Nervous Flier’s seamless return massive boost for Schmidt

Josh van der Flier admits he was a bundle of nerves ahead of Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final win over Munster.

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Priestland holds his nerve to ensure Champions Cup rugby for Bath

Blackadder’s men edge late success at Leicester.

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Johann van Graan says 'discipline' the difference between Munster and Leinster performances

Munster were left to rue their poor discipline after succumbing to another Guinness PRO14 semi-final defeat at the hands of Leinster today.

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Leinster ease into PRO14 decider with victory over Munster

Leinster made light of their European final disappointment in Newcastle to brush past rivals Munster and ease into next Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 decider.

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Leo Cullen wary of old Blue Joey Carbery having last laugh

Today’s meeting of Leinster and Munster at the RDS will, inevitably, be used as another opportunity to measure exactly how far Joey Carbery has come since ...

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Expect the mother of all battles at breakdown at the RDS

As Leinster and Munster discovered to their cost in Europe this past month, knowing the threat that is coming your way and being able to deal with it are different ...

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Murray: We want to do ourselves justice

If one game from last season sticks in Munster minds above the rest it is last season’s PRO14 semi-final loss to Leinster, and today the men in red have the ...

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Retiring Rory can still save best ‘til last

A former club captain back in the 1950s, and with a son (John) involved in a variety of roles from captain to president to chairman, Don’s was a voice entitled ...

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Glasgow through to home PRO14 final after demolishing Ulster

Glasgow will have the benefit of home advantage at Celtic Park after romping past Ulster 50-20 to claim a place in the Guinness PRO14 Grand Final.

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Earls and Carbery back for Munster as Sexton starts on the bench for Leinster

Munster and Leinster have named their teams for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final at the RDS Arena.

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England prop Mako Vunipola out for at least three months as World Cup approaches

England fly to Japan on September 8 for the World Cup.

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Israel Folau ‘considering his options’ after dismissal

Folau was sacked following a homophobic social media post.

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‘It’s good to test the strength of the jersey collars and see how far they can stretch!’

For Felipe Contepomi it’s on a par with River Plate v Boca Juniors; for CJ Stander and Johann van Graan a reminder of Bulls versus Stormers games.

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Luke Marshall times return perfectly for Ulster

He could not have timed his Ulster return any better, but even Luke Marshall is pleasantly surprised by how well he’s played since returning from long-term ...

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Ulster boosted by return of Jacob Stockdale for Pro14 semi-final

Ulster's chances of reaching the Guinness Pro14 final have been boosted by the return to fitness of Jacob Stockdale.

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McFarland: Ulster can’t afford to relax

Dan McFarland says it would be dangerous for Ulster to give tomorrow’s PRO14 semi-final against Glasgow the status of a ‘free hit’.

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Carbery: I’ve loved Munster from the word go

Listening to Joey Carbery talk of Munster’s limitless potential would cheer even the most pessimistic member of its Red Army of supporters, never mind the ...

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Noel McNamara insists focus is on the U20 World Cup

Ireland U20s coach Noel McNamara insists his full focus is on the upcoming Junior World Cup despite suggestions that he could be a possible candidate for a role ...

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Six uncapped players named in U20s squad for World Rugby Championships

The party will be whittled down to 28 before departure for Santa Fe, via Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. Ireland face England, Australia and Italy in their pool: a tough ...

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O’Mahony plays down distraction talk

Peter O’Mahony is certain not only that Munster are going to need their best performance of the season on Saturday but also that the current turmoil behind ...

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Glasgow Warriors’ swords sharpened ahead of Ulster semi-final

Glasgow Warriors “know what not to do” as they prepare for Friday’s PRO14 semi-final visit of Ulster, says assistant coach Jonathan Humphreys.

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Cullen entitled to fire shots of his own

There will be a strange dynamic surrounding Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final between Leinster and Munster at the RDS. It’s been a difficult ten days ...

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Ulster confirm signing of New Zealand 7s international

The Otago player has Super Rugby experience with the Highlanders and just joint-second top try scorer in the premier club competition in the southern hemisphere ...

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Straight-up Larmour admits Leinster got ‘ziggy-zaggy’

Not for Jordan Larmour the comforting blankets of self-pity or self-denial.

