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Leinster Beat Munster to Claim Final Spot

Leinster saw off Munster in the RDS to give themselves a chance of retaining their Pro 14 crown against Glasgow next weekend

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Leinster will face Glasgow Warriors in this seasons Pro 14 final after claiming a 24-9 win over rivals Munster in their semi-final at the RDS on Saturday afternoon. 

Tries from Sean Cronin and James Lowe helped the boys in blue to a much-needed win after last weekend’s demoralising Champions Cup final defeat to Saracens.

The win coupled with Glasgow’s 50-20 hammering of Ulster on Friday night means that it will be a Leinster and Glasgow final in Celtic Park next Saturday.

Leinster got off to the perfect start in their semi-final with Ross Byrne, who came in to replace Johnny Sexton, kicked a penalty within the opening two minutes to give Leinster a 3-0 lead.

However, Joey Carbery, making a return to his former club, slotted over a penalty of his own for Munster only three-minutes later to make it 3-3.

Munster hit the front when James Lowe was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on while Munster had a four man overlap on 24 minutes and the visitors had to settle for another three points from Carbery’s boot.

Leinster survived the ten minutes with only fourteen men without conceding any further scores and as Lowe returned to the field of play Byrne put them level with his second penalty.

It was the hosts who went in happier at half-time when Byrne knocked-over a penalty with the clock in red to make it 9-6 when the whistle blew.

It only looked like there would be one winner in the second-half as some early Leinster possession along with some poor defence from Munster led to Niall Scannell being yellow-carded.

Byrne made it four penalties from four on 45 minutes, and it was 12-6 in the hosts favour.

Carbery pulled three points back five-minutes later but that was as good as it got for the away side as within four minutes Leinster were over for the games opening try.

Some good build-up play allowed the ball to be spread out to the wide right, where it found the entire front-row as Cian Healy burst forward to pass to Tadhg Fulong, who in turn laid it on to Sean Cronin to barge his was over the whitewash.

Byrne converted and it was a 10-point game at 19-9.

Munster had promising territory over the next fifteen minutes but made nothing of it and it looked as though Leinster could break away for a try any time they got their hands on the ball.

However, it wasn’t until the final minute of play that Leinster would score again when some nice passing ended up with Lowe who battled past both Rory Scannell and Chris Farrell to touchdown in the left corner.

Substitute Sexton scuffed the conversion wide, but it meant very little as Leinster marched on to another final.

The win provided Leinster with the chance to gain back-to-back domestic titles next Saturday against Glasgow and they will be even more hungry for silverware having had their European crown taken away from them.


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Squad Update | Team News Ahead Of Zebre At Musgrave Park

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The Munster squad returned to training at the HPC today (Tuesday) ahead of Saturday’s BKT United Rugby Championship round 3 game against Zebre at Musgrave Park (5.05pm).

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Nine Munster players are in Bloemfontein with Emerging Ireland: Thomas Ahern, Diarmuid Barron, Jack Crowley, Shane Daly, Antoine Frisch, John Hodnett, Calvin Nash, Roman Salanoa and Josh Wycherley.

As confirmed by the IRFU at the weekend, Alex Kendellen has been ruled out of the Emerging Ireland tour and will complete his return-to-play protocols.

Injury Update in association with Laya Healthcare

Jean Kleyn sustained a concussion against Dragons on Sunday and will follow the graduated return-to-play protocols.

Peter O’Mahony (ankle) is expected to return to training later this week.

Keith Earls was removed with a suspected hamstring injury. He will be further assessed by the medical team this week.

In a positive update, Rory Scannell (nose) will return to squad training this week.

Unavailable: Gavin Coombes (groin), RG Snyman (knee), Jack Daly (knee), Andrew Conway (knee).

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Additional terracing confirmed for October interpros

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Following huge demand for tickets, Connacht Rugby can confirm that temporary terracing will be installed for both BKT United Rugby Championship interpros against Munster and Leinster next month.

