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Gerry ‘Ginger’ McLoughlin says Munster must axe academy

Former Shannon, Munster and Ireland prop Gerry ‘Ginger’ McLoughlin believes Munster must axe its academy to finance a return to European glory days for the province.

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All Black legend Mils Muliaina.

Mils Muliaina may extend stay at Connacht

All Black legend Mils Muliaina has not ruled out staying at the Sportsground beyond this season.

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Simon Zebo, Munster, does his signature celebration after scoring his side's first try. Pic: Sportsfile

John "Paco" Fitzgerald says Munster must invest to halt slide

Notwithstanding the record-breaking points tally in the slaughter of Sale Sharks on Sunday, John "Paco" Fitzgerald has warned that Munster must seriously consider a cash injection to keep pace with increased European investment in playing resources.

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Doyle, Mahon tries win it for Monkstown

CBC Monkstown 18 CUS 11: Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup: Second-half tries from Sean Doyle and Ben Mahon were crucial as CBC Monkstown booked their place in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at the expense of CUS at Donnybrook yesterday.

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Ulster’s added incentive as Belfast hosts final

Guinness Pro12: A reinvigorated Ulster could not have asked for a better incentive to lift their first silverware for almost a decade when Belfast won the bid stage to host the Guinness Pro12 final at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday, May 30.

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Doyle, Mahon tries win it for Monkstown

Munster Schools’ Senior Cup: It has been a busy few days for coach Tom Tierney, who today prepares for his third different rugby assignment in 96 hours.

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Murray and Reddan injuries give Schmidt selection headache

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt’s options at scrum-half for the RBS 6 Nations are still no clearer after Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan received their first medical assessments from the national team’s medical staff.

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Simon Zebo, Munster, does his signature celebration after scoring his side's first try. Pic: Sportsfile.

Munster thrash Sale: 65-10

Munster 65 Sale 10: European Champions Cup Pool 1: We are used to seeing Munster inflict a round-six rout in Europe but usually it is borne of necessity.

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Fergus McFadden, Leinster, goes over for his side's first try. European Rugby Champions Cup 2014/15, Pool 2, Round 6, Wasps v Leinster. Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England.

Leinster ride their luck to bring it home

Wasps 20 Leinster 20: European Champions Cup Pool 2: Matt O’Connor put a mostly positive spin on a game that got away from his Leinster team in Coventry on Saturday, but there can be no escaping the difference between the worth of a home and an away berth in the last eight.

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Dr Éanna Falvey

Falvey: Huge progress made on concussion issue

Irish rugby team doctor Éanna Falvey says understanding in the area of concussion is "evolving" and believes huge progress has been made in the last three years.

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Pat Lam lauds courageous Connacht

La Rochelle 20 Connacht 30: European Chellenge Cup Pool 2: A "bit of X-factor" combined with a huge team effort is what vLam credits for Connacht’s dramatic four-try bonus win over La Rochelle, which sealed their quarter-final place as last seeds in this season’s European Challenge Cup.

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Hat-trick hero Darren Cave puts paid to Tigers’ Cup hopes

Ulster 26 Leicester 7: European Champions Cup Pool 3: Darren Cave helped clip the Tigers’ claws in an attritional Champions Cup clash at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday when Ulster had their bonus point on the board by the 50th minute before a brickwall defence proved almost impenetrable.

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Luke Fitzgerald: Last Irish cap was in November 2013.

Fitzgerald now back on the centre stage

Leinster reaction:

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Leinster may face daunting trip to Toulon

Leinster’s weekend of mixed emotions continued through to tea-time yesterday when the three-time Heineken Cup champions were handed a daunting potential Rugby Champions Cup semi-final assignment ‘away’ to reigning champions Toulon in mid-April.

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Murray injury a concern for Ireland

Conor Murray’s fitness for Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations title defence will be assessed by national team medics this week after he was forced to miss Munster’s Champions Cup defeat of Sale Sharks at Thomond Park.

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File photo of Toulouse in action.

Toulouse gift Leinster top spot in Pool 4

Champions Cup round up: Guy Noves’ Toulouse handed Leinster a home Champions Cup quarter-final after blowing the chance to top Pool 4 by squandering a 20-9 lead yesterday.

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O’Donnell: We owed it to fans

Munster try scorer Tommy O’Donnell reported to Ireland camp last night with spirits partially restored after helping to put Sale Sharks to the sword at Thomond Park.

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File photo of Munster's Sean Dougall is tackled.

Powerful Doncaster Knights demolish Munster

Doncaster Knights 38 Munster 17: British and Irish Cup: Another body blow on a bad week for Munster.

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Adam Jones: Has retired from international rugby.

Adam Jones: I feel I’m more than just injury cover

Wales prop Adam Jones has said "I feel like I’m more than just injury cover" after announcing his retirement from international rugby.

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Blackrock beginning to roll again

Blackrock College 39 Terenure College 11: Leinster Schools Senior Cup, first round: Blackrock College’s quest for a third consecutive Leinster Schools Senior Cup title began in devastating fashion against Terenure College at Donnybrook yesterday.

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Cork Constitution celebrate with the Munster Senior  Cup after defeating Garryowen in the final. The victory was the club's first three-in-a-row in the competition since 1905-07. Pictures: Ryan Byrne

Cork Constitution beat Garryowen at Musgrave Park

Cork Constitution 26 Garryowen 22: Munster Senior Cup final: Individual quality contributed handsomely to Cork Constitution’s latest victory.

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