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Lams to the Slaughter

What an incredible start to the season for the men from the west of Ireland. Connacht are playing the rugby of their lives, and deservedly sit atop the Pro12 table with 7 wins from 8 games. The highlight undoubtedly came last weekend when, for the first time in 29 years, Connacht emerged from Thomond Park with a victory. What this win meant to the players was evident from the unadulterated joy with which they celebrated the final whistle.

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The West’s Awake!

So the curtain has come down on 2014, and while Irish rugby is coming off a fantastic year, and is most certainly on the up as a whole under the stewardship of our man Joe, it is fair to say that there is a large sense of dissatisfaction permeating throughout the provinces of Ulster, Munster and Leinster. The new dawn of the Heineken European Rugby Champions Cup has been a resounding disaster for Ulster and Munster especially, and barring more January miracles à la Gloucester in 2003, and a large slice of lady luck, both squads will be left to rue costly defeats at home against French opposition. Continue reading