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Jacob Stockdale Excited At The Prospect Of Increased Competition


Jacob Stockdale is relishing the prospect of increased competition within the Ireland setup. Earlier this week it was announced that James Lowe has signed with Leinster for a further three seasons meaning the New Zealand native will be eligible for Ireland selection in the near future. Since joining the eastern province in 2017, Lowe has become a fan favourite among …

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When Is Rugby Returning? Here’s Everything We Know So Far

When is rugby returning

The return of Super Rugby in New Zealand over the last number of weeks and in Australia (beginning this weekend) has been a welcome sight for rugby supporters starved of action over the last number of months.  However, those of us in the northern hemisphere are keen to see the return of professional competition in this neck of the woods. …

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Thomond Park Naming Rights |”Serious Conversations” Have Taken Place

Thomond Park naming rights

Munster CEO Ian Flanagan has confirmed that “serious conversations” have taken place regarding the potential naming rights for Thomond Park. The famous Limerick rugby ground has long been earmarked for naming sponsorship and although this was met with resistance during the southern province’s heyday in the 2000s, there is a growing understanding and acceptance that this needs to be established …

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“James Has Received A Doping Ban & That Will Always Be Associated With Him”

James Cronin Doping

Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan has said that he is happy with the investigative process which was undertaken regarding the anti-doping violation committed by James Cronin.  Cronin received a one-month ban after testing positive for the banned substances, prednisolone and prednisone, after Munster’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 last November. Cronin’s ban is considered lenient by some, particularly Sport …

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Every New Signing Made By The Irish Provinces This Summer

Provinces Signings

The resumption of the northern hemisphere rugby season is getting closer.  Many clubs across Europe are already back in training. In Ireland, Munster and Leinster will return to training next week while Connacht and Ulster will be back out on the paddock on June 29. For the Irish provinces, the Guinness PRO14 season is expected to return at the end …

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Emerald Warriors Thriving After Successful Hosting Of Union Cup

Emerald Warriors

This month saw the one-year anniversary of the 2019 Union Cup being held at Dublin City University.  The Union Cup, Europe’s largest LGBT+ and inclusive rugby tournament, was held in Ireland for the first time last year and the tournament hosts, Dublin-based Emerald Warriors RFC, are reaping the rewards and positive impacts of that hugely successful weekend. Richie Fagan and …

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“It Was A Horrible, Horrible Feeling” – John Hayes On Munster 2000 Heartbreak

John Hayes Munster

“Yeah…,” John Hayes replied with a weary sigh. A long pause follows before ‘The Bull’ begins his explanation as to what went wrong in south-west London, with the heartbreak of that day 20 years ago still very much inflicting pain despite the two decades which have passed since that groundbreaking 1999/2000 season. Today is the 20 year anniversary of Munster’s …

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“I Was Going To Come Back And Make Them Regret Not Picking Me”

John Cooney

For many, this enforced period of lockdown provides an opportunity for looking back, reflection and growth. For Ulster and Ireland’s John Cooney, there are no shortage of memories or experiences to mull over and dissect. To say Cooney’s career has had its ups and downs would be an understatement but the 30-year-old Dubliner has certainly experienced the euphoric highs and …

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Pundit Arena Daily Rugby Trivia Challenge – Day One

Pundit Arena Rugby Trivia

With our hugely successful Pundit Arena Daily Sports Trivia Challenge series, we’ve decided to start a daily trivia challenge based solely on rugby.  Welcome to day one of our daily rugby trivia challenge. Each day, we’ll give you 20 questions and 20 clues, similar to a crossword, and you have to guess the answers before the time runs out. So, …

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Quiz: Can You Name These Club Rugby Stadiums?

Rugby Stadium Quiz

How well do you know your club rugby stadiums?  In our latest rugby quiz we want to test your knowledge on a number of rugby stadiums and grounds across the Guinness PRO14 and Gallagher Premiership. If you consider yourself to be a rugby fanatic, then you should get close to full marks in this. We are giving you a total …

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