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Penney lines up Murphy or Murray in case of No 10 crisis

Munster would be forced to call on Johne Murphy or Conor Murray to act as No 10 back-up should Ian Keatley suffer any form of injury before the Heineken Cup semi-final clash with Toulon.

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No link to GAA bid, says McRedmond, as TV3 scoop Rugby World Cup rights

The chief executive of TV3 yesterday insisted the station’s success in winning the primary rights for broadcasting next year’s Rugby World Cup had nothing to do with the Ballymount operation losing out to Sky in the latest GAA TV deal.

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O’Brien not giving up on end of season game time

Seán O’Brien’s season may not be over after all.

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Nucifora finally gets IRFU stamp of approval

Former Wallaby hooker David Nucifora will finally be unveiled as the IRFU’s new Performance Director tomorrow at a press conference at the Aviva Stadium.

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Lutton and Andrew agree new deals at Ulster

Emerging Ireland tight-head prop Ricky Lutton has signed a two-year professional contract with Ulster, while full-back Ricky Andrew has penned a one-year deal.

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O’Halloran says Connacht gunning for Munster scalp

Connacht winger Tiernan O’Halloran says that securing what would be only a second victory over Munster in the professional era would be a great way to start bringing the curtain down on an indifferent season.

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Ian Keatley: ‘Head over heart decision has me where I am now’

When Ian Keatley headed west from Dublin to join Connacht he was leaving some of his best rugby friends behind, Ireland’s juggernaut prop forward Cian Healy amongst them.

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Henshaw move to Leinster looks remote

Any lingering prospect of Robbie Henshaw moving from Connacht to Leinster has dwindled even further with the latter’s team manager Guy Easterby highlighting the importance of provincial loyalties to the professional game.

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Turkish Airlines consider Pro12 sponsor link-up

Turkish Airlines could be poised to succeed RaboDirect as sponsors of the Pro12 tournament.

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Hanrahan injury gives Penney H-Cup headache

Munster 5 Glasgow Warriors 22
No excuses here. This was as poor a performance Munster have produced at Thomond Park for some time. Adding injury to insult, JJ Hanrahan limped off with a groin injury that could provide coach Rob Penney with a major headache facing into the business end of the season.

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Coughlan says Reds’ meltdown ‘unacceptable’

Munster’s stand-in skipper James Coughlan expects the squad to face a nasty video session this morning.

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Home semi-final the target as in-your-face display delights Cusiter

Glasgow Warriors skipper Chris Cusiter was well aware of the significance of this result. Apart altogether from it being Glasgow’s first win over Munster in Ireland since 2008, it also propelled them into fourth place in the RaboDirect Pro12 table.

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