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Former England Prospect Joins US PRO Rugby

READING, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Dominic Waldouck of London Irish hands off the tackle of Julien Heriteau of Agen during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between London Irish and Agen at Madejski Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Reading, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

After San Francisco announced the signing of former All Blacks legend Mils Muliaina, new US PRO Rugby side Ohio have made a shrewd move by acquiring former Wasps, Northampton and London Irish centre Dom Waldouck. Originally touted as a future England international, Waldouck first burst onto the scene with Wasps and was part of the Heineken Cup-winning squad of 2007, the …

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Munster Attempt To Rebuild Connection With Supporters

Munster v Ulster - Heineken Cup Quarter Final

Munster fans have been openly critical of the province this season. Later this year Munster will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their famous Heineken Cup triumph against Biarritz. Not only is that game remembered for Peter Stringer’s try, but for the the atmosphere in Millennium Stadium, and on O’Connell Street, where thousands of people watched the game on big screens. …

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Opinion: Why Connacht’s Lam Must Be Favourite To Succeed Ireland Boss Schmidt

EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Pat Lam, Head Coach of Connacht looks on ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Connacht at Sandy Park on October 25, 2014 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The success of Connacht Rugby this season puts head coach Pat Lam in the running to replace Joe Schmidt for Irish rugby’s top job. Ireland are approaching a crossroads. Following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland went into a serious rebuilding phase. Injuries ravaged the squad both during and after the tournament, with the most notable of all being captain Paul O’Connell’s …

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Why Warren Gatland Is Wales’ Greatest Coach Ever

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

While Wales will always be remembered for the gloriously talented teams of the 1960s and ’70s, Gatland has brought a consistency and a confidence to his team that was missing for so long. As an Englishman, I can pay no greater compliment to Gatland’s men than England’s fixture next Saturday fills me with both dread and trepidation, despite the fact …

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Leinster Still Benefiting From Isa Nacewa’s Experience And Class

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 07: Isa Nacewa of Leinster breaks with the ball during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Leinster and Cardiff Blues at the Aviva Stadium on April 7, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

24 hours after Ireland’s Six Nations campaign officially ended following the 21-10 defeat in Twickenham, Isa Nacewa led Leinster onto the field at the southernmost point of the Guinness Pro 12; the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma. This was a relatively nondescript league win for Leinster, with a critical bonus point secured minutes from time. As usual, there is a …

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Why Munster Fans Should Be Very Worried

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Anthony Foley, the Munster head coach looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 20, 2015 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It’s been a depressing season so far for Irish rugby fans. Poor pool stage performances by Munster, Leinster and Ulster mean that for the first time since the 1997/1998 season there will be no Irish involvement in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top rugby competition. Leinster’s performances in Europe disappointed, excluding a convincing win against Bath in the RDS and a hopeful …

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The Stat Which Shows How Far The Irish Provinces Have Receded

It is little secret that the European Champions Cup has been an unmitigated disaster for the Irish provinces so far this year, with Munster and Leinster looking unlikely to reach the knockout stages, while Ulster still face an uphill task. In a not so distant past, the three sides dominated Europe between them, casting away the French and English opposition …

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Toulon’s Dominance: Good, Bad Or Just Plain Ugly?

Toulon made it three in a row this weekend, a feat never before seen in the old Heineken Cup or new ERCC format. But what are the ramifications of the disproportionate actions taking place in French Rugby? Toulon won a historic third European title in a row on the first Saturday of May against Clermont Auvergne. This is quite an achievement …

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The Knock-On Effects Of The Heineken Cup

Raffaelle Rocca discusses the lasting effects of the now defunct Heineken Cup, all of which have helped to promote grassroots rugby in Ireland. The Heineken Cup changed the Irish rugby landscape forever. Since it began back in 1995, 26 new rugby clubs have been formed representing growth of 11 percent and with 161,534 registered participants, the game has never been …

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Rugby: European Champions Cup Preview: Pools 4 and 5

In the build up this year’s European Rugby Champions Cup, the new competition to replace the Heineken Cup, our writer, Jonathan Abbott previews pools 4 and 5 Pool 4: This is an intriguing pool that raises a lot of questions for rugby fans. Can Toulouse, with their new signings, be a force in Europe again? Will Montpellier or Bath make the step up to Europe’s …

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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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Keeping Up With The Kearneys

Geraldine Kieran reports from a special questions and answers event hosted by Brent Pope in Dundalk RFC where the RTE rugby pundit spoke to Leinster and Ireland rugby internationals and brothers, Rob and Dave Kearney. ‘Keeping Up With The Kearneys!’ It may be a very tongue and cheek title but keeping up with the Kearneys is most certainly a big challenge. Over …

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Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams – No. 5 Munster (2008)

It’s no secret that the Heineken Cup produced some truly vintage years for Munster rugby. Beginning with two final defeats and carrying through to their victory in the 2008 final, the men in red never took the field without their legendary passion and never-say-die attitude. While their most popular team was the one who repeatedly came so close in the …

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PA Report Cards: Munster Rugby

Our dissection of the Irish provincial sides’ respective seasons continue with Munster coming under this week’s spotlight. Competition Review After two years and three semi-finals, the Rob Penney era came to a disappointingly sombre conclusion this season. True to form, Munster proved to be, on the whole, better than the sum of their parts but another heroic defeat on the …

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