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An In-Depth Review Of Munster’s Disappointing Season

LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 12: Leicester celebrate as Michael Fitzgerald scores the second try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 12, 2015 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It’s been a difficult year for Munster Rugby, and the trials and tribulations they’ve faced have been well documented over the course of the season. While it was ultimately a disappointing campaign, two wins to secure Champions Cup qualification was an excellent sign-off note and a positive way to finish the year. _____ The Positives The continued excellence of CJ …

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Two Further Injury Worries for Ireland’s Summer Tour to South Africa

during the Ireland Captains Run at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2016 in London, England.

Injuries worries continue to mount for Joe Schmidt in advance of Ireland’s summer tour to South Africa Since last year’s Rugby World Cup, Ireland have been racked with injuries to key players. The 2016 Six Nations championship saw Ireland unable to defend their title and challenge for a famous three-in-a-row. Injuries scuppered any hopes of that. It was reported yesterday …

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Five Irish Stars Set To Miss Test Series Against South Africa

Scotland v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Joe Schmidt must once again work with a huge injury list as he plans Ireland’s trip to South Africa next month. Perhaps the biggest single topic of conversation around Ireland’s 2016 Six Nations campaign was the sheer size of the injury list with which Joe Schmidt and co had to grapple with for the entire tournament. Compounding the enormous loss …

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Ireland Half-Back Legends Honoured By Their Peers

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 10: Ronan O'Gara of Ireland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Aviva Stadium on March 10, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Irish rugby’s greatest ever pairing continue to receive accolades as they approach 40. Since the advent of the professional era, Irish rugby has been on an upward trajectory. With the establishment of the provincial model a golden generation of rugby quickly followed and saw Irish clubs win five European (Heineken) Cups between 2006 and 2012. The national squad also enjoyed …

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Video: Was This The Worst High Ball Tackle Ever Seen In Super Rugby?

Super Rugby in New Zealand has just witnessed perhaps the worst high ball tackle in rugby history. With the game between Super Rugby champions Highlanders and Sharks barely past the ten-minute mark, a high ball was sent downfield by the Highlanders, with centre Jason Emery chasing. Sharks full-back Willie le Roux was also coming out to meet the high ball …

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An Ireland XV To Play In The Opening Springboks Test This June

during the Ireland Captains Run at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2016 in London, England.

Jamie Heaslip’s try against Italy aside, the most exciting moment of the 2016 Six Nations for Ireland was the introduction of Josh van der Flier, Stuart McCloskey and Ultan Dillane at Twickenham. While Ireland suffered defeat to the English, a number of positives were gleaned from the performance. Firstly, Van der Flier appeared to be a ready-made international as his …

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Five Reasons Why Ireland Can Stun The Springboks This Summer

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 19: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland watches over his team warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ireland head down to South Africa in June for a three-test series with a genuine chance of earning a first ever series win in one of rugby’s toughest tours. Here Hefin Jones looks at five reasons why Ireland can stun the Boks this Summer. _____ 1. South Africa’s Lack Of Preparation Time New coach Allister Coetzee will only have ten weeks …

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Video: The Massive Defensive Hits That Six Nations Sides Face This Summer

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Watson of England is tackled by Jamie Heaslip and Rory Best of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The Six Nations touring sides are in for a tough time down under this summer as southern hemisphere defensive units activate ‘beast mode’. When one thinks of rugby highlights, one will automatically look at huge point scoring moments, last minute or length-of-the-field turnover tries, drop goals and pressure penalties to win a series or tournament. Often the headlines are reserved for these …

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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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What Caused All The Handbags In The Ireland-Scotland Match?

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland-Scotland was one of the best matches of the tournament. Ireland finally showed they can actually play rugby, even if it seemed they had to remind themselves of it from time to time, and Scotland are definitely the form side right now. The Scots lost the match mainly through their own indiscipline, and Ireland were the stronger side on the day. Yet the …

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Ireland Presented With Best Chance to Finally Defeat the All Blacks

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 24: Aaron Smith of the All Black reacts as the scrum packs down during the International match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Ireland eyes November 2016 as their best chance to finally defeat New Zealand’s All Blacks The 2016 Six Nations is over and international duties once again take a back seat to the club calendar. On review, Ireland restored some pride with two solid victories over Italy and Scotland, amassing over 90 points between the two games and rounded out the …

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Is It Time For Ireland To Replace Scrum Half Conor Murray?

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Conor Murray of Ireland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

For years Conor Murray has been a cornerstone of the Irish team. But with the way Ireland have been playing, is it maybe time to replace the scrum half? Murray has great vision and awareness, especially close to the try line. He has skills which a lot of players around the world will be envious of. There can be no …

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Four Reasons Why England Can Win The World Cup In 2019

during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England.

England have just won their 25th Triple Crown under Eddie Jones in his first Six Nations campaign. The pragmatic coach has guided his hard-working, relentless and determined team to this honour and they could even wrap up the tournament in Paris next weekend. This squad seems to have a work ethic that no northern hemisphere team can match, hence why they …

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Are Italy Too Light To Take On Europe’s Heavyweights?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 12: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland scores his team's fourth try during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The discussion has been ongoing for a while now, but it should come to a head after Saturday’s game against Ireland. Ireland are certainly not the best team in this year’s Six Nations, but they put a huge score on Italy today, without any real reply. Italy’s poor performance allowed Ireland to illustrate some gallery play, something resembling the game we would like …

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