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Last-Gasp TMO Check Sees Connacht Fall In Wales

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Ospreys 22 Connacht 17 A full-strength Connacht side fell to a narrow 22-17 defeat to the Ospreys at Bridgend in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday night. Andy Friend’s side produced some uncharacteristic errors in the opening 10 minutes as they found themselves two tries down. With just two minutes into the game, a clearing kick from Tiernan O’Halloran was blocked down which …

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The Power Plays: Mike McCarthy On Leinster’s Defensive Evolution

Brought to you by Energia, proud partner of Leinster Rugby _____ Since the 2015/2016 PRO12 final defeat to Connacht at Murrayfield, Leinster’s defence has evolved to one of the strongest rearguards in European rugby today. Much of that work can be credited to the influence of Stuart Lancaster, who analysed that defeat and quickly realised that Leinster were getting killed …

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Result! A Combined Leinster-Munster XV Chosen By You

We asked and you answered.  Ahead of this evening’s Guinness PRO14 clash between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva Stadium, we asked you to choose a combined Leinster-Munster XV based on the respective starting XVs of both sides. Some decisions were easy and others proved to be quite contentious – here are the results of the earlier poll. Combined Leinster-Munster …

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Vote For Your Combined Leinster-Munster XV

Leinster and Munster

This evening, Leinster and Munster will do battle in front of over 50,000 people at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in what will be the highlight fixture of the Guinness PRO14 season thus far.  Leinster have rested a number of players, including Johnny Sexton, ahead of this evening’s clash, with a six-day turnaround to the Heineken Champions Cup clash with …

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Connacht End 58-Year Hoodoo In Ill-Tempered Ulster Win

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Connacht have ended 58 years of hurt after they finally secured a win against Ulster in Belfast thanks to a 15-22 victory at the Kingspan Stadium tonight.  An early try from Tiernan O’Halloran got Connacht off the mark after a lineout setpiece saw Matt Healy come in off his wing and burst through a gap before offloading to O’Halloran who dotted …

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Watch: Jacob Stockdale Shows Superb Awareness In Special Try

Jacob Stockdale

With 35 minutes on the clock, Ulster are trailing Connacht 5-14 at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast in the first of this weekend’s interprovincial matches.  The first 20 minutes of this match were completely dominated by the men from the west as Connacht’s scrum heaped misery on their northern opponents. Tiernan O’Halloran got the first try of the game after …

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Ulster And Connacht Name Teams For Friday’s Interpro

Rory Best of Ulster

Ulster and Connacht have named their respective sides for Friday night’s interprovincial clash at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.  Ulster, who were on the receiving end of a 64-7 drubbing at the hands of Munster in Thomond Park on Saturday, will welcome back Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale which will be their first appearances of the season. Best will partner …

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James Ryan: “You Never Know What He’s Going To Do”

Joey Carbery and James Ryan

There’s been an element of frustration for James Ryan so far this season.  He made his first appearance in the trouncing of the Dragons in the RDS in the middle of September where his now familiar physicality and ability to offload in the tackle was constantly on show to the delight of those in attendance and to the detriment of …

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Leinster Withstand Connacht Siege In Hot-Blooded Encounter

James Ryan was not involved in the Connacht victory

Connacht 3 Leinster 20 Sean McMahon reporting from The Sportsground  This clash between Connacht and Leinster was billed as a grudge match. All week, the fires of this rivalry were stoked from the likes of Cian Healy and former Leinster winger Luke Fitzgerald with the latter stating that there was a ‘hatred’ between these two teams. Now, these two teams …

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Van Graan: Some Guys Took Their Opportunities, Some Didn’t

Johann van Graan

Munster head coach Johann van Graan faces into Saturday’s interprovincial clash with Ulster in Thomond Park knowing that a win is almost a must to alleviate the pressure which has been building due to their inconsistent start to the season.  After four games, Munster have won two and lost two but it’s the manner of their two defeats which has …

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Andy Friend: We Want To Make Leinster Really Uncomfortable

Andy Friend and Leinster

It’s been a promising start to the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 season for Connacht and new head coach Andy Friend.  Although two wins and two losses seems like inconsistent form, they should have beaten Glasgow Warriors in their opening fixture and their second victory was outstanding as they showed maturity in defeating a strong Scarlets side. For Friend, he is focussed …

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Munster Facing Tighthead Trouble After Ospreys Win

John Ryan of Munster

Munster will be sweating on the fitness of both John Ryan and Stephen Archer after both players were removed from the field of play during the 49-13 victory over the Ospreys on Friday night.  Archer started the game but was removed after 49 minutes when he took a knock to head. He was replaced by John Ryan who later went …

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