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Peter Stringer: The Story Of An Irish Sporting Injustice

RBS 6 Nations: Scotland v Ireland

Peter Stringer is just two appearances short of achieving a century of international caps. In a packed Lansdowne Road in February 2000, a crowd witnessed history but they didn’t know it yet. They would watch the debuts of two of Ireland’s sporting legends unfold. The 9 & 10 partnership for the ages. Peter Stringer and Ronan O’Gara. The pair did not look …

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Five Issues Johan Erasmus Must Address If He Is To Turn Munster Around

Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus will have to act fast in order to stem Munster’s decline. Make no mistake about it, the appointment of Johan Erasmus as Munster’s new director of rugby is one of the most important decisions taken by the province during the professional era. Faced with declining attendances, consecutive pool stage exits in the European Rugby Champions Cup, and the …

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Report: Munster Have Appointed A New Director Of Rugby

Munster LIMERICK, IRELAND - APRIL 10: A general view of Thomond Park Stadium during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Munster and Northampton Saints at Thomond Park on April 10, 2010 in Limerick, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It has been announced in recent weeks that Munster Rugby are set to appoint a Director of Rugby in order to boost their fortunes next season. The southern province crashed out of the European Champions Cup in the pool stages, and are well off the pace in the Pro12 league. They face a tough challenge to qualify for the ECC …

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European Champions Cup: Saracens Are The New Munster

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Billy Vunipola (C) of Saracens, celebrates after his team are award a penalty try during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi final match between Saracens and Wasps at Madejski Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Reading, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final, Wasps played with reckless abandon at times and lit up the Madejski Stadium with some wonderful running rugby. However, it was Saracens’ ruthless efficiency and tactical awareness that won the game for them, not unlike the famous cup-winning Munster teams of old. Wasps’ potency is found within their back division: the sharp delivery of …

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The ‘Globetrotters’ XV: A Team Of Well-Travelled Rugby Players

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Ma'a Nonu of the New Zealand All Blacks goes to ground after a tackle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones recently talked of English coaches needing to work abroad to gain experience in other environments, but what about players? Here are a team of the individuals who took rugby globetrotting to a new level. _____ 1. Soane Tongaʻuiha As is the case with Tonga’uiha on the rugby pitch, he cannot stand still. In his career so far he has …

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Ronan O’Gara Questions Munster’s Desire

Scarlets v Racing Metro 92 - Heineken Cup

Ronan O’Gara did not hold back in his criticism of Munster. For Ronan O’Gara, it must have been difficult to watch Munster capitulate against Connacht last weekend. Not only were Munster embarrassed on the field of play, but uncomfortable questions were being asked of Anthony Foley and Jerry Flannery in the aftermath of the defeat. However, not only did O’Gara refer …

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What’s In A Badge? The Significance Of Rugby’s Emblems

<> at Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

South Africa’s diminishing Springbok logo is once again threatened with extinction as an ANC politician has called for its permanent removal from the famous green and gold jersey, but what significance do the badges of some rugby’s other national sides have? Wales The Wales side has always embraced the ‘Prince of Wales’s feathers’, a symbol of royal heraldy that is …

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Opinion: Munster Will Continue To Get Worse Before They Get Better

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Jack O’Toole takes an in-depth look at the problems Munster currently face.  Timothy Pina, an American writer, author, poet and screenwriter, once said: “Everything will usually get worse before it gets better, but when it does get better… remember all who put you down and all who helped you up. Forgive but never forget. Let Karma take care of all the rest.” …

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Johne Murphy’s Criticism Of Anthony Foley Is Brutally Honest

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Anthony Foley, the Munster head coach looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 20, 2015 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Johne Murphy hit out at Anthony Foley in January.  In the aftermath of Munster’s embarrassing defeat to a 14 man Stade Francias side earlier this season, there was so much criticism of Anthony Foley, it became easy to overlook certain aspects of it. Indeed, commentators and fans alike were drawn to the objective analysis delivered by Alan Quinlan on Sky Sports. …

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Brian O’Driscoll Sticks The Knife Into Munster With Sarcastic Tweet

Munster’s season has been left hanging by a thread. Munster fans have endured a very difficult season. As if failing to qualify for the knock out phase of the European Rugby Champions Cup for the second consecutive season was not enough, both Leinster and Connacht have done the double over the Southern province this season. Although some fans remain hopeful that …

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Connacht Embody Everything We Wish Ireland Could Be

If only international rugby was as easy and simplistic as Connacht are making club rugby look in the Pro 12. If only our players looked for space instead of territorial advantage. If only our players played what was in front of them as opposed to what they were told. If only Ireland could play like Connacht. Pat Lam has started a rugby …

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Munster Linked With Six Foot Five Inch Grenoble Centre

Munster will be looking to rebuild under a new director of rugby. French regional newspaper, Le Dauphine, have reported that Munster are interested in signing Chris Farrell from Grenoble at the conclusion of his contract with the Top 14 club in 2017. The article reporting the news states that while 6ft 5in Farrell has been offered a contract extension by Bernard …

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Munster And Harlequins Battling To Land South African Director Of Rugby

Harlequins v Munster - Heineken Cup Quarter Final

Both Munster and Harlequins seem to have targeted the same candidate. Following reports in the Irish Independent, it appears that both Munster and Harlequins are competing to sign Johan Erasmus as their new Director of Rugby. Although the South African is currently employed as South Africa’s general manager of high performance, Erasmus recently announced that he would be stepping down form the …

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Watch JJ Hanrahan Land A Kick From The Corner Flag

JJ Hanrahan gave a kicking master class before Northampton’s quarter final with Saracens. Although the Northampton Saints exited the European Rugby Champions Cup yesterday following a 29-20 defeat at the hands of Saracens, JJ Hanrahan clearly enjoyed himself during the warm up. Despite starting from the bench, the Kerry native looked extremely sharp as his side went through their pre game routine, …

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Irish Rugby Hits Back At Exeter Chiefs For Ignoring Connacht’s European Achievments

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20 : Connacht Rugby head coach Pat Lam during the European Rugby Challenge Cup pool 1 match between Newcastle Falcons and Connacht Rugby on December 20, 2015 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup take place this weekend, and unusually, there is no Irish involvement in the final eight. However, Connacht are flying the flag for the country in the Challenge Cup. Munster, Leinster and Ulster all failed to emerge from their pools, and therefore the only Irish representatives left in the Champions Cup are Exeter Chiefs pair …

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Five Ideas To Improve The Pro 12

Glasgow Warriors v Munster - Guinness Pro 12 Final

The Pro 12 will be without any representatives in the Champions Cup Quarter Finals. The Pro 12 has come in for a great deal of criticism this 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 withheld by national unions. However those who criticise …

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