Rugby

WATCH: Rory Scannell on big Exeter game and importance of a strong defensive system

By John Keogh / January 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster’s Rory Scannell was among the tries in their Champions Cup win over Gloucester last week but it was the their outstanding defence that caught the eye of many observers at Kingsholm. Scannell and his teammates have the highest percentage of tackle success (90%) in this season’s competition and the centre says that another huge…

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Player privacy will surely only increase after Murray saga

By Tom Savage / January 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Conor Murray saga, such as it is, kicked off again last week with his words at a function in Limerick where he spoke about his “hurt” at the rumours that swirled around him in the aftermath of his decision to keep the details his neck injury private. Personally speaking, I cannot understand the furore…

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WATCH: Jean Kleyn on the importance of Gloucester win and Munster’s improving attack

By John Keogh / January 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

Jean Kleyn played a big part in Munster’s win over Gloucester last week and is confident that the team’s attacking play will continue to improve. Munster have scored nine tries in their last two games and Kleyn is hopeful that the upward curve will continue starting with Exeter this coming Saturday. “Our combinations are working…

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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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WATCH: Rory Scannell on Munster’s evolving attack, squad fitness and competition for places

By John Keogh / January 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster centre Rory Scannell was an integral part of the team’s superb Champions Cup win over Gloucester last week and is looking for more of the same when Exeter Chiefs come to Thomond Park this Saturday. A win is a must for Munster if they are to have any hope of securing a home quarter…

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Munster’s emotional energy comes from deep within

By John Keogh / January 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

It’s one of the things that defines Munster as a rugby entity. It’s emotional energy. It dates back to long before the famous victory against the All Blacks in 1978 and is evident on all the memorable days in recent history. Away days against Saracens and Leicester, the wins in France, the miracle match against…

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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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WATCH: Johann van Graan provides O’Mahony injury update and talks Gloucester win

By John Keogh / January 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Johann van Graan says that Peter O’Mahony will be given every chance to play against Exeter Chiefs in the vital Champions Cup game at Thomond Park on Saturday. Munster are awaiting scan results on the rib injury that forced O’Mahony off in the early stages of the second half in their 41-15 win against Gloucester…

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