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Five Things The Irish Provinces Learned After Week Two Of Champions Cup Action

There wasn’t much to get excited about for the Irish provinces on the opening weekend of European action. Unfortunately there was even less good news after week two. Here are five things the provinces would have learned this weekend. _____ 5) Provincial Regression When Irish provinces were sweeping all before them aside during the last decade, claiming five Heineken Cups …

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Munster’s Simon Zebo Linked With Move To Top 14 Side

Munster winger Simon Zebo has attracted plenty of attention across the continent of late with his contract set to expire next summer. While The42 have already reported that his CV has been circulated to the most well-heeled of French and English rugby, a lesser known Top 14 club going by the name of Pau, also known as Section Paloise, are …

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The Task Facing Leinster Following That Wasps Drubbing

Unfortunately things do not get easier for Leinster after the 27-point drubbing they suffered at the hands of Wasps. The stage was set for the three-time champions to start their campaign with a win at home in what would have been a fitting welcome back for Johnny Sexton and Isa Nacewa. However, Leinster lost Nacewa to a knee injury he picked up during the week …

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Free-Flowing Rugby Has As Much To Do With Culture As Coaching

The 2015 Rugby World Cup thought us a lot of things about the growing evolution of the sport, writes Jack O’Toole. Apart from the southern hemisphere’s continued dominance on the field, for the first time at a major tournament the sport’s commercial interests, marketability and financial promise were fully maximised. Millions tuned in as New Zealand became the first side …

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European Cup Pool Preview – Ulster

Ulster recorded a first ever European Cup triumph for Irish provinces in 1999, but the men from the North no longer dine at the top table in Europe. Can they spring a surprise and replicate that victory this season? _____ Overview: It’s hard to escape the feeling Ulster’s chances of success, both in Europe and domestically, has sailed away. After …

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European Cup Preview – Munster

It’s nearly ten years since Munster won their first of two European Cups, now led by a former on-field general, Ireland’s southern province will be keen to try and return to the glory days of the last decade. _____ Overview: As the Irish internationals filter back into the squad, and the new arrivals integrate more and more by the week, Munster can be pleased with …

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Toulon President Responds To Doping Allegations At Press Conference

This morning, reports coming out of France suggested that an ongoing criminal investigation may implicate Toulon rugby players in a doping scandal. France’s RTL were the outlet that broke the story. According to the broadcaster, an investigation got under way in May, due to suspicions that a number of Toulon players had been illegally supplied with a variety of different …

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England Squad: Did Lancaster Get It Right? A Position By Position Analysis

England coach Stuart Lancaster has named his final 31-man World Cup squad with a few surprise selections and a number of glaring omissions. Outside of the headline-grabbing Sam Burgess inclusion and Danny Cipriani omission, Lancaster opted to omit several experienced players including hooker Dylan Hartley, Lions prop Alex Corbisiero, centre Luther Burrell, winger Chris Ashton and number 8 Nick Easter, …

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Watch: Tevita Li Breaks New Zealand U-20 Try Scoring Record

New Zealand’s under-20 player Tevita Li has just broken the record for tries scored in this age group at the World Rugby Under-20 Championships.  In the Baby Blacks’ mauling of France at the semi-final stage, the Blues winger scored a hat-trick of tries to cement himself in the record books. His tally helped the under-20s win the tie 45-7 against …

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The Pro12 Has Improved Under Its New Format

At the start of the season there was outrage, worry, debate and anger from all sides as a result of the new format for the Pro12. As we approach the end of the season, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth as we have seen a revitalised league that has grown in stature over the last year and it’s all thanks …

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Refereeing Inconsistency Adds to Irish Frustrations

While there can be no denying that Wales deserved their win at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, Wayne Barnes will not be on the Christmas card lists of many Irish fans. Barnes was not responsible for crucial lost lineouts, the lack of a plan b, the failure to identify space, the unforced errors or the uncharacteristically poor performances of some …

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Ireland 19-9 England: 5 Alternative Talking Points

With Ireland recording a crucial 19-9 Six Nations victory over England this weekend, Brian Barry discusses five alternative talking points from the clash at the Aviva Stadium. 5. Second phase failure It is part of the Joe Schmidt blueprint to keep things tight, stick to the plan, and take scoring chances when they arise. This does not always guarantee tries. A …

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Connacht Cruise To Victory Against Treviso

With Ireland successful against the Red Rose and Robbie Henshaw grabbing a try and the Man of the Match award in Dublin, Connacht hoped to ensure that positive momentum continued when they clashed with Benetton Treviso at the Sportsground on Sunday evening. The men from the west certainly delivered, as they hammered the lowly Italians in a seven-try victory with Craig Ronaldson providing …

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