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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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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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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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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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Even in victory, headaches mount for Munster

Anthony Foley will prepare for Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 final against Glasgow Warriors with injury problems exacerbating concerns about Munster’s poor game management in the narrow semi-final win over Ospreys.

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Munster honour Paul O’Connell with classic Thomond theatre

Munster 21 Ospreys 18: Paul O’Connell has spent the last few months, in public at least, ruminating over the right way to retire from professional sport and has been at pains to point out that not every athlete is fortunate to bow out from their sport in the manner of their choosing.

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Pat Lam says Connacht will recover from heartbreak

Gloucester 40 Connacht 32 (AET): It had all the hallmarks of past heartbreaks. Connacht, punching above their weight, looked set to close in on the ultimate prize, only to be denied at the bitter end, whether by their own hand, or by questionable refereeing decisions.

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Munster ‘Play for each other, families, and the red jersey’

One called him a legend, the other a colossus and both CJ Stander and Anthony Foley admitted how much Munster will miss Paul O’Connell when he plays his last game for the province in Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 final.

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