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Ireland Half-Back Legends Honoured By Their Peers

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 10: Ronan O'Gara of Ireland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Aviva Stadium on March 10, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Irish rugby’s greatest ever pairing continue to receive accolades as they approach 40. Since the advent of the professional era, Irish rugby has been on an upward trajectory. With the establishment of the provincial model a golden generation of rugby quickly followed and saw Irish clubs win five European (Heineken) Cups between 2006 and 2012. The national squad also enjoyed …

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European Champions Cup: Saracens Are The New Munster

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Billy Vunipola (C) of Saracens, celebrates after his team are award a penalty try during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi final match between Saracens and Wasps at Madejski Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Reading, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final, Wasps played with reckless abandon at times and lit up the Madejski Stadium with some wonderful running rugby. However, it was Saracens’ ruthless efficiency and tactical awareness that won the game for them, not unlike the famous cup-winning Munster teams of old. Wasps’ potency is found within their back division: the sharp delivery of …

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Ronan O’Gara Questions Munster’s Desire

Scarlets v Racing Metro 92 - Heineken Cup

Ronan O’Gara did not hold back in his criticism of Munster. For Ronan O’Gara, it must have been difficult to watch Munster capitulate against Connacht last weekend. Not only were Munster embarrassed on the field of play, but uncomfortable questions were being asked of Anthony Foley and Jerry Flannery in the aftermath of the defeat. However, not only did O’Gara refer …

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Ronan O’Gara Links Massive Name With Director Of Rugby Position At Munster

Scarlets v Racing Metro 92 - Heineken Cup

Numerous candidates have been linked with Munster’s new director of rugby position. Despite consistent rumours linking Conor O’Shea with Italy, Munster fans hoped that the Harlequins boss could some how be lured to the province. However reality hit home when O’Shea confirmed that he would replace Jacques Brunel at Italy. As a result, Munster fans have been left considering alternative …

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Ronan O’Gara Signs New Contract At Racing 92

Racing 92 v Northampton Saints - European Rugby Champions Cup

Ronan O’Gara will be remaining at Racing until at least 2019. Over the past number of months, some Munster fans have argued that the province should be looking to attract Ronan O’Gara back from Racing, with the view of giving him a role within the coaching set up. With Anthony Foley yet to sign a new deal and Munster reportedly on the look …

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Ronan O’Gara Will Not Be Returning To Munster Any Time Soon

Scarlets v Racing Metro 92 - Heineken Cup

Ronan O’Gara was asked about his future intentions in the French media. Given that Anthony Foley has yet to sign a new contract with Munster, and the province are said to be appointing a director of rugby next year, many fans have begun discussing the possibility of Ronan O’Gara returning from Racing and taking the reigns. However in an interview …

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The Greatest Ireland XV Of The Professional Era

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 28: John Hayes of Ireland is tackled by Joe Worsley of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at Croke Park on February 28, 2009 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

As round three of the 2016 Six Nations approaches and following head coach Joe Schmidt’s squad announcement for the trip to Twickenham, we take a look at the greatest players Ireland has produced in the professional era.  The current Ireland set-up is severely hampered by a long list of injuries. The likes of Tommy Bowe, Iain Henderson and Peter O’Mahony remain …

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Ronan O’Gara Claims That Johan Goosen Will Not Be Joining Munster

South Africa v World XV

Johan Goosen had been linked with a move to Munster. Earlier this month we reported that Munster were looking to sign Racing 92’s South African fly half, Johan Goosen. At the the time, the news was went with delight by Munster fans who had been criticising performances of Ian Keatley. Indeed, in the aftermath of Munster announcing new deals for James Cronin, Simon …

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These Messages From Ex-Teammates Show Just How Respected O’Connell Is

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 14: Paul O'Connell (C) the captain of Ireland gathers his team ahead of the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Since Paul O’Connell announced his retirement from rugby this morning, tributes have been flowing in from past teammates congratulating the Limerick native on a truly stellar career for Munster and Ireland. The 36-year-old enjoyed a 14-year professional career and was capped 108 times for Ireland with 174 appearances for Munster. Over the course of his career he compiled an impressive list …

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Video: Jonny Wilkinson’s Top 10 Tackles Of All Time

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 2: Dan Carter of the All Blacks is tackled by Jonny Wilkinson of the Lions during the second test between the British and Irish Lions and the New Zealand All Blacks at Westpac Stadium July 2, 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand. The All Blacks won the match 48-18. (Photo by Dean Treml/Getty Images)

Last week, we compiled a team of the greatest players to ever grace the Six Nations championship. While some positions undoubtedly caused their fair share of debate, the biggest bone of contention was the selection at out-half. Jonny Wilkinson and Ronan O’Gara both had their merits, but we went for the Englishman, much to the disappointment of some readers. Some …

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Conor O’Shea Makes Massive Announcement On His Future As Harlequins Coach

Conor O’Shea has been linked with the Italian job. Harlequins have this afternoon announced on their website that Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea will leave Harlequins at the end of the season. While the announcement will come as a surprise to many, O’Shea has been linked with a number of vacancies over the past number of months, particularly the Italian job. Indeed, we previously …

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Could a 3-Try Bonus Point Rule Save Rugby?

Let’s face it, nobody wants to watch 80 minutes of rugby and see a scoreline of 9-3 at the end. We want the chip and chase, the back-door reverse pass, the moment of genius that unlocks a defensive system, the training ground set-piece move that cuts open a backline. We don’t want a game of kicking tennis, waiting for someone …

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Conor O’Shea Linked With Harlequins Exit

Conor O’Shea could be about to leave Harlequins. When rumours of Italy’s interest in Conor O’Shea first began to circulate, we were of course sceptical. O’Shea has after all, built a strong team at Harlequins who play an attractive brand of rugby. Indeed in the aftermath of the World Cup, it seemed far more likely that O’Shea would replace Stuart …

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Ronan O’Gara Linked With International Vacancy

Ronan O’Gara could be about to to leave Racing. While Conor O’Shea had been touted as a potential successor to Jacques Brunel, few were surprised to hear that the Harlequins boss turned down the opportunity to become the next Italian coach. However, O’Shea’s decision to remain at Quins means that the Italian Rugby Federation are running short of time to appoint a …

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Tributes Pour In For Mike Phillips After Retirement Announcement

Mike Phillips has been one of the greats of Welsh rugby over the past decade winning 99 caps. However, the Racing Metro scrum-half today announced that he has retired from international rugby. Naturally, tributes have been pouring in for the man who won three Six Nations titles under Warren Gatland, and toured with the Lions on two occasions. Massive respect …

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