Rugby

IRFU announce plans for 2020/21 club season

By Matthew Hayes / July 9, 2020 /

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) have released their plans for the 2020/21 club season. In a statement on irishrugby.ie, they said the season format has been changed to “focus on player welfare on COVID-19 risk mitigation.” IRFU Rugby Committee Chair Greg Barrett said: “While there are many factors which helped shape this season outline,…

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WATCH: RG Snyman gives first interview as Munster player

By Matthew Hayes / July 9, 2020 /

World Cup winner RG Snyman has given his first interview since joining Munster earlier this summer. The second-row who began his career at Blue Bulls in South Africa signed for Munster from Japanese Top League side Honda Head this summer. Snyman has 23 caps for the Springboks, including during last year’s World Cup triumph. World…

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Munster’s classic with the All Blacks from 2008 to be shown on RTE tonight

By Matthew Hayes / July 8, 2020 /

RTÉ are set to show Munster’s classic game against the All Blacks in 2008 at 11:25 pm tonight. The game which celebrated the official opening of the new and improved Thomond Park finished in heartbreak for Munster as Joe Rokocoko ran home a late try to secure a two-point victory for the visitors. Munster were…

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Carbery remains the best option to help Munster end drought

By Tom Savage / July 6, 2020 /

JOEY CARBERY has played 17 times for Munster since his acrimonious move south in the summer of 2018. It feels like more, and less, all at the same time. I think that’s mostly down to the impact he had on-field in that short time. Think of the Gloucester away game, his goal kicking against Exeter,…

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The Breakdown EP139: Barrett’s move, Sheridan’s appointment and return of the Pro 14

By Jack Neville / July 3, 2020 /

In this week’s podcast, Matt and Tom look at Beauden Barrett’s upcoming move to Japan as well as Manu Tuilagi’s impending switch from Leicester Tigers. They also discuss Cathal Sheridan’s appointment at UL Bohemians, Peter O’Mahony looking forward to the resumption of the season and so much more. Listen below. In this week's podcast, Raffaele…

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Cathal Sheridan “It Was a No Brainer When the Opportunity Came Up”

By Matthew Hayes / July 3, 2020 /

Cathal Sheridan has expressed his delight in returning to sport after his appointment as Director of Rugby at UL Bohemians. “I missed sport and being involved in it. It was a no-brainer when the opportunity came up”, he explained. After spending time at Pep Talk, an employee engagement platform, Sheridan said he felt “an itch…

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Alex Wootton joins Connacht on season-long loan deal

By Jack Neville / July 3, 2020 /

Munster Rugby have today confirmed that winger Alex Wootton will join Connacht on a season-long loan deal Head Coach Johann van Graan said: “Alex is a great person and a talented player, we wish him all the best at Connacht. “Unfortunately, he got injured over the past year and struggled to fight his way back…

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WATCH: JvG issues squad update as Munster continue second week of training

By Jack Neville / July 1, 2020 /

Prior to their return last week, the squad had not been training together since March so their workload is being managed carefully. Having trained in pods of seven players for their first week back, the squad have been split into three groups this week with no more than 14 players in each group. All nine…

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Sean McCullough elected new Munster Rugby President

By Jack Neville / June 26, 2020 /

The Annual General Meeting of the Munster Branch was held virtually for the first time tonight before a large audience. The outgoing President, Michael Keane, thanked everyone for their help and support over the season and proposed Seán McCullough, Nenagh Ormond RFC, as the new President of the Munster Branch for season 2020/21. A Nenagh…

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EPCR Confirm Dates for Champions Cup Knockout Games

By Raffaele Rocca / June 25, 2020 /

Irish provinces Leinster & Ulster now know when their Heineken Cup 1/4 Finals will be played after organisers today confirmed their plans to play the remaining games. Subject the situation regrading the Corona virus, Leinster will face Saracens, and Ulster will meet Toulouse on the weekend of 18/19/20 September with the two semi-finals taking place…

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