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Ranking Irish Rugby’s Most Memorable Images Of 2016


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


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

New Zealand v South Africa

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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Munster Up Their Game In Battle To Sign All Black Ben Smith

Dublin , Ireland - 17 November 2016; Ben Smith of New Zealand during New Zealand Rugby Squad Training at Garda RFC in Westmanstown, Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Munster could be set to seek outside help in their bid to sign New Zealand back Ben Smith. The 30-year-old’s Highlanders contract is due to expire next year, at which time he is widely expected to move to Europe. Munster are thought to be leading the race to sign the All Black, but stuff.co.nz ares suggesting that involvement from a …

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Frank Quinn Column: My Predicted Champions Cup Quarter-Final Lineup

European Rugby Champions Round 4, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 17/12/2016 Leinster vs Northampton Saints Leinster's Jamison Gibson-Park Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

After four rounds of the European Rugby Champions Cup, the quarter-final lineup is already beginning to take shape. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the fall of Racing 92, who despite being fancied to claim the trophy at the end of the season, find themselves at the bottom of Pool 1 without even attaining a bonus point during their opening three games. …

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Could The All Blacks Be Playing Your Favourite Club Next Year?

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has said the All Blacks will look to play a fourth test or game on their end-of-year in 2017, according to reports, with the possibility of facing a club side rather than an international team. In a press conference held after the NZRU’s final board meeting of the year, Tew said (via …

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Munster Half-Back Reportedly Headed For France’s Top 14

Munster Rugby is enjoying a stunning return to form this season and as a result clubs from around Europe have been keen to poach some of the province’s stars. Key to the Limerick-based club’s success has been the blossoming partnership between half-backs Conor Murray and Tyler Bleyendaal. The 26-year-old New Zealand native joined Munster back in 2015 and despite having …

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