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Ulster v Connacht

Leinster v Munster

Benetton v Glasgow Warriors

Edinburgh v Zebre Rugby Club

Ospreys v Cardiff Blues

Dragons v Scarlets

Vodacom Bulls v Emirates Lions

DHL Stormers v Cell C Sharks
 

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Ulster v Connacht

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Benetton v Glasgow Warriors

Edinburgh v Zebre Rugby Club

Ospreys v Cardiff Blues

Dragons v Scarlets

Vodacom Bulls v Emirates Lions

DHL Stormers v Cell C Sharks
I'm a Glasgow Warriors fan, but it will be nice to see the South African teams get into the mix.
 

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They're already using the 20 minute red card rule in Major League Rugby this season, and from what I've read most people like it. Another rule change they have is that an automatic 2 point conversion is added if the try is touched down between the goal post bars. I don't like that one, I think they should all be kicked because I've seen easy ones missed by professional ruggers before. And lastly, kickers now have 60 seconds to kick the ball instead of 90 seconds if a try is scored outside of the goal post lines. I like that one because a minute is more than enough, IMHO. And MLR now has a 60 second clock by the scoreboard to keep the kicker informed.

*I hope PRO16 and Super Rugby will adopt the 20 minute red card rule as well.
 
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I think this will be the closest Interpro to an A game all year. Timing is awful and just terrible

It's actually baffling they thought it was a good idea..

Maybe they thought Munster would win the final and they could sell this as the Leinster's attempt at redemption.

it's all very very meh.
 

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It's actually baffling they thought it was a good idea..

Maybe they thought Munster would win the final and they could sell this as the Leinster's attempt at redemption.

it's all very very meh.
Even then both teams have eyes on Europe and once that is done rest periods for alot of guys will begin.
Add in there no fans so no pressure to sell tickets etc too.
 

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Leinster will hopefully have a european semi final the week after so, yes.
 

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Round 1
Friday, April 23
DHL Stormers v Cell C Sharks
– KO 18:00 UK / 19:00 RSA
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town | Host Broadcaster: SuperSport
Ulster v Connacht – KO 20:15
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast | Host Broadcaster: Premier Sports | Deferred Coverage: 22:25 TG4
Edinburgh v Zebre Rugby Club – KO 20:15 UK / 21:15 ITA
BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh | Host Broadcaster: Premier Sports
Saturday, April 24
Benetton v Glasgow Warriors
– KO 13:00 UK / 14:00 ITA
Stadio de Monigo, Treviso | Host Broadcaster: DAZN
Vodacom Bulls v Emirates Lions – KO 15:00 UK / 16:00 RSA
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria | Host Broadcaster: SuperSport
Ospreys v Cardiff Blues – KO 17:15
Liberty Stadium, Swansea | Host Broadcaster Premier Sports | Deferred Coverage: 20:35 S4C
Leinster v Munster – KO 19:35
RDS Arena, Dublin | Host Broadcaster: eir Sport | Deferred Coverage: 21:45 TG4
Sunday, April 25
Dragons v Scarlets
– KO 13:00
Rodney Parade, Newport | Host Broadcaster Premier Sports| Deferred Coverage: 16:00 S4C
Round 2
Friday, April 30
Cell C Sharks v Emirates Lions
– KO KO 18:00 UK / 19:00 RSA
Jonsson Kings Park, Durban | Host Broadcaster: SuperSport
Saturday, May 1
DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls
– KO 16:00 UK / 17:00 RSA
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town | Host Broadcaster: SuperSport
Friday, May 7
Zebre Rugby Club v Benetton
– KO 18:00 UK / 19:00 ITA
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma | Host Broadcaster: DAZN
Munster v Ulster – KO 20:15 UK
Thomond Park, Limerick | Host Broadcaster: eir Sport | Deferred Coverage: 22:30 TG4
Glasgow Warriors v Edinburgh – KO 20:15 Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow | Host Broadcaster: Premier Sports
Saturday, May 8
Connacht v Leinster
– KO 19:35 The Sportsground, Galway | Host Broadcaster: TG4
Scarlets v Ospreys– KO 19:35
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli | Host Broadcaster: Premier Sports | Deferred Coverage: S4C
Sunday, May 9
Cardiff Blues v Dragons
– KO 13:00
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff | Host Broadcaster: Premier Sports | Deferred Coverage: S4C
Round 3
Saturday, May 8
Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers
– KO 15:00 UK / 16:00 RSA
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg | Host Broadcaster: SuperSport
Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks – KO 17:15 UK / 18:15 RSA
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria | Host Broadcaster: SuperSport
Friday, May 14
Munster v Connacht
– KO 18:00
Thomond Park, Limerick | Host Broadcaster: eir Sport | Deferred Coverage: 20:30 TG4
Leinster v Ulster – KO 20:15
RDS Arena, Dublin | Host Broadcaster: eir Sport | Deferred Coverage: 22:30 TG4
Saturday, May 15
Scarlets v Cardiff Blues
– KO 15:00
Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli | Host Broadcaster: Premier Sports | Deferred Coverage: S4C
Benetton v Zebre – KO 17:15 UK / 18:15 ITA
Stadio de Monigo, Treviso | Host Broadcaster: DAZN
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors – KO 19:35
BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh | Host Broadcaster: Premier Sports
Sunday, May 16
Dragons v Ospreys
– KO 13:00
Rodney Parade, Newport | Host Broadcaster: Premier Sports | Deferred Coverage: S4C
Round 4: Weekend of May 29. Round 5: Weekend of June 5. Round 6: Weekend of June 12. Final: Weekend of June 19.
 

