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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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Focus Friday – The End Of Leinster’s Dominance?

Jonathan Fitzpatrick questions whether Leinster’s success is on the downturn following a less than impressive start to the season. In 2013 Alex Ferguson stepped down from the reins as coach of Manchester United, one of the greatest managers in football history. David Moyes had the unenviable task of succeeding Ferguson, in an experiment that backfired after only 10 months. Moyes …

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Connacht v Cardiff Blues: Five Main Talking Points

When Neil Paterson blew his whistle to signal the conclusion of the match in Galway on Friday night, there was a palpable sense of disappointment surrounding the Sportsground. Connacht, who had been leading by 14 points with ten minutes to go, were pegged back by the Cardiff Blues. A draw was a devastating blow to Pat Lam’s men who were …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy is here with his weekly fill for the rugby junkies among us. Here’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’. Who’s Hot? Munster They came, they saw and they conquered. Anthony Foley’s men produced a brilliant performance at the Aviva Stadium to beat Leinster for only the second time in ten attempts in the capital. First half tries from James …

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AIL GOTW In Photos: Cork Con Defeat St. Mary’s

Cork Constitution got the better of St. Mary’s in the capital over the weekend on a scoreline of 15-26. Kevin Hegarty is here with the best snaps from the action. Cork Con started the better and went ahead early on through a James Murphy try that was easily converted by Darragh Lyons. St Mary’s didn’t have to wait too long …

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Five Reasons Munster Will Beat Leinster

Brian Barry gives us five reasons as to why Munster will overcome Leinster at the Aviva this Saturday. 1;. Injuries Have Rocked Leinster Leinster have suffered a serious psychological blow following the news that 2011 European Player of the Year Sean O’Brien has been sidelined for six months. Add the loss of Cian Healy to the mix, and Leinster’s two …

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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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