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Joe Schmidt denies shafting Matt O’Connor

Joe Schmidt has denied Ireland’s bosses had any involvement in the sacking of Leinster coach Matt O’Connor.

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Jamie Heaslip expects special attention as Shane Jennings comes calling

When the Barbarians come to town, there is no promised script. That is what makes this invitational team so attractive in the rugby world.

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Joe Rokocoko hopes Munster fans can show clemency

Nearly seven years on, Joe Rokocoko returns to Limerick, hoping the Thomond Park faithful will have forgiven if not forgotten.

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Peter O’Mahony: ‘We measure every year by trophies in cabinet’

Peter O’Mahony appreciates it can often be more nerve wracking to watch rather than to play after being forced to retire because of injury during Saturday’s nail biting Guinness Pro 12 win for Munster over the Ospreys.

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Peter O’Mahony: I’m ready for Belfast showdown

Peter O’Mahony is good to go and lead Munster against Glasgow Warriors in Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 final in Belfast but serious doubts remain about two other current Irish team members, Conor Murray and Simon Zebo, with medical reports awaited on them today.

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Shane Jennings leads Barbarians into battle

The retiring Shane Jennings is set to go out on a high when captaining the Barbarians against Ireland at Thomond Park tomorrow night.

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Glasgow Warriors planning grand finale in Belfast

Semi-final match winner DTH van der Merwe and scrum-half Henry Pyrgos have both been at pains this week to stress that Glasgow Warriors are not merely content to have reached Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 final.

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Anthony Foley plays cool ahead of Ravenhill showdown

Given Matt O’Connor was fired as head coach by Leinster and Neil Doak is filling the role at Ulster until the arrival of Les Kiss, one might have expected Munster’s Anthony Foley to be displaying signs of pressure in the build-up to Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 final against Glasgow Warriors at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.

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Eoin Reddan: We’re well prepared to deliver at World Cup

Eoin Reddan believes Ireland can be more assured about what they will bring to the table at the World Cup in England later this year than was the case in New Zealand in 2011 or France eight years ago.

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New Leinster boss ‘will find structures in place for success’

It hasn’t been a season to remember for Leinster, but the job of head coach remains a highly attractive one, according to Eoin Reddan, who says the players, the squad and the system necessary for success are all still in place.

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Robbie Deans: Ireland are real World Cup contenders

Barbarians head coach Robbie Deans will go head to head with compatriot Joe Schmidt at Thomond Park on Thursday night believing his invitational side are set to face genuine World Cup contenders.

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Robbie Deans not interested in taking Leinster job

Robbie Deans has ruled himself out of the running for the Leinster head coach position. The former Australia coach had been linked with the post after it was announced last week that Matt O’Connor had agreed to leave the club by mutual consent.

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