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The Battle For A Home Semi-Final: Munster vs Ulster

It’s second against third in the league table and with a single point separating these two sides, Munster and Ulster is sure to be a thriller this weekend. Kick-off is at 14:40 tomorrow in Kingspan Stadium. Ulster have been the most successful home side this season. They remain unbeaten at the newly-refurbished Kingspan Stadium and have totalled 44 points from …

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VIDEO: Guinness Pro 12 Try Of The Season Nominations Announced

An Official GUINNESS PRO12 panel of experts have selected their eight favourite tries from the first 20 rounds of this season’s Guinness PRO12 but it’s the fans who will decide which one is the Sky Sports Guinness PRO12 Try of the Season. Featuring eight outstanding candidates from Munster, Connacht, Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh and Ulster, the try of the season decision now …

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GAA: Should The Purposelessness Of The National League Be Abolished?

The GAA is kidding itself. Nobody cares about the National League, not really anyway. So why not do away with the charade and ditch the thing altogether?  In a world where players seem to have close to twelve-month seasons, it is weird to sometimes hear respected pundits and managers say that the team ‘isn’t quite there’ in terms of fitness or …

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Did Leinster Just Release The Worst Rugby Advert Of All Time?

We love you, Leinster, but really? Leinster have today released a new advert on their YouTube channel (Leinster Rugby TV). The ad is apparently for Leinster Season Tickets for 2015/16 but looks more like a preview for some sort of day time murder mystery. It features Leinster fans vicariously “Gripping the ball like it was a part of me”, and star Ian …

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VIDEO: Doug Howlett Gets Revenge…Again…And Again

You don’t mess with Doug Howlett.   The All Black and Munster legend, Doug Howlett, was known for his ferocious pace and excellent try scoring record. With an absurd 49 tries in 62 international tests, Howlett is currently the 5th highest try scorer in Rugby Union history and remains 1st on the all time try scorers list for the All …

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Photobomb: Paul O’Connell Stares Into Your Very Soul

That thousand yard stare though. . . Munster and Ireland rugby legend Paul O’Connell took the time over the weekend to look up from his copy of the Limerick Leader and photobomb a fellow public transport passenger’s Snapchat. We can’t imagine how she kept calm – we’re bricking it from miles away! Photo courtesy of Today FM presenter Louise Duffy:   Hey @KatieABrosnan …

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Keith Earls Stars As Munster Go Top

Keith Earls was the star of the show at Irish Independent Park last night as Munster went top of the Guinness Pro12 with a 22-10 bonus point win over Glasgow.  The game was the official opening of the newly-renovated ground but what will please Munster fans far more that the addition of comfy new seats and covered stands is the …

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Gaming Review: Rugby 15? Save Yourself The Disappointment

Resident rugby writer, Raffaele Rocca reviews, in detail, one of rugby’s main gaming experiences, Rugby 15.  As a sports fan and sometime gamer, there are two titles this writer looks forward to every year. FIFA comes out every October, and despite there being little variation in the game over the years, it remains extremely playable and has all the bases …

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Match Preview: Munster vs Sale

Sale travel to Munster this Sunday in a tie which has no bearing on the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup, but nonetheless may have a big impact on the rest of Munster’s season, and consequently, Anthony Foley’s future at the helm. Given the fact that Munster have missed out on the knock-out stages of Europe for only the …

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Is The Return of Tomás O’Leary A Sign of Munster’s Decline?

The news of Tomás O’Leary’s return to Munster has been welcomed by fans throughout the province. However, is his return indicative of just how far the Reds have fallen? Brian Barry discusses. Munster announced this week that prodigal son Tomás O’Leary was returning to the province after two seasons with London Irish. While this may be a positive step for both parties, it is in …

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Can Munster Cope With The Loss Of Conor Murray?

Munster have been dealt a major blow with the news that Conor Murray will not be available for their must-win trip to Saracens tomorrow afternoon. Kick-off is at 1pm. Munster, already heading into the game as underdogs would have had to show their renowned spirit, passion and grit along with precise accuracy to see them cross the line against last …

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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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