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Leinster Fail to Win Third Pro 14 Game in a Row

Leinster lost to Glasgow on Saturday afternoon to make it two losses and a draw in their last three Pro 14 matches

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Leinster fell to a second defeat in three Pro 14 games as they were defeated 39-24 by Glasgow Warriors at the RDS on Saturday.

The result now means that in Leinster’s past three Pro 14 games they have lost two and drawn the other and that they head into next weekend’s Champions Cup semi-final with Toulouse on the back of a loss.

Leinster were hindered early on as they lost fly-half Ross Byrne to a fourth minute yellow card as he tackled Tommy Seymour without the ball. Adam Hastings got the visitors up and running with the penalty.

Despite the home side being a man down they decided to go for the corner with a penalty and were rewarded when Dave Kearney stepped inside Stuart Hogg to touch down out wide. Joe Tomane was unsuccessful with the conversion, but it pushed them 5-3 ahead.

Hastings knocked Glasgow back in front with a penalty moments later and their lead was increased when Ali Price broke through the defence and offloaded to Sam Johnson who scored the try. Hastings added the extras and suddenly it was 13-5 to Glasgow.

Leinster responded well and with four minutes to go until the half-time whistle Rob Kearney scored his first try for club or country in 53 appearances. Byrne slotted the conversion over and there was only a point between the sides.

However, Leinster failed to hold out until the whistle as Seymour was sent over by Hastings. He missed the conversion this time around, but it meant the score was 18-12 to the away team at half-time.

Cian Healy, Sean Cronin and Tadhg Furlong were introduced for Leinster and made an immediate impact as Healy burst holes in the Glasgow defence before Rob Kearney got in for his second try. Byrne put Leinster ahead with the kick.

Things got better for Leinster as Jordan Larmour used his dancing feet to create space and Rob Kearney got through before passing to brother Dave for his second try of the game. The conversion was missed but Leinster held a 24-18 lead.

Leinster’s evening began to fall apart within a minute of the score as Furlong was forced off with a knee injury and a Matt Fagerson coverted try put Glasgow 25-24 ahead.

Zander Fagerson secured the bonus-point for Glasgow as he burrowed his way over and the Hastings kick made it 32-24.

George Horne finished the job for the visitors with a fifth and final try of the afternoon. Hastings was again perfect from the tee to make it 39-24 to Glasgow and that’s how it ended.

The positives from the match for Leinster were that the returning Robbie Henshaw and Devon Toner had very good showings and Leo Cullen confirmed that Johnny Sexton will be available for next weeks game.

They will have to wait however to discover the extent of Furlong’s knee injury.

The win means that Glasgow head into the final round of fixtures at the top of Conference A and in pole position for a home semi-final. On the other hand, Leinster will have to improve greatly if they are to progress from their Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse next Sunday.

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Vodacom URC and CVC shining a light on Community Upliftment Projects

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The Vodacom United Rugby Championship are launching the URC Unity Awards on Tuesday, to recognise the great work done by players and teams within their communities and for charitable causes.

Rugby World Cup final referee Nigel Owens will be part of the judging panel that will consider the candidates and come up with two worthy winners.

The Unity Awards, which are sponsored by the CVC Foundation, are associated with Vodacom URC’s Take on Tomorrow campaign, which looks to inspire change through the power of rugby and acknowledge the impact players and teams from the 16-side league make off the field.

The programme oversees projects aimed at engaging directly with communities across the five Vodacom URC territories – Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and South Africa.

To shine a light on the work players and teams are doing to uplift their communities and support their chosen charities, the Vodacom URC has now introduced the following Unity Awards.

  • The Difference Maker Award – presented to the player who has been recognised for outstanding commitment to a charitable or social cause.
  • The Community Impact Award – presented to the team whose community programme has been recognised for its impact in their region/province.

The winners of these awards will receive £5,000 from CVC Foundation to donate to their cause of choice (player) or to invest in their community programme (team).

As well as Nigel Owens, the independent judging panel is a dedicated group that also features Jane Howard, CSR Manager at CVC, Sports Broadcaster Emma Dodds and URC Head of Operations Amy Monaghan.

