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One Late Change For Leinster As Rhys Ruddock Drops Out

Leinster have been forced into a late change ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium with the news that Rhys Ruddock has been forced out after falling ill. Ruddock has been replaced at openside flanker by Australian, Scott Fardy with Caelan Doris promoted to the substitutes bench where he will make his European debut if called …

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Leinster’s Defence Key In The Battle For Five Stars

Two European forces will collide on Sunday at the Aviva Stadium as Leinster and Toulouse battle it out to see who will go and contest for that highly coveted fifth star. The Heineken Champions Cup semi-final sees the holders go up against one of the continent’s form teams. Form is a word that seems to be following the French giants …

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The Top Performers From Bruising Saracens Munster Battle

Saracens Munster

Saracens have returned to the final of the Heineken Champions Cup for the third time in four seasons thanks to their 32-16 victory over Munster at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon.  Based on their performance against Johann van Graan’s side, it will take a truly special performance to stop Saracens from clinching a third European title. They completely overpowered …

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Watch: “I Believe What I Believe In” – Billy Vunipola Post-Match Interview

Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola insists that it was never his intention to hurt anyone when he backed Israel Folau’s controversial anti-homosexual social media comments.  Vunipola put in a man-of-the-match performance during Saracens’ 32-16 victory over Munster in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday afternoon. BT Sport’s Austin Healey named Vunipola man-of-the-match and consequently, a post-match television interview …

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EPCR Release Statement After Supporter Confronts Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola

Sean McMahon reporting from the Ricoh Arena  EPCR have released a statement after a fan confronted Billy Vunipola when the England star was completing his lap of honour after Saracens’ 32-16 victory over Munster in today’s semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup.  The fan, wearing a Munster jersey, approached Vunipola and EPCR have condemned the incident. “EPCR does not condone …

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“It Just Felt Like Wave After Wave” – Peter O’Mahony

Peter O'Mahony

Sean McMahon reports from Coventry The dejection was written all over the face of Johann van Graan, Peter O’Mahony and Jack O’Donoghue as they faced the media in the aftermath of yet another loss in the semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup.  A 16-point margin of defeat greeted Munster at the full-time whistle, it was the exact same margin of …

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Johnny Sexton Admits Scrutiny Over Form Has Gone To A New Level

johnny sexton

Johnny Sexton returns to Leinster duty tomorrow for the first time in 2019 as he captains the side in their Champions Cup semi-final clash with Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium. At 3.15pm tomorrow Sexton will kick-off for the first time since Ireland’s defeat to Wales in the final round of this year’s Six Nations championship on a day that Sexton …

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Leo Cullen Concerned About Threat Of Europe’s Most In-Form Team

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Leo Cullen feels his Leinster charges are well prepared for the challenge of Toulouse tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium. Leinster go into the game with a strong starting XV as experienced internationals, Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney return to the starting lineup after missing their quarter-final win over Ulster three weeks ago. Following today’s captain’s run, Cullen admitted the build-up …

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“We Gave Him Every Opportunity To Get Through The Week”

Keith Earls

Sean McMahon reports from Coventry Munster head coach Johann van Graan has said that he and his staff gave Keith Earls every opportunity this week to prove his fitness but ultimately, they had to decide to leave him out as he was not 100%. Van Graan was speaking alongside Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander at a sun-kissed Ricoh Arena in …

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Gordon D’Arcy: Sexton’s Lack Of Game Time Doesn’t Concern Me

Johnny Sexton Leinster

Gordon D’Arcy doesn’t believe that Leinster captain Johnny Sexton will struggle in this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final with Toulouse due to a lack of game time. The World Player of the Year hasn’t featured for Leinster since their 26-17 loss to Munster in December and has only 15 games to his name this season, lasting the full 80 minutes …

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Saracens V Munster: Choose Combined XV From Starting Teams

Munster Saracens

Saracens face Munster in a highly-anticipated Heineken Champions Cup semi-final in Ricoh Arena in Coventry tomorrow (Kick-off 3pm). Both Mark McCall and Johann van Graan have named their sides for the clash with the Irish province having to do without the services of Joey Carbery and Keith Earls with Tyler Bleyendaal and Darren Sweetnam named instead. Meanwhile, captain, Brad Barritt, …

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Lowe Gets The Nod As Sexton Named For Toulouse Semi-Final

James Lowe Leinster

Leinster have named their team for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse on Sunday with an injury to Jamison Gibson-Park meaning James Lowe will start.  The New Zealander is named on the wing alongside Rob Kearney and Jordan Larmour. Captain, Johnny Sexton, is set to make his first appearance of the year for Leinster following a quad injury sustained …

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