Ronan Coughlan

Munster adds trio to Champions Cup squad

By Ronan Coughlan / January 8, 2020 /

Munster have nominated three players to be added to the province’s Champions Cup squad ahead of Sunday’s clash away to Racing 92 (Kick-off 3.15pm Irish time). Pending IRFU approval, Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes and Academy man Diarmuid Barron will join the 41-man Champions Cup squad. The trio will be swapped in for the departed Alby…

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Askeaton’s Aine O'Connor shines at Fairyhouse

By Ronan Coughlan / January 6, 2020 /

Envoi Allen was the star of the show at a packed Naas Racecourse on Sunday as Gordon Elliott’s star novice hurdler stayed unbeaten in the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle. The red hot 1/4 favourite took his tally to seven wins from as many outings on his first try at two and a…

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Munster handed a heavy defeat in Belfast

By Ronan Coughlan / January 3, 2020 /

Munster suffered a heavy loss to their Irish rivals Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium this evening on a scoreline of 38-17 in the Guinness Pro 14. Munster made the better start between the sides thanks to fullback Shane Daly, who showed his pace and composure to cross the whitewash. Munster Out-half Joey Carbery (who made…

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HRI Weekly: A Festive Racing week full of highlights

By Ronan Coughlan / December 30, 2019 /

It was a St Stephen’s Day to savour for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore as the pair teamed up to win the two feature races at a lively Leopardstown. The feature Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase was billed as a match between Laurina and Fakir D’Oudairies but Blackmore forgot to read that script…

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The Breakdown Podcast EP124: Munster welcome Leinster to Thomond Park

By Ronan Coughlan / December 27, 2019 /

Episode 124 of The Breakdown Podcast is here! Raffaele Rocca and Tom Savage reflect on Munster’s 19-14 victory over Connacht at the Sportsgrounds last weekend in the Guinness Pro 14.The lads preview the weekend’s Interpro action. Connacht make the trip to Kingspan Stadium on Friday night, while Munster welcome Leinster to Thomond Park on Saturday.Meanwhile,…

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Impressive first Munster start for Craig Casey

By Ronan Coughlan / December 23, 2019 /

After 80 minutes of Rugby and a 19-14 win on the road, Craig Casey had completed his full debut in the red of Munster, no doubt fulfilling another goal in what was an excellent 2019 for the 20-year-old scrum-half. It wasn’t long after the final whistle in Galway when Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan…

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Weekly HRI: Mark Enright lands winner in Dundalk

By Ronan Coughlan / December 23, 2019 /

Chris Hayes and Fozzy Stack were first off the mark at Dundalk on Wednesday evening where Bambari held on to land the 5f handicap. Sent off a 13/2 shot in the colours of Ricky Barnes, the six-year-old was in front before halfway and just lasted home to beat 11/2 chance Lapilli by a head. There…

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LISTEN: Captain Stander reflects on victory at the Sportsgrounds

By Ronan Coughlan / December 23, 2019 /

Munster now holds a four-point lead at the top of Conference B in the Guinness Pro 14 thanks to a 19-14 victory over Connacht, in their first InterPro of the festive season at the Sportsgrounds over the weekend. The captain that evening for Johann van Graan’s side was CJ Stander, who reflected on his side’s…

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LISTEN: Van Graan praises cool Munster performance

By Ronan Coughlan / December 23, 2019 /

Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan was full of praise for his squad in the aftermath of their 19-14 victory of Connacht at the Sportsground over the weekend. The win on the road means Munster now lead Conference B, four points clear of nearest rival Connacht. It was a calm and collected performance from a…

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Hanrahan kicks Munster to victory over Connacht

By Ronan Coughlan / December 21, 2019 /

Munster have recorded a 19-14 win on the road over Connacht in their first InterPro fixture over the Christmas period thanks to Man of the Match JJ Hanrahan. The first half at the Sportsground was a fiery one back and forth from both teams. Munster got their first try on the board after 25 minutes…

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