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Munster Add Three Youngsters To European Squad Ahead Of Racing Clash

Munster European Squad

Munster have added three fresh faces to their European squad ahead of their season-defining Heineken Champions Cup clash with Racing 92.  The southern province go into Sunday’s clash with Racing 92 in Paris knowing that a win will be necessary to keep their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive. Johann van Graan’s side welcome Ospreys to Thomond Park …

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Leinster Make Wholesale Changes While Murray Debuts For Connacht

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Leo Cullen has changed Leinster’s entire backline from their win in Thomond Park last week ahead of tomorrow’s inter-provincial clash with Connacht at the RDS. Jordan Larmour comes into the team at full-back with Fergus McFadden and Dave Kearney making up the back three on the right and left wings respectively. Joe Tomane returns from injury where he will take up …

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Derby Triumph For Munster As Men In Red Edge Connacht In Feisty Affair

Connacht Munster

Connacht 14 Munster 19 Munster got back to winning ways in the Guinness PRO14 after producing an impressive performance against a strong Connacht side to emerge five-point winners at the Sportsground.  Munster made 10 changes to the team which lost to Saracens in Allianz Park last weekend but despite the youthful look to the side, they started strongly when JJ …

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“It’s Pretty Upsetting” – Resilience Key For Bealham After Ireland Setback

Finlay Bealham

“Yeah, I’ve seen that there, I didn’t make the…”  Connacht and Ireland international Finlay Bealham, just moments before our conversation, had learned the news that he wasn’t included in Andy Farrell’s pre Six Nations mini-camp which is taking place at the IRFU’s High-Performance Centre in Abbotstown this weekend. Bealham pauses and asks how many players were included in the squad …

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Stockdale Named At Full-Back As All Four Provinces Show Their Hand

champions cup

The third round of the Heineken Champions Cup gets underway this week with all four provinces looking to further their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages.  The action gets underway at 1 pm on Saturday when Leinster travel to Franklin’s Gardens to face the Northampton Saints. At 3.15 pm Ulster host Harlequins at the Kingspan Stadium while Munster host …

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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

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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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