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Saturday Round-up

First half blitz gets Ulster over the line Ulster bounced back from last weekend’s derby loss to Leinster by seeing off Munster 29-19 in another keenly contested provincial clash at Ravenhill. Ulster...

This weekend's predictions!

It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with our predictions. We're back to something approaching normality this weekend, with a full card of Premiership and Top 14 fixtures,...

13 of the Best Leinster Photos from 2013

Ian Madigan celebrates after kicking Leinster to victory against Munster in Thomond Park. His five penalties, and a conversion after a Brian O'Driscoll try, helped to secure a 22 - 15 win for Leinster. ...

Rugby Predictions 2014

2014 is set to be a huge year in rugby, although sadly not necessarily for all the right reasons. While things behind the scenes (in the European game at least) seem as murky as ever, here are some predictions...

Saints looking for 'daylight'

Northampton Saints wing Jamie Elliott admits he is playing the best rugby of his young career at the moment. And with fellow high-flyers Harlequins in town on Friday in the Premiership the 21-year-old...

Sportsground weather leaves Lam baffled

Sportsground weather leaves Lam baffled

John Fallon – 02 January 2014Lam said that they get the weather forecast before kick-off for each game and base their tactics on what might unfold -- a key decision...

Elliott and Northampton Saints are riding high

Jim Mallinder's troops and Saracens are stretching clear at the top of the table, each side having only lost once all season in the league. But Quins are back in form after a disappointing start to the...

Referees to January 5

A Happy New Year to all match officials - referees and all others who help to make matches run well. . The hope always is that the new year will be better and so there is the hope that in 2014 not one...

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Sunday Snippets

Leinster go second:Leinster moved into second position in the RaboDirect Pro12 Table after overcoming Irish rivals Ulster 19-6 at the RDS on Saturday. It was the away side who started the brighter and...

Leo Cullen's switch doesn't mean he is finished

Leo Cullen's switch doesn't mean he is finished

By Michael Sadlier – 28 December 2013Leo Cullen's anointing as part of next season's Leinster coaching structure at least means that the southern province will not...

Criminal to miss out says Saints star Wood - European Rugby Cup

Criminal to miss out says Saints star Wood - European Rugby Cup

"We are still in two competitions and there is plenty of rugby left to play so we have got to have real focus for the next six weeks or so and make sure we peak at the right time. It would be a real shame if people had already seen what we have got to ...

Falcons sign Leicester hooker - Premiership Rugby

Falcons sign Leicester hooker - Premiership Rugby

Hawkins, 31 today, was an Aviva Premiership winner with Leicester last term, coming off the bench for Tom Youngs for his second Premiership final outing as Richard Cockerill's men defeated Northampton Saints 37-17 at Twickenham. His first final came in ...

Six Aviva Premiership sides gear up for Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals - Premiership Rugby

Six Aviva Premiership sides gear up for Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals - Premiership Rugby

As many as seven of the clubs who have reached the last eight already have European silverware in their trophy cabinets with three - Northampton Saints, Bath Rugby and London Wasps - having completed a Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup double. ... In the ...

Semi-final venues confirm route to Cardiff 2014 - European Rugby Cup

Semi-final venues confirm route to Cardiff 2014 - European Rugby Cup

The Stade Vélodrome in Marseille will become the 105th venue to stage Heineken Cup action if reigning champions Toulon overcome Leinster Rugby in Sunday's massive Heineken Cup quarter-final, with the winners set to meet either Munster Rugby or ... This ...

Northampton seek to atone for past mistakes and end season in style - The Guardian

Northampton seek to atone for past mistakes and end season in style - The Guardian

3 weeks agoby The Guardianon Google News

Alex King, left, the Northampton backs coach, and Jim Mallinder, the director of rugby, prepare their side for the visit of Leicester. ... Memories of their 2011 Heineken Cup final defeat to Leinster, having led 22-6 at half-time, still smoulder ...

Gum-shields on as Pacific power prepares to rock European cup clashes - The Guardian (blog)

Gum-shields on as Pacific power prepares to rock European cup clashes - The Guardian (blog)

There are decent rugby reasons why Saracens, Toulouse, Leicester and Leinster can travel in hope but all are heading to places where the home side do not merely have a 16th man cheering them on but, at times, a 17th and 18th as well. Anyone who has ...

Saracens' evolution allows them to play it more than one way - The Guardian

Saracens' evolution allows them to play it more than one way - The Guardian

1 week agoby The Guardianon Google News

Saracens will almost certainly have a home draw in the Premiership play-off semi-finals and if they overcome Northampton at Allianz Park on Sunday, they would have a minimum nine-point advantage over the Saints with three rounds to go, including a ...

SA players feature strongly in quarters - SuperSport

SA players feature strongly in quarters - SuperSport

1 week agoby SuperSporton Google News

The northern hemisphere's focus was turned to European Cup competitions this past weekend and there were several South Africans in action in both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup quarterfinals. In the Heineken Cup, Munster, Saracens, ...

Preview: Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers - Premiership Rugby

Preview: Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers - Premiership Rugby

The reigning champions are also undefeated in their last nine encounters with Northampton in all competitions, since the Saints won 27-19 at Franklin's Gardens back in 2010. That run includes wins on their last two visits to Northampton and they have ...

Tom Vickers' Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints player ratings and review - Northamptonshire Telegraph

Tom Vickers' Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints player ratings and review - Northamptonshire Telegraph

Sometimes panic sets in, as it did against Leinster at Franklin's Gardens in December, with the team forcing things rather than sticking to their systems. The lack of a plan B has also been discussed and, perhaps, Saints are occasionally guilty of ...

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