Raffaele Rocca

Champions Cup 1/4 Finals & Semi Final Permutations Confirmed

By Raffaele Rocca / January 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

The qualifiers for the 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals and their rankings at the conclusion of the pool stage are as follows: 1 Saracens (winner Pool 3 – 28 points)2 Racing 92 (winner Pool 4 – 26 points)3 Leinster Rugby (winner Pool 1 – 25 points)4 Edinburgh Rugby (winner Pool 5 – 23 points)5 Munster Rugby (winner Pool 2 –…

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WATCH: JvG and Carbery react to nail biting win over Exeter

By Raffaele Rocca / January 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster came out the right side of a 9-7 win at Thomond Park to seal their progression from Pool 2 of the Champions Cup with their 1/4 final opponents to be confirmed tomorrow. A Joey Carbery penalty 7 minutes form time was enough to give Munster a two point lead at the time which the…

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Late Carbery penalty sees Munster pip Exeter to progress from Pool 2

By Raffaele Rocca / January 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

A monster Joey Carbery penalty with 7 minutes remaining was enough to see Munster emerge from Pool 2 of the Champions Cup courtesy of a 9-7 win over Exeter in an absorbing 80 minutes that might have lacked quality and finesse but certainly not intensity. Munster opened with a sustained spell of pressure as two…

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The Breakdown EP82: Munster v Exeter & how the Irish Provinces can advance

By Raffaele Rocca / January 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

So here we have it, weekend six of the Pool stages of the Heineken Champions and Challenge Cups sees all Irish provinces with reasonable chances of making the 1/4 finals. For Munster it is simple, a win will see Johann van Graan’s side win the group while a winning bonus point would see them relying…

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Treaty Talk EP50: John the Baptist – Thurles Rematch, Camogie league opener & more

By Raffaele Rocca / January 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

John the Baptist Community College Hospital are involved in crucial Harty Cup 1/4 Final replay with Thurles CBS on Saturday. Matt O’Callaghan gives his insight into where the Limerick can improve from the drawn game and is tipping them to get the job done second time around. John the Baptist ladies were also involved in…

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Outcomes that can see Munster in Champions Cup 1/4 Final

By Raffaele Rocca / January 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

This weekend brings the pool stages of the 2018/2019 Champions and Challenge Cups to an end with all four Irish provinces with pathways the knockout stages. Some are quite clear while others are a little more complex. We look at Munster’s possible routes to a home 1/4 final. Saracens are currently qualified for a 1/4…

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11 Munster Players make Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations Squad

By Raffaele Rocca / January 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

Irish head coach Joe Schmidt today named a 38-man panel as Ireland look to defend their Grand Slam and Six Nations crown. There are 11 Munster players in the squad while Connacht have three uncapped players earning their first inclusion in an Irish squad, Tom Farrell, Jack Carty and Caolin Blade. The squad will head…

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Munster Confirm Keatley’s Treviso Switch

By Raffaele Rocca / January 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster have today confirmed that Ian Keatley will join Italian Pro14 outfit Benetton Treviso at the end of the season. Keatley signed for Munster from Connacht in 2011 with 180 appearances for Munster to date notching up an impressive 1247 points. The 31 year old is a former student of Belvedere College and has earned…

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6 UL Bohs players named in Womens Six Nations panel named

By Raffaele Rocca / January 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster and UL Bohs centre Niamh Briggs has missed out on selection for the Irish Womens Six Nations panel as Adam Griggs today announced a 29-strong squad for the competition. The team does however include five UL Bohs players with the Irish team captained by Ciara Griffin while Enya Breen, Fiona Reidy, Laura Sheehan and…

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The Breakdown EP81: Munster’s win over Gloucester as Provinces in Pole Position for Euro Advance

By Raffaele Rocca / January 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

In this week’s podcast, we look back on a Munster’s superb 41-15 road win at Kingsholm to put them firmly in control of Pool 2. A win over Exeter at the weekend would see Munster win the Pool but relying on other results for an outside shot at a home 1/4 final. We also look…

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