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“I’m Really Looking Forward To Seeing Him Play Again” – Van Graan On Casey

Craig Casey

Professional rugby is a results-driven business.  When the season gets up and running it’s often difficult for teams to allocate the time to experiment with different players or provide vital senior experience to the younger contingent. Especially right now, with the current condensed period of the season which sees four rounds of the European Cup take place over five weeks, …

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Munster Issue Injury Update Ahead Of Racing 92 Clash

Munster Injury Update

Munster have issued an injury update ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 at Thomond Park on Saturday (KO 5.30 pm).  The southern province enter this game off the back of a bonus-point 32-13 over the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. The Parisian side also secured a bonus-point in their match with Saracens at the Paris La …

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Kieran Marmion To Stay With Connacht After Signing New Contract

Marmion contract

Ireland international scrum-half Kieran Marmion has signed a new contract extension with Connacht.  Marmion’s future has been the subject of heavy speculation with reigning English and European champions Saracens reported to be interested in bringing the 27-year-old to Allianz Park. However, Connacht Rugby have now confirmed that Marmion will stay at the Sportsground after signing a three-year contract extension. Commenting …

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Munster Survive Thomond Scare To Edge Ulster In Limerick

Munster Ulster

Munster 22 Ulster 16 Sean McMahon reporting from Thomond Park  Halloween may be behind us but Munster produced a real fright for their supporters as they almost suffered an unlikely defeat at home. With a 15-6 lead at halftime, many expected Munster to push on but some poor discipline allowed Ulster a way back into the game through the boot …

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Saracens Receive Massive Points Deduction & Fine For Salary Cap Breach

Saracens

Reigning Premiership and European champions Saracens have been hit with a huge fine and points deduction following an investigation into alleged breaches of the Premiership Rugby Salary Cap.  The charges, which relate to the seasons 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, were brought in June 2019 following a nine-month investigation by Premiership Rugby. The findings of the independent panel who conducted the …

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“Nothing Really Fazes Harry” – Cullen Pleased With Harry Byrne Display

Harry Byrne

Sean McMahon reporting from the RDS.  Leinster head coach Leo Cullen was pleased with Harry Byrne’s man-of-the-match performance as the youngster helped his side to a 50-15 victory on what was his first start in the Guinness PRO14.  Byrne, younger brother of Ireland international, Ross, produced a controlled performance which included a first-half try and a sublime cross-field kick which …

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England & South Africa Name Teams For World Cup Final

England South Africa Teams

England and South Africa have named their teams for Saturday’s 2019 Rugby World Cup final at the Yokohama Stadium.  Eddie Jones has named an unchanged starting XV from the side which brilliantly dispatched the All Blacks in the semi-final. This means that Jones will continue with the 10-12 partnership of George Ford and Owen Farrell. There is a change on …

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Ford Returns As England Name Team For All Blacks Semi-Final

England Team

England have named their team for Saturday’s crunch World Cup semi-final with the All Blacks at the Yokohama Stadium.  This weekend’s encounter looks set to be a memorable one and head coach Eddie Jones has made one big change to the side which eased past Australia last time out. George Ford returns to the starting XV at out-half which means …

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All Blacks Make One Change For England World Cup Semi-Final

All Blacks Team

The All Blacks have made one change to their starting XV from the team who beat Ireland 46-14 for their World Cup semi-final with England at the Yokohama Stadium on Saturday.  Steve Hansen has brought in Scott Barrett for Sam Cane. Barrett will start the game at blindside flanker which means that Ardie Savea moves to openside. On the bench, …

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England Thrash Australia To Secure Semi-Final World Cup Spot

England Australia

England 40 – 16 Australia  England are through to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup after they completely suffocated Australia at the Oita Stadium. Australia dominated the opening exchanges and their first score came from a Henry Slade knock-on which allowed Kurtley Beale to break upfield before Scott Sio was high tackled on the next phase. Christian Lealiifano kicked …

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Incredibly Frustrated Michael Cheika Didn’t Hide His Feelings After Loss

Sean McMahon reporting Tokyo Stadium Well, that was certainly entertaining, wasn’t it?  Drop goals, offloads, high tackles, yellow cards, interceptions, length of field tries – the Pool D clash between Australia and Wales certainly packed a punch. Wales ultimately came out on the right end of a 29-25 scoreline after Australia mounted a comeback in the second half when they …

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“I Didn’t Have A Good Game And That’s Stinging With Me At The Moment”

Cian Healy

Sean McMahon reporting from Shizuoka. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for Cian Healy in the aftermath of Ireland’s loss Japan on Saturday.  The powerful loosehead prop cut a downcast figure as he walked through a packed media mixed zone amid journalists probing with questions about Ireland’s shock defeat. But as ever, Healy spoke incredibly well despite the downbeat circumstances …

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