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Five Talking Points From the Leinster-Glasgow Pro12 Final

Reporting live for Pundit Arena, the stakes were as high as the temperature at a sun-drenched RDS as Leinster took on the Glasgow Warriors for the Pro12 title. The match was a sell out with many Glaswegians making their way to the capital city. Leinster were looking to become the first team to win back-to-back leagues championships whereas the Glasgow Warriors …

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Leinster Make History At The RDS

Leinster became the first side to retain the Pro12 trophy after a magnificent performance at the RDS. The Boys In Blue overturned a six point deficit early in the  first half to complete a historic 34-12 victory in Leo Cullen and Brian O’Driscoll’s last game. Brian O’Driscoll left the RDS to a standing ovation. However, the outpour of emotion was …

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Pro12 Final Teams: Leinster vs Glasgow Warriors

This season’s RaboDirect Pro12 campaign concludes tonight at the RDS, with Leinster facing the red-hot Glasgow Warriors. Glasgow are contesting their first ever Pro12 Final after they overcame Munster at Scotstoun two weeks ago. Gregor Townsend’s side are the form team in the competition and come into the game on the back of nine straight victories. Leinster secured their place in …

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Five Must Watch Contests at the RDS

After 23 rounds of action, defending champions Leinster clash with surprise finalists, Glasgow Warriors. Matt O’Connor’s men will look to become the first side to retain the Pro 12 title whereas Glasgow will want to engrave a new name on the trophy and become the first team to take the league title back to Scotland. 1. Front Row The efforts …

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Shane Byrne Says A Farewell To Leo Cullen & Brian O’Driscoll

The day has finally arrived. At 6:15pm, Brian O’Driscoll will begin his last stint as the chief protagonist in the Leinster love story. As we enter the final scenes of one of the greatest scripts in rugby history, Glasgow Warriors are all that stand between O’Driscoll and the perfect ending. However, there is a subplot at the RDS that will be awash …

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Townsend: Stuart Hogg Will Remain At Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors’ Gregor Townsend insists Lions’ full-back Stuart Hogg will remain at the club despite leaving him out of his Rabo Pro12 final squad. Rumours linked Hogg with Ulster, but it is also understood that Saracens and a number of Top 14 clubs are interested. Despite this, Townsend was adamant that while it was a difficult decision to leave him …

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O’Connor: Ian Madigan Best Utilised From The Bench

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor stated that his squad know the stakes ahead of their RaboPro12 final clash with Glasgow tomorrow at the RDS. The coach has also decided that Ian Madigan – who secured the semi-final victory with a try against Ulster – is best utilised from the bench with Jimmy Gopperth once again chosen at out-half.  “Everyone …

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Five Key Battles that will decide the RaboDirect Pro12 Final

It’s the eve of a very special RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final. Countless Leinster fanboys and fangirls (myself most definitely included) are clutching our tickets to our hearts in anticipation of tomorrow’s game. The match against the Glasgow Warriors kicks off at 18:15 in the RDS. This isn’t only a final, it isn’t only Leinster’s last game of the season, it’s …

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Trevor Hogan: Glasgow Will Pose A Serious Threat To Leinster

Leinster and Glasgow go to war on Saturday night at the RDS in what will be the Irish province’s fifth league final in a row. In stark contrast to Matt O’Connor’s side, Glasgow have qualified for the RaboDirect Pro12 Final for the first time in their history and are in blistering form ahead of the Dublin showdown. Pundit Arena spoke to …

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Toulon v Castres: Three Factors That Will Decide Top 14 Final

For the second successive season, Bernard Laporte’s Toulon are one game away from an historic French and European double. Having taken Europe by storm, rugby’s answer to Real Madrid’s Galacticos once again turn attention to their long wait for a French championship. Standing in their way once again are everybody’s favourite giant-killer, Castres. Twelve months ago Toulon were coming off …

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Exclusion Pushes Stuart Hogg Closer To Ulster

Stuart Hogg has been excluded from Glasgow Warriors’ 23-man squad for Saturday’s Pro12 Final, further fuelling the rumours that the Scot is on his way to Ravenhill. Hogg’s exclusion for the clash with Leinster means the 54-0 thrashing of Zebre at the start of the month will have been his last action in a Warriors shirt. We broke the news about …

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Five Facts About James Coughlan’s New Home

As any Irish rugby fan worth their salt will already know, the big news emerging from the country’s southernmost province yesterday was that Munster stalwart James Coughlan will be departing for French shores next season. The Dolphin RFC man will be released from his contract a year early (by his own request) and leaves to join French second division side …

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Matt O’Connor: Concussion Decisions Should Be Made By Team Doctors

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor has stated that decisions on whether a player is concussed or able to continue in a game should be left up to team doctors. O’Connor’s comments come following the decision to allow Toulouse’s Florian Fritz to continue playing in the Top14 Quarter-Final despite having collapsed while walking off and also Leinster’s decision to replace Brian O’Driscoll and Fergus …

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Warrior Spirit – Glasgow’s Rugby Revolution

When it comes to the sporting landscape in Scotland’s second city, football is king. The Old Firm rivalry was the only matter that concerned the Glaswegian sportsman as Celtic and Rangers did battle for various glories. Alas, the intense passion for the Association code has lessened with the Ibrox team’s demise and the Bhoys’ yearly procession to the league title. …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.9 Brive (1997)

What do Leicester’s 2002 Heineken Cup winning team, Leinster’s 2012 legends and Toulon’s class of 2013 have in common that sets them apart from the Brive side of 1997? All of these teams did one thing which Brive did not; they lost a game on their way to the trophy. Last year, Toulon were hockeyed 23-3 by Montpellier in the …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Who’s Hot Toulon Two superb tries from Matt Giteau and Juan Smith plus the boot of Jonny Wilkinson led the Toulonnais to European glory in Cardiff on Saturday evening. Toulon were superb. Their breakdown was brilliant and their defence was all encompassing as Saracens were unable to create any try scoring opportunities. Toulon have now emulated Leicester Tigers and Leinster …

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Saracens and Toulon March To War

As the fat lady sits in the wings warming up her vocal cords, 30 men will be emptying every last ounce of energy on the pitch in the Millennium stadium on Saturday evening. This weekend, the Heineken Cup will come to, its much drawn out conclusion after 19 years of riveting club rugby. While Toulon and Saracens may not be …

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