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Johnny Sexton Returns As Leinster Name Team For PRO14 Final

Johnny Sexton Leinster

Johnny Sexton has returned to the Leinster starting XV for their PRO14 final clash with Glasgow Warriors in Celtic Park on Saturday evening. The team captain was left on the bench for the semi-final against Munster last weekend with Ross Byrne preferred at fly-half. He returns to partner Luke McGrath for the final while Byrne is named among the substitutes. …

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Carty Among Seven Irish-Based Players In PRO14 Team Of The Season

Jack Carty

Connacht duo Jack Carty and Colby Fainga’a are among seven Irish-based players in the PRO14 Dream Team of the Season 2019. The nod at fly-half caps off an impressive year for Carty after winning his first international cap against Italy during the Guinness Six Nations while he also became Connacht’s record point-scorer. In total, 11 clubs are represented in a …

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Leinster Confirm 21 New Contracts But Rob Kearney Not Listed

Rob Kearney

Leinster Rugby have announced 21 new contracts, including the signing of Cian Kelleher from Connacht, but Rob Kearney is not included on the list.  Kearney’s contract with the IRFU expires after the 2019 World Cup in Japan and there is widespread speculation as to where he will play his rugby next season. Kearney is not among the list of departures …

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Three Uncapped Players Named In Ireland Squad For London 7s

Ireland Sevens

Director of Ireland Sevens Anthony Eddy has named a 13-man squad for this weekend’s London 7s (Sky Sports Arena) in Twickenham which features three uncapped players.  Ireland will participate in two World Series events in the coming weeks as an invitational side, London this weekend and then Paris next week. Eddy’s side will be on the circuit full-time next season …

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Cian Healy Signs New Contract With The IRFU

Cian Healy

Cian Healy has signed a new contract with the IRFU.  Healy’s new contract will keep him with Leinster and in Ireland until the end of the 2020/21 season. The loosehead prop has had a superb season – starting in four of Ireland’s five Six Nations games in addition to lining out in the victories over the All Blacks and Argentina …

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“We Use The Phrase ‘Are You Lucky Or Are You Unlucky?'” – Dan Van Zyl

Rugby Academy Ireland

Becoming a professional rugby player in Ireland requires talent, hard work and often, a tremendous amount of luck.  The pathway generally involves representing a province throughout the age grades, hopefully culminating in national underage honours and the procurement of a much sought after spot in a provincial academy. There are only four provincial academies in Ireland; Leinster, Munster, Connacht and …

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Munster Confirm Departure Of Bill Johnston To Ulster

Munster Rugby have confirmed that out-half, Bill Johnston, is heading north to Ulster Rugby ahead of the 2019/2020 season. The Academy product has struggled for game time in the red of Munster making just 12 Guinness PRO 14 appearances and scoring 29 points. The Clonmel native made his debut for the province against Zebre two seasons ago when he was …

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Blow For Leinster As Devin Toner Ruled Out Of PRO14 Final

Devin Toner

Leinster have been dealt with the blow that Devin Toner will be unavailable for the eastern province’s Guinness PRO14 final with Glasgow Warriors in Celtic Park on Saturday.  Leo Cullen’s secured their spot in the final two when they overcame rivals Munster 24-9 on Saturday at the RDS. Toner left the field just before halftime with a leg injury and …

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Israel Folau Opts Not To Appeal RA Decision Due To No Confidence

Israel Folau

Israel Folau has confirmed that he will not appeal the decision of Rugby Australia to terminate his contract.  Folau had 72 hours to appeal the decision which was a result of his controversial social media posts where he outlined that hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others. However, the deadline has now passed which led to Rugby Australia confirming that …

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Will Genia On Israel Folau – “I Feel So Sorry For Him”

Will Genia

Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia admits that he feels sorry for Israel Folau in the aftermath of Rugby Australia’s decision to terminate the 30-year-old’s contract.  Folau shared a post on social media stating that “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators. That social media post ultimately led to a hearing and the outcome of which resulted in …

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The Top Performers From PRO14 Semi-Final Weekend

PRO14

The Guinness PRO14 is entering its final week as the Glasgow Warriors and Leinster will battle it out for the title in Celtic Park next Saturday.  Both sides, who finished top of their respective conferences, eased to victory over the weekend. Glasgow put 50 points on Ulster on Friday night in Scotstoun and while Munster put up a fight for …

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“He Was Incredible Wasn’t He?” – Cullen Praises “Role Model” Van Der Flier

Van der Flier

Sean McMahon reporting from the RDS Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has praised the performance of man-of-the-match Josh van der Flier after his side’s 24-9 victory over Munster at the RDS on Saturday afternoon.  Van der Flier played 77 minutes of this afternoon’s semi-final victory and these were the first minutes which the flanker has played since he suffered a …

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More Semi-Final Heartbreak For Munster As Leinster Secure Glasgow Berth

Leinster Munster

Leinster 24 Munster 9 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park  Leinster bounced back from the disappointment of Newcastle as they produced a superb second-half performance to swat away the Munster challenge and secure a spot against Glasgow Warriors in the PRO14 final next weekend. There was little between the teams in the opening 40 minutes as Leinster took a 9-6 …

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Rory Best Bows Out Following Glasgow’s Dismantling Of Ulster

Glasgow Warriors 50 Ulster Rugby 20 Rory Best’s career in an Ulster jersey came to a disappointing end as they were defeated by Glasgow Warriors in their Guinness PRO 14 semi-final at Scotstoun. The pre-match talk centred on the return of Jacob Stockdale after the Irish international was named at full-back, however, a late injury to Robert Baloucoune meant he …

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