Raffaele Rocca

Limerick GAA Pay Tribute Following the Passing of Physio Mark van Drumpt

By Raffaele Rocca / February 18, 2021 /

Limerick GAA has paid tribute to team physio Mark van Drumpt following his passing today. In a statement issued on Limerick GAA’s website the county board expressed their deepest sympathies with the van Drumpt family. It was with great sadness that Limerick GAA learned of the passing of Mark Van Drumpt this Thursday. Mark worked…

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JP McManus Pro-Am Postponed By 12 Months Until Summer Of 2022

By Raffaele Rocca / January 19, 2021 /

The JP McManus Pro-Am Steering Committee has today announced the rescheduling of the 2021 tournament, which was due to be held this July (5th & 6th) at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick. The event will now take place July 4th & 5th, 2022. The postponement comes amid the continuing uncertainty around large-scale gatherings taking place both in Ireland and…

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Champions & Challenge Cup Moving To Straight Knockout

By Raffaele Rocca / January 14, 2021 /

The final two rounds of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been cancelled with both competitions moving to a straight knockout basis for the remaining rounds. The French government earlier this week prohibited the Top 14 clubs from competing in cross border tournaments following fears of the spread of an English strain of the…

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The Breakdown EP151: Munster’s Defiant Sportsground Stand & Fixture Chaos

By Raffaele Rocca / January 11, 2021 /

Raffaele Rocca & Tom Savage of Three Red Kings look back on Munster’s PRO14 Rugby win over Connacht Rugby, the suspension of European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures and the hopes of Guinness Six Nations Rugby.

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WATCH: Defiant Munster Hold On For Crucial Sportsground Victory

By Raffaele Rocca / January 10, 2021 /

A turnover with 85 minutes on the clock and down to 13 players, finally saw Munster close out a game that they controlled totally for large parts. In fact they should never really have been in that position but for a huge Connacht fight back. JJ Hanrahan opened the scoring with a penalty on 16…

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Paul O’Connell To Join Irish Backroom Staff As Forwards Coach

By Raffaele Rocca / January 7, 2021 /

Breaking news today that former Ireland and Munster captain Paul O’Connell is set to join the Irish backroom staff as forwards coach. The move will see Simon Easterby’s role shift to defence. Capped 108 times for Ireland and a three time Lions tourist as well as double Heineken Cup winner with Munster, O’Connell certainly brings…

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LISTEN: JP Ferreira “We Know What’s Coming” Ahead of Belfast Visit

By Raffaele Rocca / December 29, 2020 /

JP Ferreira is well aware of Munster’s struggles in Belfast in past seasons and is expecting another huge challenge this weekend. Shorn of a plethora of international this time last year, Munster fell to a 38-17 loss. Munster’s last win at the venue was October 2016 as Rory Scannell dropped a late goal to seal…

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Munster Issue Squad Update Ahead of Ulster Clash

By Raffaele Rocca / December 29, 2020 /

The Munster squad returned to training on Monday ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Ulster at Kingspan Stadium (5.15pm). There are no new injury concerns to report. Peter O’Mahony will complete the final steps of the return to play protocols once he returns to squad training next week. Ben Healy has stepped up his…

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Highlights of Munster’s Epic Win Over Clermont

By Raffaele Rocca / December 19, 2020 /

Munster produced one of their most memorable European performances overturning a 28-9 deficit after only 25 minutes to run out 39-31 winners over a star studded Clermont side away in France on Saturday evening. Watch the highlights here. We think the French commentary makes it even better.

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Munster Claw Back 19 Points To Earn Massive Win Over Clermont

By Raffaele Rocca / December 19, 2020 /

Munster claimed a superb road win over Clermont on a 39-31 scoreline to put themselves well in the mix for a 1/4 final spot. It was the poorest of starts from Johann van Graan’s side who were down a try inside 30 seconds courtesy of some superb hands and a devastating finish from Alivereti Raka.…

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