Pro 12 – The Final Four

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Another season comes to a close and once again the top 4 can be hardly debated. Ospreys, Munster, Ulster and Glasgow now all stand in contention for the Pro 12 title, something which has eluded them all bar Ospreys in 2010. It’s never been more competitive up here.
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Pro 12 – No Change At The Top

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Two weeks to go and one would think we are already looking at the final top 4 order in the 2015 Guinness Pro 12. Aside from Munster the table toppers showed nearly all their worth over the weekend too and the knock outs are shaping up to be some absolutely mouth watering games. Continue reading Pro 12 – No Change At The Top

European Rugby – Leinster Too Good For Bath… Just

Leinster+Rugby+v+Bath+Rugby+European+Rugby+Ae76vmD3nTblHistory has a funny way of repeating itself and never more so than in rugby. Once more Leinster find themselves facing elimination from the European platform at the hands of Toulon and once again they look likely to be at least in part architects of their own demise. Continue reading European Rugby – Leinster Too Good For Bath… Just

European Rugby – New Era, Same Challenges

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As we covered here earlier this week, not much has changed with this all new European Cup. The name, some scheduling and the number of teams. Most of the regulations and seedings remain the same, venues locations etc. What remains exactly the same is the importance of this tournament, and what it means to those involved. Continue reading European Rugby – New Era, Same Challenges

European Rugby – “Not” The Heineken Cup

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“Four tries at the very least, and a 27 point margin to boot. No team could surely ever pull it off. Watch now, as Ronan O’Gara lines up the most important kick of his Munster career…”

Ok so, except that there’s one less pool (and four less teams as a result), let’s face it, this is the Heineken Cup. To Irish rugby fans in particular, the Heineken Cup even in name alone meant a lot more than just sponsorship. It’s a heritage, a legacy. It’s the reason we all looked forward to October. And the greatest Irish successes, be it winning finals or overcoming huge opponents in knock outs, all came at the peak of the competition’s popularity both with the public and financially. Is it any wonder there were calls for change from outside the country? Continue reading European Rugby – “Not” The Heineken Cup