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Roscommon Club Propose Mad Rule Change For Gaelic Football

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With all the controversy surrounding county boards and conventions at present, Roscommon GAA seems to be suffering from a fear of missing out.  How else could one explain this absolutely mad rule change put forward by the Western Gaels GAA club at last night’s county convention? “Motion re aggressive fouls. Add the following to exceptions in Rule 2.2 The Rules …

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Arno Botha And Dan Evans Receive Bans Following Red Cards

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Munster back row, Arno Botha, has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London today. The South Africa native received a straight red card during the closing minutes of the club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 3 match against Saracens at Thomond Park on Saturday. Botha was introduced in the 70th minute as a replacement for CJ …

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Scotland’s Tommy Seymour Retires From International Rugby

Tommy Seymour

Scotland winger Tommy Seymour has announced his retirement from international rugby after six years.   The 31-year-old won 55 caps for Scotland, scoring 20 tries in the process. He featured in two World Cups and was also a British & Irish Lions tourist for their 2017 tour of New Zealand. Seymour, who is fourth on Scotland’s list of all-time try scorers, …

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Ian Foster Succeeds Steve Hansen As All Blacks Head Coach

Ian Foster

Newly-appointed New Zealand head coach Ian Foster says he is “truly privileged and honoured” to succeed Steve Hansen in the top role.  The 54-year-old was tipped to become head coach having worked alongside Hansen as assistant head coach of the All Blacks since 2012 and beat out Crusaders boss Scott Robertson who also interviewed for the position. New Zealand Rugby …

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Johnny Sexton Set To Miss Ireland’s Opening Two Six Nations Games

Leo Cullen

New Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will likely be without Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton for the first two games of next year’s Six Nations against Scotland and Wales. According to report by Des Barry on independent.ie. Sexton will miss 8-10 weeks of action after suffering a significant medial tear to his right knee. With the Six Nations campaign getting under …

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Positive News For Chris Cloete As Munster Issue Injury Update

Chris Cloete Munster

Munster have issued a positive update on the fitness of Chris Cloete as the province prepare for a crucial Heineken Champions Cup meeting with Saracens in Allianz Park on Saturday. The South African hasn’t featured for Munster since early October when he suffered an ankle injury during the side’s 31-20 win over Southern Kings in the PRO14. However, in their …

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Leinster Confirm Johnny Sexton To Miss Northampton Clash

Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton will miss the eastern province’s Champions Cup clash with Northampton on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium following a knee injury picked up at the weekend. Sexton came off injured in Leinster’s convincing victory over the Saints on Saturday after 42 minutes when he landed awkwardly following a tackle from Matt Proctor. Leinster confirmed that Sexton would …

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Van Graan: ‘The Referee Doesn’t Have Any Decision But Red Card’

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Captain Peter O’Mahony’s first-half try proved crucial as Munster secured a 10-3 win over Saracens that means they remain undefeated in Pool 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup.  However, late drama ensued in Thomond Park as the southern province were reduced to 14 players with the clock in the red zone when replacement back-row Arno Botha was red-carded for leading …

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“They’re The Nights You Almost Don’t Want To Have The Ball” – Peter O’Mahony

Peter O'Mahony

Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park.  For the 25,000 who packed into Thomond Park on Saturday night hoping to see some of Munster’s new expansive style of play, their hopes were quickly dashed as monsoon conditions quickly descended on the famous Limerick venue.  Due to the deteriorating weather conditions, the second-half could only be described as a slugfest as both …

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Saracens Set To Unleash Big Guns For Visit Of Munster

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Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park.  Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall says that many of the players who were rested for Saturday night’s clash with Munster at Thomond Park will be available for the return trip at Allianz Park next weekend.  The reigning European and English champions left a number of their star players at home including Mako and …

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Munster Clinch Vital Saracens Victory Despite Late Red Card Drama

Munster Saracens

Munster 10 Saracens 3 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park. A bumper crowd at Thomond Park paid witness to a pretty scrappy display from two European heavyweights as the famous Limerick venue was subject to some monsoon conditions as Storm Atiyah made itself known. Despite this, Johann van Graan’s side got the job done by securing a win against the …

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Kingspan Erupts As Last-Gasp Cooney Strike Gives Ulster Victory

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The Kingspan Stadium played host to Ulster’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Harlequins this afternoon as the northern province took a big step towards qualification for the knockout stages with a 25-24 win. Dan McFarland’s side looked threatening early on and could have had the first score on the board after just four minutes only for a knock on giving …

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Referee Alexandre Ruiz Hilariously Tries To Get Dan Biggar’s Attention

Leinster overcame Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Garden this afternoon on a scoreline of 43-16 in the Heineken Champions Cup. Three first-half tries from James Lowe, Rhys Ruddock and Andrew Porter helped the four-time European Champions to a 19-16 lead at the break. Shortly after half-time, the bonus-point was secured following Cian Healy’s try. Ross Byrne then got on the scoresheet …

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Ruthless Leinster Storm To Bonus-Point Win Over Northampton

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Northampton 16 Leinster 43 Leinster extended their lead at the top of Pool 1 in the Heineken Champions Cup following a highly impressive bonus-point win over Northampton Saints. In a frantic encounter, Leo Cullen’s men recorded seven tries, three of which came during a blistering first half in which the lead bounced from one side to the other. Despite a …

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Farrell And Vunipola Brothers Missing For Saracens’ Trip To Munster

Saracens have opted to leave a number of heavy-hitters at home for their trip to Munster for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash in Thomond Park.  World Cup finalists, Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Jamie George, Billy Vunipola and Elliot Daly have all been left out of the Saracens side though Maro Itoje is named along with captain Brad Barritt …

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Leone Nakarawa’s Sacking Confirmed By Racing 92

Racing 92 have sacked Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa, the club confirmed today. The 31-year-old returned from the Rugby World Cup two weeks later than scheduled having played in all four of the Pacific Islanders’ pool matches in Japan before being knocked out. Nakarawa was expected back in Paris on Monday, October 28, but did not return until Monday, November 11. …

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Stockdale Named At Full-Back As All Four Provinces Show Their Hand

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The third round of the Heineken Champions Cup gets underway this week with all four provinces looking to further their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.  The action gets underway at 1 pm on Saturday when Leinster travel to Franklin’s Gardens to face the Northampton Saints. At 3.15 pm Ulster host Harlequins at the Kingspan Stadium while Munster host …

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