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Conway making the most of Munster opportunity

For those of a more indestructible nature, starting three games in a row feels like a given, a birthright almost. For Munster wing Andrew Conway, just getting back-to- back outings in the red jersey has been an all-too-rare occurrence.

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Heaslip: World Cup unfinished business

The latest rugby season may still be in its infancy but thoughts turn temporarily to the 2015 World Cup for now, given it all gets underway this very day next year, when England face Fiji at Twickenham in the tournament’s opening gambit.

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Dave Kilcoyne

Kilcoyne keen to hit the ground running

Dave Kilcoyne will re-enter the Munster fray on Friday, eager to carry renewed Ireland momentum into the new season.

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Luke Marshall

Marshallhas eyeson more Irish caps

Ulster’s Luke Marshall is built like a tank, has good hands, dancing feet, and carries his 15 stone frame with grace.

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Anthony Foley

Foley won’t take risks with Ryan or O’Mahony

Munster welcome back more heavy artillery for Friday’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park, but coach Anthony Foley may have to wait longer than expected for Peter O’Mahony and Donnacha Ryan.

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Sean Henry

Connacht facing crisis as key duo out for months

Connacht have been rocked by a massive double injury blow with news that flanker Jake Heenan and hooker Sean Henry are both expected to miss most of the season.

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Ruan Pienaar

Pienaar out as Ulster injury hex strikes

Ulster and South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar is suspected of rupturing the medial ligament in his right knee during the narrow Rugby Championship defeat against the All Blacks at the weekend.

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