Ronan Calvert

WATCH: Last gasp Hanrahan drop-goal spares Munster’s blushes in Italy

By Ronan Calvert / January 30, 2021 /

JJ Hanrahan struck a sweet drop-goal with the clock in red to get a sub-par Munster out of jail this evening against Benetton. Munster started brightly. The youngsters threw the ball about and left Benetton’s defence in tatters with virtually every attack in the opening fifteen minutes. However, things turned increasingly sour from there. The…

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Ex-Munster Scrumhalf Sheridan Excited By Province’s Progress This Season

By Ronan Calvert / January 30, 2021 /

Munster take on Benetton today in their first match since last weekend’s defeat to close rivals Leinster at Thomond Park. Johann Van Graan’s men in red have enjoyed a successful season to date by winning all but two matches and will hope to resume service as usual come 5 O’Clock in Italy. Munster have gone…

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Adaptability is key for AIL clubs, says UL Bohemians’ Cathal Sheridan

By Ronan Calvert / January 29, 2021 /

Speaking to Sporting Limerick’s Raffaele Rocca this morning was UL Bohemians director of rugby Cathal Sheridan. Much to the disappointment of Limerick club rugby supporters, the IRFU yesterday released a statement announcing that the All-Ireland league season for 2020/2021 has been cancelled. AIL teams are now without rugby for the foreseeable future, leaving all those…

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Disappointment For Limerick Clubs As AIL Season Cancelled

By Ronan Calvert / January 28, 2021 /

The IRFU have this afternoon announced that the 2020/2021 All Ireland League season for both men and women has been cancelled. The announcement comes as unsurprising but unfortunate news for Limerick clubs Garryowen, Young Munster, Shannon, UL Bohemians, Old Crescent and Bruff. Greg Barrett, Chair of the IRFU Rugby Committee, commented “As Covid-19 continues to…

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Munster’s Jean Kleyn Hit With Two Week Ban Following Leinster Clash

By Ronan Calvert / January 28, 2021 /

Munster second row Jean Kleyn will serve a two-week ban after being cited for foul play against Leinster last weekend. The suspension will see Kleyn out of action until the 21st of February. The 27 year-old was punished under Law 9.20 (b): “Dangerous play in a ruck or maul — A player must not make…

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Munster’s Billy Holland Unworried By Leinster Lineout Malfunction

By Ronan Calvert / January 27, 2021 /

Munster veteran Billy Holland has insisted that there will be no “intensive” review of the province’s lineout following a shaky day at the office against Leinster. Munster had a lineout success rate of just 9/15 against the PRO14 champions on Saturday evening. However, the 35 year-old second row says there will be no great changes…

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O’Connell Backed To Succeed As Ireland Forwards Coach

By Ronan Calvert / January 27, 2021 /

On the 7th of January Munster legend Paul O’Connell was announced as the new forwards coach for the Irish rugby team. O’Connell had previously coached the Ireland U20s as well as French Top 14 club Stade Francais. As recent as October the 2009 Lions captain admitted that he didn’t see himself having a future in…

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Craig Casey – The Latest Limerick Man Set For The International Stage

By Ronan Calvert / January 26, 2021 /

MONDAY was a day that the Casey family will never forget. That’s because when Andy Farrell named his 36-man Six Nations squad at 10am there was one much welcomed surprise selection. Among ten Munster men, including household names like Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony, was a 21-year old Limerick scrumhalf. Shannon RFC’s Craig Casey has…

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THE VIDEO ROOM: Lineout and place-kicking woe undoes Munster’s great work

By Ronan Calvert / January 25, 2021 /

DEFENSIVE heroics, brilliant box-kicking and a fine physical performance proved not enough as Munster fell to a 13-10 defeat to rivals Leinster on Saturday evening. JJ Hanrahan will take the blame for missing two kickable attempts on goal, but Munster’s uncharacteristically shaky lineout made life a whole lot more difficult than it ever needed to…

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WATCH: Munster Rue Missed Chances As Larmour Leads Leinster To Victory

By Ronan Calvert / January 23, 2021 /

LEINSTER have once again edged Munster to an inter-provincial derby victory tonight at Thomond Park. Munster pushed Leinster to their limits in what was an impressive team performance but were always going to need to take their chances against such quality opposition. Two missed kicks from JJ Hanrahan came back to haunt Johann Van Graan’s…

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