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Ex-Ulster and Leinster Star Eric Miller Previews Tonight’s Massive Clash At Ravenhill

Ulster will be worried going into tonight’s clash with Leinster at Ravenhill, writes former Ulster, Leinster and Lions tourist Eric Miller. Ulster’s backs are against the wall at the moment. A dip in form, combined with Glasgow Warrior’s surge has put Mark Anscombe’s side in a precarious position. With Ulster’s European pedigree they would have been expected to see off …

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Irish Rugby: A Team Of The Worst Overseas Provincial Signings

After bringing you the best overseas provincial signings it only would be right to look back on Irish rugby imports who did not exactly have the desired impact that was hoped for. So, who should have been stopped at customs and sent back to where they came from before they trotted onto a rugby field in Ireland? The Fifteen The …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 6. Jonny Sexton

We’re approaching the business end of our countdown of the greatest Heineken Cup players of all time. Coming in at number six is Leinster legend and current Racing Metro out half, Jonny Sexton. 6. Jonny Sexton (Leinster/Racing Metro) As the old adage goes, it’s about quality not quantity. Jonny Sexton may have only made 41 Heineken Cup appearances but there …

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Irish Rugby: A Team Of The Best Overseas Provincial XV

The season is coming to an end which means finals and players pulling on their provincial jerseys for one last time. Ulster’s John Afoa will be leaving the Emerald Isle to play rugby elsewhere and Johann Muller will be heading home to South Africa to tend to the farm. Afoa and Muller have left indelible marks on Ulster rugby and …

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Irish Rugby Player Rankings – Top 5 Munster Players v Toulon

With Munster being the only Irish province in action in the Heineken Cup last weekend, this week we look at their Top 5 players against Toulon. 5. BJ Botha Words cannot do justice to what Botha has brought to Munster since he signed from Ulster in May 2011. The Toulon game was no exception. Wayne Barnes kept penalising Dave Kilcoyne …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Who’s Hot Saracens The Fez-heads do not play much rugby but they were ultra-efficient in their deconstruction of the Clermont Auvergne machine. Much was said in the build up to the game about Saracens’ ability to compete with French teams’ power, but the Barnet club answered those questions emphatically. The home side’s defence was impenetrable and relentless. Mark McCall’s men …

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PA Legends: Paul O’ Connell

In the first of a new series entitled ‘PA Legends’ , Dominic Evans discusses the career of Munster  talisman Paul O’ Connell. The Ireland and Lions hero has enjoyed a tremendous career and will be looking to reach another Heineken Cup Final with victory over Toulon on Sunday. “When Paul O’Connell is there, anything is possible.” – Ronan O’Gara. The above statement …

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Five Key Clashes In The Toulon vs Munster Game

The chips are stacked high against Munster. They travel to the South of France without a prayer in the eyes of many. They are taking on the reigning European champions on home soil for a spot in the last ever Heineken Cup final. It’s a position Munster have found themselves in many a time before and with their credentials it …

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A Game Too Far For Munster?

Both the Toulon and Munster camps are softening their chances of winning on Sunday, with the expected mind-games coming to the fore.  Toulon’s head coach, Bernard Laporte, said: “Their strength in the mauls is an undoubted weapon and they are equally strong in the lineouts as well. They haven’t reached this stage of the competition for nothing, but then they …

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Rugby Rewind: Leinster’s Finest Hour

This Sunday Munster head to Marseille for a Heineken Cup Quarter-Final, facing a seeming impossible task against Toulon. This week’s Rugby Rewind looks back at the 2011/2012 Heineken Cup, when another Irish province found themselves in a similar position, 300 miles away in Bordeaux. If this year’s quarter final defeat to Toulon felt like the end of an era for …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 7. Martin Johnson

Coming in at number seven in our countdown of the greatest Heineken Cup players of all time is Martin Johnson. Loved by some, despised by a lot but respected by all, the Leicester stalwart enjoyed a superb club career. 7. Martin Johnson (Leicester Tigers) In an era when Sky have created a buzz and hype around the world in regard …

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Five Key Aspects Munster Must Get Right In Marseilles

Fourteen years ago Munster travelled to the south of France to face the superstars of Toulouse. The Reds were given little hope of coming away from Bordeaux with a victory against the Rouge et Noir, but tries from John Hayes, Ronan O’Gara and Jason Holland enabled the Southern Province to pull off a seismic shock. This Sunday Munster head to …

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Three Key Toulon Players Munster Must Be Wary Of

Munster are up against it this weekend in Marseille, here are three key Toulon players that pose the biggest threat to Rob Penney’s men. Not for the first time in their storied career in the Heineken Cup, Munster travel to France in a knockout tie as underdogs. However, on this occasion the men from the South of Ireland are more than …

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Five Ways Munster Can Beat Toulon

Forty years ago Muhammad Ali took on George Foreman in Zaire in what has become known as the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. Foreman had been bludgeoning opponents into submission for a number of years and had most recently decimated Ali’s rival Ken Norton. Many feared for Ali’s health heading into the bout and few saw him finishing the fight …

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Moss Finn Looks Back On Historic Day Munster Beat All Blacks

The year was 1978. Jack Lynch was Taoiseach, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were dominating the charts with ‘Summer Nights’ and John Giles was the manager of the Irish national football team. While the news headlines were dominated by stories of American foreign policy and the arrival of Pope John Paul II, there was a bigger story brewing in Thomond …

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