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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

In this week’s edition of ‘who’s hot and who’s not’, resident rugby expert Matt Cassidy discusses Munster’s heroics with the help of Ian Keatley and New Zealand’s win over Australia, as well as giving an insight into the ‘not so hot’ rugby action this weekend. Who’s Hot Ian Keatley The Dubliner did what Ronan O’Gara did for the best part …

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It’s Been A Good Week/Bad Week For…

Sport can be a rollercoaster of highs and lows from week to week. Here’s a quick look back at who had a good/bad week in sport this week.   Good Week John O’Shea As if it wasn’t special enough to earn your 100th cap for your country, O’Shea then went on to captain Ireland in the last twenty minutes on …

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Connacht v La Rochelle: Five Talking Points

Matt Cassidy provides us with the five biggest talking points following Connacht’s win at the Sportsground this weekend. Pat Lam’s men opened up the new European season with a bonus point win over La Rochelle. The game, played in windy and wet conditions, saw Connacht score seven tries to the visitors’ two. It is an important five points for the Westerners who …

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Match Report: Connacht v La Rochelle

Connacht 48 La Rochelle 12 Attendance: 4735 Connacht got their European campaign up and running with a facile win over La Rochelle at the Sportsground on Saturday evening! Many French clubs have treated the Challenge Cup with disdain in the past and La Rochelle proved to be no different. They arrived at the Sportsground to be greeted with the delightful …

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Make Or Break For Matt O’Connor?

  As Leinster open their European season, Brian Barry ponders if the Champions Cup is Matt O’Connor’s last chance to deliver as coach.   Matt O’Connor and Leinster enter the European Champions Cup at home with huge pressure on their shoulders. Due to the expectations built up by their recent European success, the Dublin 4 outfit are perhaps victims of …

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Five Players Looking To Impress Joe Schmidt This Weekend

European rugby is finally upon us and these five players will be hoping for standout performances to catch the eye of Irish coach Joe Schmidt. 1. Noel Reid – Leinster Many questions were asked throughout last season as to who might step up and fill the void in the Leinster and Ireland teams after Brian O’Driscoll’s retirement. Few would have …

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Focus Friday – Ireland’s Future At Scrum Half

Johnathan Fitzpatrick discusses the future of Ireland’s scrum half position, with an ever increasing amount of competition emerging in that area.   Depth is a muscle every rugby coach wants to develop. Rugby is no longer a team sport. It’s just as much about the eight players on the bench as the 15 standing on it. Just as much about the …

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Rob Henderson Blog: Opening Win Is A Must For Munster

Former Munster and British and Irish Lions star Rob Henderson previews Munster’s opening European Champions Cup game against Sale. On a run of form that has seen Munster defeat Leinster and Saracens in quick succession, Anthony Foley’s squad travel into this weekend’s Champion Cup tie against Sale Sharks in high spirits. Sale, on the other hand, go into the match …

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European Rugby Champions Cup Preview – The Contenders

Ozer McMahon is here to profile the contenders for this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup, which kicks off this weekend. Rejuvenation and regrowth are usually the hallmarks of spring, but it seems the seasons have been confused in the northern hemisphere this year, certainly in a rugby sense at least. A new streamlined European Cup is nearly upon us. Thanks to vociferous protestations …

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Connacht Vs La Rochelle: 5 Reasons Why Connacht Will Win

Connacht host La Rochelle tomorrow night in their first European Rugby Challenge Cup game of the season, here Matt Cassidy outlines five reasons why the Irish side will come out victorious. The start of the European season got under way last night with Gloucester hammering Brive. Connacht make their European bow this year when they host newly promoted Top 14 …

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European Rugby Champions Cup Preview – The Outsiders

Ozer McMahon is here to profile the outsiders for this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup, which kicks off this weekend. The Outsiders Leinster It’s a sign of the ever evolving landscape of European club rugby that three times European Champions, and as recently as 2012, Leinster now find themselves outside the immediate group of teams considered contenders for the continents top club …

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European Rugby Champions Cup Preview – The Dark Horses

The European Rugby Champions Cup kicks off this weekend and Ozer McMahon is here to profile the dark horses of this year’s revamped tournament. Munster So long as night follows day, Munster will continue to be a force in Europe. They may not contain the same standard of player that brought them two victories in the middle of the last …

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Match Preview: Leicester Vs Ulster

With the European Rugby Champions Cup about to begin in earnest, Conor Heffernan previews the clash of Leicester and Ulster on Saturday night. Ulster’s preparations for this weekend’s tie against Leicester at Welford Road have been set back with the news that Andrew Trimble is a doubt for the European Champions Cup opener. Unfortunately for Ulster, Trimble joins Ruan Pienaar …

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European Preview: Connacht v La Rochelle

Matt Cassidy previews Connacht’s battle with La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup this weekend. The European phase of the rugby season is upon us. Rugby’s continental tournaments have been revamped after a two-year battle between Premier Rugby Ltd, the Top 14 and the Celtic clubs. Many issues such as sponsorship have not been ironed out to date but …

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Match Preview: Leinster vs Wasps

Leinster’s European campaign gets underway this weekend when they face Wasps in the newly branded European Champions Cup. News emerged this week from the Leinster camp that prop Martin Moore will be joining fellow forwards Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien, as well as winger Fergus McFadden on the injured list for Leinster. One can’t help but feel for Leinster coach Matt O’Connor. Last …

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Five Talking Points Ahead Of Munster’s European Campaign

Conor Luttrell analyses the five main talking points as Munster Rugby make their bow in the new European Champions Cup competition. The competition may have changed, but the importance of it remains the same. Friday week marks the start of a new chapter in European club rugby and in this article we will look at the five main talking points as …

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Match Preview: Munster vs Sale Sharks

Conor Heffernan previews Munster maiden European Rugby Champions Cup game this weekend against Sale Sharks. The time has finally come for the opening weekend of the inaugural European Rugby Champion Cup. The tournament formerly known as the Heineken Cup, has been the subject of much talk in the media but thankfully debates about whether or not British and French sides …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

It was a good week for Ulster, while Sale Sharks had one to forget. Resident rugby expert Matt Cassidy is here with this week’s instalment of Who’s Hot & Who’s Not? Who’s Hot? Ulster The Northern province head into the first round of Europe after a thumping 29-9 win over the Glasgow Warriors. The Scottish side came to Belfast with …

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