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Leinster Rocked By Injury To Captain And Talisman Isa Nacewa

Guinness PRO12, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh 16/9/2016 Edinburgh vs Leinster LeinsterÕs Isa Nacewa scores a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Leinster rugby has been rocked by the news that captain Isa Nacewa has been sidelined due to a knee injury that required surgery this week. Having missed the provinces Pro 12 contest with Treviso last weekend, the Kiwi visited a specialist who recommended that surgery was the best course of action. With the procedure complete, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen …

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Times And Dates For Champions Cup Quarter-Finals Announced

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: A close-up of the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy and official ball during the 2014/15 European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup Tournament Launch at The Twickenham Stoop on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

With the pool stages of the Champions Cup complete, focus now turns towards the Six Nations. However, for the eight teams left in the hunt for European glory, the quarter-finals are not too far away. Munster and Leinster secured home advantage for their ties against Toulouse and Wasps respectively. Meanwhile, Saracens will host Glasgow Warriors, with an all-French clash as …

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Munster Confirm Three New Signings And Six Contract Extensions

Chris Farrell of Grenoble during the Top 14 match between Racing 92 and Grenoble on November 19, 2016 in Colombes, France. (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport) (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Munster have confirmed three new players to be added to their ranks next season, as well as tying six current players down for a longer period of time. Rassie Erasmus’ rejuvenated side have been in flying form recently, securing a home Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse as well as sitting in second place in the Pro12 table. While tentative speculation surrounding …

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Scotland Prepare For Ireland Match By Training With 14 Men

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 19: Tommy Seymour of Scotland and Keith Earls of Ireland battle for the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Scotland’s preparation for their Six Nations opener against Ireland has been altered to accommodate World Rugby’s new laws on tackling. Tougher laws on high tackling have led to Scotland taking into consideration the possibility that they will be a man down at some stage of the game due to one player receiving a yellow card. To that end, they have …

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Toulon-Bound Chris Ashton Reveals His Motivation For Move To France

Chris Ashton will leave European champions Saracens at the end of the season and head to France to link up with the mighty Toulon, a move that effectively ends his hopes of a call-up to Eddie Jones’ England squad. The 29-year-old spent large parts of 2016 as a spectator following two suspensions for ill-discipline. Despite returning before Christmas and showing …

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Watch: CJ Stander Goes Full Beast Mode On Jerry Flannery Before Racing 92 Clash

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2, Thomond Park, Limerick 22/10/2016 Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Munster Scrum Coach Jerry Flannery with CJ Stander after the game

Munster secured their home quarter final berth in the Champions Cup on Saturday with a hard fought 22-10 victory over Racing 92 at Thomond Park, with CJ Stander delivering yet another Man of the Match performance. Having already been assured of their last eight place in Europe’s premier club rugby tournament, the victory over Racing ensured that ‘fortress’ Thomond would …

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Champions Cup Power Rankings Ahead Of The Knockout Stages

The Champions Cup pool stages officially came to a close on Sunday. Four-time champions Toulouse fought off a late fightback from last season’s Pro 12 champions Connacht, while Wasps wrapped up a bonus point victory over a spirited Zebre. Toulouse and Wasps will now join Clermont, Saracens, Leinster, Munster, Glasgow and Toulon in the knockout stages as the competition intensifies ahead …

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Toulouse Flex Their Muscles While Connacht Go Down Swinging

The last time Connacht played Toulouse in France, they secured their first ever win on French soil with a hard-fought 16-14 victory in the old Heineken Cup. A second half try from Man of the Match Kieran Marmion was ultimately the difference between the two sides as Marmion’s close range effort lifted Connacht over the four-time European champions. It was …

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Toulon Sign Medical Joker In The Massive Form Of Alesana Tuilagi

Top 14 giants Toulon have reportedly signed veteran winger Alesana Tuilgai  as a medical joker as a replacement for the injured Vincent Clerc. In a move that has raised eyebrows among rugby fans, the cash rich play thing of Mourad Boudjellal has, according to L’Equipe, taken the surprise move and signed the 35-year-old from the Newcastle Falcons. Elder brother of …

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English Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

It was an up and down weekend for English sides in the penultimate round of the Champions Cup pool stages. Northampton restored some pride with a 28-21 win over Castres, Wasps showed great resilience to edge out Toulouse at the Ricoh Arena, while Exeter kept their qualification hopes alive with a 31-19 win over Ulster at Sandy Park. With England’s …

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Opinion – Toulon May Have Stars But They Desperately Lack Substance

When Mourad Boudjellal took over as Toulon President in 2006, he promised to build a French rugby dynasty. A team that would go onto dominate both French and European Rugby winning three Heineken Cup/European Rugby Champions Cups, one top 14 championship and two Challenge Cup finals appearances. The club have attracted a glittering array of international talent over the last decade but …

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Watch: James Davies Pathetically Dives In An Attempt To Get Saracens’ Will Skelton Sent Off

Scarlets flanker James Davies has been accused of diving in the late stages of the Scarlets 22-22 draw with Saracens at the Parc y Scarlets. With the Scarlets leading 22-15 with just three minutes to go, Davies was accused of diving after pulling Saracens lock Will Skelton out of a Sarries maul. With the visitors rumbling into Scarlets territory, Skelton snapped …

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