Neil Francis: Leinster and Ulster need a Rabo to rescue seasons

Neil Francis: Leinster and Ulster need a Rabo to rescue seasons of lost promise

Neil Francis – Updated 04 May 2014 12:39 PMOnce again, Ulster were not strong enough to outmuscle, nor clever enough to outthink Leinster and this continuing frustration...

Leinster and Ulster need a Rabo to rescue seasons of lost promis

Leinster and Ulster need a Rabo to rescue seasons of lost promise

Neil Francis – Updated 04 May 2014 12:02 AMOnce again, Ulster were not strong enough to outmuscle, nor clever enough to outthink Leinster and this continuing frustration...

Munster close in on home semi-final

Munster close in on home semi-final

03 May 2014 The Irish side had to come from behind after tries from Carl Bezuidenhout and Willem Nel but they finally clicked into gear and scored seven tries in total to keep themselves...

Retiring Rolland gets Heineken final

Irish referee Alain Rolland, retiring from officiating at the end of the season, will take charge of the Heineken Cup Final. The ex-Leinster and Ireland scrum-half referees this fixture for the third...

Munster annihilate Edinburgh to close in on Thomond semi

Munster annihilate Edinburgh to close in on Thomond semi

Published 03 May 2014 07:43 PMThe Irish side had to come from behind after tries from Carl Bezuidenhout and Willem Nel but they finally clicked into gear and scored seven tries in total...

Munster Are Much-Changed For Edinburgh Trip

The Munster team to face Edinburgh in Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 encounter at Meggetland (kick-off 5pm) shows 11 changes to the side that started against Toulon last weekend.

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...

Rolland To Referee His Third Heineken Cup Final

Ireland's Alain Rolland has been appointed to referee his third Heineken Cup final when Toulon and Saracens meet in Cardiff on Saturday, May 24. The former scrum half also refereed the 2004 and 2013 European...

11 changes for Munster as they chase home semi-final

11 changes for Munster as they chase home semi-final

Munster have made 11 changes to the side that lost to Toulon in the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup for their penultimate league game against Edinburgh.

Penney rings the changes for Edinburgh

Penney rings the changes for Edinburgh

Published 02 May 2014 12:22 PMIn the penultimate round of the league, Munster travel to Meggetland for Saturday evening's clash against Edinburgh, KO 5pm. After last night's Ospreys...

Sexton agreement with Denis O'Brien confirms IRFU's strategy - Irish Times

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Heaslip was able to spurn the advances of Toulon while maintaining his status as the highest-paid player in Irish rugby when Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson arranged for him to become a Bank of Ireland brand ambassador. This saw Heaslip sell his ...

Nic Cudd: Dragons must combat Glasgow's breakdown threat - South Wales Argus

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons and European champions Toulon were the only sides that Glasgow failed to beat last season and the Rodney Parade region will have to be at their tenacious best if they are to stun the Warriors this afternoon. Glasgow were turned ...

Philippe Saint-André's indecision leaves French rugby in turmoil - The Guardian

Philippe Saint-André's indecision leaves French rugby in turmoil - The Guardian

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Saint-André was in Toulon at the weekend to watch one of his wildcards from last season help win the match for Stade Français, who were aided by some shocking goal-kicking by the home side. Leigh Halfpenny looked on from the stand and the ghost ...

Leigh Halfpenny's Toulon turmoil shows it's better to shop at home - Daily Mail

Leigh Halfpenny's Toulon turmoil shows it's better to shop at home - Daily Mail

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Leigh Halfpeny will wonder what he has let himself in for, even if the Wales full back doesn't have his contract at Toulon torn up, in line with the owner's threats. In a barmy week on the balmy Cote d'Azur, Mourad Boudjellal warned he may release ...

Madigan must be given regular chance to prove himself - Irish Independent

Madigan must be given regular chance to prove himself - Irish Independent

Only the extremely fortunate like Toulouse and Leicester over the years, and more recently Toulon, could field a second world-class 15. The ultimate goal for any coach would be to have a full squad of players more than capable at the top level. The ...

Springboks Ruan Pienaar and Zane Kirchner facing weeks on the sidelines - Irish Independent

Springboks Ruan Pienaar and Zane Kirchner facing weeks on the sidelines - Irish Independent

Ulster face Leicester on 18 October before taking on Toulon a week later in the inaugural Champions Cup and will be hoping their star makes a quick recovery to feature in those crucial encounters. Meanwhile, Leinster's Zane Kirchner is facing up to ...

Rugby-Ireland flyhalf Sexton to rejoin Leinster next season - Reuters UK

Rugby-Ireland flyhalf Sexton to rejoin Leinster next season - Reuters UK

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"I grew up playing my rugby in Leinster and always wanting to pull on the blue jersey so I am delighted to be able to return to play my club rugby in Ireland," Sexton said in a statement. Sexton, 29, played in all five games of Ireland's 2014 Six ...

Johnny Sexton's place-kicking record is 'massively impressive' – Alred - The Score

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His name was made in rugby, however, with his CV including England's World Cup success in 2003, three Lions tours and many other honours. Jonny Wilkinson is Alred's most famous devotee, and the former Toulon out-half has repeatedly highlighted the ...

New Zealand just don't know how to lose, says Rupert Cox - SkySports

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Scott Quinnell and Will Greenwood are working their magic in Birmingham this time – as Will said on the Rugby Club last week: "you'd seriously cross the street to avoid some of the blokes on this course." But we all deserve a second chance and the ...

Martin Crowson's 'Five Things' rugby column - Leicester Mercury

Martin Crowson's 'Five Things' rugby column - Leicester Mercury

And Saints, who played their part in a fantastic game of rugby, can expect more of the same wherever they go this year as they travel with a target on their backs – just like Leicester have done for so many years over the past decade. It's hard to win ...

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