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Carbery and Earls set to face Leinster

Munster and Ireland backs Joey Carbery and Keith Earls look set to return from injury to face Leinster in Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final following a ...

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Van Graan: I just want people in here who want to serve Munster

Johann van Graan has urged Munster supporters to look at the positives of a playing squad in it for the long haul despite the “strange” situation of ...

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La Rochelle confirm coach's departure amid links to move for Ronan O'Gara

Ronan O'Gara could be a step closer to a return to the French Top 14.

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Van Graan 'very disappointed and sad' at departures of Flannery and Jones

“There is massive opportunity in this disappointment and hopefully we can see the bright side of it.”

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Leinster in rude health for Munster visit

Leinster may be shaken by last Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup final loss to Saracens but Leo Cullen's side have at least emerged from the experience with relatively ...

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Joey Carbery and Keith Earls look set to return for Munster-Leinster semi-final

Joey Carbery and Keith Earls look set to return for Munster against Leinster in Saturday's Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS.

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Billy Vunipola ‘the best number eight in the world’ – Jamie George

The England number eight was in dominant form as Saracens clinched their third European title in four seasons.

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Cullen wary of Munster mission after Leinster's weekend woes

Leo Cullen is hopeful his bruised and fallen European champions can recover from their Saracens loss but wary of Munster’s own desire for silverware as preparations ...

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Sexton: Your decisions are as good as they are in hindsight

The received wisdom for Leinster’s loss was poles apart in the moments after Saturday’s final whistle and in the hours that followed when thousands of ...

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Conan: We didn’t play the Leinster rugby that got us to the final

Brendan O’Brien Conan: We didn’t play the Leinster rugby that got us to the final

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A culture of success driven by project manager McCall

Mark McCall leans against a wall, his back to one of the many framed photos celebrating the local football club’s storied past, as he processes questions about ...

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We won’t be pushed into panic measures, says Cullen

It would be lazy to dismiss Leinster as just another PRO14 casualty of the Saracens juggernaut.

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Skipper Barritt hails Saracens’ ‘leaders’ after European Cup triumph

Saracens landed a third European title in four seasons with a comeback victory at St James’ Park.

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Jamaica hope to bring cool running rugby to 2020 Olympics

The men’s squad has already made history by becoming the first Caribbean side to play sevens rugby at a World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

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Cullen 'gutted' at loss against Saracens

Johnny Sexton left St James’ Park regretting missed opportunities as Saracens powered to their third Heineken Champions Cup title in four seasons and denied ...

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Saracens rule Europe once more after hitting back to beat Leinster

Saracens came from 10-0 behind to win thanks to tries from Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola.

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Player Ratings: Leinster V Saracens

Steffan Thomas rates the players of both sides of the Heinken Champions Cup final.

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Sarries turn the screw at the moments that matter

Nothing has typified the indomitable will of both Leinster and Ireland in recent years so much as their habit of sticking the knife into opponents in the moments ...

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Leinster come up short against Saracens for Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster’s bid for a record fifth European crown came up short at St James’ Park on Saturday as Saracens reclaimed the Heineken Champions Cup for their ...

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Goode vibrations for Sarries star Alex Goode

Alex Goode feels he is the victim of a witch hunt at Saracens as the club’s all-for-one, one-for-all attitude goes out of the window when it comes to the squad’s ...

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Sexton remains Leinster’s North Star in Euro odysseys

Dig around through the entrails of Leinster’s last ten years of European triumphs and there are surprisingly few threads connecting them all.

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Leinster and Saracens hope to continue trend of European exhilaration

After a scarcely believable few nights of footballing drama, Europe’s two best rugby teams are this evening faced with the unenviable task of delivering a ...

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Louise Galvin and Ireland chasing Olympic Sevens dream

Louise Galvin and her Ireland Women’s Sevens team-mates get the penultimate round of this season’s HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series underway ...

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Munster rugby's PJ Wilson linked with Bath role

Munster's strength and conditioning coach PJ Wilson seems set to follow Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones out the door this summer.

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Leinster focus is on Saracens rather than history

History will be in the air when Leinster face Saracens in tomorrow's Heineken Champions Cup final in Newcastle, but Leo Cullen won't feel the need to highlight the ...

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