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Johann Van Graan Happy For Munster Win By Any Means Necessary

Munster

Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, has insisted that he doesn’t need to see “pretty rugby” from his players in their PRO14 quarter-final with Benetton as long as they get the win.  A loss against the Italian side in Thomond Park on Saturday would bring Munster’s season to an end after they exited the Heineken Champions Cup at the hands …

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Fergus McFadden Cited For Apparent Headbutt In Interpro Clash

Fergus McFadden

Leinster’s Fergus McFadden has been cited for an incident with Ulster’s Sean Reidy during the clash between the two provinces at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.  The Guinness PRO14 confirmed this evening that McFadden will face a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. The incident involved McFadden leading with his head in a motion towards Reidy in what looked to be an apparent …

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Murray Fit For Quarter-Final As Earls & Carbery Return To Training

Conor Murray Munster

Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, has confirmed that Conor Murray will be available for selection for their Guinness PRO14 quarter-final against Benetton on Saturday.  The scrum-half was forced to miss their final group game against Connacht last Saturday after he picked up a neck injury during the warm-up. Van Graan revealed afterwards that his withdrawal from the matchday squad …

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Wales Coach Robin McBryde To Replace John Fogarty At Leinster

Leinster

Wales assistant coach, Robin McBryde, will replace John Fogarty at Leinster when he becomes Ireland scrum coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Fogarty will also take up the role of IRFU National Academy forwards coach from July 1, working across all four provinces “to further develop the alignment and deliver a technical programme for both scrum and lineout for …

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James Ryan Voted Leinster Players’ Player Of The Year

James Ryan Leinster

James Ryan was voted as the Players’ Player of the Year at the annual Leinster Rugby awards night last night in Dublin. The 22-year-old has made 13 appearances in a Leinster shirt this season with his stats including one try, 283 metres gained and 172 carries. Ryan has enjoyed a prolific career since making his competitive debut for the province …

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The Power Plays: Key Leinster Traits Evident In Much-Changed Side

Power Plays Leinster

Brought to you by Energia, proud sponsors of Leinster Rugby ___ It may have been a dead rubber fixture at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday but both Ulster and Leinster used the opportunity to provide more experience to their younger contingents. From a Leinster perspective, the likes of the raw Will Connors, Oisin Dowling and Jimmy O’Brien all gained invaluable …

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“It’s Not Good Enough” – Van Graan On Andrew Conway Error

Andrew Conway

Munster head coach Johann van Graan made his feelings clear on Andrew Conway’s error during his side’s 27-14 win over Connacht at Thomond Park on Saturday night.  In the first half of Saturday night’s clash, Conway intercepted a pass from Tiernan O’Halloran which was destined for Robin Copeland. The Munster winger took his time to ground the ball under the …

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Guinness PRO14 Playoff Matchups Now Confirmed

PRO14

The participating teams in the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 playoffs have been confirmed after the final round of regular season action was finalised today.  GUINNESS PRO14 – QUARTER-FINALS Saturday, May 4 15:00: Munster Rugby (A2) v Benetton Rugby (B3) Thomond Park, Limerick Live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports & DAZN 17:35: Ulster Rugby (B2) v Connacht Rugby (A3) Kingspan Stadium, Belfast …

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Munster Set Up Quarter-Final With Benetton After Win Over Connacht

Munster

Munster 27 Connacht 14 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park Munster set up a Guinness PRO14 quarter-final clash with Benetton after a three tries saw them emerge victorious over Connacht at Thomond Park. A try apiece from Tadhg Beirne and Mike Haley in the first half had Munster in front at halftime with Finlay Bealham crossing for the visitors in …

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Debut Boy Rea Proves The Match Winner As Ulster Sink Leinster

Ulster 14 Leinster 13 It may have been a dead rubber match but it proved highly entertaining at the Kingspan Stadium as Ulster defeated Leinster by a single score. Both sides struggled in the opening stages to get a foothold in the game as a swirling wind around the Kingspan Stadium made for an error-strewn game. Fergus McFadden got away …

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McFadden Escapes Card For Apparent Headbutt On Sean Reidy

Fergus McFadden

Leinster winger Fergus McFadden could be cited in the aftermath of his side’s clash with Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium after an apparent headbutt by the 32-year-old didn’t result in a card. McFadden was involved in an incident off the ball with Ulster number eight Sean Reidy. The two players were pushing and shoving off the ball in the first …

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Provinces Name Teams For Pivotal Final Round Of PRO14

Provinces teams PRO14

The final interprovincial derbies of the regular PRO14 season will take place this weekend with Munster welcoming Connacht to Thomond Park while reigning champions, Leinster, travel to Kingspan Stadium to face Ulster.  It is a must-win game for Johann van Graan’s side in Limerick if they are to have any hope of topping PRO14 Conference A and qualifying directly for the …

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Watch: “Leinster Play The Game At Its Very Best”

Leinster

Leinster’s success over the past 10 years since they won their first Heineken Cup in 2009 has seen the support of club grow exponentially.  Ten years on and Leinster stand on the brink of a fifth Heineken Champions Cup and becoming the most successful rugby side in Europe. But it wasn’t always like that… Current kicking coach and head analyst, …

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Bundee Aki Apologies For “Mistakenly” Liking Israel Folau’s Post

Bundee Aki

Bundee Aki has issued an apology to anyone he may have offended due to ‘liking’ Israel Folau’s controversial social media post whereby he outlined that hell awaits gay people.  Folau’s views have led to a code of conduct hearing with Rugby Australia taking place on May 4 and the outcome could see the 30-year-old’s contract with the governing body revoked. …

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