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Leinster Name Exciting Team For Interpro Battle With Ulster

Leinster team

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named an exciting team for the visit of Ulster to the RDS on Friday night (KO 7.35 pm) in the Guinness PRO14.  The eastern province have made wholesale changes to their matchday squad from their bonus-point win over the Northampton Saints at the Aviva Stadium last weekend. There is, however, an interesting blend of …

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Former Ireland Assistant Coaches Included In New All Blacks Setup

Ireland All Blacks

New All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has confirmed the majority of his new coaching ticket which includes two former Ireland assistant coaches.  Foster has appointed John Plumtree as New Zealand’s new forwards coach, the former Hurricanes head coach recently took charge of Ireland’s forwards during the early days of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland tenure in 2013 and 2014. Plumtree also …

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Ulster Ban Individual Following Abusive Behaviour At Kingspan

Ulster

Ulster Rugby have banned an individual from all future games following reports of abusive behaviour during this month’s game against Harlequins at the Kingspan Stadium. Ulster Chief Executive Jonny Petrie tweeted the decision on Wednesday saying complaints had been made by supporters attending the December 7 clash in Belfast. “As a result of complaints made by other supporters at the …

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Shane Lowry’s Open Win Voted Ireland’s Most Memorable Sporting Moment Of 2019

Shane Lowry’s incredible Open victory at Royal Portrush has been voted Ireland’s most memorable sporting moment of 2019.  The findings of the Teneo Sport and Sponsorship Index (TSSI) 2019, which were released today, show that Lowry pipped Katie Taylor to take Ireland’s most memorable sporting moment – his first Major win was backed by 30% of those who were surveyed. …

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Munster Issue Injury Update After Saracens Battle

Munster injury

Munster Rugby have issued an injury update after Saturday’s loss to Saracens at Allianz Park in the Heineken Champions Cup.  The southern province have provided an update on Peter O’Mahony who pulled out of Saturday’s clash due a groin injury he picked up in the warm-up. Munster have confirmed that their captain has sustained a low-grade adductor injury. Tadhg Beirne, …

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45 Players Involved In IRFU Mid-Season ‘Stocktake’

Andy Farrell

New Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has announced a 45-man squad for a pre Six Nations mini-camp or ‘stocktake’ on Sunday.  This will be the first time that Farrell has brought together a squad of players since he took up the role as head coach after the departure of Joe Schmidt following the quarter-final exit to New Zealand at the …

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Rob Howley Suspended From Involvement In Rugby After Breaching Regulations

Rob Howley

Former Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has been suspended from involvement in rugby due to breaching World Rugby’s Anti-corruption and Betting Regulations.  Howley departed the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan when the accusation came to light as the WRU suspended him from coaching activities pending an investigation. After the investigation conducted by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Howley was …

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Champions Cup: The Current State Of The Quarter Final Picture

Champions Cup Power Rankings

There are just two pool rounds left in the Heineken Champions Cup after the culmination of the crucial back-to-back games which took place in December.  In the last edition of our power rankings after Round 2, we predicted that the back-to-back games would play a major role in deciding who would reach the final eight and it proved to be …

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Hail Storm Halts Play In Exeter V Sale Champions Cup Clash

Exeter Sale Hail

Play was suspended in the Heineken Champions Cup clash between the Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks at Sandy Park on Sunday. With the Chiefs leading 21-10 thanks to a brace of tries from Sam Simmonds and one from his younger brother, Joe, referee Pierre Brousse suspended the match in the 63rd minute temporarily due to a biblical hail downpour. A …

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EPCR Confirm Investigation Into Munster-Saracens Incident

Munster Saracens

EPCR, the governing body of the Champions Cup, have confirmed that they will conduct an investigation into the ugly scenes which occurred during the Pool 4 clash between Saracens and Munster at Allianz Park on Saturday.  During the second half of Saracens’ 15-6 victory over Munster, Jamie George took offence from a comment from a member of Munster’s backroom staff …

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Depleted Munster Fall To Saracens Following Dogfight In Europe

Munster Saracens

Saracens 15 Munster 6 Munster fell to a nine-point loss to reigning champions Saracens in their Heineken Champions Cup clash in Allianz Park this afternoon. Following last week’s win, this was always going to be a formidable challenge for the Irish province with the number of England internationals returning to the Saracens line-up. However, that challenge was intensified by the …

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Last-Gasp Robin Copeland Try Seals Dramatic Win For Connacht

Connacht 27 Gloucester 24 A last-second try from Robin Copeland sealed a dramatic Heineken Champions Cup win for Connacht over Gloucester. With six minutes remaining in the game, Connacht were trailing by 11 points but tries from substitutes Shane Delahunt and Copeland ensured the last-gasp win as they move to eight points in the Pool table. The home side enjoyed …

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Carty Starts At Full-Back For Connacht As Provinces Name Teams

Jack Carty has been named at full-back for Connacht for their Heineken Champions Cup clash with Gloucester on Saturday. Carty is part of a back three that includes Niyi Adeolokun and John Porch on the wings. Conor Fitzgerald and Caolin Blade also renew their half back partnership while Bundee Aki and Kyle Godwin start in midfield. Captain Jarrad Butler will …

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