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Lions Confirm Fixtures For 2021 South Africa Tour

Lions Fixtures

The fixture details for the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021 have been confirmed this morning.  The tour in 2021 will involved eight games which will take place between July 8 and August 7. The Lions’ first match will be against Super Rugby side the Stormers on July 8 before taking on a South African invitational …

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Mark McCall: Munster A Tougher Opponent With Rowntree & Larkham

mark mccall

Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall believes Munster are a much tougher prospect than the last time the two sides met thanks to the addition of Graham Rowntree and Stephen Larkham. The pair have crossed paths a few times in rugby’s most prestigious club competition with their most recent match coming in last season’s semi-final at the Ricoh Arena in …

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Ireland U20 Grand Slam Trio Selected In Dubai 7s Invitational Squad

Ireland 7s

Three members of the 2019 U20 Grand Slam winning side have been included in the Ireland Men’s Sevens Development squad for this week’s Dubai Invitational tournament.  Ireland’s men’s and women’s senior sides are already in Dubai preparing for the beginning of the HSBC World Series with action getting underway on Thursday. For the men’s side this will be the first …

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Former Wales Coach Mike Ruddock Joins Ospreys Short-Term

Mike Ruddock Ospreys

Former Wales coach Mike Ruddock has been appointed by the Ospreys on a short-term basis to review the club’s rugby operation.  Although head coach Allen Clarke is still technically employed by the club, coaches Matt Sherratt and Carl Hogg were in charge of the Ospreys’ 13-18 loss to the Cheetahs at the weekend. Ruddock, who led Wales to a Grand …

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AIL Roundup As Garryowen Up To Third After Away Win Over Terenure

AIL

Rob Jermyn weighed in with a 25-minute first-half hat-trick as Cork Constitution ran out convincing 35-19 bonus point winners over Ballynahinch. The flame-haired winger showed off his finishing skills with a neatly-taken trio of converted tries, helping Con to extend their lead at the top of Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A to five points. Garryowen moved up to third place …

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Munster Increase Thomond Park Capacity Ahead Of Saracens Battle

Thomond Park

Munster have announced that they will increase the capacity of Thomond Park for Saturday’s mouth-watering clash with Saracens (KO 5.30pm).  The southern province, due to high demand, will install pitchside seating at the northern and southern ends of the ground which will bring capacity up to 26,267 from 25,600. Munster are currently tied at the top of Pool 4 with …

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Joey Carbery In Line For Return For Thomond Park Leinster Clash

Joey Carbery

Munster must face into back-to-back clashes against reigning European champions Saracens without the services of experienced out-half, Tyler Bleyendaal. Following a bright start to the season, Bleyendaal was ruled out of their European clash with Racing 92 with neck stiffness and the province confirmed that he will be rested for a number of weeks in order to take “every precaution …

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Boost For Connacht As Bundee Aki Signs Contract Extension

Bundee Aki

Ireland international Bundee Aki has signed a contract extension with Connacht that will see him remain at the province until 2023. Aki’s current deal runs out in the summer and there was speculation that the star centre was considering a move abroad with a number of French teams thought to be sniffing around. However, the IRFU and Connacht have confirmed …

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Conor O’Shea Appointed As RFU Director Of Performance Rugby

conor o'shea

Conor O’Shea will link up with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as director of performance rugby in 2020. The former Ireland international, who left his role as Italy’s head coach following the Rugby World Cup, will be responsible for the leadership, management and strategic direction of the professional game in England. The 49-year-old will manage the England player, coaching and match …

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Conor O’Shea Backs ‘Unbelievable’ Mike Catt For Success With Ireland

mike catt

Conor O’Shea has backed Mike Catt to have an immediate impact in Ireland’s new-look management side under Andy Farrell.  The former England international spent the last three years working alongside O’Shea with the Italian national team. Both recently stepped away from their respective roles with Catt set to link up with former colleague Andy Farrell ahead of the 2020 Six …

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Ruan Pienaar: It Would Have Been Nice To Finish My Career At Ulster

ruan pienaar

Both Ruan Pienaar and the whole of Ulster Rugby were left devastated when the influential scrum-half was denied the chance to see out his career in Belfast. After joining the northern province in 2010, Pienaar’s family settled into life well as the South African became an integral part of the team as well as a fans favourite. However, despite longing …

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Bundee Aki “Getting Closer” To Renewing Connacht Contract

Bundee Aki Connacht

Ireland international Bundee Aki is “getting closer” to a new contract with Connacht, according to head coach Andy Friend.  There was speculation that the 29-year-old was considering a move away from the Irish province when his current contract finishes up in the summer with a number of French clubs reportedly interested in the Connacht star. However, it now seems the …

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“I’m Really Looking Forward To Seeing Him Play Again” – Van Graan On Casey

Craig Casey

Professional rugby is a results-driven business.  When the season gets up and running it’s often difficult for teams to allocate the time to experiment with different players or provide vital senior experience to the younger contingent. Especially right now, with the current condensed period of the season which sees four rounds of the European Cup take place over five weeks, …

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