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Haley: “We Need To Take This Group By The Scruff Of Its Neck”

Mike Haley Munster

Munster full-back, Mike Haley, has urged his teammates to embrace the challenge that Gloucester will provide tonight in Kingsholm in their Pool 2 Heineken Champions Cup encounter.  Johann van Graan has named a strong team for the encounter with Chris Farrell deemed fit to play following a positive scan on his knee earlier this week. Gloucester have had their own …

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Three Key Battles Ahead Of Crucial Gloucester V Munster Clash

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The clash between Gloucester and Munster at Kingsholm on Friday night will go a long way in deciding who qualifies for the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup from Pool 2.  Despite Munster being top and Gloucester being bottom of the pool, all four teams are still in contention to qualify for the knockout stages, such has been the …

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Johnny Sexton Ruled Out Of Crucial Toulouse Clash [Report]

Jonathan Sexton has lost his battle to be fit for Leinster’s crucial Heineken Champions Cup clash with Toulouse on Saturday, according to reports.  The World Player of the Year is carrying a minor calf injury and according to the Irish Independent, the province are not prepared to risk Sexton aggravating the injury, given the time of year. Ross Byrne is likely …

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Watch: “It’s All I Ever Wanted To Do” – The Rise Of Jordan Larmour

Leinster and Ireland winger Jordan Larmour is one of the top rising talents in Irish rugby as his stock continues to soar thanks to stand-out performances for both his country and his province. 2018 was an incredible career for the 21-year-old whose list of accolades included winning the Guinness PRO14 Young Player Of The Year, being nominated for World Rugby’s Breakthrough …

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Munster Centre Chris Farrell Fit To Feature Against Gloucester

Chris Farrell Munster

Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, has made six changes to his side to face Gloucester in the Heineken Champions Cup tomorrow night, with Chris Farrell named in the starting XV. Farrell returned from injury against Connacht last week but appeared to pick up a knock during the 24-31 win in Galway, however, following a scan on his knee this …

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Conor Murray Reveals “Hurt” Over Rumours Of Failed Drugs Test

Conor Murray of Munster and Ireland

Munster and Ireland scrum-half, Conor Murray, has admitted that rumours that he failed a drugs test last season “hurt” both him and his family.  Murray missed the start of the 2018/2019 season due to a neck injury that he sustained during Ireland’s tour of Australia last summer. The decision to withhold information on his recovery led to rumours surrounding the nature …

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Billy Vunipola Felt Scared On Return From Injury


England star Billy Vunipola has revealed that he was scared when returning to action for Saracens following a three-month hiatus after breaking his arm for the third time. The 26-year-old No 8 — who has missed 47 weeks through injury since September 2017 — told The Daily Telegraph that bitter past experience had taught him something when he turned out …

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Peter O’Mahony Relishing Visit To Boyhood Haunt Kingsholm

Peter O'Mahony Munster

Munster captain, Peter O’Mahony has fond memories of Kingsholm from his time in the stands supporting his team as a child, and he’s hoping to create some more when Munster travel there on Friday to face Gloucester in their Heineken Champions Cup encounter.  Johann van Graan’s side were comprehensive winners when Gloucester visited Thomond Park in October with tries from …

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Conor O’Shea Names Former England U20 Sisi In Italy Six Nations Squad

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Former England Under-20 back-row David Sisi could earn his first cap for Italy after being called up in coach Conor O’Shea’s 31-man preliminary training squad for the Six Nations on Wednesday. Germany-born Sisi, 25, who moved from English club Bath to Italian Pro 14 side Zebre in 2017, made 14 appearances for England’s youth side between 2012 and 2013. O’Shea’s …

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South African Paul Willemse Included In France Six Nations Squad

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South Africa-born Paul Willemse was one of five uncapped players named by Jacques Brunel Wednesday in the France squad for the two opening matches of the Six Nations. Ex-Bulls lock Willemse, 26, qualifies for his adoptive country on residency grounds having spent more than three years with Top 14 clubs Montpellier and Grenoble. The Pretoria native received his citizenship in …

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Ultan Dillane Signs Contract Extension With Connacht Rugby

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Connacht second-row Ultan Dillane has signed a contract extension that will see the Kerry man remain with the western province until 2021. The 11-time capped international left Munster in 2012 to join the Connacht Academy and made his debut for the first team in 2014 whilst still an academy player. Dillane’s first three games with the first team came against …

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Shane Jennings On “Fiery” Sexton: “I Don’t Want Johnny To Change”

Former Leinster and Ireland flanker Shane Jennings has outlined that he feels Johnny Sexton should not change his captaincy style despite coming under scrutiny in the European champions’ feisty affair with Munster two weeks ago. Captaining the side, Sexton was involved in a number of flashpoints involving Joey Carbery and Fineen Wycherly, in a game that also saw James Lowe sent off …

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