Pro 12 – All Eyes On Ulster And Munster

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Ironic, given that they are the two Irish sides given the least amount of praise in Europe this season but Ulster and Munster are sitting second and third on the Pro 12 table in this penultimate round of games and look likely to serve up the game of the weekend this Saturday. As Leinster and Connacht take on the Italian underlings, north and south will be clashing to make one last push on who finishes with that all important home semi-final. Continue reading Pro 12 – All Eyes On Ulster And Munster

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Pro 12 – Tough At The Top

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Finally into the business end of the league now that all Pro 12 teams are out of European contention, the table is looking awfully crowded. Funny that it is given that form would suggest the top 4 teams are as good as qualified but with three weeks remaining it could fall either way. There’s a lot of notions and permutations to rattle through so we’ll do our best to get our heads around them now. Continue reading Pro 12 – Tough At The Top

European Rugby – Connacht Welcome Henshaw Back

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Indeed a faux pas on my part, there are of course two Irish teams in European contention this weekend. Contact travel to Kingsholm to take on Gloucester at 7.45 this evening and a win would be a massive leap towards solidifying this as their best season in their history. Returning to the Connacht fold is Robbie Henshaw after an inspired Six Nations and alongside the big hitters of Mils Muliaina and Danie Poolman the Westerners should be fit to make this a cracking game. Continue reading European Rugby – Connacht Welcome Henshaw Back

European Rugby – Leinster Look To Lead

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One round left and relatively little change from Matt O’Connor. When your team has demolished Castres a week previous, why tinker with the formula I suppose. The other provinces aren’t quite as lucky, all three listing worrying injuries, but unfortunately only one of the three from south, north and west have any role potentially beyond this weekend in Europe. Continue reading European Rugby – Leinster Look To Lead

European Rugby – Time To Separate The Men From The Boys

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Round 2 of the European Rugby Champion’s Cup and already we’re looking at a whole new playing field. Ulster VS Toulon, Munster VS Saracens, Leinster VS Castres and Connacht VS Exeter. Certainly far more fitting and mouth watering challenges for the provinces, and though it may be true that you don’t lose any competition in the first round, the second is where those short fallings and mistakes can be made that haunt you for the rest of the season. Continue reading European Rugby – Time To Separate The Men From The Boys

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