Munster ready to balance books next year

For years, there had been a reliance on IRFU assistance to facilitate loan repayment negotiations on the debt arising from the Thomond Park redevelopment,

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Budget not an issue as Munster close in on ‘next-level’ coach

Munster Rugby’s search for a “next-level” experienced senior coach is close to a conclusion and will not be limited by financial considerations, ...

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No galacticos, but O’Gara will find a siege mentality much like Munster

Simon Lewis, Rugby correspondent (sandy pic byline) When Ronan O’Gara returns to the Top 14 next month as La Rochelle’s new head coach, he can expect ...

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Hard work starts as hopefuls navigate RWC road to Japan

The long road starts here as the race to make Ireland’s World Cup squad for Japan this September ramped up, after Joe Schmidt named a 44-player training squad. ...

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Even in victory, Saracens defeat still stuck in Leinster minds

James Lowe described Leinster’s comeback from their Heineken Champions Cup final defeat to Guinness PRO14 champions as “a mourning process” such ...

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Hogg: ‘Saracens gave us the kick up the backside we needed’

As British parliamentarians are proving with almost daily inefficiency, leaving Europe can be complicated but as far as Stuart Hogg is concerned, the swift and summary ...

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IRFU ‘very very close’ to Rob Kearney deal

The IRFU has hit back at suggestions made by Rob Kearney’s manager that there is a significant gulf between the two parties in ongoing contract negotiations.

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‘Nothing less than a place in the semis will do in Japan,’ says Nucifora

Nothing less than a World Cup semi-final appearance in Japan later this year will constitute a good World Cup for Ireland, said a straight-talking David Nucifora, ...

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IRFU will help Johann van Graan like they did Leo Cullen

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora backed Johann van Graan as the right man to take Munster forward and pledged to surround the head coach with experience ...

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Contepomi: Balance must be right before Leinster can let it flow

Felipe Contepomi has stressed the need for Leinster to strike the perfect balance between free-flowing and high-pressure rugby as they attempt to negotiate Glasgow ...

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Munster exodus grows as Howlett returns home

Simon Lewis The Munster exit door kept revolving yesterday as exciting young fly-half Bill Johnston left for Ulster in search of more game time and Heineken Cup-winning ...

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Avoiding the rough in search to secure Irish golfing growth

It is all very well taking the historic steps to form an inclusive governing body for the game on this island, but with preparations underway for Golf Ireland to ...

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Van Graan admits testing summer lies ahead

Johann van Graan admits Munster will find it difficult to build momentum for next season while having to bed in possibly three new coaches.

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Newton takes away spoils but Purcell puts down Cup marker

Conor Purcell missed out on his country’s blue-riband amateur title as the Flogas Irish Amateur Open went to England’s James Newton — but Ireland’s ...

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Johann van Graan says 'discipline' the difference between Munster and Leinster performances

Munster were left to rue their poor discipline after succumbing to another Guinness PRO14 semi-final defeat at the hands of Leinster today.

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Leinster ease into PRO14 decider with victory over Munster

Leinster made light of their European final disappointment in Newcastle to brush past rivals Munster and ease into next Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 decider.

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Expect the mother of all battles at breakdown at the RDS

As Leinster and Munster discovered to their cost in Europe this past month, knowing the threat that is coming your way and being able to deal with it are different ...

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Murray: We want to do ourselves justice

If one game from last season sticks in Munster minds above the rest it is last season’s PRO14 semi-final loss to Leinster, and today the men in red have the ...

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‘It’s good to test the strength of the jersey collars and see how far they can stretch!’

For Felipe Contepomi it’s on a par with River Plate v Boca Juniors; for CJ Stander and Johann van Graan a reminder of Bulls versus Stormers games.

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Mullarney four shots clear after course-record 62

Galway’s Ronan Mullarney will take a healthy four-shot lead into today’s second round at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship after setting the ...

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Carbery: I’ve loved Munster from the word go

Listening to Joey Carbery talk of Munster’s limitless potential would cheer even the most pessimistic member of its Red Army of supporters, never mind the ...

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Purcell the big Irish hope at Rosses Point

Conor Purcell leads the Irish charge on home turf at Co Sligo as the Flogas Irish Amateur Open gets underway at Rosses Point tomorrow.

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O’Mahony plays down distraction talk

Peter O’Mahony is certain not only that Munster are going to need their best performance of the season on Saturday but also that the current turmoil behind ...

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Carbery and Earls set to face Leinster

Munster and Ireland backs Joey Carbery and Keith Earls look set to return from injury to face Leinster in Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final following a ...

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Van Graan: I just want people in here who want to serve Munster

Johann van Graan has urged Munster supporters to look at the positives of a playing squad in it for the long haul despite the “strange” situation of ...

