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Francis Saili Is Leaving Munster For The Aviva Premiership

One of the narratives throughout Munster’s season was which centre they would be keeping on the books for next season. It was a battle between Jaco Taute and Francis Saili with the South African winning out in that particular tussle.  Saili didn’t hit the heights which many would have expected of him throughout his tenure at Munster but he did …

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Francis Saili Earns Buckets Of Praise In His Final Thomond Park Game As Munster Power Past Ospreys

Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final, Thomond Park, Limerick 20/5/2017 Munster vs Ospreys Munster's Francis Saili with Kieron Fonotia of Ospreys

In his final game for Munster at Thomond Park, Francis Saili turned in a man-of-the-match performance. The centre’s two-year stint at the province is coming to an end this summer as they have confirmed Jaco Taute will replace him, and Saili used Saturday’s Pro12 semi-final against Ospreys to ensure that he will go out with a bang. The 26-year-old got the …

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Munster Confirm Jaco Taute Is Staying, But Donnacha Ryan And Five More Will Be Leaving

Munster Rugby Press Conference, UL, Limerick 27/3/2017 Jaco Taute

Munster have confirmed that Jaco Taute has officially signed with the province for the next two years. The former Springbok has proven to be a hugely popular figure since signing on a short-term contract last year, and keeping him was one of compatriot Rassie Erasmus’s biggest objectives this summer. That has now been achieved, with the centre signing a two-year deal …

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Huge News For Munster Fans As Key Player Signs Contract Extension


Following Munster’s comprehensive victory over rivals Leinster last night, some phenomenal and much-anticipated news for the province emerged. Jaco Taute has been pivotal to the revival of Munster this season with his performances in midfield endearing him to the Thomond Park faithful. His contract was due to finish on New Year’s Eve with the Springbok only arriving as short-term cover …

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Munster And Leinster Unveil Starting Line-Ups For Festive Derby Clash

After a month dominated by the European Rugby Champions Cup, the attention of Irish rugby fans turns to the Pro12 with each of the four provinces contesting festive derby clashes. The inter provincial encounters during the Christmas period are among the most highly anticipated on the calendar, and are always well attended, despite the trying weather conditions. Indeed, the clash …

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Munster Players Had To Be Separated Following Training Ground Bust Up

Tempers flared at training this week. Following an encouraging opening day win over the Scarlets, Munster succumbed to a 24-23 defeat at the hands of the Cardiff Blues in Musgrave Park last week. After the game, Rassie Erasmus was obviously disappointed with the performance, telling reporters ‘what we gained last week, we lost tonight’. That frustration was equally felt by the …

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5 Questions Munster Need To Answer This Season

After a dismal 2015/16 campaign, much is expected of Munster after the appointment of Rassie Erasmus.  Last season was one of the most tumultuous in the recent history of Munster Rugby. A series of poor results at the turn of the year saw the province knocked out of the Champions Cup, tumbling down the Pro 12 table and fans voting …

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Munster Suffer Major Injury Setback Ahead Of New Season

Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick 3/8/2016 Head coach Anthony Foley and Director of Rugby Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

New Munster head coach Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus will have to make due without the input of Francis Saili for the first four months of the 2016/17 season due to a shoulder injury sustained  by the Kiwi on the tail-end of last season. Despite the centre having returned to light training in Munster’s pre-season preparations, Saili has now suffered a set-back …

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Munster’s Problem Position: The 25 Centres Munster Have Turned To Since 2008

Munster have struggled to find a consistent midfield partnership. Key to Munster’s successful 2008 Heineken Cup campaign was the centre pairing of Lifeimi Mafi and Rua Tipoki. Armed with soft hands and an uncanny ability to sidestep through the tightest of defences, the Kiwi partnership complimented the provinces brutish pack perfectly. However since then, Munster have been unable to field a …

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The I Can’t Believe They Were Capped By New Zealand XV

France v New Zealand - IRB RWC 2011 Final

All Black selectors have made their fair share of mistakes. Although we have come to associate the All Blacks with rugby excellence, they are not infallible. Indeed, New Zealand’s management are as guilty as any of their rivals when it comes to making questionable selections. While many of these players are simply forgotten about, many find themselves being hyped up by European …

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Five Issues Johan Erasmus Must Address If He Is To Turn Munster Around

Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus will have to act fast in order to stem Munster’s decline. Make no mistake about it, the appointment of Johan Erasmus as Munster’s new director of rugby is one of the most important decisions taken by the province during the professional era. Faced with declining attendances, consecutive pool stage exits in the European Rugby Champions Cup, and the …

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Assessing The Irish Provinces’ Overseas Players

Nobody within the Irish game is under any illusions as to the difficulty the provinces face in trying to reassert themselves amongst the game’s elite. Having pilfered five European crowns in seven years, Munster and Leinster now lag miles behind the continent’s superpowers. The French game has been awash with money for the past number of seasons, while the English …

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