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Trevor Hogan: Glasgow Will Pose A Serious Threat To Leinster

Leinster and Glasgow go to war on Saturday night at the RDS in what will be the Irish province’s fifth league final in a row. In stark contrast to Matt O’Connor’s side, Glasgow have qualified for the RaboDirect Pro12 Final for the first time in their history and are in blistering form ahead of the Dublin showdown. Pundit Arena spoke to …

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Exclusion Pushes Stuart Hogg Closer To Ulster

Stuart Hogg has been excluded from Glasgow Warriors’ 23-man squad for Saturday’s Pro12 Final, further fuelling the rumours that the Scot is on his way to Ravenhill. Hogg’s exclusion for the clash with Leinster means the 54-0 thrashing of Zebre at the start of the month will have been his last action in a Warriors shirt. We broke the news about …

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Matt O’Connor: Concussion Decisions Should Be Made By Team Doctors

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Matt O’Connor has stated that decisions on whether a player is concussed or able to continue in a game should be left up to team doctors. O’Connor’s comments come following the decision to allow Toulouse’s Florian Fritz to continue playing in the Top14 Quarter-Final despite having collapsed while walking off and also Leinster’s decision to replace Brian O’Driscoll and Fergus …

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Warrior Spirit – Glasgow’s Rugby Revolution

When it comes to the sporting landscape in Scotland’s second city, football is king. The Old Firm rivalry was the only matter that concerned the Glaswegian sportsman as Celtic and Rangers did battle for various glories. Alas, the intense passion for the Association code has lessened with the Ibrox team’s demise and the Bhoys’ yearly procession to the league title. …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Who’s Hot Toulon Two superb tries from Matt Giteau and Juan Smith plus the boot of Jonny Wilkinson led the Toulonnais to European glory in Cardiff on Saturday evening. Toulon were superb. Their breakdown was brilliant and their defence was all encompassing as Saracens were unable to create any try scoring opportunities. Toulon have now emulated Leicester Tigers and Leinster …

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Matt O’Connor Delighted With Leinster’s Adversity

Matt O’Connor expressed his delight with the character shown by his Leinster side as they overturned a nine-point deficit to topple Ulster at the RDS and reach this year’s RaboDirect Pro12 Final. While Leinster once again failed to perform for large periods of the game, their ability to clutch victory from the jaws of defeat is a characteristic of all …

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Leinster v Ulster: Five Talking Points from the RDS

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss the main talking points following Leinster’s victory over Ulster at the RDS on Saturday night. The second Pro12 semi –final was an all Irish affair as Leinster welcomed Ulster to the RDS. Glasgow were awaiting the victors of the tie courtesy of deposing Munster by one point the evening before. Leinster were looking to …

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Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan could both start Rabo Final

Leinster showed grit and determination worthy of true champions to overcome a spirited Ulster side and progress to this year’s RaboDirect Pro12 Final at the RDS. In the post match press conference, Matt O’Connor admitted that both Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan could get starting berths for the final following some great link-up play. Despite going behind by nine points …

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RaboDirect Pro 12 Semi-Final Teams: Leinster vs Ulster

A huge game is in store at the RDS at 7pm on Saturday night when Leinster and Ulster lock horns for a place in the RaboDirect Pro12 Final. On paper, Leinster come into the game on the back of some good results. However, in reality Matt O’Connor’s side have flattered to deceive at times and will need to perform if …

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Leinster v Ulster: Five Key Battles To Watch At The RDS

Two weeks after their battle in Belfast, Leinster and Ulster clash once more in the Pro12 semi-final at the RDS. It will be the third time in four years that both of these teams have met each other in the end of season playoffs, with the Blues emerging victorious in the previous two encounters. As well as a place in …

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IRFU’s Special Player Project: A Waste of Time & Money?

“Hopefully when the time is right and if I’m playing good footy, hopefully I can play for the Ireland international team.” The words of Bundee Aki who recently signed a three-year deal with Connacht. The powerful centre who plies his trade with the Chiefs in Super Rugby at present, will add a cutting edge to the Western province’s backline, but …

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Irish Rugby Player Rankings – Week Ending 11/05/2014

It was the final round of fixtures in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 last weekend. Leinster were given a scare by plucky Edinburgh, Munster put in a woeful performance against an inexperienced Ulster side who won by two points and Connacht finished their campaign with a whimper, losing to the Ospreys by 25 points. With the season winding down, the …

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Aviva Premiership & RaboDirect Pro12 Near Conclusion

For another year the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro 12 leagues arrive at the final round of games. Dominic Evans previews the conclusion of the rugby season. Aviva Premiership The Aviva Premiership is the first to conclude this Saturday. All games kick-off at 15:15. The bottom half of the table is finalised. After a woeful season Worcester Warriors were relegated …

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The Gain Line: “The Letter of the Law”

It was the official curtain raiser at new Ravenhill on Friday evening. Signs draped on the grandstand bid the fans to be the 16th man. That was, as it happened, unduly optimistic. Ulster for the second time in short succession had to play the majority of the match with 14 men. In the end a gallant Ulster side lost out 20-22 …

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Matt O’Connor: Deal For Australian International Not Done

While Leinster are expected to name Australian lock Kane Douglas as a new signing this week, Head Coach Matt O’Connor stated the Waratahs player fits the profile as successor to Leo Cullen but a deal has yet to be done. With Cullen having announced he would step away from playing earlier in the season, O’Connor spoke about the long process …

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Five Talking Points From Ulster v Leinster

The grand opening of a brand, new Ravenhill was the setting as Ulster and Leinster collided but there was more than bragging rights at stake. Leinster were looking to cement their place at the summit of the Pro 12 table and secure a home semi-final. Because of the Ospreys shock defeat in Parma on Thursday night, the equation for the …

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Leinster take the win, but Ulster take the plaudits

Leinster secured a tight 22-20 win at Ravenhill on a fantastic night in Belfast that saw Ulster reduced to fourteen men. In a hugely anticipated game, Ian Madigan led the battle of the 10s with two early penalties to put Leinster 6-0 ahead. However, the night would go pear shaped for Madigan, with the Leinster man missing a number of kickable opportunities …

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