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Duncan Casey: The hooker has had a great first year at Munster.

Casey delivering the goods for Munster

A year is a long time in rugby, but not long enough for Duncan Casey to stop appreciating the opportunity he is being given to cement a place in Munster’s front row.

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Kiss dismisses one-trick pony tag as Ireland kick on towards Six Nations

Les Kiss insists Ireland are no ‘one-trick pony’, but the assistant coach has also warned the November clean sweep offers no guarantees as Joe Schmidt’s side turns their attention towards the defence of their Six Nations title.

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Darragh Fanning: The 28-year-old has been an ever-present in the Blues' back-three this term, scoring five tries from 10 appearances.

Focused Fanning pushing for the next level with Leinster

When he returned from a stint in Australia two years ago, a career in professional rugby was the furthest thing from the mind of Leinster winger Darragh Fanning.

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St Clement’s see off Bandon to set up clash with Glenstal

Bandon Grammar 5 St Clement’s College 17
St Clement’s College have qualified for the first round of the Munster Schools Senior Cup after they defeated Bandon Grammar in yesterday’s qualifying final in Fermoy.

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Robshaw rallies wilting Red Rose

Chris Robshaw admits England’s autumn outlook hinges on one final assault at Twickenham and failure against Australia would leave two months to stew over a dismal series.

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Henry likely to be out for at least three months

Chris Henry’s return to rugby is a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’, according to Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss.

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Howard hoping to make first impressions last for Munster

New Munster loanee Pat Howard will be a man on a mission when he makes his home debut against Ulster on Friday night, looking to impress his coaches on two continents.

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Leinster's Dominic Ryan warms up for training at UCD yesterday.  Picture: Brendan Moran

Flanker Ryan wary of threat posed by bogey team Ospreys

Following the disappointment of their weekend stalemate with Benetton Treviso, Leinster are facing a quick turnaround before they welcome Guinness Pro12 leaders Ospreys to the RDS on Saturday afternoon.

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Pienaar could make Scarlets double-header

Ulster’s star scrum-half Ruan Pienaar could be back for their European Champions Cup games against the Scarlets at the start of December.

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Chris Henry: Exploratory heart surgery  to prevent further issues.

Ulster’s Ireland star Henry recovering after heart surgery

Ireland flanker Chris Henry underwent exploratory heart surgery this week as his medical team searched for reasons for his health scare on the eve of Ireland’s opening autumn international against South Africa on 8 November.

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Injury blow for Harris-Wright

Connacht have been hit with a massive blow with first-choice hooker Jason Harris-Wright set to miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

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Sexton: Zebo deserves applause

Johnny Sexton doesn’t think Simon Zebo should be criticised for an error which led to Australia’s first try on Saturday.

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Munster hopeful Earls can return for new year cup games

Munster are holding out hope that Lions winger Keith Earls will be available for their final Champions Cup pool games in the new year, putting him in line for a late run into Ireland’s Six Nations reckoning.

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Players believe they can be greatest ever

A clean sweep from the November Internationals and all looks rosy in the Irish rugby garden.

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Sexton: We’ll remain grounded

As he sat down in Dublin yesterday to reflect on the November series, Johnny Sexton acknowledged the soaring expectation levels that now accompany this Ireland squad.

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