Guinness PRO14 plans August return after receiving fresh investment

Guinness PRO14 plans August return after receiving fresh investment

The PRO14 board earlier confirmed that London-based private equity firm CVC had purchased a 28 per cent share in the league.

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PRO14 contemplating 'bio-bubbles' in effort to restart rugby

PRO14 contemplating 'bio-bubbles' in effort to restart rugby

Guinness PRO14 organisers are considering isolation “bio-bubbles” in an attempt to get the competition back up and running.

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Connacht’s McCartney to hang up boots

Connacht’s McCartney to hang up boots

Another member of Connacht’s victorious PRO12 squad is set to retire with hooker Tom McCartney about to bring the curtain down on six years at the Sportsground.

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PRO14 chiefs defend decision to suspend season

PRO14 chiefs defend decision to suspend season

Guinness PRO14 chiefs last night decided to suspend the 2019-20 season indefinitely, with the cross-border league going as far as to cancel its grand final, which had been set to take place in Cardiff on June 20.

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Rugby grapples with coronavirus shutdown

Rugby grapples with coronavirus shutdown

Irish rugby players, professional and amateur, will have woken this morning to a very different sporting landscape as their governing bodies called a halt to all playing activity in response to the growing threat of Covid-19 on these shores.

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Farrell not ruling Carbery out of Aussie tour

Farrell not ruling Carbery out of Aussie tour

Joey Carbery has not been ruled out of Ireland’s summer tour to Australia.

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Connacht topple Southern Kings despite Peter Robb’s early red card

Connacht topple Southern Kings despite Peter Robb’s early red card

Connacht overcame an early Peter Robb red card to beat Southern Kings 29-19 in their Guinness PRO14 clash in Port Elizabeth.

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Our backs are against the wall, says Friend

Our backs are against the wall, says Friend

Andy Friend says Connacht’s PRO14 play-off hopes are on a knife-edge and only a victory in South Africa will suffice.

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Munster play up Scarlets’ talents

Munster play up Scarlets’ talents

The Munster backroom team, and players, have been highlighting the talents of Scarlets, prior to this evening’s Guinness PRO14 opposition at Thomond Park (5pm).

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Hanrahan: Young guns keeping us on our toes

Hanrahan: Young guns keeping us on our toes

JJ Hanrahan admits that Munster’s young guns are keeping the established players on their toes.

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Cullen backs Sexton to prove worth as Ireland captain

Leo Cullen insists Johnny Sexton will prove his worth as Ireland captain, and has backed his out-half to come back stronger after last Sunday’s Six Nations defeat to England.

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Liam Williams makes early return to Scarlets from Saracens

Liam Williams makes early return to Scarlets from Saracens

Wales international Liam Williams will rejoin the Scarlets from Saracens earlier than initially expected.

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Former Munster scrum-half Alby Mathewson to join Ulster

Former Munster scrum-half Alby Mathewson to join Ulster

An experienced player in both hemispheres, Mathewson has lined out for the Hurricanes, Blues, Western Force and Toulon.

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Scarlets swat Southern Kings aside with six-try salvo

Scarlets swat Southern Kings aside with six-try salvo

Scarlets solidified their hold on a play-off spot in Conference B of the Guinness PRO14 with a 36-17 bonus-point victory over the Southern Kings.

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Blues surge in second half to stay in play-off contention

Blues surge in second half to stay in play-off contention

Cardiff Blues staged a remarkable second-half comeback to beat Benetton 34-24 and keep their Pro 14 play-off hopes alive.

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Edinburgh put 40 points on Connacht to maintain unbeaten home run

Edinburgh put 40 points on Connacht to maintain unbeaten home run

The result keeps Richard Cockerill’s men at the top of Conference B and on track for a play-off spot.

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Leinster win at Ospreys to maintain unbeaten PRO14 record

Leinster win at Ospreys to maintain unbeaten PRO14 record

Leinster maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 21-13 victory over Ospreys at the Gnoll in Neath.

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Dave Heffernan stars as Connacht ease to victory over Cardiff Blues

Dave Heffernan stars as Connacht ease to victory over Cardiff Blues

Ireland hooker Dave Heffernan delivered a man-of-the-match performance as Connacht ran out 29-0 bonus-point winners over Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground.

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Edinburgh see off Scarlets to return to top

Edinburgh see off Scarlets to return to top

Edinburgh went back to the top of Guinness PRO14 Conference B after putting in a strong defensive effort to stop Scarlets in a hard-fought 14-9 win at Parc-y-Scarlets.

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Ospreys hold off Ulster fightback

Ospreys hold off Ulster fightback

Hooker Scott Otten crossed for two tries as Ospreys celebrated only their second Guinness Pro14 victory of the season as they edged out Ulster 26-24 at a rain-swept Liberty Stadium.

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Leaders Leinster storm to victory over Cheetahs

Leaders Leinster storm to victory over Cheetahs

Conference A leaders Leinster continued their unbeaten season with a 36-12 bonus-point win over Cheetahs at a rain-lashed RDS.

