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Johnny Holland Forced To Retire From Rugby At 25

Guinness PRO12, Irish Independent Park, Cork 29/4/2016 Munster vs Edinburgh Munster’s Johnny Holland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Munster Rugby have delivered some crushing news this afternoon, after announcing that Johnny Holland has been forced to retire from the sport aged just 25. There were reports last weekend about the news, but the Irish province confirmed the rumours today. Holland spoke of how difficult the decision was. “This has obviously been a very tough time for me, and …

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What Constitutes A Good Season For Irish Rugby?

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 5, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/3/2016 Ireland vs Scotland A general view of the Ireland team Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

There’s arguably no better time to be an Irish rugby supporter than at the start of a new season. Late March and mid-May are occasional contenders if Ireland or an Irish team are in contention for a major honour, but for the most part the start of a new season is the best time to be an Irish rugby fan. The …

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Johnny Holland May Be Forced To Retire Due To Hamstring Injury

After breaking into the Munster starting XV last season, Johnny Holland could be forced to retire due to a hamstring injury dating back to November 2014. Holland initially sustained the injury while playing with a Munster development side two years ago, when he tore his hamstring off the bone. However he subsequently fought his way back, ultimately winning a place …

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Donncha O’Callaghan EXCLUSIVE: Young Irish Players Need To Have Their Asses Handed To Them

Munster v Saracens - Heineken Cup

Donncha O’Callaghan has never been afraid to express his opinion. Despite having earned a reputation for being a bit of a joker, the big second row has consistently challenged himself and those around him. His move to the Worcester Warriors is an example of this. Although he could have chosen to wind down his career with Munster, O’Callaghan instead decided …

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Peter O’Mahony Informs When His Long-Awaited Return To Action Will Be


Almost twelve months have passed since Peter O’Mahony last featured in a competitive rugby match and since that time change has been afoot at Munster rugby. After another bitterly disappointing season for the Munster faithful where the Anthony Foley lead squad barely scraped their way into European Champions Cup qualification by securing the sixth and final ECC qualification spot in the …

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Peter Malone – Munster’s Elite Player Development Manager – Gives Us An Exclusive Insight Into The Province’s Academy

Peter Malone is tasked with developing Munster’s next generation of superstars. Although rugby has never been so popular in Ireland, those charged with running the game in this country have never been under as much pressure. Not only are the Irish provinces finding it increasingly difficult to keep their best players out of the clutches of wealthy French and English …

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Best And Worst New Kits Ahead Of 2016/17 Season


With preparations for the 2016/17 having been under way for over a month now, as the respective managements attempt to ascertain which systems and structures will enhance their prospects the most in reaching their seasonal goals, one facet in which many teams are engaging in is the unveiling of their new kits. With a host of new match-day attire having been …

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Top 10: Coaches With The Best Winning Ratios In Club Rugby Right Now

Saracens v ASM Clermont Auvergne - European Rugby Champions Cup

After a new coaching position becomes available, the media begin highlighting potential candidates to fill the vacancy and use percentage win rates as a means of promoting one contender over another. In the cut throat world of professional sport, this is to be expected. With massive TV deals on offer and sponsors wanting to be associated with a winning team, rugby is no different …

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Munster Suffer Major Injury Setback Ahead Of New Season

Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick 3/8/2016 Head coach Anthony Foley and Director of Rugby Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

New Munster head coach Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus will have to make due without the input of Francis Saili for the first four months of the 2016/17 season due to a shoulder injury sustained  by the Kiwi on the tail-end of last season. Despite the centre having returned to light training in Munster’s pre-season preparations, Saili has now suffered a set-back …

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A Northern Hemisphere Bound Super Rugby XV

European clubs are raiding the southern hemisphere for some of the game’s biggest names. With the Super Rugby season after coming to a conclusion, some of the southern hemisphere’s best players are already making their way north to join European clubs. Although this annual migration is nothing new, the age profile of the players leaving Super Rugby is clearly a …

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Sir Graham Henry & Johan Erasmus – New Faces With New Ideas

Johan Erasmus

The old adage ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ may apply to old wooden shelves and furniture, but in sports and business, it pays to be proactive rather than reactive. It’s hard to tell which of the two camps Irish Rugby is, as one hand the appointment of Anthony Foley and Leo Cullen as Munster and Leinster coaches was a sign …

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Opinion: Greed Is At The Heart Of The Football Championship Restructure

They say a camel is a horse designed by committee. If there’s one thing the GAA are good at, it’s committees. And so, our Grand National, the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, is a mongrel of a competition. The new All-Ireland Senior Football Championship structure announced by the GAA on Thursday has been met with mixed reviews. Personally, I think it’s rubbish. Another …

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Ireland’s Greatest XV

As we continue to look at the best players for each major nation at international level, we next move on to Ireland and the individuals who have been the most successful for their country. Each team below is based on statistics rather than one person’s opinions, therefore there is an element of objectivity rather than personal preference. We begin by …

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5 Ways To Improve The Pro 12 Before Adding An American Franchise

The Pro 12 needs to come up with some radical solutions if the league is to close the gap with the Top 14 and Premiership. The Pro 12 came in for a great deal of criticism last season, with commentators pointing to the low attendances, questioning the quality of rugby on display, and criticising the fact that many of the league’s star players are …

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