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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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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Great start to the New Year for Connacht, but not so great for Jake McGrath. It’s Rugby’s hot and not.    Who’s Hot Connacht: What a way to start 2015! The Westerners pulled off only their second win in 41 meetings against Munster at the Sportsground to maintain their unbeaten home record. The home side were 13-0 down after 15 …

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Can Leinster bounce back against Ulster?

The Introduction If 2014 was a rugby cliché, it would be ‘Leinster are playing below their best’. Remarks about how Leinster have yet to hit their stride, about how Matt O’Connor is clueless, the scandalous inclusion of Jimmy Gopperth ahead of Ian Madigan, Leinster’s out of form, out of sorts performances dominated headlines. Leinster’s final game of 2014 was one …

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The PA Alternative Irish Rugby Awards 2014

And so 2014 is coming to a close and what a memorable year it was for Irish Rugby. Here are the PA  Alternative Irish Rugby Awards, brought to you by Matt Cassidy. Joe Schmidt worked his magic as Ireland won the Six Nations and claimed the prized scalps of the Springboks and Wallabies, Ireland’s women reached the World Cup semi-finals defeating …

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World Rugby’s Best XV 2014

With the year coming to an end and 2015 on the horizon, Jonathan Fitzpatrick takes a look back at who he believes makes-up world rugby’s best XV of 2014.  1. Marcus Ayerza (Leicester Tigers, Argentina) Argentina’s issues in the world of rugby union are well documented, but it was a good year for the Pumas who scored their first ever win in …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

With this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’, it’s Matt Cassidy to examine the good and bad of the week’s rugby action.    Who’s Hot Ospreys The Welsh region is at the summit of the Pro12 after a commanding display against Ulster at the Liberty Stadium. They took a 17-3 lead into the break, thanks to tries from …

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Heaslip: No Added Pressure For Leinster

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip insists the province has yet to perform for eighty minutes as they prepare for the visit of Harlequins on Saturday, writes Cillian O Conchuir. Leinster left London with a losing bonus point after six Ian Madigan kicks saw them fall to a 24-18 defeat. But it’s the frustration of allowing side’s back into games or starting …

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Leinster: Jimmy Gopperth Looking At Other Clubs

Jimmy Gopperth is shopping himself around to other clubs, according to Leinster skills coach Richie Murphy. Leinster and Irish out-half Ian Madigan has insisted that despite being happy at the province, he would be “naive” to rule out playing for another club, including Munster. With Jimmy Gopperth expected to leave and skills coach Richie Murphy adding that Wasps are not …

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Three Key Battles To Watch During Munster v Clermont

How often have we marvelled at the events that transpire in Thomond Park on a Saturday Evening? The epic tussle between Munster and Clermont Auvergne – followed by a return visit to France just a week later against the Top 14 club – will make or break the province’s season in the newly re-branded European Rugby Champions Cup.   Limerick is …

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Sports Doc Of The Week: The 16th Man (Rugby)

In the second of our new weekly series of sports documentaries, Jonathan Abbott discusses ‘The 16th Man’, which charts the role of Rugby in creating an Apartheid free South Africa. Narrated by none other than Morgan Freeman, this documentary is one of, if not the Greatest Sports Story of all time. A country which lived through segregation its whole life, transitioned into integration, …

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Michael Cheika: The Art Of Risk Taking

Alan Dempsey looks at how the risks Michael Cheika has taken on some relatively unknown players can often pay off.  January 2013; Before the start of the Super rugby season, a video surfaced of a New South Wales Waratahs pre-season warm-up game. Pre-season games tend to be dry affairs and generate little interest because few first choice team are likely …

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Will Genia Leaves Door Open For European Move

Australian scrum-half Will Genia stated that wearing the Australian jersey is still in the forefront of his mind despite being linked with a post-World Cup switch to the Northern Hemisphere. Having seen the likes of Kane Douglas, Matt Giteau, James O’Connor and Drew Mitchell switch to the Northern Hemisphere in recent years, the financial benefits of a such a move …

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A Tale Of Two Chris Henrys

With Irish Rugby player Chris Henry in the news due to a blocked blood vessel in his brain, the names evokes memories of his namesake in the NFL, whose life so tragically came to an end. Dublin, Ireland, November 8th, 2014. – Ulster rugby player Chris Henry pulls out of the Irish squad to play South Africa complaining of severe headaches. Tests show the …

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Dominic Ryan: It Was Like Waking Up On Christmas Morning

Irish debutant Dominic Ryan spoke of the anticipation leading up to playing his first senior international as Ireland defeated Georgia 49-7. Having played at U20s, Emerging Ireland and Wolfhounds level, Ryan is now cherishing his first senior cap. “I was very nervous. It was like waking up on Christmas morning. It’s kinda like ‘today is the day’. I got butterflies. …

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David Kilcoyne Delighted With Maiden Irish Try

Irish prop David Kilcoyne was savouring the moment as his try opened the floodgates for Ireland as they defeated Georgia, 49-7 at the Aviva Stadium. The victory was the second win of the series after their victory over South Africa last week and he felt it was important to back it up with a victory this week. “It was good …

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Irish Rugby: Georgia On My Mind

This weekend sees a triumphant, Joe-Schmidt inspired Ireland team take on a Georgia side fresh off a heavy defeat to Tonga. Straight forward enough right? Fans who have recently taken to rugby, or follow on a relatively casual basis will be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the Georgian rugby team. Those of us who have not repressed the memory of …

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Potential Ireland XV To Face Georgia

With confidence in the Ireland camp at what must be an all-time high, we take a look at what team Joe Schmidt could pick to face Georgia this week. Joe Schmidt has the perfect opportunity to rest some key players in preparation for the Australia game on the 22nd of this month. It’ll be interesting to see what mix of …

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Zebo On Ireland Depth: Anyone Can Step Up & Do A Job

Ireland winger Simon Zebo insists Ireland can mix it with the best after their commanding 29-15 victory over South Africa. The win over one of the best sides in world rugby gives Ireland momentum going into their final two November internationals and the belief that they can beat whoever they play.”We’d have the confidence and belief that on our day we …

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