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Van Graan 'very disappointed and sad' at departures of Flannery and Jones

“There is massive opportunity in this disappointment and hopefully we can see the bright side of it.”

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Cullen wary of Munster mission after Leinster's weekend woes

Leo Cullen is hopeful his bruised and fallen European champions can recover from their Saracens loss but wary of Munster’s own desire for silverware as preparations ...

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We won’t be pushed into panic measures, says Cullen

It would be lazy to dismiss Leinster as just another PRO14 casualty of the Saracens juggernaut.

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Cullen 'gutted' at loss against Saracens

Johnny Sexton left St James’ Park regretting missed opportunities as Saracens powered to their third Heineken Champions Cup title in four seasons and denied ...

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Leinster come up short against Saracens for Heineken Champions Cup

Leinster’s bid for a record fifth European crown came up short at St James’ Park on Saturday as Saracens reclaimed the Heineken Champions Cup for their ...

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Leinster and Saracens hope to continue trend of European exhilaration

After a scarcely believable few nights of footballing drama, Europe’s two best rugby teams are this evening faced with the unenviable task of delivering a ...

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Louise Galvin and Ireland chasing Olympic Sevens dream

Louise Galvin and her Ireland Women’s Sevens team-mates get the penultimate round of this season’s HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series underway ...

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Munster rugby's PJ Wilson linked with Bath role

Munster's strength and conditioning coach PJ Wilson seems set to follow Jerry Flannery and Felix Jones out the door this summer.

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Cullen: Leinster selection process far from easy

Leinster boss Leo Cullen named an unchanged starting line-up from the semi-final win over Toulouse for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final showdown with ...

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Leaders must stand tall as Munster build again

In times of turmoil, and there has been plenty of that at Munster in recent seasons, the onus falls on the playing squad’s leadership group to pull the province ...

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Munster rocked by Flannery and Jones exits

It is only a month ago that Munster Rugby was looking forward to a new era of stability, brought about by a settled coaching ticket.

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‘Breaking ball, absolutely. The scraps are going to be huge’

There was a time early on in his career when it was almost mandatory to precede Robbie Henshaw’s name with the phrase ‘former Westmeath minor footballer’ ...

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Lancaster’s England tyros now back to threaten Leinster’s Euro finale

Stuart Lancaster needs no introduction to the dangers Leinster will be facing when they go toe-to-toe with Saracens in Saturday’s heavyweight Heineken Champions ...

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Rennie: ‘If any side can roll Saracens, it’s Leinster’

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie knows better than most about the respective merits of this Saturday’s protagonists in the Heineken Champions Cup final. ...

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Johann Van Graan tightlipped on Rob Howley links to Munster

Johann van Graan has repeated his desire to bring in additional staff to the Munster coaching ticket but refused to comment on media reports linking the province ...

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Van Graan praises Hanrahan performance against Benetton

Munster sneaked into the Guinness PRO14 semi-finals by the skin of their teeth in Limerick on Saturday as Benetton missed two late drop-goal attempts after a game ...

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Casey ready for life after rugby

Having planned for life beyond rugby for some time now, it is fitting Duncan Casey bade adieu to the sport with three games still to play in his final campaign in ...

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Munster to clear another hurdle in race for silverware

Munster’s preparations for today’s Guinness PRO14 play-off unravelled last night as Keith Earls was ruled out of the Thomond Park clash with Benetton.

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Munster ban supporter who confronted Billy Vunipola

Munster Rugby have banned the supporter who appeared to confront Saracens player Billy Vunipola after the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at Coventry’s Ricoh ...

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Munster confirm four more players to leave at the end of the season

Scrum-half Williams, hooker Sherry and back-rower O’Callaghan were each homegrown talents who served Munster for their entire playing careers

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Munster rebuilding dented pride, says Ryan

More often than not, it is a pleasurable homecoming that greets John Ryan on his return from a road trip.

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Jean Kleyn: Big gains for Munster come in small margins

Jean Kleyn is convinced Munster can use their European semi-final defeat to Saracens as a springboard to Guinness PRO14 silverware this season.

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French clubs battling to secure Ronan O’Gara's services

Ronan O’Gara is at the centre of a TOP14 battle for his services next season between La Rochelle and former club Racing 92.

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Chris Farrell says Munster must be ruthless

No-one will be more pleased by the expected return of Joey Carbery, Keith Earls and Conor Murray to the Munster line-up than fellow Ireland back Chris Farrell but ...

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Former Ireland women’s coach Philip Doyle takes on Scotland job

Ireland’s most successful women’s head coach Philip Doyle has been lured back into Test rugby by the chance to revive Scotland’s fortunes ahead ...

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