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Formidable back-up cast underlines Leinster strength

Formidable back-up cast underlines Leinster strength

THE RDS promises to deliver more than the usual fare tomorrow for a Six Nations down-week.

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Reluctant return of Ireland players boosts Connacht

Reluctant return of Ireland players boosts Connacht

On the one hand, Andy Friend is delighted that only Bundee Aki is missing on Six Nations duty as Connacht prepare for a real 10-pointer against a Cardiff Blues side who are just below them in the table.

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Risk of Ospreys defeat not unsettling Ulster boss McFarland

Risk of Ospreys defeat not unsettling Ulster boss McFarland

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland accepts it “won’t be the end of the world” if his team slip up and lose a game over the next few weeks.

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John Hodnett latest to fly west Cork flag with Munster

John Hodnett latest to fly west Cork flag with Munster

Further evidence of the influence of West Cork rugby in the Munster team has come with the inclusion of Rosscarbery flanker John Hodnett for his first Guinness Pro 14 start — against South African side Southern Kings — at Musgrave Park this evening, kick-off 7. 35.

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Johann van Graan gives Cork's John Hodnett his Munster debut in PRO14

Johann van Graan gives Cork's John Hodnett his Munster debut in PRO14

The Munster side to take on Southern Kings at Musgrave Park at 7.35pm tomorrow night in the Guinness PRO14 has been named.

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Leinster obliterate Connacht: The game in 60 seconds

Leinster obliterate Connacht: The game in 60 seconds

A grim night for the visitors to the RDS. And it could have been much worse.

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Graham at the double as Edinburgh level up 1872 Cup series

Graham at the double as Edinburgh level up 1872 Cup series

Darcy Graham scored a sensational double as Edinburgh triumphed 29-19 in a Murrayfield thriller to square up their 1872 Cup series at one win apiece with Glasgow.

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Van Graan: 'We didn't start the game well enough'

Van Graan: 'We didn't start the game well enough'

Johann van Graan was left to rue Munster’s failure to break down Leinster’s defences as Leo Cullen’s defending champions continued their 100 per cent start to the Guinness PRO14 campaign with a hard-fought victory at Thomond Park.

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Game in 60 seconds: Leinster continue unbeaten start to Pro14 title defence

Game in 60 seconds: Leinster continue unbeaten start to Pro14 title defence

With the clock ticking and Munster trailing 13-6, the home side won a crucial penalty inside the Leinster 22 after a sustained period of pressure and kicked for the corner.

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Benetton Treviso get better of Zebre despite Juan Ignacio Brex’s early red card

Benetton Treviso get better of Zebre despite Juan Ignacio Brex’s early red card

Hooker Hame Faiva scored a hat-trick of tries as Benetton Treviso overcame the early dismissal of Juan Ignacio Brex to gain a 36-25 win over Zebre in the Guinness Pro14 clash at Stadio Monigo.

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Five-try Ulster thrash Connacht

Five-try Ulster thrash Connacht

Ulster scored five tries to beat Connacht 35-3 in the PRO14 derby at Kingspan Stadium tonight.

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Former Ospreys boss Steve Tandy joins Scotland as defence coach

Former Ospreys boss Steve Tandy joins Scotland as defence coach

Tandy replaces Australia-bound Matt Taylor and former France prop Pieter De Villiers joins as scrum coach on a short-term contract.

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Ulster’s Addison back in time for derby against Connacht

Ulster’s Addison back in time for derby against Connacht

Will Addison returns from a four-week suspension for Ulster who are on a mission to avenge last year’s home loss to Connacht.

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Quinn Roux braced for ‘tough’ night in Belfast

Quinn Roux braced for ‘tough’ night in Belfast

Quinn Roux knows that Ulster will be gunning for them on Friday night as they are the last team to have defeated them at Kingspan Stadium.

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Joey Carbery may make seasonal debut against Leinster

Joey Carbery may make seasonal debut against Leinster

Johann van Graan hopes Joey Carbery will play his first game for Munster this season when they take on Leinster at Thomond Park on Saturday.

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Van Graan hails Casey performance

Van Graan hails Casey performance

Munster coach said that 20-year old scrum-half Craig Casey has a bright career in front of him after an impressive first start.

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Friend: We reached new level against Gloucester

Friend: We reached new level against Gloucester

Connacht coach Andy Friend said the precision which saw them conjure up a last-gasp winner against Gloucester last week is the standard they aspire to.

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Larkham content to work around Munster's marquee absences

Larkham content to work around Munster's marquee absences

Stephen Larkham is still finding his feet in Munster but he could hardly have picked a more difficult time to come on board given the disruption caused by the World Cup.

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Friend: Champions Cup hopes hinge on Gloucester battle

Friend: Champions Cup hopes hinge on Gloucester battle

Connacht produced a frustrating and sloppy performance on their way to a bonus point victory over Southern Kings in the PRO14 on Saturday.

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Ulster blow away Scarlets with impressive first-half display

Ulster blow away Scarlets with impressive first-half display

Ulster ran in five tries to claim a bonus-point 29-5 home victory over the Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14.

