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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

In this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot? and Who’s Not?’, resident rugby expert Matt Cassidy discusses how good George North and Ian Madigan were at the weekend as well as the negatives from the performances of London Welsh and Ulster.  Who’s Hot George North The giant Welsh wing had a night to remember at Franklin’s Gardens as he plundered four tries against …

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Focus Friday – Munster’s Ian Keatley

In this week’s Focus Friday, Jonathan Fitzpatrick takes a look at Munster out half Ian Keatley’s career up to this point and what he can offer Munster in the future.  After last weekend’s heroics, it’s difficult not to place Ian Keatley under the limelight in this week’s Focus Friday. The Munster out half pulled off a sensational drop goal last weekend …

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Rob Henderson Blog: Munster Must Continue Run Of Form

Former Munster and British and Irish Lions star Rob Henderson gives his views on Munster’s match-up against Saracens at Thomond Park tonight. Munster’s last minute victory over Sale last weekend wasn’t the prettiest of games for fans of the Red Army but it was a win. In a group containing last year’s semi-finalists Clermont and Saracens, all manner of wins …

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Munster Vs Saracens: Five Talking Points

Ahead of Friday night’s European Champions Cup game between Munster and Saracens, Conor Heffernan looks at five of the key talking points going into the match.  Last weekend Anthony Foley’s men had to wait until the 81st minute for drop goal from Ian Keatley to secure a much needed win away at Sale. This Friday night sees Axel’s men face off against …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

In this week’s edition of ‘who’s hot and who’s not’, resident rugby expert Matt Cassidy discusses Munster’s heroics with the help of Ian Keatley and New Zealand’s win over Australia, as well as giving an insight into the ‘not so hot’ rugby action this weekend. Who’s Hot Ian Keatley The Dubliner did what Ronan O’Gara did for the best part …

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European Rugby Champions Cup Preview – The Contenders

Ozer McMahon is here to profile the contenders for this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup, which kicks off this weekend. Rejuvenation and regrowth are usually the hallmarks of spring, but it seems the seasons have been confused in the northern hemisphere this year, certainly in a rugby sense at least. A new streamlined European Cup is nearly upon us. Thanks to vociferous protestations …

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Connacht Vs La Rochelle: 5 Reasons Why Connacht Will Win

Connacht host La Rochelle tomorrow night in their first European Rugby Challenge Cup game of the season, here Matt Cassidy outlines five reasons why the Irish side will come out victorious. The start of the European season got under way last night with Gloucester hammering Brive. Connacht make their European bow this year when they host newly promoted Top 14 …

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Match Preview: Leicester Vs Ulster

With the European Rugby Champions Cup about to begin in earnest, Conor Heffernan previews the clash of Leicester and Ulster on Saturday night. Ulster’s preparations for this weekend’s tie against Leicester at Welford Road have been set back with the news that Andrew Trimble is a doubt for the European Champions Cup opener. Unfortunately for Ulster, Trimble joins Ruan Pienaar …

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Rugby – European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 2

As our preview of next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup continues, Jonathan Abbott previews pool 2, which includes three-time European Champions Leinster. The Irish province will do battle with Castres, and London’s duo of Harlequins and play-off winners Wasps. _____ Leinster (4/7) Key Player: Sean O’Brien Player to Watch: Zane Kirchner ( Debut year last year, but scintillating in the Pro12 final against …

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Rugby – European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 1

The Heineken Cup is gone, and has been replaced with the European Champions Cup. In the first of a multi-part series, Jonathan Abbott previews European rugby’s new tournament,  focusing on Pool 1. The era of the Heineken Cup is over. Whatever province you are from you will have endured the highs of the Jonathan Sexton inspired second-half comeback to defeat …

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Toulon 18-10 Castres: Three Reasons For Toulon’s Final Win

In last week’s Pundit Arena preview, we looked at three key factors which would decide whether Toulon could get over the line and complete an historic domestic and European double. Now that the dust has settled on the Top 14 season, we take a look at how Toulon were on the ball in all three areas as they took revenge …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.9 Brive (1997)

What do Leicester’s 2002 Heineken Cup winning team, Leinster’s 2012 legends and Toulon’s class of 2013 have in common that sets them apart from the Brive side of 1997? All of these teams did one thing which Brive did not; they lost a game on their way to the trophy. Last year, Toulon were hockeyed 23-3 by Montpellier in the …

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Eddie O’Sullivan & Biarritz: A Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

The news that Eddie O’Sullivan has taken over as head coach of Biarritz was met with shock in Irish rugby circles. Less than 24 hours before the announcement, O’Sullivan seemed set to finally return to the Irish scene as a backs coach at Munster, but ultimately the offer of the top gig at one of France’s most famous clubs proved …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 5. Vincent Clerc

Our countdown of the Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time is hotting up and coming in at number five is Vincent Clerc, a cold-blooded try scorer with a record of 35 tries in 73 appearances. In every sport finding a prolific scorer is the hardest task of management. None more so than in rugby and the Heineken Cup, where …

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