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# rabodirect-pro12 - Today’s News

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# rabodirect-pro12 - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Ulster players enthused by Kiss appointment as unhappy Anscombe departs

The Australian may remain in charge of the province for the entire season.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Friday 6 June, 2014

Analysis: Offloading is a thrilling spectacle but high risks involved

We use GIFs and videos to look at Glasgow’s passing out of contact in the Pro12 final against Leinster.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

O’Connor: Leinster need ‘five or six players’ to challenge Toulon’s European dominance

The former Tigers coach has also promised his side will play ‘better footy’ over the next 12 months.

Blink and you’ll miss BOD in this time-lapse video of Leinster’s Pro12 win Rapid Rugby This post contains videos

Blink and you’ll miss BOD in this time-lapse video of Leinster’s Pro12 win

O’Driscoll only lasts three seconds in this recap of his final game. Leo Cullen gets six seconds.

‘Brian is leaving a few hints he might come back in some capacity’ – Cronin

The hooker is due for shoulder surgery but gave Ireland coach Joe Schmidt something to think about with a superb outing against Glasgow.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Monday 2 June, 2014

‘We went to Zebre and played in front of three people’ – Gopperth praises squad effort

The Leinster out-half believes Noel Reid and Brendan Macken have given fans a glimpse of the midfield future.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Sunday 1 June, 2014

Matt O’Connor’s attempts to make light of concussion come at exactly the wrong time Opinion This post contains videos

Matt O’Connor’s attempts to make light of concussion come at exactly the wrong time

The Leinster coach let his guard slip after watching his side win the RaboDirect Pro12 title.

Heaslip: Emotional Eoin O’Malley speech spurred Leinster to victory Inspiration This post contains videos

Heaslip: Emotional Eoin O’Malley speech spurred Leinster to victory

The Blues captain says his team’s title success is down to the entire squad and academy players.

‘Shit happens!’ Brian O’Driscoll sums up his final game perfectly

The retired centre paid tribute to outgoing club captain Leo Cullen too.

‘I’m sure I’ll be about the place. I’ll take anything’ – O’Driscoll waves goodbye, for now

The retired rugby legend says he will miss the Leinster supporters and the training ground camaraderie.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Saturday 31 May, 2014

Brian O’Driscoll’s ‘totes amazeballs’ final year in quotes Leaving A Winner This post contains videos

Brian O’Driscoll’s ‘totes amazeballs’ final year in quotes

Leinster and Ireland leading try-scorer called it a day at the RDS after the Pro12 Grand Final.

‘He won’t miss any more games, the injury isn’t that significant’ – O’Connor on BOD Off The Clock This post contains videos

‘He won’t miss any more games, the injury isn’t that significant’ – O’Connor on BOD

The Australian also joked that Leo Cullen should be fit enough to start coaching the forwards next season.

Early BOD blow not enough to derail clinical Leinster from retaining Pro12 crown

Leinster secured their second successive Pro12 title with a 22-point win over Glasgow Warriors.

As it happened: Leinster v Glasgow Warriors, RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final This Is It This post contains videos

As it happened: Leinster v Glasgow Warriors, RaboDirect Pro12 Grand Final

The final chapter of the long goodbye awaited and the Blues did not disappoint.

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‘Madigan is going to get better’ assures O’Connor as spurned out-half lies in wait

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend, meanwhile, insists Stuart Hogg will be at the Scottish club next season.

‘You gauge success by the trophies you win, don’t you?’ – Devin Toner

The lock is determined to give the likes of Brian O’Driscoll, Leo Cullen, Jono Gibbes and Greg Feek a winning send-off.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Friday 30 May, 2014

‘I don’t think we’re that sentimental a bunch’ – Leo Cullen ahead of Pro 12 final

Matt O’Connor is happy to have the ‘continuity’ of Jimmy Gopperth at 10, with ‘class’ to spring from the bench.

Analysis: Glasgow’s defence poses a direct challenge to Leinster’s crown

Matt O’Connor’s side will need to be at their attacking best to break down the most effective defence in the Pro12.

O’Driscoll starts for Leinster but O’Brien and Madigan named subs

Matt O’Connor has placed Zane Kirchner on the left wing after Dave Kearney’s season-ending injury.