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They're already using the 20 minute red card rule in Major League Rugby this season, and from what I've read most people like it

*I hope PRO16 and Super Rugby will adopt the 20 minute red card rule as well.
I like it as well, will be more interesting to watch rugby with this changement I think
 

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Ulster team to play Connacht Rugby, Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup Round 1, Friday 23 April at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 8.15pm, live on Premier Sports):

(15-9) Jacob Stockdale, Robert Baloucoune, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Ethan McIlroy, Billy Burns, John Cooney;

(1-8) Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Iain Henderson (Capt.), Matty Rea, Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney.

Replacements: John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor, Greg Jones, David Shanahan, Michael Lowry, Will Addison.

Name/Number/Caps
15. John Porch (36)
14. Ben O’Donnell (4)
13. Sean O’Brien (Acad) (7)
12. Tom Daly (44)
11. Matt Healy (148)
10. Jack Carty (155)
9. Caolin Blade (127)
1. Jordan Duggan (11)
2. Dave Heffernan (140)
3. Finlay Bealham (155)
4. Ultan Dillane (110)
5. Gavin Thornbury (56)
6. Eoghan Masterson (107)
7. Conor Oliver (17)
8. Paul Boyle (55) (C)

Replacements
16. Shane Delahunt (96)
17. Matthew Burke (20)
18. Dominic Robertson-McCoy (63)
19. Niall Murray (13)
20. Abraham Papali’i (10)
21. Kieran Marmion (182)
22. Conor Fitzgerald (32)
23. Peter Sullivan (12)

Not a huge amount of rotation, understandable from Ulster's pov at least, think Connacht have a long injury list as well.

Great for Ulster to have Henderson back (and Addison of course!), would love for Callum Reid to get gametime though same with DTM for Connacht.
 
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I'd completely forgotten Addison existed. Like finding a tenner in the arse pocket of your jeans.
 

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Lads this is the competition to win. So I don't want any excuses. This is the top of the top. This is the mountain you go dick swinging from.
 

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Leinster resting the whole of the starting pack that played against Exeter, plus McGrath, RB, Henshaw and Keenan.

Byrne, Sheehan, Porter, Molony, Baird, Murphy, Penny, Doris, HOS, HB, Lowe, ROL, Ringrose, Kearney, Larmour.
 

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Leinster resting the whole of the starting pack that played against Exeter, plus McGrath, RB, Henshaw and Keenan.

Byrne, Sheehan, Porter, Molony, Baird, Murphy, Penny, Doris, HOS, HB, Lowe, ROL, Ringrose, Kearney, Larmour.
Don't be giving excuses. There noone being rested. This is the best team on paper. Dave Kearney is in form and looking to cement his plane to South Africa.
 

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Leinster Rugby (caps in brackets):

15. Jordan Larmour (56)
14. Dave Kearney (166)
13. Garry Ringrose (80) CAPTAIN
12. Rory O’Loughlin (81)
11. James Lowe (50)
10. Harry Byrne (22)
9. Hugh O’Sullivan (29)
1. Ed Byrne (66)
2. Dan Sheehan (10)
3. Andrew Porter (73)
4. Ross Molony (113)
5. Ryan Baird (21)
6. Josh Murphy (45)
7. Scott Penny (25)
8. Caelan Doris (37)

16. Seán Cronin (193)
17. Peter Dooley (90)
18. Michael Bent (155)
19. James Ryan (45)
20. Scott Fardy (76)
21. Cormac Foley (0)
22. Ciarán Frawley (34)
23. Tommy O’Brien (7)

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU)

Fair play IrishT.

Great to see Doris, Ryan and Ringrose return.

Also delighted that Cormac Foley will probably get at least some senior time for Leinster. Probably another Leinster scrumhalf without the necessary pass but is a good rugby player.

Munster: Mike Haley; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Fineen Wycherley, Gavin Coombes, Craig Casey, Ben Healy, Calvin Nash.
 

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Don't massively care about this comp, but be good to get a win in Dublin either way. We're fairly full strength, although a couple of out of the norm selections: Coombes to the bench, Daly starting, Healy in the squad, Barron and Knox, no sign of Conway or Rory Scannell.
 

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