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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Who’s Hot Andrew Trimble The Coleraine man has had a stellar season which was recognised with him sweeping up at the Ulster and Ireland rugby award ceremonies. Trimble was named IRUPA Players Player of the year for his magnificent Six Nations campaign. Ulster will be hoping for two more brilliant showings by the winger in their pursuit of Pro 12 …

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The Gain Line: Florian Fritz & The Duty of Care

In a damning article, Brendan Kelly slams the IRB and demands that the issue of concussion in rugby be dealt with appropriately before it is too late. On Friday night Racing Metro 92 travelled to Stade Toulousain for the barrages round of the Top14. Earlier in the season it looked fairly unlikely that the Parisians would reach this stage but …

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Danny Cipriani – A Star Reborn.

After a tumultuous period Danny Cipriani has started to fulfil the promise he showed at the beginning of his career, with many people calling for his return to the England fold. When Danny Cipriani first burst onto the scene for London Wasps, he was hailed as England’s brightest star since Jonny Wilkinson. Eye-catching performances against top domestic and European clubs …

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Aviva Premiership & RaboDirect Pro12 Near Conclusion

For another year the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro 12 leagues arrive at the final round of games. Dominic Evans previews the conclusion of the rugby season. Aviva Premiership The Aviva Premiership is the first to conclude this Saturday. All games kick-off at 15:15. The bottom half of the table is finalised. After a woeful season Worcester Warriors were relegated …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.10 London Wasps (2004)

With the Heineken Cup coming to an end this season, we decided to look back on the greatest teams to win the illustrious trophy. Coming in at No.10 is Warren Gatland’s London Wasps side of 2004. Compared to the star studded teams who have tasted Heineken Cup victory in the last number of years, many of the teams who managed …

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Brian O’Driscoll Remembers His Early Leinster Days

Leinster and Irish centre Brian O’Driscoll relived his early days at the province today as his retirement draws near. The RDS may regularly draw large crowds to games including those against lower sides such as Treviso, but it’s a far cry from the humble crowds of O’Driscolls first season at Leinster. “Back in the early days a bit, I remember …

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RTBC – Connacht Rugby On The Up

For the past couple of years Connacht have spent their seasons with many highs, but considerably more lows.  However, the tide at the Sportsgrounds may be about to turn. Connacht announced the signing of New Zealander Mils Muliaina during the week, in what is a true marquee signing for the Western club. The Westerners have shown tremendous spirit in seasons gone by but they always seemed …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 5. Vincent Clerc

Our countdown of the Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time is hotting up and coming in at number five is Vincent Clerc, a cold-blooded try scorer with a record of 35 tries in 73 appearances. In every sport finding a prolific scorer is the hardest task of management. None more so than in rugby and the Heineken Cup, where …

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The Gain Line: “The Letter of the Law”

It was the official curtain raiser at new Ravenhill on Friday evening. Signs draped on the grandstand bid the fans to be the 16th man. That was, as it happened, unduly optimistic. Ulster for the second time in short succession had to play the majority of the match with 14 men. In the end a gallant Ulster side lost out 20-22 …

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No Rugby Sevens Team Please; We’re Irish!

The trials and tribulations of Ireland’s provinces in the chase for Pro 12 glory are what dominate the Irish sport news this weekend. Munster hammered Edinburgh at Meggetland whilst Leinster defeated fourteen-man Ulster at a brand new Ravenhill. At the same time the next leg of the Sevens circuit was taking place in Glasgow but there was no coverage on …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Who’s Hot Cork Constitution Con retained the All Ireland Cup after defeating UCD 19-6 at Temple Hill on Saturday afternoon. The game was played in poor conditions and probably was a factor in the poorly attended showpiece of the Irish club game but that will not dampen the joy of the players of Cork Constitution. Gerry Hurley landed 14 points …

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Saracens- a cut above the rest.

Saracens hammered the Heineken Cup favourites Clermont 46-6 at Twickenham last week with the definitive defensive performance. Man of the Match Jacques Burger completed 29 tackles in 70 minutes. Even more impressive was the force of his hits, he drove the attackers behind the gain line. His defensive prowess was a microcosm for the rest of the team. If Burger …

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Conor Murray- Irish Player of the Season?

Since his exploits with the Lions last Summer, Conor Murray entered the new season with the reputation of a world-class player. Come the turn of the new year, some of the victorious Lions players were fatigued such as George North and Ben Youngs. Training and playing with other Lions resulted in a positive experience for the Ireland and Munster scrum-half. …

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Irish Rugby Player Rankings – Week Ending 04/05/2014

It was the second last round of fixtures in the RaboDirect Pro 12 at the weekend. Connacht blew a twelve-point lead against Cardiff, Leinster earned a two point victory against Ulster and Munster crossed for seven tries in their hammering of Edinburgh. Here are the top 10 Irish players from the week’s games. 10: James Cronin Cronin continued has fine …

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Matt O’Connor: Deal For Australian International Not Done

While Leinster are expected to name Australian lock Kane Douglas as a new signing this week, Head Coach Matt O’Connor stated the Waratahs player fits the profile as successor to Leo Cullen but a deal has yet to be done. With Cullen having announced he would step away from playing earlier in the season, O’Connor spoke about the long process …

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TBT:Rupeni Caucaunibuca Takes RWC 2003 By Storm

It felt like one of the formative moments in world rugby. In the blink of an eye, with a twinkle of his toes, the Fiji wing Rupeni Caucaunibuca gathers the ball deep in his own half, skins the massive and mobile Aurélien Rougerie, then takes the perfect trajectory to cut inside the full-back Nicolas Brusque. In a flash, Fiji are …

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Five Talking Points From Ulster v Leinster

The grand opening of a brand, new Ravenhill was the setting as Ulster and Leinster collided but there was more than bragging rights at stake. Leinster were looking to cement their place at the summit of the Pro 12 table and secure a home semi-final. Because of the Ospreys shock defeat in Parma on Thursday night, the equation for the …

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Leinster take the win, but Ulster take the plaudits

Leinster secured a tight 22-20 win at Ravenhill on a fantastic night in Belfast that saw Ulster reduced to fourteen men. In a hugely anticipated game, Ian Madigan led the battle of the 10s with two early penalties to put Leinster 6-0 ahead. However, the night would go pear shaped for Madigan, with the Leinster man missing a number of kickable opportunities …

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