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5 Questions Munster Need To Answer This Season

After a dismal 2015/16 campaign, much is expected of Munster after the appointment of Rassie Erasmus.  Last season was one of the most tumultuous in the recent history of Munster Rugby. A series of poor results at the turn of the year saw the province knocked out of the Champions Cup, tumbling down the Pro 12 table and fans voting …

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Munster’s Problem Position: The 25 Centres Munster Have Turned To Since 2008

Munster have struggled to find a consistent midfield partnership. Key to Munster’s successful 2008 Heineken Cup campaign was the centre pairing of Lifeimi Mafi and Rua Tipoki. Armed with soft hands and an uncanny ability to sidestep through the tightest of defences, the Kiwi partnership complimented the provinces brutish pack perfectly. However since then, Munster have been unable to field a …

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Ireland Left Sweating Over The Fitness Of Star Centre

Joe Schmidt’s day could be compounded with yet more bad news. The Irish Times are this evening reporting that Robbie Henshaw is a ‘real concern’ ahead of Ireland’s series decider with South Africa next weekend. Henshaw was is noticeable discomfort as the game drew to a conclusion, and was seen receiving treatment on his knee. Although the extent of the …

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George Hook Column: Ireland’s Player Ratings

9. Jared Payne Finally, picked in his best position. He was magnificent in everything he did. Inferior to Rob Kearney in the air, but do we want a catch and kick player or a striker from the back? Over to you Joe. 6. Andrew Trimble Despite all the talk about the defensive system the Ulster wing continues to be worse without the …

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IRFU To Hand Each Irish Province €1 Million To Allow Them Compete With European Super Clubs

Heineken Cup Final: Munster v Biarritz Olympique

The Irish provinces could be competing for some of the game’s biggest names. When it became apparent that none of Ireland’s provinces would be competing in the knock out phase of this season’s European Rugby Champions Cup, some commentator’s wondered whether they would be able to challenge the likes of Toulon and Saracens again. Indeed, at times throughout this season, it …

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Five Issues Johan Erasmus Must Address If He Is To Turn Munster Around

Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus will have to act fast in order to stem Munster’s decline. Make no mistake about it, the appointment of Johan Erasmus as Munster’s new director of rugby is one of the most important decisions taken by the province during the professional era. Faced with declining attendances, consecutive pool stage exits in the European Rugby Champions Cup, and the …

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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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Munster Face Another Reality Check Against Leinster

Anthony Foley’s side face a difficult task in the Aviva Stadium. This season has been particularly difficult for Munster fans to handle. Poor performances have not only seen Anthony Foley’s side crash out of Europe at the pool stages for the second consecutive season, but dwindling attendances in Thomond Park. Some supporters are also dismayed by the manner in which Munster …

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A Recap Of All The IRFU’s Top Signings This Year

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 19: Sean O'Brien of Ireland takes on Matt Evans of Canada during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Canada at the Millennium Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The IRFU have had a very proactive start to the year and have retained the services of a number of front line players as the union looks to ensure that the country’s top players remain on Irish shores. With the World Cup over and done with and with preparations already underway in preparing for the 2019 campaign in Japan, the IRFU has made it a priority to retain …

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Ireland Trio Ruled Out For the Rest Of The Six Nations

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: The injured Mike McCarthy of Ireland waves to the fans as he is stretchered off the pitch during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will be a worried man after the first two games of the Six Nations Championship. The defending champions are yet to register a win in this season’s tournament, and things are not getting any easier as they face a trip to the lions’ den of Twickenham to face table-toppers England. The French game last week was a …

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Five Players Ireland Should Now Pick Against England

France v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Ireland should now look to the future. Ireland’s defeat to France means that any realistic hopes Joe Schmidt had of landing a third successive Six Nations Championship have all but evaporated. Although Irish rugby needs a fillip in the short term, Schmidt should now have one eye on developing both his squad and tactics. While Schmidt has long been criticised for choosing to …

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Northern Hemisphere Countries Lacking Basic Rugby Tactics

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

The 36 phases Ireland went through against Wales were an example of no depth or width in attacking play. Sure it was raining and handling was tricky, footing might even have been a tad unsure, but it was no excuse. Wales were flat quite a bit too, but they played a wide game, which would have made them more succesful, …

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