Pro12: Complete Contrasts

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Is it any coincidence that the Ospreys’ poor start to the season coincides with the fact they’ve lost 11 players to the Rugby World Cup and a handful to injury? Granted having to play both Ulster and Munster in the opening two weeks of the season isn’t an easy prospect, but you’d still back a […] READ MORE


Ireland Cruise to Victory Infront of Record Crowds

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It was almost given that Ireland were going to win this (Japan beating South Africa was the a big enough shock) so it was just a question of by how many points. Irish ran the ball but a slip through the hands gave Romania’s Calafeteanu an interception, allowing the underdogs their first feel of the […] READ MORE


Munster Season Preview

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Munster go into a season for the first time in 14 years without Paul O’Connell as part of their squad. O’Connell, who is about to captain Ireland in the World Cup has joined the Galacticos at Toulon on a two year deal.  Anthony Foley has a major job on his hands to try and fill […] READ MORE


Ireland Announce 31 Man World Cup Squad

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Ireland have announced their 31 man squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup which begins in just over two weeks time. Joe Schmidt has confirmed widespread rumours that winger Andrew Trimble has failed to secure a place in the squad after a toe injury at the start of this year. Despite returning to training, the […] READ MORE


Paul O’Connell: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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Paul O’Connell. Well what can i say about a person that hasn’t already been mentioned. I can only use words that enter my brain straight away whenever i hear his name. Words like Legend, Colossal, Hero, Brave, Respect, Strong and Leader immediately spring to mind. Athletic is another that fits very well in the vocab […] READ MORE


Absolute Flanker Rugby Podcast 16 June 2015

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Absolute Flanker is the Rugby radio show covering all things in the Northern Hemisphere, from domestic and European club rugby to the Six Nations and the World Cup. Join Jack, Molly and Rob every week on Last Word Radio. Also follow us on twitter at @LWOSFlanker and like ourFacebook Page for all the latest news […] READ MORE





Irish Provinces Review after Week 22 of Pro 12

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Week 22 of Pro 12 saw Munster secure a second place finish and a home semi-final with a convincing win over Newport Gwent Dragons. An understrength Ulster lost against Glasgow Warriors. Leinster finished their season with an away win in Edinburgh while Connacht’s top six hopes ended as they lost to the Ospreys at the […] READ MORE