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Munster won’t tread water, says departing Rassie Erasmus

Rassie Erasmus has dismissed the idea that his impending departure leaves Munster in limbo approaching the new season but accepts that some supporters would be justified in feeling let down by his decision to return to South Africa.

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Leinster’s early South African voyage a spanner in works for Leo Cullen

The complications involved in travelling to South Africa so early in the upcoming PRO14 season are already evident for Leinster coach Leo Cullen.

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PRO14 chief Martin Anayi envisages global game

PRO14 chief executive Martin Anayi believes the competition’s two new South African franchises should be embraced by the Champions Cup, but not until they prove themselves on the pitch in their new surroundings.

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Ireland must salvage World Cup qualification

Claire McLaughlin admits Ireland’s players have let themselves down at this World Cup but believes they can still salvage something from the wreckage.

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Erasmus already taking a back seat

Rassie Erasmus has broken his silence on the decision to quit Munster and return to South Africa, but when exactly that will be and who replaces him remain up in the air as the new season approaches.

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Donnacha Ryan set for quick Thomond return

Donnacha Ryan will join Ronan O’Gara as part of Racing 92’s contingent bidding to conquer fortress Thomond Park in Munster’s first home European fixture of the season, which was announced yesterday.

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Few positives amid gloom as Ireland again on back foot

Let’s start with a positive. Ireland scored four tries for the first time in the competition, but unfortunately once again failed to gain any traction in a tournament which has unravelled at an incredible rate.

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Ireland bid to banish RWC ‘hurt’

Ireland women’s rugby coach Tom Tierney claims he has not taken the criticism of him and his team’s displays personally despite the “hurt” of under-performing at this World Cup.

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Leinster back row Ruddock adapting to leadership role

Joe Schmidt decided Rhys Ruddock was the obvious man to be promoted from the ranks earlier this summer when the Lions expedition relieved him of his usual on-field generals for the tour to the USA and Japan.

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