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Sale Sharks Director Is Embroiled In Fierce Row With Journalist

Sale Sharks’ superb win over Gloucester has been overshadowed by a post-match confrontation. The English Premiership side defeated Gloucester 30-15, moving seven points behind them into fifth. Sale Sharks Director of Rugby, Steve Diamond, spoke to the media in the post-match press conference. Journalist Sam Peters, working on behalf of The Sunday Times, was present in the press pool but …

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Harlequins Issue Ward With One-Game Ban For Stamping

Harlequins have given Dave Ward a one-game ban for stamping but cleared the hooker of spitting at an opponent, the London club announced Sunday. The incident that led to Ward’s suspension took place in the 11th minute of Quins’ 20-13 English Premiership win over Wasps on Saturday. Ward appeared to spit in the direction of Thomas Young before stepping on …

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Johnny Sexton: “Ill-Discipline Cost Leinster Dearly”

A normally-composed and clinical Leinster side were left to wonder what went wrong last evening as a series of poor tackles and cards, led to their first defeat to Munster in two years. Former Munster scrum-half, Frank Murphy was the referee in Thomond Park for the hot-tempered interprovincial derby but Leinster will have no complaints about his officiating with Munster …

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Van Graan: Early Decisions For Leinster Could Have Been Worse

Munster Johann van Graan Leinster

On reflection, a crazy 15 minute period in the first half at Thomond Park had a huge impact on the outcome of the latest instalment of the longstanding rivalry between Munster and Leinster.  The southern province ended their four-match losing streak against the eastern province and that 15 minute period, which yielded two yellow cards and one red card for …

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Munster Cease Leinster Drought In Hot-Tempered Thomond Park Battle

Munster Leinster Tempers Flare

Munster – 26 Leinster – 17 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park  Munster secured a 26-17 win over Leinster at Thomond Park to end a four-match losing streak against their fiercest rivals. This game will live long in the memory, not for the quality of rugby on display but for the level of physicality and indiscipline which featured heavily throughout. …

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Sanchez Boot Inspires Stade Francais Comeback

Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez scored 13 points to help Stade Francais stage a comeback against lowly Grenoble at Stade Jean Bouin in the Top 14 on Saturday. The Parisians trailed 17-0 after 21 minutes but Sanchez, who only arrived in the French capital at the beginning of December, guided his side to a third straight win after a run of four …

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Saints Stun English Premiership Leaders Exeter

Northampton produced one of the upsets of the English Premiership season to beat league leaders Exeter 31-28 at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday. Wales international Dan Biggar scored 16 points for the Saints, including a try, penalty and four conversions, with South Africa’s Cobus Reinach, Fraser Dingwall and Piers Francis also crossing for the home side as Northampton secured a bonus …

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Connacht Rebound From Leinster Disappointment With Win Over Ulster

The Sportsground was the venue for the latest instalment of festive inter-provincial fixtures in the PRO14. Connacht played host to Ulster, and both sides would have fancied their chances of a win. The hosts have gotten the better of Ulster recently, while the Northern province were gunning for a fifth win in a row having seen off Munster last week. …

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John Ryan: Leinster Are A Team That Can Do It All

John Ryan Munster Leinster

John Ryan knows that Munster will have to produce their best performance of the season if they are to topple Leinster at Thomond Park on Saturday.  The two rivals go head to head in the Guinness PRO14 at the Limerick venue tomorrow evening and with both teams having named strong sides, the clash should be one to remember. Ryan has …

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Munster & Leinster Name Strong Teams For Thomond Park Showdown

Munster Leinster PRO14

Munster and Leinster have named their respective sides for Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated Guinness PRO14 clash at Thomond Park.  With both provinces producing a host of changes for their respective interpros last weekend, it was expected that Johann van Graan and Leo Cullen would name their strongest hand for tomorrow’s 5.15 pm kick off. That is exactly what has occurred as both …

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Simon Zebo Included In Top 14 Team Of The Year

Simon Zebo Top 14

Simon Zebo has been included in Midi Olympique’s Top 14 team of 2018.  It should come as no surprise as Zebo has performed brilliantly for Racing 92 since he made the move to Paris during the summer. The Corkman has been in scintillating form and has backed that up with plenty of try-scoring exploits throughout the current season. The same …

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Poll: Choose Your Combined Leinster/Munster Starting XV

Munster Leinster

Reigning PRO14 champions, Leinster, travel to Thomond Park on Saturday to take on Munster in the return fixture of their Guinness PRO14 interprovincial derby. Munster have only won one out of their last eight clashes with their provincial rivals and will be hungry for revenge after the manner in which they lost the last encounter in the Aviva Stadium in …

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Connacht & Ulster Name Teams For Friday Interpro

Connacht Ulster

Connacht and Ulster have named their respective sides for Friday evening’s Guinness PRO14 clash at the Sportsground in Galway.  Connacht, who are coming off the back of a devastating last-gasp defeat to Leinster at the RDS, have made four changes to their team. Ireland international Quinn Roux comes into the side to start alongside Gavin Thornbury in the second row. …

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Ranking The Best Signings Made By Irish Provinces In 2018

Signings Munster Ulster Leinster Connacht

At the midway point of the 2018/19 season, all of the Irish provinces will be pretty content with where they stand in both the domestic and European competition and a lot of this is due to some excellent signings the four teams have made in 2018.  Heading into the current season, we have seen the IRFU’s heavy influence whereby players …

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Pundit Arena’s ‘World XV’ Of 2018

2018 has been another memorable year for rugby as all focus now switches to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.  Ireland have been the most impressive as on the international stage they secured a Grand Slam, a series win in Australia and a 100% record throughout the November internationals which included a victory over the All Blacks. Leinster, who provide a …

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Ireland To Be The Chink In The All Black Armour In 2019

Double defending champions New Zealand will head into the 2019 World Cup in Japan as favourites, but Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland have proven there are chinks in the All Black armour. Steve Hansen’s team suffered a major bump on their run-in to the World Cup when they went down to a second defeat in three games by a …

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