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Ulster bring curtain down on Leinster ambitions

Guinness Pro12
Ulster 26 Leinster 10
There may be two rounds still to play in the Guinness Pro12’s regular season, but Leinster’s campaign came to an effective end in Belfast last night as defeat to Ulster cost them what was already a slim shot of making the play-offs.

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Tommy O'Donnell

Red letter day for Tommy O’Donnell in crucial clash

Guinness Pro 12
Munster v Treviso  
Today: Musgrave Park, 3.05pm 
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales) 
TV: TG4 

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IRFU and Joe Schmidt will press captain Paul O’Connell to stay on

Joe Schmidt and the IRFU will do what they can to “influence” Paul O’Connell’s next career move, as speculation linking the Ireland captain to a switch to France’s Top 14 refuses to die down despite confirmation that Toulon are not chasing the lock.

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Kingspan showdown a game-changer Guinness PRO12

An enormous game for both teams. So said Tommy Bowe earlier this week of tonight’s Guinness PRO12 meeting in Belfast between Ulster and Leinster.

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Joe Schmidt and IRFU deny keeping grip on ‘front-line’ players

Joe Schmidt and the IRFU have come out fighting in the debate over the availability of international players to the provinces by defending the player management system and challenging current perceptions over their grip on front-line stars.

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Just being on the pitch is what’s really important, says versatile Keith Earls

Wing, centre, full back? Keith Earls is now well used to the challenging question as to what his favourite position is, and his answer is somewhat different to what it might have been a few years ago.

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Connacht’s Tom McCartney aiming to emulate the Best

Connacht hooker Tom McCartney has come up against some of the world’s top front rows in his seven years playing Super rugby Down Under, but it is Ireland’s Rory Best who he is now trying to emulate.

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Wallabies offer World Cup lifelines to Matt Giteau, George Smith and Drew Mitchell

In one brief but ground-breaking announcement from the Australian Rugby Union, George Smith, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell were offered the hope of reviving their Wallabies careers in time for this year’s World Cup.

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Friends hail Grand Slam hero Jim McCarthy

Former teammates of Jim McCarthy, the Grand Slam-winning Irish rugby international, have paid tribute to their colleague’s dedication to the game, after his death this week at the age of 90.

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Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell wary of Treviso threat

Tommy O’Donnell is wary of the Treviso threat as Munster target their “rightful” place in the last four of the Guinness Pro 12.

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Ulster craving success, says Tommy Bowe

Ulster must end a nine-year wait for silverware if they are to be truly taken seriously as a force in Europe, according to Tommy Bowe.

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