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Noel Mannion: Connacht job could be the one for Ronan O’Gara

Ronan O’Gara won’t get a better chance to get into Irish provincial coaching in the next few years, according to former Connacht and Ireland stalwart, Noel Mannion.

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Escape clause sparked Pat Lam's announcement

It is believed that an escape clause which required Pat Lam to give six months notice was the primary reason why the Connacht coach made the announcement yesterday that he was departing the Sportsground at the end of the season.

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Munster big guns eye Leicester Tigers clash

Rassie Erasmus is confident Peter O’Mahony, Jaco Taute, and Tyler Bleyendaal will all be fit to face Leicester Tigers when the English giants return to Thomond Park this weekend for the resumption of Munster’s Champions Cup campaign.

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Stuart Lancaster keen to continue Leinster role

Stuart Lancaster’s name has inevitably been tossed into the rumour mill as a possible successor to Pat Lam at Connacht next season but the Leinster senior coach has hinted he is keen to remain in Dublin beyond the reach of his current one-season deal.

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Shocked Connacht must now prepare for life after Pat Lam

That Pat Lam will be leaving Connacht at the end of this season was not so much the surprise yesterday as the awkward timing of the announcement.

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David Corkery: ‘It’s like a morgue in the dressing-room’

Dolphin 19 Ballynahinch 35: Dolphin coach David Corkery was far from impressed after watching his charges capitulate to a strong Ballynahinch at Musgrave Park on Saturday.

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Connacht deliver the perfect anniversary present to Pat Lam

Connacht 47 Treviso 8: Pat Lam could hardly have asked for a more routine victory in his 100th game in charge as Treviso, yet again, offered only token resistance in what is turning out to be another disastrous campaign for the Italians.

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Eddie Jones warns Six Nations next up after clean sweep

England 37 Australia 21: Eddie Jones insists England must bristle with ambition when they seek to build on a perfect first year under his guidance by successfully defending their RBS 6 Nations title.

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Lansdowne win table-top battle and forge clear

Ulster Bank All-Ireland League: Lansdowne will enjoy the festive period that little bit more than their Division 1A rivals after defeating Young Munster 30-24 in a supercharged top of the table clash on Saturday.

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Munster impress in title defence

Munster began the defence of their interprovincial women’s title with an impressive 13-point victory away to Ulster at Kingspan Stadium (3-16).

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Leo Cullen turns his sights to Northampton Saints

Following his side’s impressive bonus point victory over Newport Gwent Dragons in the Guinness PRO12 on Saturday evening, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen was quick to focus minds on Friday’s crunch Champions Cup encounter with Northampton.

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CJ Stander: We must keep momentum going

CJ Stander believes Munster’s Ireland heroes must maintain their high Test standards to maintain the province’s European momentum against Leicester over the next fortnight.

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