Guinness Pro14: What’s left to play for

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As 2020 hobbles to a close and 2021 hints at a better year, we look at what’s left of a discarded leftover from a time that seems long ago: the Guinness Pro14. The Pro12-cum-Pro14-cum-Pro12 again, began the 2020/21 season in October but in March it will end early, and the Rainbow Cup will begin April […] READ MORE


McInally sets sights on PRO14 Final after ‘turbulent’ 12 months

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Edinburgh captain Stuart McInally has set his sights on leading the club to their first-ever Guinness PRO14 Grand Final to end a whirlwind year. Twelve months ago, the hooker had been named to captain Scotland at the Rugby World Cup, but that campaign ended in the pool stages, and with McInally admitting afterwards he struggled […] READ MORE


Cockerill shakes off Edinburgh favourites tag ahead of PRO14 semi-final

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Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill believes his side are ready for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final, but dismissed they will be favourites to beat Ulster. The club will take its first steps into the PRO14 last four when they welcome Ulster to BT Murrayfield on Saturday evening, and Cockerill is looking forward to the occasion. “I’m […] READ MORE


The Leinster XV plying their trade outside the province 

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Leinster boast an embarrassment of riches in virtually all positions at present so it is no surprise that many promising players have left the province to find valuable game time elsewhere. Enda Fahy selects an alternative Leinster XV plying their trade outside Leinster, all of whom came through the Leinster sub-academy/academy (with the exception of […] READ MORE


Irish provinces finalising squads ahead of next season

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While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on all major rugby competitions across the globe, each of the four Irish provinces has been busy finalising their squads ahead of next season. Leinster have yet to confirm any new signings but head coach Leo Cullen recently suggested that the province will instead promote players from […] READ MORE


London Irish sponsorship deals threatened by Paddy Jackson signing

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A surprise announcement saw the London Irish English rugby club’s Guinness sponsorship agreement has been canceled, as a direct result of their signing of ‘under fire’ Irish player Paddy Jackson. 25-cap Irish International Paddy Jackson was at the center of court proceedings in 2016, with unproven allegations of rape now having a counter-effect on his […] READ MORE


Guinness PRO14 sides confirm their places in Playoffs

After a long, 21-round regular season, the leading Guinness PRO14 sides confirm their places in the Playoffs for the 2018/19 Celtic League title. Consisting of two Conference groups, the top four out of each have shown their credentials across the season. Home and Away games, including inter-conference fixtures, have all led to six teams inking […] READ MORE




Dan McFarland links up with Ulster

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With the announcement on Sunday that the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) had reached a mutual agreement, Dan McFarland began his role as Head Coach with Ulster Rugby last Monday. McFarland signed a three-year contract as Ulster’s new head coach back in April however, the SRU insisted that he […] READ MORE