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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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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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