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Edinburgh experience too much as youthful Munster lose out

Edinburgh experience too much as youthful Munster lose out

Munster’s much-changed side grew into this Pro14 game at Musgrave Park but ultimately the experience in the Edinburgh starting XV was too much for Johann van Graan’s men.

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Glasgow announce replacement for Dave Rennie when he takes Australia job next summer

Glasgow announce replacement for Dave Rennie when he takes Australia job next summer

Scotland assistant coach Danny Wilson will take charge of Glasgow at the end of the season when current boss Dave Rennie departs for Australia, the Guinness PRO14 side have announced.

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Andrew Conway’s try helps Munster to victory over Ulster

Andrew Conway’s try helps Munster to victory over Ulster

Andrew Conway provided a match-winning try of real class as Munster battled past Ulster in a 22-16 Guinness PRO14 derby win at Thomond Park.

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Cardiff Blues get back to winning ways

Cardiff Blues get back to winning ways

Cardiff Blues ended their four-game winless run in the Guinness PRO14 with a 30-17 victory over the 14-man Cheetahs.

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Horne at the double as Glasgow sweep aside Zebre

Horne at the double as Glasgow sweep aside Zebre

George Horne crossed for two first-half tries as Glasgow eased to a 31-7 Guinness PRO14 victory over Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

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James Hook missed penalties cost Ospreys victory

James Hook missed penalties cost Ospreys victory

Ospreys replacement fly-half James Hook missed two late penalties as Southern Kings hung on to register a 16-14 victory – their first Guinness Pro14 win of the season.

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Leinster end Connacht's four-game winning run with six-try thrashing

Leinster end Connacht's four-game winning run with six-try thrashing

Leinster warmed up for next week’s Champions Cup match with a clinical 42-11 PRO14 derby win over Connacht at the Sportsground tonight.

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Ulster up to second after seeing off Zebre

Ulster up to second after seeing off Zebre

Ulster made it four wins from five games in the Guinness PRO14 to move up to second in Conference A after a hard-fought 22-7 win over Zebre at a rain-drenched Kingspan Stadium.

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Leinster rack up 50 points against Dragons to maintain perfect PRO14 start

Leinster rack up 50 points against Dragons to maintain perfect PRO14 start

Dave Kearney and James Lowe both touched down twice as defending champions Leinster ran out 50-15 bonus point winners over Dragons in rain-soaked conditions to maintain their perfect Guinness PRO14 record.

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Cullen: 'Dev’ wants to be remembered for what he does next'

Cullen: 'Dev’ wants to be remembered for what he does next'

Leinster will field something old and something new as they attempt to maintain the only 100% record in this season’s PRO14 tonight (7.35pm).

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Cooney hopes for a new chapter after his World Cup heartbreak

Cooney hopes for a new chapter after his World Cup heartbreak

John Cooney has put his World Cup omission behind him, and is focused now on impressing new Ireland head coach Andy Farrell with good displays for Ulster over the coming months.

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Munster must discover their rhythm again, says van Graan

Munster must discover their rhythm again, says van Graan

World Cup demands deprive both Munster and Ospreys of the majority of their top players when they meet in the Guinness PRO14 at Musgrave Park tonight.

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Leinster let rip against Edinburgh

Leinster let rip against Edinburgh

Leinster strung together four second-half tries as they handed Edinburgh a 40-14 defeat at the RDS Main Arena that ended the Scots’ winning start to the Guinness PRO14 season.

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Cloete injury blow as Munster face tough Cheetahs test

Munster claimed a second bonus-point victory in a week as their perfect start to the PRO14 season continued in Port Elizabeth against Southern Kings.

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Scarlets deliver a winning start for Mooar with win over Connacht

Scarlets deliver a winning start for Mooar with win over Connacht

Scarlets opened their Guinness Pro14 campaign with a hard fought victory in the torrential rain at Parc Y Scarlets.

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Gilroy double helps Ulster kick off PRO14 campaign with Ospreys win

Gilroy double helps Ulster kick off PRO14 campaign with Ospreys win

The home side also claimed tries from back-rower Greg Jones and full-back Matt Faddes, the new signing from New Zealand who crossed on his competitive debut for the Irish province.

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Glasgow suffer heavy defeat to Cheetahs in PRO14 opener

Glasgow suffer heavy defeat to Cheetahs in PRO14 opener

Glasgow Warriors counted the cost of missing World Cup stars as their Guinness PRO14 campaign opened with a 48-14 defeat to the Cheetahs.

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I’ve been there: Cullen counsels ‘grieving’ Toner

I’ve been there: Cullen counsels ‘grieving’ Toner

Leo Cullen has told Devin Toner that the best way to shake off his World Cup disappointment is to ‘play the house down’ for Leinster.

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Cardiff City Stadium to stage 2020 Guinness PRO14 final

Cardiff City Stadium to stage 2020 Guinness PRO14 final

Cardiff City Stadium will host the 2020 Guinness PRO14 final.

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