park last week ahead of tomorrow’s inter-provincial clash with Connacht at the RDS. Jordan Larmour comes into the team at full-back with Fergus McFadden and Dave Kearney making up the back three on the right and left wings respectively. Joe Tomane returns from injury where he will take up …

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Henderson And Stockdale Boost For Ulster As Team Named For Munster

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Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has named his team to take on Munster at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday night (KO 7.35pm).  Ulster have made three changes to the team which recorded a bonus-point victory over Connacht in Belfast last time out. Two of those three changes sees Ireland internationals Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale return to the fold. Henderson …

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Carbery & Murray Return As Munster Name Team For Ulster Clash

Munster team Ulster

Joey Carbery and Conor Murray have both been named in the starting XV for Munster’s Guinness PRO14 clash with Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium (KO 7.35pm).  Carbery made his return from an ankle injury as a replacement in last Saturday’s loss to Leinster at Thomond Park but he has now been handed a start as he looks to step up …

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Saracens Chairman Nigel Wray Steps Down

Nigel Wray

Nigel Wray has resigned from his role as chairman of Saracens with immediate effect.  Wray said: “As we enter a new year, a new decade, it is time for the Club to make a fresh start. I am not getting any younger and feel this is the right moment for me to stand down as Chairman and just enjoy being …

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Month-By-Month Guide To The 2020 Irish Sporting Calendar

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With the Summer Olympics, Euro Championships and the Ryder Cup, 2020 will be an incredible year for sport. To ensure you don’t miss a second of the action, we’ve compiled all the key dates into one essential guide. _____ January 2020 4th: All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship semi-finals 5th: All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship semi-finals 19th: All-Ireland Senior Club Football …

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