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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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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

Who’s Hot Andrew Trimble The Coleraine man has had a stellar season which was recognised with him sweeping up at the Ulster and Ireland rugby award ceremonies. Trimble was named IRUPA Players Player of the year for his magnificent Six Nations campaign. Ulster will be hoping for two more brilliant showings by the winger in their pursuit of Pro 12 …

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Aviva Premiership & RaboDirect Pro12 Near Conclusion

For another year the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro 12 leagues arrive at the final round of games. Dominic Evans previews the conclusion of the rugby season. Aviva Premiership The Aviva Premiership is the first to conclude this Saturday. All games kick-off at 15:15. The bottom half of the table is finalised. After a woeful season Worcester Warriors were relegated …

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Conor Murray- Irish Player of the Season?

Since his exploits with the Lions last Summer, Conor Murray entered the new season with the reputation of a world-class player. Come the turn of the new year, some of the victorious Lions players were fatigued such as George North and Ben Youngs. Training and playing with other Lions resulted in a positive experience for the Ireland and Munster scrum-half. …

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Forgotten Friday – Ian Dowling

It’s a break from football and a return to rugby for this week’s Forgotten Friday. This week is the turn of former Munster winger Ian Dowling. Earlier this week, news broke that Munster flanker Niall Ronan has joined a long list of modern day professional rugby players who have been forced to retire through injury. Dowling was a player hit …

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