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JJ Hanrahan Move Could Set Precedent For Irish Rugby

JJ Hanrahan has opted to move across the water and ply his trade with Northampton once the season is over. His decision has raised quite a few talking points amongst both Munster fans and Irish fans alike. Many are wondering if this may be the reopening of the perceived floodgates of players continuing their careers in France or England in …

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What Next For Ireland’s Provinces?

As the European transfer-merry-go round gathers pace, Munster’s loss of emerging star JJ Hanrahan to Northampton could be the start of a worrying trend for the Irish provinces. En route to annexing five Heineken Cup trophies in seven seasons between 2005/6 and 2011/12 Munster and Leinster always managed to balance a core of indigenously produced international talent with overseas superstars. …

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JJ Hanrahan Is Leaving Munster

In the past hour Munster have announced that the Irish outhalf will be leaving the club for Northampton.  Player news: JJ Hanrahan will leave Munster for Northampton Saints at end of season http://t.co/UPOyTOhTUe pic.twitter.com/i9QSXxJ84i — Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) January 7, 2015 Shortlisted for the IRB youngplayer of the year in 2012, Hanrahan’s career has not yet reached the heights that …

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Five Talking Points: Connacht v Munster

Pat Lam described the win as “massive” afterwards but the performance on Thursday night speaks volumes of how Connacht have developed under the tutelage of the Samoan international. Leaving aside the fact that it was the Westerner’s first success against Munster since 2008, the home team were able to turn the game around after Munster blitzed in a ten minute …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Matt Cassidy is here with the last edition of ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’ in 2014. Sit back and enjoy.   Who’s Hot? Munster Missing a number of Irish internationals, Anthony Foley’s men completed the double over their Eastern rivals for first time since 2009. Munster came into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats and a loss …

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Munster’s Miserable December Continues

JJ Hanrahan showed just why many Munster fans would want him to stay with the province with an excellently worked try cancelling out Finn Russell’s seventh minute penalty. Russell converted another penalty to edge Glasgow back into the lead on nineteen minutes. Despite a lively start by Hanrahan at ten, the Munster pack was starting to get on the wrong …

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Keatley Late Strike Keeps Munster Alive

A penalty deep into the eightieth minute kept Munster’s European hopes alive in Clermont, but only just. Anthony Foley couldn’t have asked for more from his team in the opening ten minutes. Hanrahan was shining out wide, the scrum and set piece was solid and Keatley was taking this chances. Two penalties inside the opening 12 minutes one of which …

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Preview: Clermont v Munster

Brian Barry previews Clermont v Munster in the European Champions Cup.   Following last week’s 9-16 loss, Munster travel to Clermont this afternoon with little expectation riding on their shoulders. When sizing up the opposition for the tie in Limerick, the only argument made in Munster’s favour was the Thomond Park factor. The men in red were outclassed. This time …

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Focus Friday: Challenging Weekend Ahead For Leinster & Munster

This weekend offers the European Rugby sequel, as we prepare for the return leg of the December double headers. While Ulster and Connacht will look to stretch their winning records over the two legs, eyes will be on both Leinster and Munster, as they strive to eliminate the woes of weekends past. Munster suffered a loss at Thomond Park against …

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Conor Murray: We’re In Ideal Position To Put Things Right

Munster Rugby’s scrum-half Conor Murray insists the province have not been looking for excuses but are in the ideal position to put things right this weekend, writes Cillian O Conchuir. Despite being left frustrated following their 9-16 defeat to Clermont Auvernge last weekend at Thomond Park, Murray believes Anthony Foley’s men need to take the positives out of the loss. …

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Munster Boss: JJ Hanrahan Move Just Mere Speculation

Munster Rugby Head Coach Anthony Foley insists JJ Hanrahan’s rumoured move to Northampton is mere speculation, writes Cillian O Conchuir. It was reported in the Irish Times that the former U20 Player of the Year Nominee would make the switch which would see him earn around €190,000 a year and Foley added Munster had to put their best foot forward …

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Munster Need To Copy The Clermont Blueprint

Raffaele Rocca picks apart Munster’s disappointing performance against Clermont at Thomond Park over the weekend. Winning games on the road in the European Cup has always been a tough proposition. While not privy to the Clermont tactics board during the week, it wouldn’t take a genius to determine some of the aspects of their game plan. Impose yourself physically, take …

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Preview: Munster v Clermont

Brian Barry previews Munster v Clermont in the European Champions Cup.   Clermont Auvergne travel to Thomond Park today in a clash which is viewed as a must win for the Munster if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of this inaugural European Champions Cup.   Clermont, loaded with international talent, currently lie second in the Top 14 table. …

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The Knock-On Effects Of The Heineken Cup

Raffaelle Rocca discusses the lasting effects of the now defunct Heineken Cup, all of which have helped to promote grassroots rugby in Ireland. The Heineken Cup changed the Irish rugby landscape forever. Since it began back in 1995, 26 new rugby clubs have been formed representing growth of 11 percent and with 161,534 registered participants, the game has never been …

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Focus Friday – Munster’s Ian Keatley

In this week’s Focus Friday, Jonathan Fitzpatrick takes a look at Munster out half Ian Keatley’s career up to this point and what he can offer Munster in the future.  After last weekend’s heroics, it’s difficult not to place Ian Keatley under the limelight in this week’s Focus Friday. The Munster out half pulled off a sensational drop goal last weekend …

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Rob Henderson Blog: Munster Must Continue Run Of Form

Former Munster and British and Irish Lions star Rob Henderson gives his views on Munster’s match-up against Saracens at Thomond Park tonight. Munster’s last minute victory over Sale last weekend wasn’t the prettiest of games for fans of the Red Army but it was a win. In a group containing last year’s semi-finalists Clermont and Saracens, all manner of wins …

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Munster Vs Saracens: Five Talking Points

Ahead of Friday night’s European Champions Cup game between Munster and Saracens, Conor Heffernan looks at five of the key talking points going into the match.  Last weekend Anthony Foley’s men had to wait until the 81st minute for drop goal from Ian Keatley to secure a much needed win away at Sale. This Friday night sees Axel’s men face off against …

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Rob Henderson Blog: Opening Win Is A Must For Munster

Former Munster and British and Irish Lions star Rob Henderson previews Munster’s opening European Champions Cup game against Sale. On a run of form that has seen Munster defeat Leinster and Saracens in quick succession, Anthony Foley’s squad travel into this weekend’s Champion Cup tie against Sale Sharks in high spirits. Sale, on the other hand, go into the match …

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