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My best XV of the Heineken Cup

The other day The Guardian named their best XV of the past 20 years of European club rugby [see here]. Their only criteria were that candidates must have made “a significant tournament impact” as well as featured in at least one final. 3,255 more words

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Welsh Rugby Union team are Cheats

I have watched International Rugby Union for a number of years. Admittedly, I do support Scotland and Ireland but after a couple of events I support any team that is against Wales. 467 more words

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Late Late Madness

Friday nights for me used to be all about getting out of work, beautifying myself and going for a night out. These days, Fridays have become something different – getting home, a long soak in the bath, chilling on the couch in my pyjamas while watching TV. 787 more words

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The top 10 drop-goals in test rugby of the last 20 years

10.Rob Andrew, England vs Australia RWC Quarter-final 1995

I remember this game as being a very exciting , nail-biter of a match. At full time they were locked at 22-22 and in injury time… 1,279 more words

Why rugby needs to listen to Paul Kimmage

On Sunday 23rd November 2014, the Irish Sunday Independent published a piece by Paul Kimmage highlighting the issue of doping in rugby. The article focussed on the story and plight of former French international Laurent Bénézech, who was unsuccessfully sued by Provale (the French rugby players union) for defamation and who has recently released ‘ 1,326 more words

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#MunsterMemories

How lucky are we to have so many fantastic memories of players, games and people associated with Munster rugby through the years.  Stories of Miracle matches, “get out of jail” acts like the last-minute drop goal against Northampton at home and Zebo’s first hat trick against them away; that hit by the pack on Chabal or James Downey’s tackle on Mike Brown at the Stoop, the 1978 victory over the All Blacks, the 2008 Haka and the only try scored against the All Blacks in their Autumn tour that year by Barry Murphy, the drop goal brilliance of Paul Warrick…  The tales of the Red Army on their travels, securing tickets through any means available be it from the South of France for the finals versus Biarritz or Toulouse, in London for the quarter-final at the Stoop or turning Lansdowne Road red for the infamous 2006 semi-final when Leinster were officially the home team!  2,116 more words

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