Ronan Calvert

Munster’s CJ Stander made Honorary Limerick Man

By Ronan Calvert / April 30, 2021 /

Retiring Munster backrower CJ Stander was named an Honourary Limerick Man at the Limerick Person of the Year awards last night. Stander joined Munster in 2012 from South Africa’s Blue Bulls and has went on to make 153 appearances for the men in red, scoring no less than 42 tries. The 31 year-old announced his…

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Which Munster players could make the Lions Tour?

By Ronan Calvert / April 29, 2021 /

This day next week Warren Gatland announces his 36-man British and Irish Lions squad to travel to South Africa. Three Munster players were selected by the former Wales head coach in 2017 as CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray all played key roles in New Zealand. This time around at least one new player…

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Tommy Barrett hails Treaty players’ ‘excellent’ application

By Ronan Calvert / April 28, 2021 /

Treaty United boss Tommy Barrett is understandably delighted with his squad’s application after going five games unbeaten in the League of Ireland First Division. Treaty defeated Cork City 2-1 last Friday evening at Market’s Field to leave them sitting handsomely in fourth place in the league table. Another tricky task awaits this weekend as the…

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‘He’s one of the best players I’ve played with’ – Rory Best backs Keith Earls for Lions call

By Ronan Calvert / April 27, 2021 /

Former Ireland captain Rory Best has backed Munster winger Keith Earls for this Summer’s British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa. 33 year-old Earls has enjoyed an excellent season with Munster and Ireland. The Limerick star was one of Ireland’s top performers in the 2021 Six Nations Championship and scored twice against Toulouse in…

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Report: South African sides to join Champions Cup next season

By Ronan Calvert / April 27, 2021 /

French newspaper Midi Olympique are reporting this morning that the Stormers, Lions, Sharks and Bulls could all be about to take part in next season’s European Champions Cup. EPCR chairman Simon Halliday recently suggested the South Africans outfits could indeed be included in future competitions. He told BT Sport, “All of our stakeholders are changing and…

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Peter O’Mahony praises Munster’s ‘massive belief’ after Leinster win

By Ronan Calvert / April 26, 2021 /

Peter O’Mahony was at the heartbeat of Munster’s 27-3 win against Leinster on Saturday evening and holds the firm belief that this is a team going in the right direction. 31 year-old O’Mahony has been on the losing end of many clashes against Leo Cullen’s blues. Saturday was Munster’s first time beating Leinster since 2018…

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WATCH: Murray rolls back the years as Munster make winning return to the RDS

By Ronan Calvert / April 24, 2021 /

Munster returned to the RDS this evening looking to make amends against provincial rivals Leinster after last month’s PRO14 Final heartbreak. There will be no European Cup or league title for Munster this season but they do have a shot at the Rainbow Cup. This was Munster’s first match in the once-off competition and they…

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Former Limerick FC defender Tony Whitehead ‘not surprised’ by Treaty United’s dream start

By Ronan Calvert / April 23, 2021 /

Former Limerick FC defender Tony Whithead joined Sporting Limerick’s Adrian Finnin to talk life at Limerick FC, his time in New Zealand with Southern United and what he’s made of Treaty United’s season so far. Charleville man Whitehead appeared 76 times in the League of Ireland Premier Division and has particularly fond memories of playing…

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Dublin’s Euro 2020 fixtures moved to Russia

By Ronan Calvert / April 23, 2021 /

Ireland will not be hosting any Euro 2020 fixtures this Summer as the Irish government have been unable to guarantee the attendance of spectators. As a result, the three Group E games featuring Slovakia, Sweden and Poland have switched to Saint Petersburg in Russia. The Aviva Stadium was also set to host a last-sixteen tie…

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Team News: Ireland make three changes ahead of Italy clash

By Ronan Calvert / April 22, 2021 /

Adam Griggs has named his Ireland team to play Italy in this weekend’s Women’s Six Nations third place play-off. There are three changes to the team that played France which sees out-half Stacey Flood, winger Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, and flanker Brittany Hogan come in for their first Test starts. Railway Union back row Grace Moore…

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