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Lee-Lo determined to repay Blue and Black faithful



Rey Lee-Lo is determined to repay the faith of the Cardiff Arms Park crowd as the Blue and Blacks host the Scarlets this Saturday (17:15).

Cardiff, who lead the way in the BKT United Rugby Championship Welsh Shield, take on the Llanelli-club just six days after slipping to a slender defeat to the Ospreys.

12,125 supporters packed into the iconic ground on New Year’s Day and another bumper crowd is expected for the visit of Scarlets.

Lee-Lo, who is bearing down on 150 appearances for the club, was bitterly disappointed to let the Ospreys encounter slip away but he is now eyeing the shot at redemption on Saturday.

He said: “We can’t take anything away from the Ospreys, they are a class team, especially their forward pack. The weather hurt us, it was wet and cold, which doesn’t suit our game – I think it’s the first time ever I’ve had to change my kit at half-time!

“They are a good team but we just have to crack on and we have another game this week. It’s another derby, the Scarlets so it’s a big one again for us. We owe our family, friends and fans after last week’s performance so I’m looking forward to it.

“They always tend to be close games, they have some very good players, world class players so it should be a really good game. 

“It’s always special to play at the Arms Park. It’s probably one of the best stadiums out there because you are so close to the pitch and you can hear everything – we owe that crowd and ourselves one this week against Scarlets.”

Lee-Lo has always enjoyed playing against the Scarlets, it is a game that is usually high-scoring and entertaining and more often than not the Samoan centre has been in the thick of it.

He is enjoying a rich vein of form this season, and continues to add to his reputation as one of the most influential and consistent players in the URC despite his age.

Cardiff’s young centres are keeping him on his toes but he also has the added inspiration of a newborn son, who continues to drive him on. 

He added: “It’s been good this year. It’s more a case of looking after my body, I have been in the game so long now that i’ve got to know my body and what I need to do to make sure I’m ready to go on a Saturday and can help the boys. 

“The young boys around the camp are also putting pressure on us old heads to crack on. We try to help them at the same time so it’s good at the moment. 

“It’s just being able to relax before the game and pre-game, I normally eat very strictly healthy but I’ve tried to chill out a little bit and to have a bit more fun. Having the kids in the house also helps take my mind off rugby and then when it comes to the game, like all the boys here, you play for your family and the fans.

“I’ve just had a newborn son as well so that pushes me on even more.”

And what about his son’s name? RJ Isiah Ulisi Wyn Lee-Lo.

“His name is RJ (Rey Junior) after me, Isiah, which is my nephew back home who passed away a few months ago, then Ulisi after Willis and my daughter gave him a third Welsh middle-name, Wyn. So it’s quite a long name!

“Being with Willis from back home and then here, it was a no brainer for me. He’s a close friend, pretty much a brother to me and his family are family to me.” 

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Fourie and Orie return for Vodacom URC Grand Final



Springbok forwards Deon Fourie and Marvin Orie make their return to the DHL Stormers team for the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final against Munster at DHL Stadium on Saturday.

Both players missed the semifinal due to injury, but will take their places in the DHL Stormers starting line-up for the showpiece match, which kicks off at 18h30 on Saturday.

Tickets for this match sold out in a matter of hours last week, so there will be a capacity crowd and heavy traffic congestion in the area. Please plan to get to DHL Stadium at least three hours before kick-off.

Spectators are urged to park remotely and catch a free MyCiTi bus from the UCT, Century City, CTICC or Civic Centre and Thibault Square bus stations

Gates at DHL Stadium open at 15h30 ahead of kick-off at 18h30. The beer garden in the stadium will be open both before and after the game with a DJ playing live and plenty of activations for fans inside the stadium, so get there early to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. CLICK HERE for all you need to know ahead of the game.

The backline that started in the semifinal win against Connacht is unchanged, with Clayton Blommetjies on the bench in place of the injured Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu.

Fourie and Orie come in, which means that hooker Joseph Dweba and lock Ruben van Heerden are the only starting forwards that did not feature in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand Final at DHL Stadium last season.

DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that it is a major boost to have the likes of Fourie and Orie back for the Grand Final.

“Both Deon and Marvin have been outstanding for us this season and they will add a lot both in terms of their ability and leadership on Saturday.

