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Rugby Column Number 157: The Kildare Nationalist – June 11 2019

RUGBY Mixed emotions for Irish U20s By Daire Walsh IT proved to be a week of mixed emotions for Ireland at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Santa Fe, Argentina. Following the high of an opening day victory against arch … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 156: The Kildare Nationalist – May 28 2019

RUGBY Leinster retain Pro14 title By Daire Walsh MAKING up for the heartbreak of their Champions Cup defeat to Saracens, Leinster delivered the goods at Celtic Park on Saturday evening to retain the Guinness Pro14 title at the expense of … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 155: The Kildare Nationalist – May 21 2019

RUGBY Leinster produced the perfect response to their Champions Cup final heartbreak at the RDS on Saturday afternoon By Daire Walsh FACING arch rivals Munster in the Guinness PRO14 semi-final for the second year in succession, they delivered an impressive … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 154: The Kildare Nationalist – May 7 2019

RUGBY Leinster ready for another tilt at Europe’s top prize By Daire Walsh IT is destination St James’ Park for Leinster on Saturday evening as they look to preserve their perfect record in European finals against formidable English Premiership outfit … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 153: The Kildare Nationalist – April 30 2019

RUGBY COLUMN – APRIL 30 By Daire Walsh A LEINSTER side containing a sizeable Kildare contingent were on the receiving end of a narrow defeat to Ulster in the final round of the Guinness PRO14 regular season at Kingspan Stadium … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 152: The Kildare Nationalist – April 23 2019

RUGBY COLUMN – APRIL 23 By Daire Walsh Following their accomplished 30-12 triumph over Toulouse at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, Leinster remain on course to secure a record-breaking fifth European Cup title. The Blues will aim to build on … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 151: The Kildare Nationalist – April 16 2019

RUGBY Leinster slip to third successive Pro14 game without a win By Daire Walsh ON a weekend when all four Irish teams confirmed their places in the Guinness PRO14 knockout rounds, Leinster fell to a comprehensive 39-24 home defeat at … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 150: The Kildare Nationalist – April 9 2019

RUGBY Leinster held at home by Benetton By Daire Walsh ILIESA Ratuva Tavuyara grabbed a stoppage-time try for Benetton at the RDS on Saturday evening to deny Leinster victory in a pulsating Guinness PRO14 encounter. Already assured of a home … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 149: The Kildare Nationalist – April 2 2019

RUGBY COLUMN – APRIL 2 By Daire Walsh KILL’S Adam Byrne grabbed a second-half try at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday to help Leinster survive a huge test from Ulster in the Champions Cup quarter-final. Moments after Jacob Stockdale failed … Continue reading

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Rugby Column Number 148: The Kildare Nationalist – March 19 2019

RUGBY COLUMN – MARCH 19 By Daire Walsh ON a mixed weekend for Irish rugby overall, Athy RFC were provided with a reason to be cheerful at Colwyn Park on Friday evening. Local boy Martin Moloney had been a mainstay … Continue reading

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