Aussie second-row Kane Douglas on his way to Leinster

Aussie second-row Kane Douglas on his way to Leinster

Ruaidhri O'Connor – Published 05 May 2014 02:30 AMIn a flat, pre-World Cup transfer market where most southern hemisphere talent is under contract until 2015, the...

The Heineken Rugby Show  Ep 5

The Heineken Rugby Show Ep 5

In the latest episode of The Heineken Rugby Show our seasoned panel look back on the best of the semi final action from Europe's premier rugby tournament and take a look to what should be a mouthwatering...

Toulon win the coin toss

With the countdown underway to the biggest occasion in European club rugby, reigning champions, Toulon, have 'taken the spoils' ahead of the 2014 European Cup Final. They won a coin toss to decide...

Top 14 Preview and Predictions: Round 26

Amid all the hype surrounding the Top 14′s “New Deal” it’s easy to forget that there’s one more week of this season to play. The match of the weekend is the battle between second-placed Montpellier...

Munster midfield crying out for revamp

Munster midfield crying out for revamp

David Kelly – Published 29 April 2014 02:30 AMWhether it was the mighty French challenge presented by Toulouse, or the powerful influences emanating from both Wasps...

You can't just write them off, but this is a massive ask

You can't just write them off, but this is a massive ask

Jim Glennon – Published 27 April 2014 02:30 AMThe road Munster travel is one with which they are quite familiar. As in the 2010/'11 season when their seemingly...

Francis: Wilkinson's defiance is greatest obstacle to Munster's

Francis: Wilkinson's defiance is greatest obstacle to Munster's ambition

Neil Francis – Updated 27 April 2014 10:25 AMIn the semi-final England garnered the perfect start and scored a try against a strong and expectant French side after...

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Toulon retain boss:Ahead of their Heineken Cup semi-final clash with Munster later today, Top 14 outfit Toulon have confirmed that head coach Bernard Laporte will remain at the club until 2016. His current...

French dominance set to continue

Just four teams have a shot at winning the last Heineken Cup. While the off-field battles have finally reached a seemingly happy conclusion, the focus can thankfully return to the pitch where Munster,...

Stander ready for 'game of his life'

Munster's CJ Stander relished his first taste of knockout European rugby against Toulouse, but knows Toulon will be tougher. Stander is set for a starring role following the loss of Ireland flanker...

Murray: Bigger the game the more I enjoy it - Irish Examiner

Murray: Bigger the game the more I enjoy it - Irish Examiner

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But that's more or less how it panned out for the 28-times capped 25-year-old from Patrickswell, now established as Munster and Ireland's go-to guy and who will be a key man in the major games that lie ahead. It won't be ... Scrum-halves have generally ...

O'Mahony putting shoulder to the wheel - Irish Examiner

O'Mahony putting shoulder to the wheel - Irish Examiner

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“Even before I dislocated my shoulder against Toulouse, I knew I had to get both of them done,” he revealed at yesterday's launch of the new adidas Munster Rugby alternate kit. “One was a long-term injury, then I did the other shoulder against England ...

PA Report Cards: Munster Rugby - Pundit Arena

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True to form, Munster proved to be, on the whole, better than the sum of their parts but another heroic defeat on the road in Europe and a frustrating finale to their Pro 12 campaign in Scotstoun against Glasgow saw the 'Men In Red' fall short in their ...

Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams – No. 5 Munster (2008) - Pundit Arena

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It's no secret that the Heineken Cup produced some truly vintage years for Munster rugby. Beginning with ... Doug Howlett did not arrive in Munster until halfway through the 2007-08 season, five months before the Heineken Cup final against Toulouse ...

Top 10 Heineken Cup Winning Teams: No.3 Stade Toulousain (2010) - Pundit Arena

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These players were well versed in the ways of knockout rugby, and had won three French titles in the preceding 7 years despite constantly battling against teams with superior resources. Unsurprisingly they worked hard to stop Toulouse getting any kind ...

Jerseys of Champions - Clare Champion

Jerseys of Champions - Clare Champion

The fundraising initiative was launched last week by Clare hurling manager and former past pupil of the school Davy Fitzgerald and Irish and Munster rugby player David Kilcoyne whose bother, Alan is a member of the school's teaching staff. School ...

Jeremy Guscott: Life at No.10 hots up but don't forget big Sam - The Rugby Paper

Jeremy Guscott: Life at No.10 hots up but don't forget big Sam - The Rugby Paper

Leicester haven't gone mad in the market, and Burns is a straight swap with Toby Flood moving to Toulouse. Burns is an attacking influence, and if he links well with Manu Tuilagi ... Burgess is a big man, and he could be incredibly dangerous on the ...

Rupeni Caucaunibuca set for return to French rugby at 34 - The Score

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In 2010, he moved to Toulouse, where he won a league title before extensive weight gain and a run of injuries saw his effectiveness reduced. 'Caucau' briefly dropped out of the professional game after leaving France in 2012, ballooning in size. However ...

Fifa's dizzy attitude to concussion danger - Irish Examiner

Fifa's dizzy attitude to concussion danger - Irish Examiner

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Although there's clearly some dissatisfaction with some of the rugby protocols for dealing with concussion, it's equally clear that it's a sport which takes the issue seriously — witness the outrage over the Florian Fritz controversy recently in ...

Top 10 Heineken Cup Teams: No.6 Stade Toulousain (2005) - Pundit Arena

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What was most impressive about this team in contrast to many other Toulouse teams was their ability to mix exciting back play with efficient, ugly but effective rugby. Putting up big scores in the early rounds, and running Leicester off their feet away ...

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