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Derby joy for Leinster

Leinster 21 Connacht 11
Expectations that this offered Connacht a rare chance of victory in Dublin were franked by events in Ballsbridge last night, but Leinster did just enough to fend off their provincial cousins in a thoroughly enjoyable Guinness Pro12 Christmas meeting.

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Reds and Warriors braced for battle

Glasgow Warriors and Munster are in the same frame of mind going into today’s top of the table Guinness Pro 12 encounter at Scotstoun, kick-off 2.40.

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Pienaar badly missed

If there is one person Ulster have missed more than any other during an injury-plagued 2014, it has been their cultured scrum-half Ruan Pienaar.

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Con hold out to keep top four hopes alive

Cork Constitution 17 Dolphin 6
Heartbreak for Dolphin at Temple Hill as Constitution kept their Top Four hopes of qualifying for the Ulster Bank League semi finals alive with a backs to the wall performance.

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Garryowen charge back into promotion race

Shannon 17 Garryowen 34
Third- placed Garryowen fought their way back into the promotion race in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League at Thomond Park last night when beating Limerick rivals Shannon.

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Munster face D-Day at Sarries

The outcome of the lunchtime clash with last year’s beaten finalists Saracens on their all-weather pitch on Saturday, January 17 will decided Munster’s fate in the European Champions Cup.

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Archer maintains a driving ambition

Stephen Archer recently signed a three-year renewal of his Munster contract.

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Leinster make sweeping changes

Pro12 title holders Leinster have made seven changes to their starting line-up as they aim to begin the traditional Christmas interprovincial period with victory over Connacht at the RDS tonight.

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Medics sideline Sexton until February

Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton will miss the start of the Six Nations next February after being sidelined for three months on medical grounds following a number of concussions this year.

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Lesson learned from quick-thinking Clermont

There was a time when full-backs or others in defensive positions got a clap on the back when they found a long, relieving touch.

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Money matters, but Top 14 challenge excites Carter

All Black great Dan Carter said the sheer quality of the players in France’s Top 14 was a key reason in him joining Racing Metro — but money was undoubtedly a factor too.

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Earls and Ryan set to return to fire Munster’s Euro climax

Munster are keeping their fingers crossed that two experienced Irish Internationals, Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan, will be available for their European Champions Cup games against Saracens and Sale Sharks next month.

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Carter set to be unveiled as Sexton’s Racing replacement

New Zealand legend Dan Carter is set to be unveiled as Jonathan Sexton’s replacement at Racing Metro this morning.

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Suspended ban for Castrogiovanni

Toulon’s former Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni has received a suspended four-match ban after he admitted a misconduct complaint, European Professional Club Rugby has announced.

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Musgrave Park to host Con and Garryowen in cup final clash

The Munster Senior Cup final between Cork Constitution and Garryowen will be played at Musgrave Park on Saturday, December 27 with a 2.30pm kick-off.

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Healy eyes Connacht double delight

Dublin-born winger Matt Healy is hoping Connacht can do the double over Leinster for the first time ever in the history of the league.

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England among Ireland’s warm-up opponents

Ireland will conclude a busy World Cup warm-up schedule next year by tackling England at Twickenham.

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