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Limerick clubs face crucial round of UBL fixtures

By Raffaele Rocca / April 8, 2017 /

Limerick clubs with lots on the line in penultimate round of Ulster Bank League. There are a crucial round of Ulster Bank League fixtures this weekend as several Limerick clubs are involved in high stakes games with a lot to play for. All fixtures kick off at 2:30pm this afternoon. 1A Young Munster: The cookies…

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Munster welcome familiar foe Glasgow to Cork

By Raffaele Rocca / April 7, 2017 /

It’s 2nd hosting 6th in Round 19 of the PRO12 as Glasgow Warriors make the trip to Irish Independent Park to take on a Munster team in a rich vein of form. Peter O’Mahony is on the bench after he overcame a thigh complaint – but Ireland trio CJ Stander, Keith Earls and Conor Murray…

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Irish women’s U-19’s take on Ukraine tonight

By Raffaele Rocca / April 6, 2017 /

The Women’s U19s are in action again this evening at the Markets Field. The Republic of Ireland Women’s Under-19 will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s Elite Round defeat to Scotland when they face Ukraine in Limerick on Thursday evening. Dave Connell’s side were defeated by a 95th minute penalty in their opening group game,…

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Taute looking forward to Glasgow clash

By Raffaele Rocca / April 6, 2017 /

Jaco Taute reflects on last weekend’s emphatic win against Toulouse at Thomond Park and discusses the threats in store as Munster face Glasgow Warriors for the fourth time this season in Irish Independent Park on Saturday. The three encounters to date have been pretty fiery so expect more of the same as these two rivals…

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O’Gara confirms coaching role with Irish setup

By Raffaele Rocca / April 6, 2017 /

Speculation yesterday that Ronan O’Gara would join the Irish coaching team has been confirmed. His main duties will be skills and working with young number 10s. “I’m luckily going on the first week of the summer tour to America. It’s really exciting and a great opportunity for me to learn from who I consider the…

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Interim boss Boland speaks to Limerick FC

By Raffaele Rocca / April 5, 2017 /

Interim manager Willie Boland speaks to Limerick FC about the last few days and how he preparing the team of the trip to face St Patrick’s Athletic.

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IRFU remain coy on O’Gara joining Irish coaching staff

By Raffaele Rocca / April 5, 2017 /

IRFU remain coy as speculation mounts that O’Gara could join Irish coaching set up The IRFU has said it will not respond to speculation that Ronan O’Gara will join Joe Schmidt’s Ireland coaching team for the summer tour of the US and Japan. A report in Independent.ie says the Racing 92 assistant coach will join…

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“Solid” Kiely is making great progress with Limerick

By Raffaele Rocca / April 5, 2017 /

Limerick making progress with Kiely at the helm Despite missing out on promotion from 1B for another year, RTÉ panelists believe that John Kiely is steering Limerick in the right direction and will have them fired up and ready come the championship clash with neighbours Clare on June 4th. Speaking after last Sunday’s two-point victory over Cork…

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Tony Ward hugely critical of Toulon approach

By Raffaele Rocca / April 4, 2017 /

Former Irish and Munster out half Tony Ward voices scathing criticism of what the French giants represent I hate everything Toulon’s European wins stand for Ward has penned an excellent article  in today’s Irish Independent about the resurgence of the Irish provinces at European level as their progress this season. While complementing the approach and…

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Plenty to ponder for Rassie Erasmus

Erasmus focused on Pro12 as injury worries mount

By Raffaele Rocca / April 4, 2017 /

Rassie Erasmus focuses on Glasgow and Ulster as injury worries mount At Munster’s University of Limerick base yesterday, Rassie Erasmus was non committal about the fitness of back row CJ Stander as the South African updated the waiting press on the health of some key players. “CJ is only going for scans today and we…

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