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Irish Rugby: Provincial Power Rankings

As the festive season approaches, and the double Christmas derbies loom large on the horizon, we’re offered the perfect chance to take stock of the first half of the season. There has been a wide range of ups and downs, and plenty in between, to keep provincial supporters entertained and enraged thus far this term. As such, here are the …

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Irish Rugby Form XV

As we edge closer to the end of 2015, we look back on another mixed year for Irish rugby with tremendous highs and some sobering lows too. A successful Six Nations championship defence was boosted by the emergence of Connacht as Pro12 leaders, but Ireland’s quarter-final exit to Argentina at the World Cup was unacceptable (despite numerous injuries to key players) and the recent …

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Leinster’s Rob Kearney Makes Bold Claim Ahead Of Toulon Game

Three consecutive losses in Europe has not seemed to diminish the confidence of Leinster’s Rob Kearney, with the Irish full-back claiming that while reigning Champions Cup holders Toulon will be tough to overcome this Saturday, they are indeed beatable. Speaking ahead of Leinster’s critical return match at the Aviva Stadium with the star-studded French side, Kearney did not underestimate the size of the …

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Munster Issue Statement After Fans Boo Players

Munster Rugby issued a statement this afternoon calling for supporters to “respect” players and opposition at all times during games at Thomond Park. The announcement comes in the wake of Munster’s 31-19 loss to Leicester at the weekend, where fans booed certain players, with outhalf Ian Keatley in particular coming under fire. Keatley’s performances at fly-half have been a major talking …

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Connacht Re-Sign Homegrown O’Halloran And Griffin

Connacht have announced that homegrown pair Tiernan O’Halloran and Eoin Griffin have signed new two-year deals that will keep the Galway duo in the west until the conclusion of the 2016/2017 season. It’s just reward for the pair and a clear sign that the province’s “Grassroots to Green Shirts” development path is working with Griffin returning from London Irish to continue …

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Isa Nacewa Can No Longer Start For Leinster

Leinster’s 24-9 loss to reigning Champions Cup holders Toulon taught us a lot of things about Leinster and their ongoing struggles. While their blatant lack of discipline and problems at the breakdown and the set-piece will get most of the attention, Leo Cullen might need to start thinking about tinkering with some of his personnel if their fortunes are to change. Sunday’s …

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Munster Built For The Future, Not The Present

Munster’s crushing 31-19 loss to Leicester on Saturday night at Thomond Park was the reality check that Anthony Foley and many Munster fans needed – they’re just not there yet. The fight, the willingness to charge forward and the ability to capitalise on momentum, hallmarks of Munster rugby in the past, was there to see in patches on a cold night in …

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Leinster Primed For Do-Or-Die Clash Against Toulon

Leinster’s European season lies in tatters, but it will be in the Stade Félix Mayol this weekend that their fate will ultimately be decided. Succumbing to both Wasps and Bath already this season, a third loss in as many games to Toulon will confirm their Champions Cup exit. As overwhelming underdogs, Leinster have a mountain in front of them if …

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Book Review: No Borders – Playing Rugby For Ireland

The history of Irish rugby has its highs and lows. From the Grand Slams in 1948 and 2009, to the lows of the 2007 World Cup, Ireland’s story is a chequered one. Since the dawn of the professional era, Ireland have dined at the top table of rugby, but that has not always been the case. Who better to narrate …

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Team Ireland Or The Provinces, Where Should The Loyalties Lie?

One of life’s most pertinent questions has always been what came first, the chicken or the egg? In Irish rugby circles that can be tweaked and people can viably ask what comes first, team Ireland or the provinces? With only four professional clubs on the island, each of which is considerably backed by the IRFU, juggling resources – both talent …

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Munster Re-Sign Flanker Until 2019

There was good news today for Munster coach Anthony Foley with the announcement that flanker Tommy O’Donnell had signed a new deal with the southern province. The new contract will keep O’Donnell at Munster until at the very least June 2019. “I am delighted to sign up for a further three years with my home club,” O’Donnell told munsterrugby.ie. “In …

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Tweet: Mike Phillips’ Hilarious Response To Paul O’Connell Jibe

We’ve all witnessed the online banter that goes on between team-mates in the past, however today it was the turn of Wales’ Mike Phillips to take Ireland’s Paul O’Connell down a peg or two with a genius comeback. Phillips was partaking in a spot of shameless self-promotion on Twitter when O’Connell saw the perfect opportunity to strike. As Phillips tweeted about …

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Five Players The IRFU Must Re-Sign

With the Rugby World Cup well and truly behind us, Irish sides are enjoying a strong start to the Pro12 with Connacht, Munster and Leinster filling out the top three places, but with a number of big players out of contract at season’s end, we look at the five players that must be an absolute priority for the IRFU. _____ 1. …

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Moving To Munster May Be The Right Option For Madigan

The precarious nature of Ian Madigan’s contract negotiations have had many speculating on the future of Leinster’s versatile inside-back, and with Bristol and Harlequins both emerging as potential suitors, the IRFU will have to somehow convince the mercurial 26-year-old to stay on home soil. Madigan is a direct product of the Irish youth system having come up through the ranks from …

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Sexton The Bright Spot In Lacklustre Leinster Win

After missing a vital penalty late on against Bath last weekend, Johnny Sexton recovered well at the RDS as the Ireland pivot guided Leinster to an unconvincing 8-3 win against provincial rivals Ulster. With a make or break trip to the Stade Mayol next weekend to take on defending European champions Toulon, Leinster needed to put in a complete and …

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Connacht To Debut ‘Green Lantern’ Kit Against Munster

Connacht Rugby are set to debut their ‘Green Lantern’ kit against Munster this weekend in a top of the table clash at Thomond Park. Both sides head into the game with only one defeat accumulated so far this season and will be looking to continue their strong starts, but for Connacht the game also signifies a chance for the Westerners to debut …

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Ireland’s Next Captain – Assessing The Options

The international retirement of Paul O’Connell has left a glaring hole in Joe Schmidt’s Irish side, and it’s not in the second row. O’Connell, along with Brian O’Driscoll, were pillars of Irish rugby for a very long time and the natural leaders of what has been a very successful Irish side. Their departures from international rugby has created a vacuum of …

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