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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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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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