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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Who’s Hot Toulon Two superb tries from Matt Giteau and Juan Smith plus the boot of Jonny Wilkinson led the Toulonnais to European glory in Cardiff on Saturday evening. Toulon were superb. Their breakdown was brilliant and their defence was all encompassing as Saracens were unable to create any try scoring opportunities. Toulon have now emulated Leicester Tigers and Leinster …

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Saracens and Toulon March To War

As the fat lady sits in the wings warming up her vocal cords, 30 men will be emptying every last ounce of energy on the pitch in the Millennium stadium on Saturday evening. This weekend, the Heineken Cup will come to, its much drawn out conclusion after 19 years of riveting club rugby. While Toulon and Saracens may not be …

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Stephen Ferris Tribute – Big, Brutal & Brave

With rumours circulating that Stephen Ferris may have succumbed to injury for the final time, Matt Cassidy leads a tribute to the Ulster rugby legend. “….picks him up like a rag doll and throws him over the 22!” A phrase uttered by Hugh Cahill that described Stephen Ferris’ bear hug on Wallaby scrum half, Will Genia, during Ireland’s epic World Cup …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 1. Ronan O’Gara

After weeks of counting down Heineken Cup legends, we have finally reached the conclusion. From tough tacklers to accurate outhalfs, our choice for  number one rose above them all. No team was safe from this European rugby legend. Our choice as the Greatest Heineken Cup Player Of All Time is Munster maestro Ronan O’Gara. No. 1 Ronan O’Gara When it comes …

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Top 14: Toulon and Castres Set Up Rematch of 2013 Final

Neither Montpellier nor Racing Metro were able to overcome the odds in the French Top 14 Semi-finals as favourites Toulon and Castres marched on to a repeat of last year’s climax in two highly contrasting games in Lille. Tries were at a premium in the first game as Toulon and Racing Metro predictably unleashed their star-studded packs in a dour …

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Rugby Legend: Brian Moore

The number 2 position, a.k.a the ‘Hooker’, is a pivotal area in modern day rugby. Matches can be won and lost on scrums and lineouts. Heading into the New Zealand tour in June,  England head coach Stuart Lancaster and his side may be weakened by the potential loss of first choice Dylan Hartley and will miss Lions number 2 in Tom …

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Ian Madigan Back In The Ireland Squad

Ian Madigan’s rollercoaster week took a positive turn this afternoon with the news that he has been recalled to the Ireland squad. Madigan’s inclusion comes after it was revealed Ulster’s Paddy Jackson has suffered a stress fracture of his lower back. Madigan will be delighted with the opportunity to make a lasting impression on Joe Schmidt and will now travel …

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Stuart Hogg Reportedly Spotted Meeting With Ulster Rugby

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland player Stuart Hogg was reportedly seen being shown around Ravenhill by Ulster’s top brass three weeks ago amid reports of a possible move to the Northern province. Hogg is currently preparing for the historic RaboDirect Pro12 Final versus Leinster at the RDS on May 31st. Despite being dropped for the semi-final, 21-year-old Hogg has played an important …

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Toulon v Saracens: Five Key Battles

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss the five key battles that could determine the outcome of Saturday’s Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens. And then there were two. Toulon and Saracens clash in Cardiff’s cauldron, the Millennium Stadium, to see who will be crowned Champions of Europe for 2014. Toulon have been efficient in this season’s continental competition, effectively …

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Mark McCafferty – Changing Rugby For The Good?

For some the Premiership Rugby (PR) chief executive Mark McCafferty is revolutionising the sport. For others, he is changing it for the worse. Since he arrived as Chief Executive of the Premier Rugby Association in 2005, McCafferty has continued to evolve the game in England to ensure its survival. An influx of foreign players can hurt the game, as is …

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Ireland Coach Explains Reasons For Ian Madigan Exclusion

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Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt has spoken about dropping Leinster’s Rabo Pro12 semi-final saviour Ian Madigan ahead of Ireland’s tour to Argentina. Madigan came off the bench last Saturday to rescue Leinster’s Pro12 ambitions with a try, but has to settle for a place on the emerging Ireland squad who face Russia, Uruguay and Romania in Romania. “We believe to …

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Irish Rugby Player Rankings – Week Ending 18/05/2014

It was Semi-Final weekend in the RaboDirect Pro12 and three Irish Provinces were in action. On Friday, Munster travelled to Glasgow and lost out by a single point in a hugely entertaining game. Leinster overcame a mammoth challenge from Ulster at the RDS on Saturday in an enthralling game. Here are the top 10 Irish players from these games. 10: …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 2. Brian O’Driscoll

This man needs no introduction. Coming in at number two on our countdown is one of the greatest rugby players in the  history of the sport. We give you, Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll. No.2 Brian O’Driscoll What can be said about Brian O’Driscoll that hasn’t been said before? One of the greatest rugby players of all time and the most capped …

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Zebo In, Madigan Out as Schmidt Names Squad For Summer Tour

Ian Madigan’s week went from ecstasy to agony in less than 48 hours, with the Dubliner being omitted from Joe Schmidt’s thirty-man squad to tour Argentina next month. Madigan was the hero for Leinster in their superb 13-9 turnaround win at the RDS on Saturday night, but Joe Schmidt has decided to leave the Dubliner at home this summer, instead opting for …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 3. Fabien Pelous

Our countdown is nearing its climax and coming in at number three is the legendary French second row Fabien Pelous. 3. Fabien Pelous (Toulouse) No matter how stylish or fluent a team is, every outfit that craves success needs an enforcer. Few players fitted this bill more than Toulouse second row Fabien Pelous. While Guy Noves has held the management reins …

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Matt O’Connor Delighted With Leinster’s Adversity

Matt O’Connor expressed his delight with the character shown by his Leinster side as they overturned a nine-point deficit to topple Ulster at the RDS and reach this year’s RaboDirect Pro12 Final. While Leinster once again failed to perform for large periods of the game, their ability to clutch victory from the jaws of defeat is a characteristic of all …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Who’s Hot Ian Madigan The strutting peacock that is the Leinster flyhalf rescued the Blues from a shock defeat over Irish rivals Ulster with a dart over the try line. It has been a frustrating season for the Blackrock man who has found his opportunities limited due to Matt O’Connor’s preference for Jimmy Gopperth. However, Madigan’s magic may just be …

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Leinster v Ulster: Five Talking Points from the RDS

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss the main talking points following Leinster’s victory over Ulster at the RDS on Saturday night. The second Pro12 semi –final was an all Irish affair as Leinster welcomed Ulster to the RDS. Glasgow were awaiting the victors of the tie courtesy of deposing Munster by one point the evening before. Leinster were looking to …

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