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Best Bids Kingspan Farewell As Ulster Secure Tight Win Over Connacht

Rory Best Ulster

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 Ulster provided a fitting Kingspan Stadium farewell to Rory Best and Darren Cave as they secured a nervy win over Connacht to progress to the Guinness PRO14 semi-final against Glasgow. It was a typically tight affair between the inter-provincial rivals but Ulster were the deserved winners having taken many lessons from their defeats to Connacht earlier …

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Johann Van Graan Happy For Munster Win By Any Means Necessary

Munster

Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, has insisted that he doesn’t need to see “pretty rugby” from his players in their PRO14 quarter-final with Benetton as long as they get the win.  A loss against the Italian side in Thomond Park on Saturday would bring Munster’s season to an end after they exited the Heineken Champions Cup at the hands …

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Murray Fit For Quarter-Final As Earls & Carbery Return To Training

Conor Murray Munster

Munster head coach, Johann van Graan, has confirmed that Conor Murray will be available for selection for their Guinness PRO14 quarter-final against Benetton on Saturday.  The scrum-half was forced to miss their final group game against Connacht last Saturday after he picked up a neck injury during the warm-up. Van Graan revealed afterwards that his withdrawal from the matchday squad …

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Wales Coach Robin McBryde To Replace John Fogarty At Leinster

Leinster

Wales assistant coach, Robin McBryde, will replace John Fogarty at Leinster when he becomes Ireland scrum coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Fogarty will also take up the role of IRFU National Academy forwards coach from July 1, working across all four provinces “to further develop the alignment and deliver a technical programme for both scrum and lineout for …

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James Ryan Voted Leinster Players’ Player Of The Year

James Ryan Leinster

James Ryan was voted as the Players’ Player of the Year at the annual Leinster Rugby awards night last night in Dublin. The 22-year-old has made 13 appearances in a Leinster shirt this season with his stats including one try, 283 metres gained and 172 carries. Ryan has enjoyed a prolific career since making his competitive debut for the province …

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Provinces Name Teams For Pivotal Final Round Of PRO14

Provinces teams PRO14

The final interprovincial derbies of the regular PRO14 season will take place this weekend with Munster welcoming Connacht to Thomond Park while reigning champions, Leinster, travel to Kingspan Stadium to face Ulster.  It is a must-win game for Johann van Graan’s side in Limerick if they are to have any hope of topping PRO14 Conference A and qualifying directly for the …

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Munster Confirm Jaco Taute Move To Leicester Tigers

Jaco Taute

Munster have confirmed that South African centre, Jaco Taute, will join Leicester Tigers at the beginning of the next season.  The announcement comes hours after the Premiership club confirmed the signing of Leinster centre, Noel Reid. Taute was first brought to the province in September 2016 as a replacement for the injured Francis Saili and made his debut the following …

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Noel Reid To Join Leicester Tigers At End Of Season

Noel Reid

Leinster Rugby have confirmed that centre Noel Reid will join Leicester Tigers from the start of the 2019/2020 season. The 28-year old made his senior debut for the province against Aironi in October 2011 and has made 120 appearances in a Leinster jersey since then, scoring 103 points. Reid also has one international cap to his name, which came during …

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Saracens V Munster: Choose Combined XV From Starting Teams

Munster Saracens

Saracens face Munster in a highly-anticipated Heineken Champions Cup semi-final in Ricoh Arena in Coventry tomorrow (Kick-off 3pm). Both Mark McCall and Johann van Graan have named their sides for the clash with the Irish province having to do without the services of Joey Carbery and Keith Earls with Tyler Bleyendaal and Darren Sweetnam named instead. Meanwhile, captain, Brad Barritt, …

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Lowe Gets The Nod As Sexton Named For Toulouse Semi-Final

James Lowe Leinster

Leinster have named their team for the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse on Sunday with an injury to Jamison Gibson-Park meaning James Lowe will start.  The New Zealander is named on the wing alongside Rob Kearney and Jordan Larmour. Captain, Johnny Sexton, is set to make his first appearance of the year for Leinster following a quad injury sustained …

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Blow For Munster As Keith Earls Misses Semi-Final With Saracens

Munster Keith Earls Saracens

Munster have confirmed that Keith Earls will miss their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens through injury, with Darren Sweetnam replacing him on the wing.  The 31-year-old, who scored a brace of tries against Edinburgh in the quarter-final, picked up an injury during the game and did not train during the week. Mike Haley was a late withdrawal in BT …

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Benvenuti Receives Two Week Ban For High Challenge On Archer

Tommaso Benvenuti has received a two-week ban for his high challenge on Stephen Archer during Munster’s 37-28 win over Benetton Treviso on Friday. The centre was reported by the Citing Commissioner in charge for an infringement of Law 9.20 – A player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders. The player was shown a …

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D’Arcy: Carbery Won’t Be A Loss If Conor Murray Can Make His Mark

Conor Murray Tyler Bleyendaal

Gordon D’Arcy believes Conor Murray will need to stamp his authority in their Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens in order to fill the void left by Joey Carbery. Carbery has been deemed as “highly unlikely” to start the game after being withdrawn during their quarter-final win over Edinburgh after 36 minutes with the hamstring injury that prematurely ended his …

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Rory Best To Retire From Rugby Following World Cup

Rory Best

Ireland and Ulster captain, Rory Best, has confirmed that he will retire from rugby following the World Cup in October.  Best is Ulster’s most-capped international with 116 appearances (10 tries) and has helped Ireland win the Six Nations Championship on four occasions, including two Grand Slam successes (one as captain). He made his competitive debut for Ulster in 2004 and …

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Gordon D’Arcy: “Sport Is Inclusive, It Doesn’t Care Who You Are”

Gordon D'Arcy

Former Leinster and Ireland rugby player, Gordon D’Arcy, believes anyone who wants to participate in sport must accept and live by approved societal norms. His comments come as Rugby Australia announced the termination of Israel Folau’s contract due to a “high level” breach of the professional players’ code of conduct, while stating that he had ignored formal instruction not to …

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Billy Vunipola: “My Intention Was Never To Cause Suffering”

Billy Vunipola

Saracens and England player, Billy Vunipola, has addressed the recent controversy over his social media post defending the views of Australia’s Israel Folau. Last week, the 26-year-old ‘liked’ Folau’s Instagram post in which he warned gays, drunks, and adulterers, among others, that ‘hell awaits them’. Vunipola then took to Instagram to defend his actions, explaining that it was the point …

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