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Bundee Aki And Tyler Bleyendaal Are Training With Ireland This Week

Aki Ireland

Joe Schmidt has this week gathered his Irish side for a training camp in Kildare’s Carton House before the players return to their clubs for the new season. The world’s number three side will take on South Africa, Fiji and Argentina in November and may have a new name to call upon with Bundee Aki soon eligible for citizenship. The Connacht …

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Opinion: Irish Rugby Is On The Right Track But There Are Still Improvements To Be Made

With the national and provincial season complete, the timing is right to investigate and delve into the movements the IRFU have been making for both province and country this season. This is alongside new plans which have been put in place for elite player development, provincial and club game investment plus the growth of an ever-improving Sevens programme. While all …

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A Statistical Review Of The Guinness Pro12 2016/17 Season

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Launch of the 2016/17 Guinness PRO12 Season, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 23/8/2016 Pictured today at the launch of the 2015/16 Guinness PRO12 Season Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), Tommy Bowe (Ulster Rugby), John Muldoon (Connacht Rugby), Isa Nacewa (Leinster Rugby), Billy Holland (Munster Rugby), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh Rugby), George Biagi (Zebre Rugby) and Lewis Evans (Newport Gwent Dragons) Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Scarlets emphatically secured their maiden Pro12 title this year in somewhat surprising fashion against a much-fancied Munster side that have been on their best form in years after the untimely passing of head-coach Anthony Foley. For the second year in a row, Rhys Patchell was the tournament’s top points scorer – overtaking Kiwi Tyler Bleyendaal’s tally of 144 points in …

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Munster Dominate As PRO12 Announce Team Of The Season

PRO12

With just one round of games left in the PRO12 season before the semi-finals, the competition chiefs have announced their dream team for the season. Munster dominate the side, with six representatives. Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan and Billy Holland all make the cut. Despite being the top tryscorers in the competition, Leinster do not have any representatives in …

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Ireland U20’s facing injury crisis ahead of World Championships

Ireland U20’s interim coach Peter Malone faces disrupted preparations ahead of the World Championships. With the competition set to get underway in Georgia at the end of the month, his side is now facing an injury crisis. A report in the Irish Times confirmed back three player Jordan Larmour will miss the tournament. The St Mary’s College man was in outstanding …

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Connacht Rugby Agree New Three-Year Shirt Sponsor Deal

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 3, Ricoh Stadium Coventry 11/12/2016 Wasps vs Connacht Connacht’s Bundee Ak

Following on from Munster’s jersey sponsorship announcement, Connacht have announced a deal for the next three seasons. Outdoor and workwear company Portwest will link up with the western province in what is their first venture into rugby. Portwest purports to be the fastest growing workwear company in the world. In addition to their online sales, they have three high street outdoor shops in Galway and …

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Matching Pro 12 Sides To Their Super Rugby Equivalents

Munster Chiefs Pro 12

The Pro 12 is back in full swing this week after a European break, with all attention turning to who will qualify for the playoffs. Super rugby is now 6 rounds in and with the first British and Irish Lions game less than two months interested has never been hotter. Which begs the question: which Pro 12 side matches a …

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Star Studded Bristol Imports Heading For The Championship

European Rugby Champions Round 6, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast 21/1/2017 Ulster vs Bordeaux-Begles Bordeaux-Begles' Ian Madigan

Bristol have had a terrible season and after their heavy 32-14 loss to Gloucester on Friday night they look condemned to the Championship. Despite the awful form, they have not struggled in attracting some star names to join the ranks at Ashton Gate including current Connacht coach Pat Lam. All Black Steven Luatua is one such name, the blindside flanker …

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Two Coaches Appointed To Kieran Keane’s New Setup At Connacht

Kieran Keane Appointed New Connacht Head Coach 20/2/2017 ITM Cup, Lansdowne Park, Blenheim, New Zealand 4/9/2015 Otago vs Tasman Tasman head coach Kieran Keane

Connacht have found life difficult as reigning Pro12 champions. Subsequent to their maiden champions, injuries have plagued this season. Pat Lam’s decision to leave for Bristol next season was an even worse blow, however. With Connacht sitting 7th in the Pro12 standings, facing a daunting run-in, they needed some good news. That news came in the announcement on Monday with two …

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Connacht Appoint Kieran Keane As New Head Coach

Connacht CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 04: Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane looks on prior to the ITM Cup match between Canterbury and Tasman at AMI Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Connacht have confirmed that Kieran Keane will succeed Pat Lam as the province’s head coach next year. Lam is moving to Bristol at the end of the season, and as a result, the western province were searching for a suitable candidate to replace the Kiwi. Keane, a former All Black, joins last year’s PRO12 champions from the Cheifs, where he was …

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