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Second Top 14 Club Make Move For Ian Keatley [Report]

Following his man of the match performance against Connacht, Ian Keatley has become a man in demand. Already linked with a move to Bayonne, most Munster fans expect to see Keatley leave the province when his contract expires at the end of the season. Although the 29 year-old excelled against Connacht on New Year’s Eve, Tyler Bleyendaal has made the number 10 shirt …

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Munster Prepare For Emotional Return To Paris This Week For Champions Cup Clash with Racing 92

Munster Fans Pay Tribute to Anthony Foley, Thomond Park, Limerick 19/10/2016 Tributes are paid to Munster head coach Anthony Foley outside Thomond Park Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Back in October, on another routine Champions Cup weekend, rugby took a back seat as news emerged of the tragic passing of Munster head coach and Ireland legend Anthony Foley while in Paris for the southern province’s clash with Racing 92. Following the devastating news, the fixture was immediately cancelled and the Munster squad returned to Limerick heartbroken at the …

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Irish Pro12 Side Of The Festive Period

Munster were the big winners of the festive period after winning their derby clashes against Leinster and Connacht. The contrasting manner of their victories might perhaps be the most pleasing aspect of the Christmas period for Rassie Erasmus. While their St. Stephen’s Day win over Leinster saw the Reds run in four tries in an open contest, the conditions forced Munster to keep …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Munster’s 16-9 Win Over Connacht

1. The Weather As has been the case so often in the past, the weather conditions in Galway had a massive influence over events in the Sportsgrounds. The rain and resulting slippy surface ensured the game would be won by the team that dominated the space 10 meters either side of the ruck. With their bigger pack, the conditions played …

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Shane Horgan Backs Conor Murray For Lions Captaincy

Former Ireland and Lions wingers Shane Horgan has backed Munster scrum-half Conor Murray to captain next year’s British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand after a stellar 2016 with both Munster and Ireland. Murray, who was a tourist in 2013 on the Lions tour of Australia, has been in outstanding form for Munster over the last few weeks and …

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Ranking Irish Rugby’s Most Memorable Images Of 2016

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As the year draws to a close, we can look back on 2016 as a phenomenal, and at times tragic, twelve months of rugby. The rugby community lost a true legend in Anthony Foley as Munster’s Head Coach suddenly passed away in October. The effect he had on the sport has been highlighted wonderfully since his death with the numerous tributes …

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Watch: Adam Jones Channels His Inner Fly Half After Expertly Slotting Toe Poked Penalty In Twickenham

Although Adam Jones might be better known for his scrummaging and crazed hair style, he has clearly added a string to his bow in recent years, demonstrating a calmness when given the opportunity to kick for goal. Jones, who recently signed a new contract extension with Harlequins that will see him become a player/coach at the Stoop, was spotted warming up …

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Huge News For Munster Fans As Key Player Signs Contract Extension

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Following Munster’s comprehensive victory over rivals Leinster last night, some phenomenal and much-anticipated news for the province emerged. Jaco Taute has been pivotal to the revival of Munster this season with his performances in midfield endearing him to the Thomond Park faithful. His contract was due to finish on New Year’s Eve with the Springbok only arriving as short-term cover …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Munster’s Big Win Over Leinster

Munster recorded a 29-17 win over their rivals. 1. Munster’s Physicality in Defence Given the inexperienced back line selected by Leo Cullen, Leinster were going to have to dominate around the fringes if they were to come away from Thomond Park with a victory. However Munster met them on the gain line, not only smashing all of Leinster’s ball carriers, but …

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A Football XI For Each Irish Province

Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, Dublin 23/5/2016 Shane Long, Jeff Hendrick and Callum O'Dowda Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

With Munster set to tackle Leinster in Thomond Park on Monday and with Ulster having beaten Connacht on Friday, we look at what Ireland’s provinces might look like when it comes to football.  Ireland is a country that thrives on provincial and inter-county rivalry. This hasn’t always transferred to football, but these lineups could certainly make for some interesting games. _______ …

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The Irish Form XV Of 2016

2016 has proven to be a remarkable year for Irish rugby. After being knocked out at the quarter final stage of the World Cup, Ireland underwhelmed during their subsequent Six Nations campaign. Although Ireland began to find form during their tour of South Africa, Irish rugby found itself in a depressing place last March. Following their defeat to France, it …

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Munster To Offer Ben Smith Mammoth Wage Package [Report]

Munster AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: Ben Smith of New Zealand is tackled by Scott Fardy of Australia during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Munster have embarked on a remarkable run of form of late. Following the untimely death of head coach Anthony Foley, the Irish province won seven straight games. Despite the loss to Leicester Tigers in Welford Road, there is still a feel-good factor around the Munster camp ahead of the visit of Leinster on Monday. In the past week they have …

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Despite Rassie Erasmus’ Denials The Kiwi Media Believe Munster Have Made Ben Smith A Monster Contract Offer

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This time last week Munster fans were in giddy form after kiwi news site Stuff reported that the province were chasing 60 times capped All Black Ben Smith. The rumour seemed to have run it’s course when Rassie Erasmus denied the province were interested in signing the fullback, and would instead focus on developing indigenous talent. In any event, most supporters felt Munster would …

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Munster And Leinster Unveil Starting Line-Ups For Festive Derby Clash

After a month dominated by the European Rugby Champions Cup, the attention of Irish rugby fans turns to the Pro12 with each of the four provinces contesting festive derby clashes. The inter provincial encounters during the Christmas period are among the most highly anticipated on the calendar, and are always well attended, despite the trying weather conditions. Indeed, the clash …

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