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Ranking The Top 5 Scrum-Halves In World Rugby Right Now

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Aaron Smith of New Zealand passes the ball during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

This week we formulate our rankings with a view to who are the elite scrum-halves in world rugby at the moment. In a position where consistency at the highest level is seemingly hard to come by, the Top 5 could have potentially changed on numerous occasions throughout the course of the season. But with the European season now at an …

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IRFU Looking To Expand Pro 12 Without Addressing Munster’s Failures

Putting ‘the cart before the horse’ is a fairly apt description of the current state of provincial rugby in Ireland. While the national team has achieved tremendous success over the past few years, Ireland’s provinces have struggled and the gap between Irish clubs and Europe’s elite is only widening. The current European broadcasting deals see the Pro 12 earn a combined €14 million for …

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EXCLUSIVE: Ireland Sevens Star Luke O’Dea Details The Transition From XV’s To 7’s And What Lies Ahead

Munster Rugby Squad Training 14/10/2014 Luke O'Dea Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Now that Irish rugby has finally made its presence felt within the realms of the seven-a-side discipline, Anthony Eddy’s men seem set to further state their claim after what has been a hugely successful season. Ireland steamrolled their way to claiming the Rugby Europe Trophy with indomitable displays in both legs of the cup. Having dismantled hosts Sweden in the …

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IRFU Reveal Frightening Financial Challenges Facing Irish Provinces

IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne

The spiralling cost of wages in Irish professional rugby has become a major bone of contention with the IRFU. The governing body has allocated an extra €1m to the provinces in order to help them with the problems faced with increased player wages, but they have fired a stark warning to the four teams that they cannot be used as a crutch every time …

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Paul O’Connell Returns To Munster Rugby

CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Paul O'Connell of Munster looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool one match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin on December 14, 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Munster Rugby has today confirmed via statement that former captain, and Munster living legend Paul O’Connell is to return to the province in a professional context. The Limerick native who spent 14 years at Thomond Park has been unveiled as the newest member of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy taking on an advisory role and will oversee the next wave …

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The Secret Agent: Leicester Tigers Sign Munster Tighthead

When Ben Betts’ name was not included among the members of Munster’s academy for the 2016/17 season, I immediately became suspicious. After all, the tighthead was an important part of Ireland’s under 20 Championship campaign, and Munster are not blessed with a huge amount of talent in that position. The Young Munster player’s big carries and powerful scrummaging impressed people in …

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Kerry Sweating Over Colm Cooper Injury After Fitness Update

Allianz Football League Division 1, Clones, Monaghan 27/3/2016 Monaghan vs Kerry Kerry Manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Andrew Paton

Kerry captured the Munster Senior Football Championship last Sunday with a convincing win over Tipperary in Killarney. The Kingdom blew away their opponents despite an early goal, but may be concerned about entering the All-Ireland series without a truly competitive Championship game under their belts. Another issue that will concern Eamonn Fitzmaurice was the forced withdrawal of Colm Cooper. The ‘Gooch’ …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 9

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's Padraig Walsh and Conor Whelan of Galway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

After a bumper weekend of action which included the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers and the Leinster final, we look at how the hurling landscape lies. _____ 1. Waterford (No change) 2. Kilkenny (No change) The juggernaut keeps its course as Kilkenny plowed through yet another opponent yesterday. It was the same old story, as the Cats showed too much …

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Opinion: Coaching Consultants Are The Beginning Of The End For A Coach

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Argentina coaching staff advisor, Graham Henry walks across the pitch during The Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Patersons Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The moment a coach hears from upper management that the club is going to bring in a ‘Director Of Coaching’, a ‘Coaching Consultant’ or a ‘Technical Advisor’ the end could be near. An organisation will roll out lines like ‘X will contribute to our extensive review of our high performance area’ and ‘ we’re looking at different ways of challenging ourselves’  but ultimately it …

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Preview And Team News: Kerry v Tipperary Munster Football Final

Kerry v Tipperary, 2pm live on RTE. Fitzgerald Stadium. This Sunday will see hot favourites Kerry take on Tipperary in this year’s Munster Football Final in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Tipperary having stunned Cork in their semi-final encounter at Semple Stadium last month, will attempt to end an 81 year wait of a provincial football championship. The Kingdom have won over …

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Springbok XV Composed By The Current Talent Drain Exodus

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South African rugby is facing into a possible crisis scenario. As a result of unfavourable playing conditions for rugby players in the country due to a mix of determinants including imposed governmental race quotas, an ever decreasing in value South African Rand and with the money strapped European clubs of England and France perennially plucking some of the countries top …

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Champions Cup: The Four Standout Ties Not To Miss This Season

CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Simon Zebo of Munster looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool one match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin on December 14, 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The remoulding of Europe’s premier competition didn’t exactly go down well on its introduction three years ago, but there’s little doubting now that establishing the Champions Cup has created a competition in which one mistake could prove to be lethal and every single group offers up some mouthwatering clashes. Following on from Wednesday’s draw in Neuchatel, Switzerland, here are four ties that you …

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Ex-Munster Winger Named In Ireland Sevens Squad


Ireland sevens Director of Rugby Anthony Eddy has named his squad which will travel to Prague for the second leg of the Europe Rugby Sevens trophy this weekend. Leinster’s Tom Daley will once again captain the squad which see’s two changes made to it following the Monaco repechage tournament with former Munster winger Luke O’Dea being incorporated as well as …

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Images Of Munster’s New Away Jersey May Have Just Been Leaked

Guinness PRO12, Thomond Park, Limerick 7/5/2016 Munster vs Scarlets Munster’s Ronan O'Mahony, Billy Holland and CJ Stander after the match Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Munster are set to unveil a new away jersey. A french website might have just leaked images of Munster’ new away jersey for the 2016/17 season. The blue and yellow shirt, featuring a stag at the centre, is listed on Misterugby.com. Although neither Munster or Adidas have yet to feature the jersey on their respective websites, Misterrugby are advertising the …

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