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Ben Healy Added To Munster Squad While Leinster Make Five Changes

ben healy

Munster have added 20-year-old out-half Ben Healy in place of Alex Wootton to their Champions Cup squad ahead of Saturday’s Pool 4 opener against the Ospreys.  With first-choice ten Joey Carbery out injured and back-up J.J Hanrahan a doubt for this weekend, Munster are light of options with Tyler Bleyendaal the side’s only available out-half. Despite Johann van Graan suggesting …

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Munster Sweat On JJ Hanrahan Injury As Europe Looms

JJ Hanrahan

Seán McMahon reporting from Thomond Park.  Munster are facing into a potential out-half crisis with European rugby on the horizon after JJ Hanrahan was removed after the half-hour mark in Munster’s 22-16 win over Ulster in Limerick on Saturday night.  Munster head coach Johann van Graan confirmed during his post-match press conference that Hanrahan was removed with what looks to …

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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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Leinster & Ulster Name Teams For PRO14 Action This Weekend

Leinster team

Leinster and Ulster have named their teams for their respective matches in the Guinness PRO14 this weekend.  Leinster host the Dragons on Friday night at the RDS and head coach Leo Cullen has made a number of changes to the side which produced a narrow 3-0 win over Zebre in Italy last weekend. Devin Toner will captain Leinster from the …

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Murphy Looking To Keep The Kingspan A Fortress For Ulster

ulster ospreys

With the Rugby World Cup taking a rest day, attention turns to the Guinness PRO 14 which kicks off tonight with the meeting of Ulster and Ospreys. Excitement is building in Belfast ahead of the new season with Friday night rugby at the Kingspan Stadium set to return for another year of thrills and spills. The atmosphere at the ground …

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Iain Henderson Confirmed As New Ulster Rugby Captain

Ulster Rugby have today confirmed that Iain Henderson will take over as club captain for the 2019/2020 season following the retirement of Rory Best. The 27-year-old has previously captained the northern province on numerous occasions and brings a wealth of experience to the role having made 105 appearances for Ulster as well as having represented both Ireland and the British …

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Fixtures Released For The New Guinness PRO14 Season

PRO14 fixtures

The fixtures for the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season have been released by tournament officials this afternoon.  Due to the 2019 Rugby World Cup which takes place in Japan, the season will begin later than usual with the opening round taking place on the weekend of 27-28th September. Ahead of the new campaign, there has been some shake-up to the conferences …

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Setback For Ulster As New Signing Suffers Cruciate Injury

Gareth Milasinovich

Ulster have been hit with the disappointing news that their new signing, Gareth Milasinovich, has sustained an ACL tear in training.  The northern province are currently in pre-season training ahead of the 2019/20 campaign and Milasinovich, a tighthead prop signed from Worcester Warriors, will now miss nine months due to the injury. Milasinovich was expected to put pressure on Marty …

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Johnny McPhillips Departs Ulster For Leicester Tigers

Ulster out-half, Johnny McPhillips has signed a deal with Leicester Tigers and will join the English Premiership ahead of next season.  McPhillips becomes the second Irish player to move to Welford Road this summer alongside Leinster’s, Noel Reid, where they will be coached by former Irish international, Geordan Murphy. He was born in England and spent five years playing soccer …

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Sprinting Star Aaron Sexton Among Exciting Ulster Academy Intake

Aaron Sexton Ulster

Ulster Rugby have announced their Academy intake for next season and it includes Irish Schools sprint record holder Aaron Sexton.  The 18-year-old broke the Irish Schools record in the 100m and 200m recently but he has made the decision to focus on rugby full-time instead of athletics. Despite his age and that he is now only entering his first year …

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Ranking The Toughest Pool Draws Of Irish Teams In Champions Cup

Irish Teams Champions Cup

The draw for the 2019/2020 pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup took place on Wednesday as clubs from across Europe learned their fate as to who stands between them and the knockout stages of the competition.  It’s a special year for the Irish teams as it’s the first time that all four provinces have qualified for Europe’s premier club …

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Zebo’s Munster Return & Other Talking Points From Champions Cup Draw

Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/2020 edition of the Heineken Champions Cup was made on Wednesday afternoon in Lausanne, Switzerland.  All four of the Irish provinces are competing in next season’s edition of the Champions Cup and today they learned who stands between them and European glory. Here we discuss some of the biggest talking points from Wednesday’s draw. Pool Of …

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New Look PRO14 Conferences Confirmed For Next Season

PRO14 Conferences

The PRO14 has confirmed the makeup of the two conferences for the next two seasons.  The current format of the PRO14 has been in place for two seasons with the same teams competing in the same conferences in the last two campaigns. However, officials have now confirmed that there will some shakeup ahead of the 2019/20 campaign with six teams …

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Departing Leinster Second Row Ian Nagle Signs For Zebre

Ian Nagle

Zebre have announced today that they have signed Irish second-row Ian Nagle ahead of the 2019/20 season.  Nagle was one of seven players who Leinster announced will be departing the province but it remained to be seen where he would end up. The 30-year-old has been on loan with Ulster since November where has made 11 appearances for Dan McFarland’s …

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