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Muskerry likely to face Clonmel backlash

After last weekend’s break, the Munster Leagues return to action with a busy fixture list across all three division.

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Ah You in for White as Connacht prepare for ‘biggest challenge so far’

Rodney Ah You takes over injured Nathan White’s tighthead prop spot, having been released from the Ireland camp at Carton House, for Connacht’s Guinness Pro12 fixture with leaders Ospreys in Swansea this evening (7.35pm).

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Smith: Senior players need to step up

Andrew Smith believes the absence of Munster’s Ireland contingent for the next month means it is up to the remaining seniors in the squad to maintain the intensity levels set over the last four games.

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Cunningham named new Ulster manager

European Cup winner Bryn Cunningham is the new Ulster team manager. The 36-year-old former Ireland A and Dungannon full-back will have a role similar to that of departed Director of Rugby David Humphreys in dealing with players’ contracts plus other incidentals associated with the senior Ulster squad.

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Debut for Te’o as Leinster chase back-to-back wins

Former Rugby League star, Ben Te’o, makes his Leinster debut in tonight’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Edinburgh (RDS, 7.35pm), as the champions aim to secure back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.

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World Cup not the basis for code switch, claims Burgess

Sam Burgess says his high-profile, six-figure switch of rugby codes was based on "the challenge" that will await him — and not next year’s World Cup in England.

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Blow for Schmidt as White out for up to four months

Connacht prop Nathan White will miss Ireland’s autumn Test series after rupturing a tendon in his upper arm in training with Joe Schmidt’s squad.

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Cooper and Genia are again a pair

Australia have reunited Quade Cooper and Will Genia at half-back for tomorrow’s non-cap international against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

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Easterby keen to add strength in depth to Irish panel

Simon Easterby didn’t expect the call.

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‘The Honey Badger’ can bring a touch of surreal to Baabaas

Nick Cummins apologises as he momentarily loses his train of thought while discussing lining up for the Barbarians against Australia, the country of his birth, at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Feek is confident Ireland can overcome growing injury adversity

Greg Feek made no bones about it yesterday.

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Kiwi Aki poised for Connacht debut

Connacht coach Pat Lam is set to unleash the first of his three New Zealand signings tomorrow night in Swansea as they bid to win at the Liberty Stadium for the first time.

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Holland: Munster need to stay focused for trip to Cardiff

The frontliners are away with Ireland and European competition has been put to bed for another six weeks but Munster can ill afford to switch off when they return to Guinness Pro12 action at Cardiff Blues on Saturday, Billy Holland has warned.

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CJ Stander

‘Best still to come from CJ’

He may be Munster’s standout performer this season, but the province are still to see the best of CJ Stander, believes coach Ian Costello.

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Simon Easterby: Exudes the same qualities as Joe Schmidt.

Easterby’s ‘ruthless focus’ perfect fit for Ireland

Simon Easterby boasts the "ruthless focus" to thrive in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland set-up, according to his Scarlets coaching mentor Nigel Davies.

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Declan Fitzpatrick: Developed 'concussion syndrome'.

Fitzpatrick: New concussion protocols a huge positive

International tight-head Declan Fitzpatrick has lifted the lid on the injury nightmare which followed a blow to the head in an international game two years ago.

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Rob Howley

Howley wary ‘clinical’ Australia will want to put a marker down

Rob Howley expects Wales to face Australia’s tried and tested quality when the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool rivals clash in Cardiff next week.

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