‘There has been genuine growth in the group’ – Leinster coach Matt O’Connor

The Australian points to the fact that Leinster now have a ‘broader’ group heading into next season.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Thursday 29 May, 2014

‘Imitation is the best form of flattery’ – Kearney ready for Leinster-esque Warriors

‘Any time you play in a season and you don’t win trophies, it is a failure.’

# rabodirect-pro12 - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

Analysis: Added line speed moves Leinster’s defence in positive direction

Using GIFs and screenshots, we examine how Matt O’Connor has gone about changing the Leinster ‘D’.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

O’Connor can see ‘merit’ in handing Leinster’s 12 shirt to Ian Madigan

Mike McCarthy may return from a calf injury, as the head coach gets set for tough calls in the back row, front row and halfbacks.

This video should get you pumped up for Leinster’s Pro12 final against Glasgow

Slow-mo shots of Brian O’Driscoll delivering team talks to his Leinster teammates? We’re sold…

# rabodirect-pro12 - Monday 26 May, 2014

TheScore.ie’s end-of-season rugby awards bonanza

With finals in France, England and the Pro12 bringing the curtain down on the club season this weekend, it’s time to give credit where it’s due.

Will we ever see the impulsive, electric likes of Brian O’Driscoll again? 13

Will we ever see the impulsive, electric likes of Brian O’Driscoll again?

We spoke with the outside centre’s Leinster and Ireland teammate Fergus McFadden, and old rival Paul Warwick, on rugby post-BOD.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Thursday 22 May, 2014

Edinburgh sign up Irish prop John Andress on two-year deal

The former Ulster and Ireland A forward has made the switch from Worcester Warriors.

Munster old guard’s fresh start after ‘frustrating’ two seasons under Penney

Former Munster flanker David Wallace believes Brian ‘Squeaky’ Walsh will bring dynamism to a backline in need of a boost.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Wednesday 21 May, 2014

Ian Madigan can bin Lonely Planet’s guide to Romania… he’s off to Argentina

Ulster out-half Paddy Jackson limped out of his team’s Pro12 semi-final loss to Leinster at the weekend.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

Leinster’s Kearney out for up to five months after cruciate ligament tear Acl

Leinster’s Kearney out for up to five months after cruciate ligament tear

More positively, Brian O’Driscoll and Fergus McFadden are due back in training on Thursday.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Monday 19 May, 2014

Welsh regions set for financial boost with BT Sport’s blanket sponsorship

The Cardiff Blues’ home stadium will now be known as ”BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park’.

Muller may make move into coaching after a year back on the farm

The lock has already declined offers in favour of enjoying some well-deserved R&R in the Southern Cape.

Leinster contemplate teaming up Gopperth and Madigan in Pro12 final

Head coach Matt O’Connor was open to the suggestion that the Irish out-half could do a job in the Blues midfield.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Saturday 17 May, 2014

As it happened: Leinster v Ulster, RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final

We got our sunscreen on to find out who would earn the right to face Glasgow in the Pro12 Grand Final.

Latest installment of Leinster and Ulster rivalry set to serve up thrills

Boosted by the returns of Best and Pienaar, Mark Anscombe’s men travel to the RDS with confidence.

# rabodirect-pro12 - Friday 16 May, 2014

Penney’s era at Munster ends in Pro12 semi-final defeat to Glasgow

The Kiwi signed off after a thrilling encounter at Scotstoun, as Munster came up just short.

‘You’ve got to ref it fairly’ – Damien Varley is not impressed with tonight’s referee Backchat This post contains videos

‘You’ve got to ref it fairly’ – Damien Varley is not impressed with tonight’s referee

The Munster captain had strong words for Marius Mitrea.

As it happened: Glasgow v Munster, Pro12 semi-final

Rob Penney’s men were in Scotland hoping to ensure an all-Irish final by beating the in-form Warriors.

5 key areas ahead of Munster’s Pro12 semi-final against Glasgow

Back row selections, spark from the bench, leaders and experience versus youth in midfield.

O’Brien on the Leinster bench, as Best and Pienaar return for Ulster

Matt O’Connor has made eight changes, while there are surprises in both starting XVs.

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