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Modern Rugby – How The Irish Wolfhounds Have Evolved

Ozer McMahon discusses the development of the Irish Wolfhounds from a test-bed for up and coming players, to a stage where established internationals can gain precious minutes. It’s not long since the Irish A team, or the Wolfhounds as they have been rebranded, was a stepping stone towards elite international recognition and a breeding ground for those excelling themselves at …

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Five Fighting For Their Six Nations Spot

This weekend’s Champions Cup action  gave us a glimpse of some of the players who have been out of the Irish side for quite a while now. But while these players will be looking to grab the attention of Joe Schmidt ahead of the Six Nations, there are plenty of others that are hanging by a thread to a potential …

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Six Nations: Can France Restore National Pride?

After a disappointing few campaigns, will 2015 be the year that France finally get back to European rugby’s top table? Ozer McMahon doesn’t think so.   2014 Finish The opening fixture of France’s 2014 tournament was strangely prophetic as to how their campaign would unfold. They sparkled, and sprinted into a 15-3 lead within 22 minutes against England, crossing for …

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Munster’s Nine Try Victory Can’t Cover Cracks

Getting a team physically and mentally prepared for a dead rubber is not an easy task for any coach and is unfamiliar territory for Munster. Thinking back to thrilling do or die round six encounters against Gloucester, Wasps, Racing Metro and today’s opponents Sale made the occasion all the more strange. The game against Sale represented the first since 1998 …

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6 Nations: Welsh Dragon To Roar

Wales look set to make amends for last season’s dismal away form. But it still won’t be enough to take the Grand Slam back to Cardiff.    Warren Gatland’s men headed into last season’s competition with a chance of becoming the first ever team to win three outright championship’s in-a-row. However, the men in red endured a disappointing tournament with …

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Match Preview: Munster vs Sale

Sale travel to Munster this Sunday in a tie which has no bearing on the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup, but nonetheless may have a big impact on the rest of Munster’s season, and consequently, Anthony Foley’s future at the helm. Given the fact that Munster have missed out on the knock-out stages of Europe for only the …

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Is The Return of Tomás O’Leary A Sign of Munster’s Decline?

The news of Tomás O’Leary’s return to Munster has been welcomed by fans throughout the province. However, is his return indicative of just how far the Reds have fallen? Brian Barry discusses. Munster announced this week that prodigal son Tomás O’Leary was returning to the province after two seasons with London Irish. While this may be a positive step for both parties, it is in …

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Six Nations Preview: Scotland Set To Struggle Once Again

With the Six Nations now very much so on the horizon, Matt Cassidy previews the prospects of Scotland before they head into the tournament next month.  2014 results Ireland 28-6 Scotland, Dublin Scotland 0-20 England, Edinburgh Italy 20-21 Scotland, Rome Scotland 17-19 France, Edinburgh Wales 51-3 Scotland, Cardiff The 2014 edition of the Six Nations championship is one that Scotland’s long …

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Six Nations: Will It Be A Dream Year For The Red Rose?

The Six Nations is just around the corner and 2015 has the potential to be a momentous year for England Rugby. Is it inconceivable that the World Cup hosts can secure a Six Nations and World Cup double? Ozer McMahon discusses their potential for the former. Englands’s 2014 Six Nations Campaign After maintaining a 100% home record and securing a …

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Leinstertainment Returns To Ballsbridge

That’s more like it from Leinster. Seven tries and an incredibly accurate performance with a blend of pack domination and backline precision that will buoy them before their quest to secure top spot against Wasps next weekend. There was further evidence of Leinster’s continued conveyor belt of youth coming through with accomplished performances from all of their respective young guns. …

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PREVIEW: Connacht vs Exeter Chiefs

Lam names his strongest Connacht side ahead of Exeter Chiefs visit.   Pat Lam’s team selection for the visit of high flying Exeter Chiefs this week was eagerly anticipated by Connacht fans, as it would show where the Kiwi’s priorities lie this year. Many argued that Lam should rest some of his more important players to ensure they would remain …

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Munster’s European Misery Continues

All in all it was a poor day for Munster, a day in which they can have no arguments, a day in which they simply had no answers. You know your opposition have had an easy ride when their winger is sauntering off the field at half time giving a TV interview without a care in the world. If nothing …

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Mike Ross and Leinster’s Number 3 Jersey

Mike Ross is now a Leinster stalwart. His absence though could be Marty Moore’s gain.    With Leinster set to face Castres this weekend, there was one noticeable absentee from the first choice 23. We’ve become accustomed to missing names like Cian Healy, Sean O’Brien and a host of other first teamers through injury, yet, a man who has often …

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PREVIEW: Toulon vs Ulster

This is probably the last Match Ulster will want, but then there aren’t many better times to take on Toulon.   A trip to the home of the European champions is not what an out of sorts Ulster side need at this moment in time. Last week’s performance against Treviso pretty much summed up Ulster’s season in one game. In …

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PREVIEW: Leinster vs Castres

Leinster go into the Castre match with an exciting Back Row and expectations aplenty.    In what has been a well documented inconsistent season, Leinster will be desperate to notch up five points at the RDS on Saturday evening. Matt O’Connor has been able to name a close to full strength team, with just Jack Mc Grath(Leinster have opted against …

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Can Munster Cope With The Loss Of Conor Murray?

Munster have been dealt a major blow with the news that Conor Murray will not be available for their must-win trip to Saracens tomorrow afternoon. Kick-off is at 1pm. Munster, already heading into the game as underdogs would have had to show their renowned spirit, passion and grit along with precise accuracy to see them cross the line against last …

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AIL GOTW In Pictures – St. Mary’s 13-9 Old Belvedere

This week’s AIL Game of the Week is St. Mary’s vs Old Belvedere. Kevin Hegarty was there to capture all the action It was an emotional game for Mary’s as it was number 10 Gavin Dunne aka ‘The Kid’s’ last game after six years with the club. The boys went down in the beginning and the battle was intense. The opening score of the …

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