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JJ Hanrahan Returns Ahead Of Munster’s Crunch Clash With Racing

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Munster have named their starting XV ahead of their crucial Heineken Cup Champions Cup against Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday afternoon. Johann van Graan’s side have been handed a timely boost with the return of out-half JJ Hanrahan to the starting XV which contains eight changes from the team that faced Ulster last weekend. Niall Scannell starts at hooker …

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Munster & Connacht Name Starting XVs Ahead Of Pro14 Clash

Munster and Connacht have named their starting XVs ahead of Saturday evening’s inter-provincial Pro14 clash between the two sides at the Sportsground in Galway. Johann Van Graan names a much changed side from the one that fell to Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup last weekend with ten new faces coming into the XV. Craig Casey makes his first PRO14 …

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Last-Gasp Robin Copeland Try Seals Dramatic Win For Connacht

Connacht 27 Gloucester 24 A last-second try from Robin Copeland sealed a dramatic Heineken Champions Cup win for Connacht over Gloucester. With six minutes remaining in the game, Connacht were trailing by 11 points but tries from substitutes Shane Delahunt and Copeland ensured the last-gasp win as they move to eight points in the Pool table. The home side enjoyed …

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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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Connacht Leave Empty Handed As Toulouse Record Dominant Win

Connacht Toulouse

Toulouse 32 Connacht 17 Connacht walked away from their Champions Cup clash with Toulouse empty-handed following a 15-point loss in France. Andy Friend’s side led on two occasions during the encounter and while they stayed in touch with the Top 14 champions for the majority of the game, tries from Jerome Kaino and Pita Ahki denied Connacht the losing bonus-point …

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JJ Hanrahan Returns As Alby Mathewson Bids Farewell To Munster

Munster

Alby Mathewson will make his final appearance for Munster from the bench in their second-round Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 in Thomond Park on Saturday. JJ Hanrahan returns to the side in place of Tyler Bleyendaal who reported stiffness this week and was unavailable for selection. He is one of three changes to the Munster side who recorded a …

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Connacht Bounce Back From Disaster To Claim Opening Day Win

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Connacht welcomed Montpellier to the Sportsground this afternoon for their first Heineken Champions Cup game since 2017 and it proved to be a successful day for the western province. However, it didn’t go all their own way as prior to kick-off, Jarrad Butler, Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun were all ruled out through injury. In a bizarre turn of events, …

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Connacht Suffer Nightmare Start As Montpellier Score After 70 Seconds

Connacht

Connacht suffered the worst possible start to their first Champions Cup outing since the 2016/17 season as Aaron Cruden scored Montpellier’s first try after just 70 seconds. Prior to kick-off, Jarrad Butler, Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun were all ruled out through injury and while being interviewed on the pitch, club captain Butler predicted an 18-0 win for his side …

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Late Blow For Connacht As Key Trio Replaced Ahead Of Montpellier Clash

Connacht

Connacht have been forced to make three late changes to their starting XV ahead of their Champions Cup opener against Montpellier with Jarrad Butler, Matt Healy and Niyi Adeolokun all sustaining injuries. Robin Copeland, Tom Daly and John Porch have all been introduced into Andy Friend’s starting lineup with a number of other positional changes as a result. While the …

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Boost For Connacht As Province Announce Three Contract Extensions

Connacht

Connacht have announced that key trio Tiernan O’Halloran, Sean O’Brien and Tom Farrell have all signed contract extensions that will see them remain with the province until the end of the 2021/22 season. O’Halloran has been capped 175 times for Connacht since making his debut in 2010, amassing almost 200 points during that time. The full-back is a product of …

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Munster Issue Worrying Injury Update Ahead Of Season Opener

Munster

Munster Rugby are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players ahead of their PRO14 season opener against Dragons in Thomond Park on Saturday afternoon.  With 12 members of their squad currently at the Rugby World Cup with Ireland, head coach Johann van Graan will have to shuffle his pack ahead of the new season with a number …

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Jack Carty On How Life In Galway Has Prepared Him For Japan

Jack Carty

It has been a whirlwind number of months for Jack Carty. A highly impressive season with Connacht saw him earn a spot in Ireland’s squad for the Six Nations and he made his Test debut against Italy earlier this year. On the back of his displays for province and country, the 27-year-old was named in Joe Schmidt’s squad for the …

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Champions Cup Fixtures Announced As Irish Provinces Learn Their Fate

The full list of fixtures have been announced for this season’s Heineken Champions Cup with all four Irish provinces involved in the competition. Last year’s beaten finalists Leinster will fancy their chances in a pool containing Lyon, Benetton and Northampton and begin this year’s tournament against the Italian side on Saturday 16th of November at 15:15 in the RDS They …

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