CVC CSR Manager Jane Howard said: “The CVC Foundation is delighted to be able to support the Vodacom United Rugby Championship in their efforts to shine a light on the incredible work the clubs and players are doing to make an impact in their communities.

“As a member on the Judging Panel, I have read through the submissions and have been so impressed by the incredible work being done. CVC applauds the Vodacom URC clubs and players in their efforts.”

The nominees for the awards will be announced on Tuesday, 6 December, with the winners to be revealed on Wednesday, 21 December. The award presentation to the winning club and player will then take place ahead of Christmas derby games in Round 10.

United Rugby Championship CEO Martin Anayi said: “We are acutely aware of the fantastic community programmes that our clubs have established locally and the deserving causes that our players contribute to as well. As a league, our mission is to celebrate and highlight their successes across our platforms so that our fans can appreciate their impact away from the pitch.”

About Take On Tomorrow

The Take on Tomorrow programme is inspired by the mission to celebrate the diversity and national cultures of the URC while using the league’s platform to champion for a healthier, stronger, unified next generation. 

The programme will advance and celebrate the power of URC rugby as a tool for social change by using our international platform to support the efforts of clubs, players, fans and leading charities as they change lives of young people across the five territories in which we play.

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Hooker Roberts joins tour in South Africa

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Wales international hooker Bradley Roberts has officially linked up with the Dragons RFC tour party in South Africa.

Roberts, who featured for Wales in the international Test with Georgia this autumn, flew out to link-up with the Men of Gwent on Monday.

Dragons have now travelled south as they prepare to face reigning champions the DHL Stormers in Round 9 of the BKT United Rugby Championship this Saturday afternoon (kick-off 12noon UK).

Head Coach Dai Flanagan said: “Bradley met up with the squad in Johannesburg and joined us on the flight to Port Elizabeth. He will be around the match day squad.

“It’s great to have him with us. The more quality players we can have around the group the better and we expect a few more to join us for the European game.

“Several boys were involved in three or four games for Wales so it’s important they get some down time.

“With the intensity of international rugby, we must manage them for the rest of the season.

“It’s the mental stress and expectation that takes it out of you so they will go away and take some time before they come back into the group in the coming weeks.”

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Squad Update | Preparations Begin For Edinburgh Away

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The Munster squad started preparations at the HPC today ahead of Friday night’s URC round 9 game away to Edinburgh at the Dam Health Stadium.

Along with the 23-man squad involved in the win over Connacht, there were 10 Munster players in AIL action for their clubs at the weekend.

Patrick Campbell, Conor Phillips, Eoin O’Connor, Dan Goggin and Fionn Gibbons featured for Young Munster in their win over Dublin University with Phillips scoring the match-winning try.

Ethan Coughlan and Kieran Ryan helped Shannon defeat UCD with Ryan touching down in the victory.

Jack Oliver was in action for Garryowen as they were defeated by Lansdowne.

In Division 1B, James French lined out for Highfield in their loss to Malone.

In Division 2A, Evan O’Connell was in action for UL Bohs as they were defeated by Blackrock College.

On the injury front, Mike Haley failed his HIA on Saturday night and will enter the graded return to play protocols.

Peter O’Mahony passed his HIA but was removed due to a facial/blood injury and will return to training this week.

Jack Crowley will go for a scan today for a lower leg/calf complaint.

Continuing to rehab: Conor Murray (groin), Stephen Archer (ankle), Tom Ahern (shoulder), RG Snyman (knee), Fineen Wycherley (shoulder), Paddy Kelly (head), Jack Daly (knee), Jack O’Sullivan (knee), Andrew Conway (knee), Keynan Knox (knee).

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Champions Cup Round 1

Sunday, December 11

Munster Rugby v Stade Toulousain, Thomond Park, 3.15pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 10

Monday, December 26

Munster v Leinster, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 12

Friday, January 6

Munster v Emirates Lions, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

Champions Cup Round 3

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Munster Rugby v Northampton Saints, Thomond Park, 3.15pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 14

Friday, February 17, 2023

Munster Rugby v Ospreys, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 15

Friday, March 3, 2023

Munster Rugby v Scarlets, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 16

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

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