Rugby

Crucial weekend for local All Ireland League teams as end of season nears

By John Keogh / March 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

There are only three games remaining in the league stage of the All Ireland League Division 1A and all three Limerick sides involved need wins for varying reasons. Garryowen need a victory to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive, while Young Munster and Shannon need positive results in their bid to avoid…

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WATCH: Johann van Graan on focusing on present and returning internationals

By Jack Neville / March 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster welcome Zebre to Thomond Park on Saturday evening with the Six Nations now behind the Irish internationals. Munster have lost top spot to Glasgow Warriors in recent weeks and Zebre is the first opportunity for Munster to put pressure back on the Scottish side if they are to claim home advantage for the knockout…

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WATCH: Munster’s Rhys Marshall discusses Zebre clash and improving fitness

By Jack Neville / March 20, 2019 / 0 Comments

With a largely forgettable Six Nations over us, attention now reverts back to the domestic scene with Munster still well in the hunt for silverware. This Saturday they face Zebre looking to regain top spot in the Guinness Pro 14 that they lost to Galsgow a fortnight ago. Hooker Rhys Marshall isn’t looking past the…

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The Breakdown EP94: Six Nations Post Mortem & Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater

By Raffaele Rocca / March 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

We look back on a poor campaign for Ireland and why we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater with the World Cup approaching. Wales were undoubtedly the best side in the competition but despite being well below par, Ireland can still make improvements between now and September. All that plus a look at…

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WATCH: Hanrahan on Munster itching to get Scarlets loss out of their system

By John Keogh / March 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

JJ Hanrahan says that Munster are fully focused on getting back to winning ways when they welcome Zebre to Thomond Park on Saturday. Munster lost to Scarlets in their last game three weeks ago and Hanrahan admits that it is a defeat that has lingered. “You don’t want your last game before a break to…

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WATCH: Johann van Graan focusing on the positives from defeat to the Scarlets

By John Keogh / March 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster return to Pro14 action this Saturday evening when they welcome Italian side Zebre to Thomond Park. A defeat to the Scarlets in their last outing saw Johann van Graan’s side lose their spot at the top of Conference A. However, van Graan was fully focused on what Munster did right in that game and…

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The Breakdown EP93: Six Nations Showdown Preview & U20s take Grand Slam

By Raffaele Rocca / March 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

With the Six Nations coming to a climax this weekend, we look at Ireland’s chances in Wales as Joe Schmidt looks to get one over his Kiwi compatriot. Rob Kearney returns to full back which should counteract some of Wales aerial game and with Tadhg Beirne and Peter O’Mahony in the pack, Ireland have a…

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Seven Munster players named in Irish Women’s squad for Welsh test

By John Keogh / March 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Ireland Women’s coach Adam Griggs has selected seven Munster players in his squad that plays Wales in their final Six Nations game on Sunday. Eimear Considine, Enya Breen, Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird, Fiona Reidy and Ciara Griffin start the game. Griffin will again captain the side and there is also a welcome return to the…

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Beirne to make Six Nations debut against Wales

By John Keogh / March 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Munster second row Tadhg Beirne is one of three changes that Joe Schmidt has made for Ireland’s Six Nations game with Wales on Saturday. Beirne comes into the team for Ulster’s Iain Henderson, while there are also returns for Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney. Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander, Conor Murray and Keith Earls are the…

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Details confirmed for Champions Cup semi finals

By John Keogh / March 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Four venues are in line to host this season’s Champions Cup semi finals European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have confirmed. Munster, if they get through their quarter final clash with Edinburgh, could face Saracens at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry if the English side beat Glagsow Warriors. However, Munster will play the Scottish side at…

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