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Departing Smith determined to end on a high for Munster

Paul O’Connell won’t be the only Munster player making his last appearance in the red jersey at the Kingspan Stadium tomorrow night.

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Sexton looks to inspire under-achieving Racing in Paris derby

Johnny Sexton’s two-year Parisian adventure could end abruptly tonight if he cannot steer his Racing Metro colleagues past city rivals Stade Francais in the French Top 14 play-offs.

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VIDEO: Defeat leaves Schmidt much to ponder ahead of World Cup

Irish coach Joe Schmidt insisted during the week that places in the World Cup squad were still up for grabs. After yet another defeat to the Barbarians at Thomond Park last night, he will go home for another re-think after a performance he described as “a bit inaccurate.”

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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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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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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 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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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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