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Five Talking Points Ahead Of Munster’s European Campaign

Conor Luttrell analyses the five main talking points as Munster Rugby make their bow in the new European Champions Cup competition. The competition may have changed, but the importance of it remains the same. Friday week marks the start of a new chapter in European club rugby and in this article we will look at the five main talking points as …

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Match Preview: Munster vs Sale Sharks

Conor Heffernan previews Munster maiden European Rugby Champions Cup game this weekend against Sale Sharks. The time has finally come for the opening weekend of the inaugural European Rugby Champion Cup. The tournament formerly known as the Heineken Cup, has been the subject of much talk in the media but thankfully debates about whether or not British and French sides …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Matt Cassidy is here with his weekly fill for the rugby junkies among us. Here’s ‘Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?’. Who’s Hot? Munster They came, they saw and they conquered. Anthony Foley’s men produced a brilliant performance at the Aviva Stadium to beat Leinster for only the second time in ten attempts in the capital. First half tries from James …

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Five Reasons Munster Will Beat Leinster

Brian Barry gives us five reasons as to why Munster will overcome Leinster at the Aviva this Saturday. 1;. Injuries Have Rocked Leinster Leinster have suffered a serious psychological blow following the news that 2011 European Player of the Year Sean O’Brien has been sidelined for six months. Add the loss of Cian Healy to the mix, and Leinster’s two …

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Keith Earls Injury Blow Leaves Munster Shorthanded

Per Munster Rugby, winger and centre Keith Earls,underwent surgery on his right knee on Tuesday afternoon, writes Garbh Madigan. Originally the prognosis was that Earls would be back training with the side within days but having consulted with experts in London,the decision was made to operate on his patellar tendon. The Moyross flier is not expected to be back for …

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Focus Friday – Munster Vs. Ospreys

This week’s Focus Friday looks at Munster’s crucial clash with the Ospreys on Saturday in the Pro12. Munster have had a tumultuous start to the 2014/15 Pro12 season. A leaked email circulating before the season began, an upset at home to Edinburgh in their opening game, the Irish province have also seen their injury list expand. This weekend they’ll host …

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Provincial Preview: Munster Rugby

With the new Anthony Foley era about to get underway Matt Cassidy previews Munster’s upcoming season in Europe and the Pro 12.  Overview The Southern province heads into the new campaign with a sense of the unknown. Anthony Foley steps into the breach after Rob Penney decided to up sticks and move to the Land of The Rising Sun. Experienced …

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Rugby – European Champions Cup Preview: Pool 1

The Heineken Cup is gone, and has been replaced with the European Champions Cup. In the first of a multi-part series, Jonathan Abbott previews European rugby’s new tournament,  focusing on Pool 1. The era of the Heineken Cup is over. Whatever province you are from you will have endured the highs of the Jonathan Sexton inspired second-half comeback to defeat …

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PA Report Cards: Munster Rugby

Our dissection of the Irish provincial sides’ respective seasons continue with Munster coming under this week’s spotlight. Competition Review After two years and three semi-finals, the Rob Penney era came to a disappointingly sombre conclusion this season. True to form, Munster proved to be, on the whole, better than the sum of their parts but another heroic defeat on the …

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Farewell To The Class of 2014 – Rugby’s Retiring XV

As the 2013- 2014 rugby season comes to an end with the summer internationals, fans the world over are coming to terms with the fact that the game is set to lose some of its most famous sons to retirement before domestic action resumes in the autumn. With a number of true superstar retirements and serious injury problems forcing several …

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Tough Draw For Irish Sides For Inaugural Rugby Champions Cup

The Irish provinces have been handed very tough pools for the inaugural Rugby Champions Cup for next season. Munster have been placed in Pool 1 alongside beaten finalists Saracens, French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne and a Sale Sharks side that includes the mercurial Danny Cipriani. Saracens lost out to Toulon in May’s final 23-6 while Clermont were beaten by the same …

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Five Facts About James Coughlan’s New Home

As any Irish rugby fan worth their salt will already know, the big news emerging from the country’s southernmost province yesterday was that Munster stalwart James Coughlan will be departing for French shores next season. The Dolphin RFC man will be released from his contract a year early (by his own request) and leaves to join French second division side …

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Greatest Heineken Cup Players Of All Time: 1. Ronan O’Gara

After weeks of counting down Heineken Cup legends, we have finally reached the conclusion. From tough tacklers to accurate outhalfs, our choice for  number one rose above them all. No team was safe from this European rugby legend. Our choice as the Greatest Heineken Cup Player Of All Time is Munster maestro Ronan O’Gara. No. 1 Ronan O’Gara When it comes …

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Five Key Aspects Munster Must Get Right in Glasgow

After 22 rounds of rugby the final four of the Pro 12 has been decided. On Friday night Munster travel to Scotstoun looking to make amends for their dreadful showing the week before against Ulster in Limerick. Their opponents, Glasgow Warriors, will be looking to create history as the first Scottish team to reach the final. 1. Accuracy If Rob …

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IRFU’s Special Player Project: A Waste of Time & Money?

“Hopefully when the time is right and if I’m playing good footy, hopefully I can play for the Ireland international team.” The words of Bundee Aki who recently signed a three-year deal with Connacht. The powerful centre who plies his trade with the Chiefs in Super Rugby at present, will add a cutting edge to the Western province’s backline, but …

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Irish Rugby Player Rankings – Week Ending 11/05/2014

It was the final round of fixtures in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 last weekend. Leinster were given a scare by plucky Edinburgh, Munster put in a woeful performance against an inexperienced Ulster side who won by two points and Connacht finished their campaign with a whimper, losing to the Ospreys by 25 points. With the season winding down, the …

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The PA Guide To Munster’s New Signing Tyler Bleyendaal

Munster have announced the signing of promising 23-year-old New Zealander Tyler Bleyendaal as they look to strengthen their squad for next season. However, don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of the young star, we’re here to enlighten you. Here is your Pundit Arena guide to Tyler Bleyendaal. 1. Tyler Bleyendaal was born in Christchurch in 1990 and will celebrate …

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