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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

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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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The Rise And Rise Of Kerry Hurling: John Egan Talks The Small Ball In The Kingdom

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Kerry comprehensively defeated Laois on Saturday afternoon to maintain their status in Division 1B of the National Hurling League, and now look to push on this summer in the Leinster championship. Limerick legend Ciarán Carey has taken over as manager, as the Kingdom surpassed everybody’s expectations by recording wins over Offaly and Laois (twice). They had too much class for …

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Pundit Arena Hurling Power Rankings 2016: Round 2

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We’re on to the semi-finals for Division 1 of the National Hurling League, and what a round of games it was. Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Cork were all underdogs in the eyes of the bookmakers this weekend, but pulled off upsets. Wexford came up just short of causing the shock of the round at home to Waterford. All in all, it …

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Munster Rue Their Achilles Heel At Number Ten

As Johnny Sexton panted after the game – Leinster vs Munster is both sides’ biggest game of the year, even bigger than the overall scheme of the Pro12 Championship. Not too many would disagree with the oft grumbling pivot.  Such titanic battles, even on down years continue to be the benchmark to judge players and progression by.  This becomes all the …

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