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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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Opinion: Why We All Love The Romance Of Connacht

Despite possessing limited financial fire power in comparison to most of the major teams in European rugby, Connacht’s latest win over Wasps shows sometimes heart and soul can mean so much more than money. The Pro 12 champions continue to inspire fans right across the global rugby community with their intelligence and forethought, but most importantly their determination. These were …

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The Reaction As Late Late Leicester Show Breaks Munster Hearts

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Ed Slater of Leicester celebrates their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 17, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Two giants of European rugby played out a tense and nail-biting battle this evening in Welford Road, as Leicester Tigers denied Munster a famous victory at the death. Despite going down 38-0 at Thomond Park last week, the English side dug deep to secure a memorable win over the two-time European champions. In a game that didn’t quite spring to life …

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Andy Goode Column: Munster Announced Themselves As A Force To Be Reckoned With Once More After Embarrassing The Tigers

Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

As a former Leicester Tigers player, it hurt watching their 38-0 trouncing at the hands of Munster last Saturday. the Tigers were outplayed across the park, and were absolutely dominated upfront. This is not the Leicester team of old, they don’t have enough squad depth in key positions and their back row was taught a lesson. For their part, Munster were magnificent. …

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Leinster And Munster Name Sides For Weekend European Cup Ties

LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 10: Rassie Erasmus, the Munster director of rugby looks on during the European Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 10, 2016 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Irish provinces Munster and Leinster are on a crest of a wave at present, following comprehensive victories over English opposition last weekend. The two, who have won five European Cups between them, are looking to put the disappointment of last season behind them by qualifying for the knockout stages. Munster shut out Leicester at Thomond Park last week, on a …

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The 5 Most Likely Challengers To Saracens’ European Crown

  At the outset of this season’s European Rugby Champions Cup, it was widely assumed that Racing 92 would be the most likely side to threaten Saracens’ crown. After all, the Parisian club finished the last campaign as runners up, and memorably beat Toulon in the Top 14 final despite being reduced to 14 men. Over the course of the …

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Munster Tight-Head Prop Forced To Retire

Munster have today confirmed that tight-head prop John Andress has retired from professional rugby. The 32 year-old joined the province from Edinburgh last summer in order to replace the departing BJ Botha. However outside of the pre-season game against the Worcester Warriors, the Belfast native hasn’t featured for Munster this campaign. In a professional career that spanned 12 seasons, Andress played …

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5 Potential Candidates To Replace Richard Cockerill At The Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership

The pressure appears to be mounting on Richard Cockerill following the Leicester Tigers’ 38-0 drumming at the hands of Munster last weekend. Indeed, citing sources within the club, the Daily Mail even claimed that Saturday’s return fixture could very well decide the future of the Tigers’ Director of Rugby. Although Cockerill has found himself in this position before, the manner …

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Coaching Culture At Leicester Tigers Said To Be “Toxic” As Richard Cockerill Is Set To Be Sacked

Leicester Tigers v Racing 92 - European Rugby Champions Cup

Richard Cockerill’s time in charge of the Leicester Tigers looks to be coming to an end. Despite lying fourth in the Premiership, the Leicester Tigers have struggled for consistency throughout the opening months of the season. Although the Tigers have been unable to field their first choice center partnership of Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua due to injury, Cockerill’s side have …

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Former IRB Junior Player Of The Year JJ Hanrahan Set For Shock Munster Return

When it was announced in 2014 that promising Ireland out-half JJ Hanrahan was to leave Munster for the Northampton Saints, many fans shook their heads in disbelief at the IRFU’s perceived short-sightedness. As Munster’s form continued to slide, the loss of Hanrahan, widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most promising half-backs, was just another blow for the brand that had …

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Munster Captain Warns Of The Backlash Awaiting Them Against The Leicester Tigers

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 2, Thomond Park, Limerick 22/10/2016 Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Munster's Peter O'Mahony applauds the crowd as he leaves the pitch Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Munster are enjoying a domestic and European rugby season that has seen them lose only twice this term. At the weekend they continued their impressive form with a 38-0 drubbing of English Premiership side Leicester Tigers. In what was one of the province’s most impressive performances, Munster battered a clueless Leicester side from start to finish. More urgent, more tenacious, …

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Opinion: Irish Rugby Culture Changed For The Better

Irish Rugby LIMERICK, IRELAND - DECEMBER 10: Darren Sweetnam of Munster takes on Adam Thompstone (C) and Tom Youngs during the European Champions Cup match between Munster and Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on December 10, 2016 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Injuries create opportunities. There’s no denying that. Cast your eyes over Ireland’s journeys in the rainbow country, Chicago and home. Fantastic historical victories underpinned by sheer hard work, graft, creativity and intellect. Despite the results, of which saw the Irish rugby team become the first to beat the Southern Hemisphere’s three powerhouses in a single calendar year since 2003, the real …

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Ranking Europe’s Top 10 Club Sides After This Weekend’s Action

Munster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

What a weekend it’s been for the Pro12. For so long the cross border competition was derided by many as being a “development league”, but the Celtic nations hit back at their detractors with a series of big wins. Leinster set the tone on Friday night, dismissing a Northampton Saints side that lost it’s discipline and shape. Ulster then saw off …

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Champions Cup – Ireland Team Of The Weekend

The Irish provinces enjoyed a great weekend in the thrid round of the Champions Cup with Leinster throttling Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens, Munster shutting out Leicester at Thomond Park and Ulster edging Clermont in a shootout at the Kingspan. Connacht fought valiantly against a Wasps side buoyed by the scintillating debut of Kurtley Beale, but ultimately faded late as Dai …

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