“We have a lot of respect for Munster, the truth is that we have never beaten them, so while we are thrilled to be playing at home we know it will be a big challenge against a good team.

“This will be the biggest crowd for any DHL Stormers match and it should be an amazing occasion for the team, our passionate supporters and the city of Cape Town.

“We are so grateful for the support that we enjoy and what this team means to so many people. We will do our best to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy every moment and play the kind of rugby that got us here,” he said.

DHL Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Replacements: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ben-Jason Dixon, 20 Willie Engelbrecht, 21 Marcel Theunissen, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Clayton Blommetjies.

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Munster Rugby Departing Players Confirmed



Munster Rugby can confirm the full list of players who will depart the province at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

It was confirmed earlier this season that Malakai Fekitoa (Benetton) and Ben Healy (Edinburgh) will join new clubs ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Additionally, we can confirm that Liam O’Connor, Eoin O’Connor, Paddy Kelly, Oli Morris and Academy player Conor Phillips have completed their time at the province.

Eoin O’Connor will move abroad for a new playing opportunity.

Liam O’Connor has been advised to retire on medical grounds following successful surgery for a recent neck injury.

Paddy Kelly has retired from professional rugby on medical grounds due to a concussion sustained earlier in the season.

Paddy has received specialist medical care since the concussion, and despite all efforts, the decision to retire was made in the best interests of his long-term health.

Prop Liam O’Connor made 34 Munster appearances since his debut against Stade Francais in the Champions Cup in January 2016.

A product of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy and former CBC student, O’Connor won the British & Irish Cup with Munster A in 2017.

He made 11 appearances in the first 12 games of the 2017/18 campaign but sustained a long-term knee injury against Ospreys in December 2017.

The Cork Constitution clubman helped Munster to a memorable victory over South Africa A at Páirc Uí Chaoimh earlier this season.

Eoin O’Connor came up through the Academy and was one of 12 players to make their senior Munster debuts in the Champions Cup win over Wasps in December 2021.

The former Waterpark RFC man moved up to the senior squad ahead of the 2022/23 season and made four senior appearances for Munster.

He has featured extensively for Young Munster in the AIL over the past number of years.

A former St Munchin’s College student, lock Paddy Kelly departs after one year as part of the senior squad having come through the Academy.

Centre Oli Morris departs after joining Munster in October when Worcester Warriors went into administration.

Winger Phillips departs after three years in the Academy that included two senior appearances. A former Crescent College student, he is also an Ireland 7s international and plays his club rugby with Young Munster.

Chris Farrell, James French and Dan Goggin all departed for new playing opportunities earlier this season.

A big thanks to all of our departing players for their contributions to Munster Rugby and we wish them all the best for the future.

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Munster v Barbarians Double-Header At Thomond Park



Munster Rugby will face the Barbarians at Thomond Park in a historic double-header for the province with the women’s and men’s squads facing respective invitational sides on Saturday, September 30.

The current Interprovincial Champions will get the action underway at 2pm while the men’s side will kick-off at 4.30pm.

A festival of rugby awaits in what will be a great family occasion for the Limerick venue, having last hosted the Barbarians in November 2017. It was on the same day that history was created as the first-ever Barbarian’s women’s fixture took place, with Munster providing the opposition.

While this will be the first time the men’s sides face each other, the world’s most famous invitation side previously played Tonga and Ireland on their visits to Thomond Park.

The occasion will see players secure valuable game-time ahead of the respective club seasons commencing with an exciting showcase of attacking, adventurous rugby in store for supporters.


Enjoy a fun-filled day of rugby at Thomond Park with double the action and double the value with our Family ticket packs starting from €40 for 2 Adults and 2 Children.

2023/24 MRSC members and 10-Year Ticket Holders will receive a 10% discount on all ticket categories for a limited time with further details emailed to priority groups.

Tickets are available to buy online here, or from the ticket offices at Musgrave Park and Thomond Park.

Season Tickets & MRSC Memberships for next season are available here.

Did you know?

October 17, 2009: Thomond Park previously hosted a provincial double-header with the women’s squad playing Ulster in the Interpros and the men’s squad playing Benetton Treviso in the Heineken Cup.

November 10, 2017: Thomond Park hosted a historic double-header of Barbarians matches with the Baa-baas men’s and women’s sides facing Tonga and Munster respectively.

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