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Five Reasons Why Leinster will beat Munster

Matt Cassidy gives us five reasons why Leinster will overcome Anthony Foley’s Munster on Saturday at the Aviva. The Aviva Stadium will be the scene where two teams who are searching desperately for some semblance of form before the start of the Rugby Champions Cup will clash. Leinster have a record of two wins and two defeats from the opening …

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Match Report : Connacht v Cardiff Blues

Connacht 24 Cardiff Blues 24 Attendance: 5242 It was a case of what might have been for the Westerners as they snatched a draw from the jaws of victory at a wet Sportsground. The home side started brightly as they held onto possession in greasy conditions. A foray into the Cardiff Blues’ 22 led to the first penalty being awarded …

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Focus Friday – Leinster vs Munster

This week’s Focus Friday centres on the massive clash between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva this weekend. Brotherly love is an often celebrated cornerstone of society, with the relationship epitomising the close bond of a family. But, there is an edge. When you know someone that well, you know their strengths, their weaknesses, what they like, what they don’t …

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Keith Earls Injury Blow Leaves Munster Shorthanded

Per Munster Rugby, winger and centre Keith Earls,underwent surgery on his right knee on Tuesday afternoon, writes Garbh Madigan. Originally the prognosis was that Earls would be back training with the side within days but having consulted with experts in London,the decision was made to operate on his patellar tendon. The Moyross flier is not expected to be back for …

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Rugby – The Irishmen Abroad

Ozer McMahon is here to keep us up to date with the actions of the Irish rugby players plying their trade away from the Emerald Isle. While the IRFU has always managed to do a good job in keeping the country’s best players in Ireland and keeping the provinces stocked with young local talent, indigenous coaches have found it harder …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Another momentous weekend for New Zealand, while Ulster endured a shocking loss in Italy. here’s this week’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’. Who’s Hot? New Zealand Another match and another win for Steve Hansen’s men as they defeated Argentina in La Plata to secure their third straight Rugby Championship success. Tries from Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Julian Savea and TJ Perenara …

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Leinster Win, But Still Display Worrying Errors

Leinster welcomed Cardiff Blues to the RDS on Friday in what had to be a day of atonement following last weekend’s away loss to Connacht. It was a quality defensive performance by Connacht yet Leinster would have viewed it as a series of missed opportunities. Leinster banked a flattering score line of 37-23 against the Cardiff Blues securing the bonus point. …

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Over The Top Criticism Of Leinster Boss Unwarranted

A record of 24 wins from 31 matches plus a league championship from the season before would constitute immunity from criticism for most coaches, however not Matt O’Connor. Leinster supporters have never taken the Aussie to their hearts, citing the team’s style of play, the refusal to select Ian Madigan at flyhalf and even his personality as legitimate reasons not …

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Focus Friday – Munster Vs. Ospreys

This week’s Focus Friday looks at Munster’s crucial clash with the Ospreys on Saturday in the Pro12. Munster have had a tumultuous start to the 2014/15 Pro12 season. A leaked email circulating before the season began, an upset at home to Edinburgh in their opening game, the Irish province have also seen their injury list expand. This weekend they’ll host …

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Five Sports Books To Look Forward To This Autumn

Maurice Brosnan provides us with five sports books that should help us to get through this Autumn. A good autobiography is a rare thing. Tony Cascarino’s ‘Full Time: The Secret Life of Tony Cascarino’ and Tony Adam’s ‘Addicted’ spring to mind, but for every startling honest and insightful story there are hundreds of ordinary and uninteresting editions riddled with tedious …

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Reflection on Women’s Rugby World Cup with Peter Bracken

Geraldine Kieran sat down with Ireland Women’s forward coach Peter Bracken to reflect on the 2014 Rugby World Cup tournament now that the dust has settled. In a wonderfully refreshing interview Peter, discussed at length the effort, time and work that goes into the Ireland Women’s set up and the process of training and preparation leading up to the tournament. …

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Aviva Premiership: Rating The Irishmen Abroad

Ozer McMahon discusses the performances of Ireland’s exiles in the Aviva Premiership, as the contingent continues to expand. With all four Irish provinces in action on Friday and while Joe Schmidt’s eyes were firmly fixed on developments at The Sportsground in Galway it’s easy forget about Ireland’s ever growing foreign contingent. Indeed there was a time Irish players plying their …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

What a week for Connacht! Matt Cassidy is here with this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’ and it’s no surprise to see Pat Lam’s men lead the way. Who’s Hot? Connacht “We are top of the league” was the chant the Clan Terrace roared when John Lacey blew his final whistle on Friday night. Pat Lam’s men …

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Rugby Sevens: Short-Sighted IRFU Need To Act

Alex Kirwan argues the need for the IRFU to establish an Irish rugby sevens side, with the sport being included in the Olympics form Rio 2016 onwards. Since Ireland began competing in the Summer Olympic Games in 1928, they have won a grand total of 28 Olympic medals. This would seem to indicate that medals are hard to come by …

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Ulster Bank League GOTW In Photos: Mary’s vs Terenure

St. Mary’s College and Terenure College clashed at Templeville Road over the weekend. Here are the top snaps from the clash. Terenure came out on top on a scoreline of 14-20 in the ‘Battle of 6W’. An opening try from Stuart O’Flanagan put Mary’s ahead, but Terenure came storming back. Tries from Shane Donovan and Harry Moore were the biggest talking points …

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Modern Sports Reporting – Fact or Fiction?

Geraldine Kieran discusses modern sports reporting and peoples’ inclination to report on stories off the pitch, as opposed to the performances on it. To keep a journal is to record or keep a record of daily events; journalism is to edit these events for newspapers, magazines and online media. It is a fairly straight forward definition of what the media’s …

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Connacht v Leinster: Five Key Talking Points

The wind nor the drizzle could dampen the spirits of a sold out Sportsground as Connacht toppled defending league champions, Leinster, in an epic inter-provincial clash. Three wins from three is the Westerners best start to a campaign since the competition switched to a league format. As for the Blues, it is the second defeat of the season and the …

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