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Van Graan: Zebre Win Has No Bearing On Edinburgh Quarter-Final

Johann van Graan Munster

In the regularly spoken words of head coach Johann van Graan, Munster will go “back to zero” when they regroup on Monday ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Edinburgh next weekend.  Preparation for that season-defining match came in the shape of a bonus-point win over Zebre at Thomond Park on Saturday but don’t let the scoreline fool …

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Munster Fight Back From Poor First Half To Clinch Bonus Point

Munster Zebre

Munster 31 – 12 Zebre  Sean McMahon reports from Thomond Park  A poor first-half performance from Munster saw them go into halftime break 5-12 down but an excellent second interval comeback inspired by the introduction of Tyler Bleyendaal saw the southern province secure a bonus point win on a final scoreline of 31-12. Strong carries from CJ Stander and Jack …

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Connacht Secure Bonus-Point Win Which Provides Huge Playoff Boost

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Connacht 29-14 Benetton  Connacht secured a bonus-point victory over an in-form Benetton side as they fought back from a determined and dogged effort from their visitors at the Sportsground in Galway. The game started slowly with the Galway crowd having to wait 16 minutes for the game’s first bit of meaningful action, however, it was worth the wait as scrum-half …

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Edinburgh Dish Out Big Win Over Leinster At Murrayfield

Edinburgh Leinster

Edinburgh 28 Leinster 11  Leinster fell to just their third defeat of the Guinness PRO14 season as a far from first-string side had no answer to a powerful Edinburgh performance. The Scottish side dominated possession for long periods and their greater physicality and force up front yielded a lot of success throughout the 80 minutes. Ciaran Frawley opened the scoring …

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Your PRO14 Team News As Irish Provinces Return To Action

PRO14 Team News

The Irish provinces are back in action this weekend as they enter the final block of games which will define their respective seasons.  The Guinness PRO14 enters Round 18 with the playoff race beginning to hot up while there is also the added caveat of producing momentum and form ahead of quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup …

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Munster Rugby Report Online Abuse Of Players To Gardai

Munster

Munster Rugby have reported incidents of ‘offensive online harassment and abuse’ of their players to An Garda Siochána, according to a report in the Limerick Leader. The online abuse, directed at a number of players across various social media channels, is of a personal manner and not in regards to sport. In a statement released to the paper, a spokesperson …

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Van Graan: ‘Players Go Through Ebbs & Flows In Their Careers’

Johann van Graan Munster

Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, has defended the form of his players involved in Ireland’s Six Nations campaign as they prepare to return to the provincial camp. The performances of many Munster players including Conor Murray, CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony were criticised through the disappointing campaign, especially during last week’s loss to Wales in the Principality Stadium. The Irish …

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Ireland To Face Scotland In 2020 Six Nations Opener

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Andy Farrell will face Gregor Townsend’s Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in his first Six Nations game as Ireland head coach in February of next year. A full fixture list was announced today for both the 2020 & 2021 tournament with Ireland set to play all three home nations in the opening three rounds next year. Elsewhere, Grand Slam champions …

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Ireland Women Drop Below Spain In Latest World Rugby Rankings

ireland women

Ireland women have fallen to tenth in the World Rugby rankings following their worst Six Nations finish in 13 years. It was a horrible campaign for Adam Griggs’ side who finished fifth in the table with just one win and four defeats. It started with a complete route by eventual Grand Slam champions, England and finished with a 24-5 defeat …

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Five Tips For Rugby Betting

Sports betting is the most popular form of gambling in the world. Everyone is looking for a way in which they can earn money quickly. One of the most popular sports in the world is rugby. All roads are heading to Japan for the 2019 World Cup, and if you are betting with Betway, we are sure you are excited. …

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The Ireland Players Who Emerged From Six Nations With World Cup Boost

Ireland

One of the main positives which Irish supporters can take out of this 2019 Six Nations is that the opening game of Ireland’s World Cup campaign is still 188 days away.  There is hope that before that clash with Gregor Townsend’s Scotland in Yokohama, Ireland can rectify the glaring problems which presented themselves over the last seven weeks. Confidence is …

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Two Ireland Players Make Midi Olympique’s Team Of The Six Nations

Midi Olympique Team Of The Six Nations

French rugby publication Midi Olympique has published its team of the 2019 Six Nations championship and it includes two Irish players despite Ireland suffering a disappointing campaign which has called into question their World Cup credentials later this year.  Across the 15 fixtures, there have been many standout performances and it’s always a challenge to produce a team such as …

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Nominees For Six Nations Player Of The Championship Announced

Six Nations Player Of The Championship

The nominees for the official Six Nations Player Of The Championship have been announced and unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by Wales.  A total of six players have been nominated and these were selected by the media. The ultimate winner will be decided by an online vote which you can take part in here. Voting closes at 12 noon on …

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Report Card: Grading The Six Nations Teams After 2019 Championship

Six Nations Report Card

The 2019 Six Nations Championship culminated in a special weekend or ‘Super Saturday’, as it was dubbed, which saw Wales clinch their first Grand Slam since 2012.  Scotland’s stunning second-half comeback will live long in the memory and Italy blew a big opportunity to get their first win over France since they last managed that feat in 2013. With everything …

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