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Match Report: Connacht Vs Leinster

Matt Cassidy was at The Sportsground as Connacht dug deep to earn a win at home to Leinster, which now Leaves the Western province top of the league. Courageous Connacht sit top of the league after a heroic win over league champions, Leinster at a sold out Sportsground. A sloppy start to game for Pat Lam’s charges was summed up …

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Focus Friday – Connacht Vs Leinster

Tonight all eyes avert to the Sportsground in Galway, where Connacht host the reigning champions of the Guinness Pro12 – Leinster. Connacht lie third in the Pro12 two weeks in, completing an impressive double over the Dragons and Edinburgh. These wins are symbolic as they’re games the old Connacht may have thrown away at the death, but this Connacht side …

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Five Key Battles: Connacht Vs Leinster

Round three of the Guinness Pro 12 throws up the first Irish interprovincial clash of the new season. Defending league champions, Leinster travel west to Galway in the unfamiliar position of being below Connacht in the table. Matt Cassidy previews five of the key battles that will take place in tonight’s game.  Pat Lam’s men head into the match full …

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Rugby: European Champions Cup Preview: Pools 4 and 5

In the build up this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup, the new competition to replace the Heineken Cup, our writer, Jonathan Abbott previews pools 4 and 5 Pool 4: This is an intriguing pool that raises a lot of questions for rugby fans. Can Toulouse, with their new signings, be a force in Europe again? Will Montpellier or Bath make the step up to Europe’s …

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Unsung Irish Rugby Hero: Colin Patterson

Maurice Brosnan gives an insight into one of the unsung heroes of Irish rugby; Colin Patterson.  Colin Patterson has three lines on Wikipedia and one mention on YouTube. For the one of the greatest Irish scrum-halves in history this is a disappointing return. Fortunately, that one mention on YouTube is his inclusion in the greatest Irish XV in history. Still, he …

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Scottish Independence: The Role Of Sport

With just one day to go until Scottish independence is voted upon, Maurice Brosnan looks at some of the impacts that this referendum could have on Scottish sport.   On the 18th of September Scotland will vote on whether or not to remain a part of the United Kingdom. This will be a major decision and a historic event regardless of …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

In Matt Cassidy’s weekly feature he discusses the good and the bad of the rugby world. So who’s hot and who’s not this week? _____ Who’s hot Nick Williams The massive Ulster number eight had a productive evening on Friday night in Belfast. Numerous carries, many metres made and a try to boot represented a good night’s work for the Kingspan Stadium …

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Leinster Dominate At The RDS

Leinster managed an impressive win over Scarlets on home turf over the weekend. Geraldine Kieran discusses the intricacies of the match.  Leinster welcomed an in form Scarlets team to the RDS on Saturday afternoon or so we were expecting! Following Scarlets’ smart, fast paced performance against Ulster last weekend and a dismal performance by Leinster, Saturday’s fixture was set to be …

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Rugby: All-Time Dual International XV

James Neville discusses his Dual International XV, made up of players that have represented two countries in rugby. Recently the IRB, with the 2016 Olympics approaching, had made a change in their regulations by introducing a loophole to allow players who had previously played international rugby for one country and wished to change allegiances in Sevens, which would then be …

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Focus Friday – Exciting Time To Be A Connacht Rugby Fan

This week’s edition of Focus Friday talks about the excitement building at the Sportsground as Connacht look like they could enjoy a successful season. Jonathan Fitzpatrick discusses. Cast your eyes back to 2003 – a heartbroken Munster continued their on their quest for European glory. Leinster showed flashes of promise but were susceptible to vanish when the big games came …

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Guinness Pro12: Jamie Heaslip Talks Scarlets

Ahead of the second round of the Guinness Pro12, Jamie Heaslip discussed some of the key aspects of facing Scarlets at home in the RDS. Following Leinster’s 21-20 loss to Glasgow last weekend the squad are under pressure to correct some of the key areas of their game that were sadly lacking. Sloppy ball handling, higher than normal missed tackle …

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Leinster Boss: Madigan Will Decide To Stay Or Go

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor insists that Ian Madigan will decide whether or not he stays or goes when Johnny Sexton returns. With Sexton signing a four year IRFU contract, O’Connor stated that it will be Madigan’s decision whether he will stay at Leinster or leave. Madigan is neck-and-neck with Paddy Jackson as back-up 10 with Ireland and will …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here for your weekly fill of the heroes and zeros from the latest rugby action. Here’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not’. Who’s Hot? Northampton Saints It was their first game as champions at their beloved Franklin’s Gardens and the Saints did not disappoint. Jim Mallinder’s league winners absolutely demolished a hapless Gloucester side, scoring eight tries in the process. …

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Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons: Five Main Talking Points

The Sportsground was bathed in sunshine as Connacht opened their season against the Dragons. Pat Lam’s summer spending spree has added quality and depth to the Westerners’ squad, but with cash being splashed expectation quickly follows and the 4,213 who were in attendance in Galway on Saturday evening were anticipating a home victory. 1. The Cards Three players were sent …

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Leinster Rugby’s Three Amigos – How Will They Fare?

Geraldine Kieran takes a look at Leinster rugby’s new leaders; club captain Jamie Heaslip and vice captains Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien. How will these three distinctively different personalities lead Leinster forward this season?  A new era for Leinster Towards, the end of the last season the big buzz word was ‘transition’. How will Leinster tcope without Brian O Driscoll? How …

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Match Report: Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons

At a sun drenched Sportsground Pat Lam’s men kick off their season with a gritty victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons. The air was thick with anticipation after the Westerners’ summer spending spree. And the home side did not disappoint as they came out firing on all cylinders. Connacht’s attacks were direct and at a pace. But the first opportunity …

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Connacht V The Dragons: Five Key Battles

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss the five key battles that could determine the outcome of Connacht’s opener against Newport Gwent Dragons. After a summer of having to content ourselves with a wondrous World Cup, a glorious GAA championship and a magnificent Rory McIlroy dominating the golfing world, the waiting is finally over! Rugby is back! The dawn of the new term signals …

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Leinster Coach: Criticism of Pro12 Unfair

Leinster Head Coach Matt O’Connor insists criticism of the Guinness Pro12 is unfair as his side prepares for their opening game of the new season away to Glasgow. He believes the control the Top 14 and Aviva Premiership have in minimising the loss of their players during the international periods are the difference between the status of those leagues and …

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