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Why west remains best for Bandon’s French coach

First, there is no defection. Regis Sonnes, recently appointed Rugby Director with Bandon RFC and a highly-rated coach with Bandon Grammar School, is going nowhere.

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Rassie all smiles as Munster pass big Ospreys challenge

Ospreys 23 - Munster 25: As gritty and resilient away performances go, this was right up there with Munster’s best and bravest. 

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Kieran Marmion ready for Ireland duty says Connacht coach Lam

Connacht 14 - Dragons 9: Connacht coach Pat Lam says Kieran Marmion is fit to make his first start in the Six Nations next Saturday against France if called into action.

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Garry Ringrose ready for call to arms

Friday afternoon in Monaghan RFC and all seems right with the world. The vibe is good and a rare weekend off base awaits. 

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Jacob Stockdale delivering on potential in spades as Ulster claim bonus point

Ulster 37 - Glasgow Warriors 17: Big Jacob Stockdale is delivering on the potential shown during last summer’s Junior World Cup when he produced another scintillating performance as Ulster picked off a bonus-try victory over a weakened Glasgow side at the Kingspan Stadium.

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Joe Schmidt: 'We’re not happy to be where we are but we’re excited about the challenge we face'

Ireland have won two Six Nations championships and beaten all three of the southern hemisphere giants on Joe Schmidt’s watch but the Kiwi clearly feels that the next month will serve as the best barometer yet as to where his team stands.

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Joey Carbery marks return with two tries as Leinster secure bonus point

Leinster 39 - Edinburgh 10: Joey Carbery crowned his first start since December with a couple of tries but that bit of good news for Joe Schmidt was offset by a shoulder injury to Josh van der Flier early in the game.

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