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Jack O’Donoghue is on a mission

Jack O’Donoghue may be an international back row in his own right but you can understand his desire to make a mark in Italy this weekend before CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony make their returns from Ireland duty.

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Has Rassie Erasmus hooked a Shark with bite?

Rassie Erasmus struck gold when he captured Jaco Taute on a short-term loan from the Stormers, but is it too much to expect Jean Deysel to make a similar impact during his limited time at Munster?

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Cian Healy: It burns that we didn’t win the Six Nations

Through much of Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, there was plenty of emotion on the pitch, but a lack of emotion off it.

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Philip Browne: Irish focus solely on 2023 bid

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne has refused to countenance whether the union would regroup and launch a fresh bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup in the event that its bid to play host to the 2023 tournament fails to get the go-ahead later this year.

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Pat Lam: Kieran Marmion showed how to grasp an opportunity

Connacht coach Pat Lam has praised scrum-half Kieran Marmion’s persistence and says he is the perfect example of how to break into the Irish set-up.

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Never-say-die Christian Brothers College strike late

CBC 21 Crescent CC 19: Ultimately, it came down to a kick of a ball in this exciting Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup final at Musgrave Park yesterday.

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Kieran Campbell names squad for Ireland’s clash with Japan

Some 20 clubs and schools feature in the Ireland U19 squad to face Japan U19s at Donnybrook on Saturday (4.30pm).

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VIDEO: Christians strike late to win thrilling Junior Cup final

Christian Brothers College Cork grabbed a last minute victory over holders Crescent College Comprehensive in a pulsating Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup final at Musgrave Park today.

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Ronan O’Mahony: ‘You want to give Rassie a headache as regards selection’

Munster’s leading try scorer may have a new contract in his back pocket but as the province’s Ireland stars return from the Six Nations campaign, Ronan O’Mahony knows he has to keep proving his worth.

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Dave Foley on his way to club Pau

Injured second-row Dave Foley has played his last game for Munster after the province revealed he will be joining French Top14 club Pau at the end of the season.

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No hard feelings Joe Schmidt, says Mike Ross

There were no ‘one more year’ chants, no #thanksRossy sponsor’s hashtag, just a phone call.

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Pat Lam: No pressure on out-half Marnitz Boshoff after death of father

Connacht coach Pat Lam says Springbok out-half Marnitz Boshoff will be given as much time as he needs following the tragic death of his father in South Africa last weekend.

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