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Brian O’Driscoll Urges Owen Farrell To Improve Tackling Technique

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Former Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll has urged England’s Owen Farrell to improve his tackling technique following a number of controversial incidents that could have seen the out-half yellow carded. Farrell was criticised for his no-arms tackle on South Africa’s André Esterhuizen during England’s narrow victory over the Springboks at the beginning of the November Internationals. The challenge went unpunished, however …

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Scarlets Name Crusaders Assistant Brad Mooar As New Head Coach

Scarlets have confirmed that Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar will succeed Wayne Pivac as their head coach at the end of the season. Mooar will join Scarlets next season, bringing a strong coaching pedigree to the Welsh side having helped Crusaders win a Super Rugby title in New Zealand last year. The 44-year-old will replace Wayne Pivac who is leaving …

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Perpignan Lose Record Eleventh Straight Top 14 Match

Perpignan lost 22-11 to Bordeaux-Begles on Sunday in a record 11th straight league defeat in one season for a Top 14 club. The Catalans take over from Mont de Marsan who failed to win on 10 occasions in the top-flight in 2012-13. Bordeaux-Begles move up to sixth in the table with their second victory in a row and remain unbeaten …

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Cork Con Go Top Of AIL As They Edge Clontarf In Top Of The Table Battle

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AIL DIVISION 1A: CLONTARF 13 CORK CON 16 Cork Constitution are the new leaders of All-Ireland League Division 1A after ending Clontarf’s six-match winning streak with a stirring 16-13 comeback victory at Castle Avenue this afternoon. Armed with a 13-3 advantage inside the final quarter, ‘Tarf looked set to preserve their 100% record this season, but the boot of Aidan …

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Watch: Aaron Cruden Shanks Cross-Field Kick To Gift Clermont A Try

Aaron Cruden Clermont Montpellier

Clermont Auvergne continued their excellent form this season thanks to a win away to Montpellier where they won out on a 23-28 scoreline.  Wesley Fofana, Damian Penaud and Isaia Toeava all touched down for tries. Morgan Parra kicked 10 points and Camille Lopez slotted a drop goal to secure a victory which sees Clermont go eight points clear at the …

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Clean Sweep For Irish Provinces As Leinster Put 59 Points On Dragons

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It’s been a successful weekend for the Irish provinces in the Guinness PRO14 as Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster all recorded wins.  Munster were in action on Friday night as they beat Edinburgh 44-14 in Cork. Keith Earls scored a hattrick in eight first-half minutes en route to the comprehensive win. That victory saw Conor Murray and man-of-the-match Chris Farrell …

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Saracens Star Lozowski Puts Boot Into Former Club Wasps

Alex Lozowski Saracens Wasps

Alex Lozowski showed little mercy to his former side Wasps on Saturday contributing 19 points in Premiership champions Saracens 29-6 victory. Lozowski’s points haul included converting the only two tries of the contest — by England hooker Jamie George and lock Nick Isiekwe — which stretched the Saracens Premiership win streak to nine matches this term and 16 in all …

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Watch: Glasgow See Red For Shoulder To The Head Of Jake Ball

Glasgow Red Card

The Glasgow Warriors are currently 20-8 up against the Scarlets in this evening’s Guinness PRO14 clash.  Rhys Patchell gave the Scarlets a 0-3 lead but the Warriors responded with a try from Brandon Thomson on the half-hour mark and the out-half also tagged on eight points from the tee to give his side a 10-point half-time lead. Nick Griggs crossed …

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‘Hero’ Drotske Gives Thumbs-Up After Robbery Horror

South Africa armed robbery

Former Springbok World Cup winner and Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske was pictured Saturday making a thumbs-up sign from his hospital bed after being shot during an armed robbery.   The 47-year-old was wounded in the abdomen and arm late Thursday at the home of his brother near Pretoria when he charged at three intruders, two of whom were armed. …

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Eight Try Munster Put Edinburgh To The Sword In Dominant Win

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Munster – 44 Edinburgh – 14 Munster secured a one-sided bonus-point victory as a superb first half showing put Edinburgh to the sword and secured the outcome of this game long before Nigel Owen blew the full-time whistle. Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Tadhg Beirne and Peter O’Mahony were all excellent but it was man-of-the-match Chris Farrell who stole the show …

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World Cup Winning Springbok Drotske ‘Stable’ After Shooting

Drotske South Africa

Former Springbok hooker and Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske was in a “stable” condition in hospital Friday after being shot during an armed robbery outside Pretoria. The 47-year-old, a member of the 1995 World Cup winning squad, was at his brother’s property when three men broke into the house on Thursday evening, police told local media. “From what we hear …

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Top Of The Table Battle Takes Centre Stage In Saturday’s AIL Action

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AIL: Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated – AIL DIVISION 1A: CLONTARF (1st) v CORK CONSTITUTION (2nd), Castle Avenue The battle to be ‘Christmas number 1’ in Division 1A intensifies tomorrow with second-placed Cork Constitution visiting unbeaten leaders Clontarf. Con’s four try-scoring bonus points so far have them just a single point behind ‘Tarf. Munster Academy back Shane Daly is expected to …

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South African-Born Willemse Available For France In Six Nations

Montpellier lock forward Paul Willemse will be available to play for France in the Six Nations after announcing on Friday that his French citizenship had been confirmed this week. Pretoria-born Willemse, who won the Under-20 World Cup with the Springboks in 2012, qualifies for French citizenship through residency having left his native South Africa to play for Top 14 side …

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Herring Hits 150 Caps As Provinces Name Teams For PRO14 Clashes

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Robert Herring is set to make his 150th appearance for Ulster when the province welcome Cardiff Blues to Kingspan Stadium tomorrow afternoon in round 10 of the Guinness PRO14. The province have been boosted by the return of a number of internationals including Jordi Murphy, John Cooney and Stuart McCloskey, who all featured for Ireland during the November Series. Cooney, …

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“I Want To Go Out & Put My Stamp On Games” – Andrew Conway

Andrew Conway

Ireland winger Andrew Conway expects Andy Farrell to make a smooth transition to the role of national team head coach when he takes over from Joe Schmidt after next year’s World Cup in Japan. Following the New Zealander’s much-anticipated decision to step down at the end of his current contract with the IRFU, Farrell was immediately unveiled as his eventual …

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Ex-Springbok Drotske In Critical Condition Following Armed Robbery

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Former Springbok hooker Naka Drotske was in critical condition in hospital on Friday after being shot during an armed robbery outside the South African capital Pretoria. The 47-year-old, a member of the 1995 World Cup winning squad, was at his brother’s property in Kameeldrift when three men broke into the house on Thursday evening, police told local media. “There was …

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