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Ben Healy Added To Munster Squad While Leinster Make Five Changes

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Munster have added 20-year-old out-half Ben Healy in place of Alex Wootton to their Champions Cup squad ahead of Saturday’s Pool 4 opener against the Ospreys.  With first-choice ten Joey Carbery out injured and back-up J.J Hanrahan a doubt for this weekend, Munster are light of options with Tyler Bleyendaal the side’s only available out-half. Despite Johann van Graan suggesting …

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Mako Vunipola Ruled Out For Three Months With Hamstring Injury


England Rugby have confirmed that Mako Vunipola will undergo surgery for a hamstring injury sustained during Saracens Heineken Champions Cup final win over Leinster last weekend.  The Saracens prop has been ruled out for three months meaning he will miss the remainder of the Premiership season. It is thought that Vunipola will be fit for England’s World Cup campaign in …

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Leinster & Saracens Combined XV As Chosen By You

Leinster Saracens

The two heavyweights of Europe, Leinster and Saracens, meet in the Heineken Champions Cup final today at 5pm in St James Park, Newcastle. Leinster are aiming for their fifth title, their second in-a-row, while Saracens will be hoping to lift the trophy for the third time. Ahead of the game, we asked you to vote for your preferred team from …

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Leinster V Saracens: Choose A Combined XV From Starting Teams

Sexton Farrell Leinster Saracens

Both Leinster and Saracens have named their teams ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final showdown in St James Park, Newcastle. Mark McCall has made two changes to his Saracens side who overcame Munster in the semi-final last month. Sean Maitland was a late withdrawal in that game but returns to the starting XV for the final. Meanwhile, Will Skelton’s …

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Spurs’ New Stadium Announced As 2021 European Rugby Finals Venue

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium in London has been announced as the destination for the European club rugby final in 2021. The announcement sees the soccer stadium follow in the footsteps of Bilbao, Newcastle and Marseille as hosts of the highly-anticipated finals weekend. With a capacity of just over 62,000, the brand new state-of-the-art stadium is set to open its doors …

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Saracens V Munster: Choose Combined XV From Starting Teams

Munster Saracens

Saracens face Munster in a highly-anticipated Heineken Champions Cup semi-final in Ricoh Arena in Coventry tomorrow (Kick-off 3pm). Both Mark McCall and Johann van Graan have named their sides for the clash with the Irish province having to do without the services of Joey Carbery and Keith Earls with Tyler Bleyendaal and Darren Sweetnam named instead. Meanwhile, captain, Brad Barritt, …

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Lowe Gets The Nod As Sexton Named For Toulouse Semi-Final

James Lowe Leinster

Leinster have named their team for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse on Sunday with an injury to Jamison Gibson-Park meaning James Lowe will start.  The New Zealander is named on the wing alongside Rob Kearney and Jordan Larmour. Captain, Johnny Sexton, is set to make his first appearance of the year for Leinster following a quad injury sustained …

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Blow For Munster As Keith Earls Misses Semi-Final With Saracens

Munster Keith Earls Saracens

Munster have confirmed that Keith Earls will miss their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens through injury, with Darren Sweetnam replacing him on the wing.  The 31-year-old, who scored a brace of tries against Edinburgh in the quarter-final, picked up an injury during the game and did not train during the week. Mike Haley was a late withdrawal in BT …

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Rory Best on Jacob Stockdale: “He’ll Use This And He’ll Bounce Back”

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The trajectory of Jacob Stockdale’s career since bursting onto the scene with a try against South Africa in his first home international has been a constant upward curve. Unfortunately for the Ulster winger, Saturday’s game-changing slip-up against Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final marks the first major setback of his career as the northern province crashed out of Europe’s …

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Jacob Stockdale Issues Apology After Crucial Error In Ulster Loss

Jacob Stockdale

Ireland and Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale has issued an apology after he failed to ground the ball for what looked to be a certain try in his side’s narrow 21-18 loss to Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final.  Early in the second half, Ulster held a narrow 11-13 lead when Stockdale showed tremendous pace and footwork to evade the …

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Chris Farrell: “I’m Ramped Up, I’m Ready To Play Already”

Munster centre, Chris Farrell, needs no extra motivation to get him ready for this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Edinburgh.  After a thundering start last year, his season was cruelly cut short when he suffered an ACL injury during an open Six Nations training session. He was forced to watch on from the sidelines as his Munster teammates …

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Chris Henry: ‘We Watch Munster & Leinster At The Aviva Every Game, It’s Frustrating’

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Former Ulster star, Chris Henry voices his dismay at the decision to allow Munster and Leinster to play each other at the Aviva while not giving the other provinces the same exposure. Speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena, the former Ireland international previewed this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final clash between his former side and champions, Leinster. Leinster and Munster regularly …

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Van Graan: ‘Players Go Through Ebbs & Flows In Their Careers’

Johann van Graan Munster

Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, has defended the form of his players involved in Ireland’s Six Nations campaign as they prepare to return to the provincial camp. The performances of many Munster players including Conor Murray, CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony were criticised through the disappointing campaign, especially during last week’s loss to Wales in the Principality Stadium. The Irish …

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15-Man Shortlist Named For European Player Of The Year

European Player Of The Year

EPCR have announced a 15-man shortlist for European Player Of The Year.  All quarter-finalists, except the Glasgow Warriors, have representatives on the list. The list is also dominated by Irish players who make up 53% of the total. Last season’s winner, Leone Nakarawa, who played a key role in Racing 92’s qualification for the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals, is nominated …

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