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Chris Farrell Passionately Defends Irish Project Players

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Chris Farrell has leapt to the defence of Ireland’s project players in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Jean Kleyn made headlines around the world when he was selected for Joe Schmidt’s 31-man squad in place of long-serving lock Devin Toner. Kleyn became eligible to represent Ireland just two days before making his debut against Italy in …

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Joe Schmidt Happy With Jean Kleyn Progress But Looking For More

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Now that the dust has settled on the inclusion of Jean Kleyn in Ireland’s 31-man World Cup squad, it would have come as a relief to the management and the player himself that he produced his most accomplished performance in a green shirt on Saturday.  Kleyn was busy throughout his 53-minute performance in the 19-10 victory over Wales and his …

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Joe Schmidt Hits Back At Agustin Pichot Criticism Of Kleyn Selection

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Joe Schmidt has responded to Agustin Pichot after the World Rugby Vice-Chairman expressed his disappointment at Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s World Cup squad. The Leinster lock was the shock exclusion from Schmidt’s squad announcement yesterday after it was confirmed that South African born Munster second-row Jean Kleyn had been selected in his stead. Kleyn only qualified for Irish selection …

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Joe Schmidt Explains Devin Toner Omission From World Cup Squad

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has explained a number of the tough calls he had to make in finalising his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  One of the biggest omissions is that of Devin Toner who has been left out for Munster’s Jean Kleyn. Schmidt told Irish Rugby TV that it was a difficult conversation. “I’ve coached …

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Andy Farrell Wants To See What Jean Kleyn Can Bring To The Table

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All going according to plan, Jean Kleyn will make his Ireland debut on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.  The 25-year-old South African has completed his three-year residency period which sees him qualify to play for Ireland just in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He’s been named to start on Saturday which could also see an international debut for …

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Jean Kleyn: Sandy Park Was Hell, Saturday Will Be The Same

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The 10-10 draw which took place when Munster and the Exeter Chiefs faced off at Sandy Park in the opening round of the Champions Cup was like a Test match in everything but name.  The physicality and intensity in which both sets of players went about their business was gripping viewing and supporters should be in for a treat when …

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Jean Kleyn Signs New Three-Year Extension With Munster

Munster second row, Jean Kleyn has signed a three-year extension that will see him remain with the province until June 2022.  The 25-year-old South African made his debut with the province in 2016 and has scored six tries in 42 appearances. Kleyn says he is delighted to get a further opportunity to make his mark. “I’m very happy to sign …

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Jean Kleyn: Munster Do Not Need To Be Brought Back Down To Earth

Although the 0-12 scoreline a week before Munster kick off their PRO14 campaign at home to the Cheetahs may cause some concern among supporters of the southern province, a quick glance of the two teams on Friday night will alleviate that somewhat.  Exeter Chiefs had close to a full-strength team out and as Johann van Graan revealed after the game, …

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Murray And Stander Headline Six Changes To Munster Starting XV

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Munster welcome back Ireland internationals Conor Murray and Keith Earls to the Munster starting XV to play the Dragons in Rodney Parade on Saturday, with captain CJ Stander also making his first start of the season after coming off the bench last Friday in his season debut against Cardiff. Murray and Earls return after missing the opening two rounds of the PRO12 due …

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A Northern Hemisphere Bound Super Rugby XV

European clubs are raiding the southern hemisphere for some of the game’s biggest names. With the Super Rugby season after coming to a conclusion, some of the southern hemisphere’s best players are already making their way north to join European clubs. Although this annual migration is nothing new, the age profile of the players leaving Super Rugby is clearly a …

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Munster Add Another Promising South African To Their Stable

Once Rassie Erasmus signed up to be Munster’s Director of Rugby last April, one could guess that “the Parish” would be in the market for some serious South African talent. From the beginning of this month, it had been rumoured that Erasmus was gunning for lock Jean Kleyn. The 22-year-old stands at 6’8, 18 stone and was pivotal for the Stormers in Super …

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