The game against Munster on Friday 7th October is set to be a momentous occasion as the club plays its first fixture on the new state-of-the-art, artificial surface.

Just seven days later neighbours Leinster visit the West of Ireland, in what will be another crucial game in the context of the overall season.

The terraces will be located at the Bohermore and College Road ends of the ground, bringing the capacity of The Sportsground up to 8,129.

Tickets for both games are on sale now at connachtrugby.ie/tickets, and supporters are urged to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

We are also now offering our fans a special October Interpros bundle. This bundle will guarantee your place in The Sportsground for these can’t-miss October games.

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Academy Update | September 2022

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We spoke to Greencore Munster Rugby Academy Manager Ian Costello last week for the first update of the new season from the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy.

New recruits Fionn Gibbons, Darragh McSweeney, Evan O’Connell, Jack Oliver, Ruadhan Quinn and Kieran Ryan have all hit the ground running and seen game-time at various levels over the past number of weeks.

19-year-old second year Academy member and UCC clubman Edwin Edogbo made his senior debut against Dragons on Sunday becoming the first Cobh Pirates player to line out for Munster in the professional era. Edwin missed all of last year due to an achilles injury but impressed in pre-season and was rewarded with a debut in Wales.

Hear the latest from Costello below.

Munster A v Connacht A last week…

“It was a good run-out. They had played a game the week before and our game against Ulster had been cancelled so they were a bit more clinical.

“We dominated possession and territory but they were more accurate, we were a little bit rusty at key times but it was a good exercise overall.”

New recruits…

“Kieran Ryan and Darragh McSweeney, the two props, are getting on really well. Ruadhan Quinn obviously hit the ground running with 78 minutes against Gloucester in pre-season, which was great for him to get a senior run-out. Evan O’Connell was released back to the Munster U19s and he played the Interpros with them and they won two out of three.

“Jack Oliver played his first game for Munster in a long time against Connacht A and he had a club run-out with Garryowen the week before. It was his first time playing in seven months so it was great to have him back as well. Fionn Gibbons had his first run-out since joining us against Connacht too.”

Academy players Tony Butler, Edwin Edogbo, Cian Hurley, Daniel Okeke, Conor Phillips getting game-time in pre-season games…

“It’s fantastic. And to have so many players away with Emerging Ireland now, it gives our lads the chance to push for a squad spot in the URC for the next three games.

“We’ll be stretched a bit at senior level with the 10 guys selected for Emerging Ireland so we’d be hopeful there will be a couple of Academy players in the mix over the next couple of weeks and anyone who isn’t in the mix will be playing with their club.

“On the injury front, Patrick Campbell (toe) was injured with the Ireland U20s over the summer and he’s a couple of weeks away.

“Daniel Okeke tweaked his hamstring in the A game last weekend so hopefully he won’t be out for too long.”

AIL season kicking off this weekend…

“The players will all go back to their clubs this week and hopefully the majority of the lads will be playing in AIL round one, if they’re not involved in the URC.

“We have been drip-feeding the lads back with their clubs so a number of guys have been training with their clubs over the last few Tuesdays so we try to keep them connected to their club as much as possible.”

Summer training camps for underage sides…

“We had a residential camp in UL over the summer. We put a lot of time, effort and resources into a three-week residential camp. We brought 15 under-20 players to train with the U19s. The U20s don’t have an Interprovincial tournament so they’re essentially the guys we’re looking at to move onto the next level. Guys like Daniel Hurley trained with them, he’s back from a cruciate injury, Shay McCarthy who had gone away with the Ireland U20s…these are the kind of guys we’re looking at long-term as well.

“We brought that group of 15 to train with 30 U19s so that was class. Off the back of those training camps, the Munster U18s won the Interpros, the U19s won two out of three so there’s a lot of good players emerging out of that and it was good to validate it with winning an Interpro as well.”

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