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Boost For Connacht As Bundee Aki Signs Contract Extension

Bundee Aki

Ireland international Bundee Aki has signed a contract extension with Connacht that will see him remain at the province until 2023. Aki’s current deal runs out in the summer and there was speculation that the star centre was considering a move abroad with a number of French teams thought to be sniffing around. However, the IRFU and Connacht have confirmed …

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Conor O’Shea Appointed As RFU Director Of Performance Rugby

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Conor O’Shea will link up with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as director of performance rugby in 2020. The former Ireland international, who left his role as Italy’s head coach following the Rugby World Cup, will be responsible for the leadership, management and strategic direction of the professional game in England. The 49-year-old will manage the England player, coaching and match …

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Conor O’Shea Backs ‘Unbelievable’ Mike Catt For Success With Ireland

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Conor O’Shea has backed Mike Catt to have an immediate impact in Ireland’s new-look management side under Andy Farrell.  The former England international spent the last three years working alongside O’Shea with the Italian national team. Both recently stepped away from their respective roles with Catt set to link up with former colleague Andy Farrell ahead of the 2020 Six …

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Ruan Pienaar: It Would Have Been Nice To Finish My Career At Ulster

ruan pienaar

Both Ruan Pienaar and the whole of Ulster Rugby were left devastated when the influential scrum-half was denied the chance to see out his career in Belfast. After joining the northern province in 2010, Pienaar’s family settled into life well as the South African became an integral part of the team as well as a fans favourite. However, despite longing …

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Bundee Aki “Getting Closer” To Renewing Connacht Contract

Bundee Aki Connacht

Ireland international Bundee Aki is “getting closer” to a new contract with Connacht, according to head coach Andy Friend.  There was speculation that the 29-year-old was considering a move away from the Irish province when his current contract finishes up in the summer with a number of French clubs reportedly interested in the Connacht star. However, it now seems the …

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“I’m Really Looking Forward To Seeing Him Play Again” – Van Graan On Casey

Craig Casey

Professional rugby is a results-driven business.  When the season gets up and running it’s often difficult for teams to allocate the time to experiment with different players or provide vital senior experience to the younger contingent. Especially right now, with the current condensed period of the season which sees four rounds of the European Cup take place over five weeks, …

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Will Addison Suspended For Four Weeks Following Dangerous Tackle

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Will Addison has been suspended for four weeks after being cited following a tackle on Clermont Auvergne’s Paul Jedrasiak in Round 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup. The Ulster full-back was cited by the match Citing Commissioner John Byett for a tackle on the second-row forward that was deemed to be done in a dangerous manner. The Irish international was …

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First-Choice For Munster The Aim For Jack O’Donoghue Before Green Goal

Jack O'Donoghue

468 minutes under his belt already this season and seven appearances which included a start against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup last weekend, Jack O’Donoghue is exactly where he wants to be right now.  The majority of the 2018/19 season was a complete write-off as O’Donoghue was recovering from damage to his Medial collateral ligament (MCL) and Anterior cruciate …

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Ulster Flourishing In Dan McFarland’s Every Inch Mentality

Dan McFarland

Week by week, hope and optimism surrounding Ulster Rugby continues to grow.  And why shouldn’t it? The northern province are coming off the back of a hugely successful fortnight in Europe where back-to-back wins over Bath and Clermont Auvergne sees them top of Pool 3. In the Guinness PRO14, they are sitting second in Conference A and can consolidate that …

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England Attack Coach Departs Setup Ahead Of Six Nations

Scott Wisemantel

Scott Wisemantel has departed from his role as England attack coach, the RFU confirmed today.  Wisemantel joined the England setup ahead of the summer tour of South Africa in 2018 with the Australian having a big impact during his time with the national side. Wisemantel’s contract expired at the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup but he has opted …

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Champions Cup Power Rankings: Who’s In Control Ahead Of Round 3?

Champions Cup

The first two rounds of this season’s Champions Cup are complete and already we’re beginning to get a clear picture of the sides who will be in contention of reaching the knockout stages.  Of course, there is still plenty of rugby to be played in this competition and the December back-to-backs, which begin this weekend, will prove crucial in determining …

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Peter O’Mahony: “He’d Be Disappointed Himself But He Shouldn’t Be”

Peter O'Mahony JJ Hanrahan

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has praised the performance of out-half JJ Hanrahan during his side’s Champions Cup draw with Racing 92 in Thomond Park on Saturday. The Kerry man kicked 11 of Munster’s 21-point haul, including a monster conversion to level the game following Andrew Conway’s late try. Hanrahan had an opportunity to steal the win for Johann van Graan’s …

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“His Ankle Was Gone And He Still Got Back Up” – Van Graan On Loughman Effort

Loughman

Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park. The world-class quality of Finn Russell proved a major thorn in Munster’s side at Thomond Park on Saturday night.  His sublime grubber and gather which resulted in the opening try of the game was followed in the second half by a scintillating ‘show-and-go’ as he cut through the line before offloading to the supporting …

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