Eddie Jones ought to have known better, that the rugby Gods have their own way of dealing with those deemed to have been too clever by half.
Cuala took the honours in the All-Ireland Club hurling final with surprising ease, easing past Ballyea of Clare in a dour struggle.
Ballyea captain Stan Lineen paid tribute to his teammates’ calmness after yesterday’s Munster Club SHC final win over Glen Rovers.
Nigel Carolan has asked his Irish U20 side to finish their campaign positively in Netherdale tonight by returning to the full-throttle game which has been suffocated by two defeats in a row.
Kerry advanced to the Munster JFC final against Cork following an easy victory over Clare yesterday.
Newmarket-on-Fergus 0-15 Ballyea 1-07
Already a game that was struggling to escape the shadow of next week’s Heineken Cup final, tonight’s RaboDirect PRO12 play-off has been relegated to the margins yet again by yesterday’s injury news concerning Brian O’Driscoll and Rob Kearney.
Sean Lineen will become the Scottish Rugby Union’s head of player acquisition after leaving his role as Glasgow head coach at the end of the season.
Head coach Joe Schmidt insisted his Leinster side have a long way to go in the defence of their Heineken Cup title after qualifying for the knockout stages with a 23-16 win over Glasgow Warriors at Firhill.
THERE is rarely anything ho-hum about the Heineken Cup but Leinster have come close to reducing Pool 3 to a predictable script and they will be expected to wrap up qualification for the last eight in Glasgow tomorrow.
UNBEATEN in 14 games, nine points clear in the RaboDirect Pro12, six ahead of their nearest rival in Pool 3 of the Heineken Cup.
STAND up BJ Botha, Isa Nacewa and Johann Muller, you and your foreign cohorts all have a point to prove this weekend as you bid to put your Irish provinces a step closer to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.
A COUPLE of weeks ago, Joe Schmidt talked about the process of reintegrating his massive World Cup contingent and pointed out that it had taken three games for the kinks to be ironed out when his stars returned from a late summer break the season before.
Relief was the overwhelming emotion for Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt after his side climbed to the top of Heineken Cup Pool Three following a bonus-point victory over Glasgow Warriors.
Cork 1-16 Clare 0-6
LAST season, in Brian Cuthbert’s first competitive game in charge of the Cork minor footballers, they departed Cusack Park with a huge sense of relief after a late scoring spree helped them defeat Clare.
GLASGOW Warriors players have been read the riot act by head coach Sean Lineen ahead of their trip to Cork to play Munster on Saturday.
VETERAN Paddy Wallace is wary of Glasgow’s challenge at Ravenhill this evening with Ulster aiming to gain a boost before next week’s European travails.
MUNSTER’S belief that they face a backlash tonight at Firhill is very much on the money if the comments of Glasgow Warriors’ captain Ally Kellock and coach Sean Lineen prove to be well founded.
Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen is forecasting an "awesome" game against unbeaten Magners League leaders Munster at Firhill tomorrow night.
LEINSTER Rugby and Sean O’Brien breathed a sigh of relief last night when the player was found not guilty of any offence during the Magners League game against Treviso at the weekend.
Glasgow Warriors flanker John Barclay will return as captain for the hosting of Connacht in the Magner's League at Firhill tomorrow evening.
LUKE FITZGERALD plays his first competitive match in 10 months when Leinster open their Magners League campaign against Glasgow Warriors at Firhill tonight (7.05pm).
IRELAND trio John Fogarty, Jamie Heaslip and Shane Horgan were named in the Leinster squad to face the Glasgow Warriors in tomorrow night’s Magners League opener at Firhill Stadium (7.05pm).
Glasgow Warriors head coach Sean Lineen wants nothing short of five points from tomorrow night’s Magners League clash against leaders Leinster at Firhill.
Bath-bound Mark McMillan today retained the Glasgow captaincy for tomorrow night’s Magners League clash at Connacht.
SCOTLAND A coach Sean Lineen has a bit of unfinished business to settle with the Irish Wolfhounds in tonight’s A international at Ravenhill (7.30pm).
ULSTER back rower Chris Henry has been handed a chance to build on an eye-catching cameo showing by being named as skipper of the Ireland Wolfhounds team to take on Scotland A at Ravenhill tomorrow (7.30pm).
Glasgow today named virtually all their Scotland stars called up for the RBS 6 Nations in their starting XV for Sunday’s final Heineken Cup Pool 2 game at Biarritz.
Scotland prop Moray Low has signed a two-year contract extension with Glasgow Warriors, handing the Magners League leaders a major boost ahead of tomorrow night’s Heineken Cup clash with Newport Gwent Dragons.
Glasgow Warriors 33 Gloucester 11
AN injury picked up by BJ Botha in his surprise appearance for South Africa against Ireland last week has forced Ulster to make a change in the front row for tonight’s Magners League clash with Glasgow Warriors at Ravenhill (8 pm).
Scotland flanker John Barclay, one of seven Warriors who played in Scotland's Autumn Tests, will lead Glasagow out against Ulster in the Magner's League at Ravenhill on Frdiay night.
ON the back of a solid start in the Amlin Challenge Cup, Connacht return to the bread and butter of Magners League action hoping to continue their winning ways against Glasgow Warriors at Firhill tonight (7.30pm).
PAUL WARWICK has been ruled out of tonight’s opening Magners League clash against Glasgow Warriors at Firhill but Munster, captained by Mick O’Driscoll yet again, welcome back high-flyers Doug Howlett and Lifeimi Mafi for the big game.
Glasgow coach Scott Lineen will start new boys scrum-half Chris Cusiter, centre Peter Murchie and wing Rob Dewey against Munster for Friday's Magners League opener at Firhill.
Andy Robinson was today expected to announce whether he is applying for the Scotland job.
SEAN LINEEN insists he would be “amazed” if Andy Robinson does not apply for the Scotland job in the coming days.
Glasgow coach Sean Lineen has retained the same team that blasted Edinburgh 38-21 for the hosting of Ulster in Friday's Magners League match at Firhill.
MUNSTER’S Keith Earls will link up yet again with Lifeimi Mafi for tonight’s crucial Magners League fixture at the Firhill Stadium in Glasgow (7.45, Setanta Ireland).
GLASGOW Warriors coach Sean Lineen has included back-row Kelly Brown in his team to face champions Leinster in tomorrow night’s Magners League clash at Firhill Arena, (Setanta Ireland, 7.30pm).
Glasgow 16 Toulouse 22
SEAN LINEEN expects a headache long before the crowd raise their voices at tonight’s Magners League game at Thomond Park (KO: 7pm).
Newport-Gwent Dragons 6 Glasgow 12
MUNSTER are emerging as the firm favourites to win the Heineken Cup for a second time in the eyes of their Celtic cousins.
Former England head coach Andy Robinson will assist Frank Hadden in Scotland's summer tour of Argentina, the SRU have confirmed.
THERE may still be five rounds to play before this year’s Magners League campaign is put to bed, but Leinster already have one hand gripped firmly around the trophy after events in Dublin and Wales last night.
GLASGOW supremo Sean Lineen hailed his side’s stubborn defensive display in their surprise success against Biarritz and insisted they will not be going to France for the return next weekend on a damage limitation mission.
STEPHEN KEOGH has been ruled out of the Leinster team for tonight’s crucial Magners League clash with Glasgow at Hughenden.
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