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Kieran Marmion To Stay With Connacht After Signing New Contract

Marmion contract

Ireland international scrum-half Kieran Marmion has signed a new contract extension with Connacht.  Marmion’s future has been the subject of heavy speculation with reigning English and European champions Saracens reported to be interested in bringing the 27-year-old to Allianz Park. However, Connacht Rugby have now confirmed that Marmion will stay at the Sportsground after signing a three-year contract extension. Commenting …

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“I Was Just Looking For An Escape In Life…To Sleep Even”

Paddy McAllister

“It was a rough time in my life,” Paddy McAllister says with absolutely no hesitation, like a man who has had a long time to reflect on the often difficult journey which has brought him to the west coast of Ireland in the green colours of Connacht Rugby.  The 30-year-old prop signed for the western province ahead of the 2019/20 …

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Ben Healy Added To Munster Squad While Leinster Make Five Changes

ben healy

Munster have added 20-year-old out-half Ben Healy in place of Alex Wootton to their Champions Cup squad ahead of Saturday’s Pool 4 opener against the Ospreys.  With first-choice ten Joey Carbery out injured and back-up J.J Hanrahan a doubt for this weekend, Munster are light of options with Tyler Bleyendaal the side’s only available out-half. Despite Johann van Graan suggesting …

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Internationals Return As Leinster Name Team For Connacht Clash

Leinster team

Leinster have named their team for Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash with Connacht (KO 19.35) at the Sportsground which includes a number of returning Ireland internationals.  There are a number of changes to the team which secured a bonus-point 50-15 win over the Dragons last weekend. James Lowe keeps his spot on the wing while Hugo Keenan comes in at …

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Fixtures Released For The New Guinness PRO14 Season

PRO14 fixtures

The fixtures for the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season have been released by tournament officials this afternoon.  Due to the 2019 Rugby World Cup which takes place in Japan, the season will begin later than usual with the opening round taking place on the weekend of 27-28th September. Ahead of the new campaign, there has been some shake-up to the conferences …

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Ranking The Toughest Pool Draws Of Irish Teams In Champions Cup

Irish Teams Champions Cup

The draw for the 2019/2020 pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup took place on Wednesday as clubs from across Europe learned their fate as to who stands between them and the knockout stages of the competition.  It’s a special year for the Irish teams as it’s the first time that all four provinces have qualified for Europe’s premier club …

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New Look PRO14 Conferences Confirmed For Next Season

PRO14 Conferences

The PRO14 has confirmed the makeup of the two conferences for the next two seasons.  The current format of the PRO14 has been in place for two seasons with the same teams competing in the same conferences in the last two campaigns. However, officials have now confirmed that there will some shakeup ahead of the 2019/20 campaign with six teams …

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The Top Performers From PRO14 Quarter-Finals

PRO14

The Guinness PRO14 quarter-finals took place this weekend as Munster and Ulster secured their passage to the semi-finals where they will face away trips to take on Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors, respectively.  There was no shortage of drama between the two games and the pain of defeat will no doubt be felt by Benetton and Connacht who will both …

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“It’s Not Good Enough” – Van Graan On Andrew Conway Error

Andrew Conway

Munster head coach Johann van Graan made his feelings clear on Andrew Conway’s error during his side’s 27-14 win over Connacht at Thomond Park on Saturday night.  In the first half of Saturday night’s clash, Conway intercepted a pass from Tiernan O’Halloran which was destined for Robin Copeland. The Munster winger took his time to ground the ball under the …

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Guinness PRO14 Playoff Matchups Now Confirmed

PRO14

The participating teams in the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 playoffs have been confirmed after the final round of regular season action was finalised today.  GUINNESS PRO14 – QUARTER-FINALS Saturday, May 4 15:00: Munster Rugby (A2) v Benetton Rugby (B3) Thomond Park, Limerick Live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports & DAZN 17:35: Ulster Rugby (B2) v Connacht Rugby (A3) Kingspan Stadium, Belfast …

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Munster Set Up Quarter-Final With Benetton After Win Over Connacht

Munster

Munster 27 Connacht 14 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park Munster set up a Guinness PRO14 quarter-final clash with Benetton after a three tries saw them emerge victorious over Connacht at Thomond Park. A try apiece from Tadhg Beirne and Mike Haley in the first half had Munster in front at halftime with Finlay Bealham crossing for the visitors in …

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Aki Returns For Connacht While Henshaw & Toner Back In With Leinster

Robbie Henshaw and Devin Toner return to the Leinster starting XV for tomorrow’s visit of Glasgow Warriors to the RDS Arena. Both Ireland internationals have been on the sidelines now since February but are expected to get valuable minutes under their belts in this weekend’s penultimate round of the Guinness PRO 14. Toner returns from ankle surgery to take his …

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Connacht Announce Contract Extensions, Departures & Retirements

Connacht

Connacht Rugby have further finalised their plans for next season as the club have announced a number of contract extensions and departures including some retirements.  The western province confirmed today that hooker Shane Delahunt and centre Peter Robb have both signed contract extensions which will keep them in Galway for the foreseeable future – the club did not disclose how …

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How The PRO14 Playoff Race Looks With Just Two Rounds Remaining

PRO14 Playoff

There are just two regular season rounds remaining in this season’s Guinness PRO14 campaign and the race for a coveted playoff position looks set to go down to the wire.  The top three teams in each conference qualify for the PRO14 playoffs. In terms of European qualification, the three highest ranked European sides from each conference will qualify for the …

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