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May 24, 2020

‘It was Roy of the Rovers stuff’ – McWhirter and Humphreys on ’99 European triumph

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‘It was pandemonium’ – McWhirter reflects on Ulster’s European triumph

The thought of it still amuses Tony McWhirter… a player carrying out stadium repair works three days before a Heineken Cup semi-final.

In the countdown to the glamour clash with tournament favourites Stade Francais in 1999, Rab Irwin – Ulster’s 36-year-old tighthead prop and builder by trade – was busy at Ravenhill fixing the front gates, but he may as well have been there to switch out the lights on the amateur era.

In the month between [...]

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May 23, 2020

IRFU: Lack of international fixtures in 2020 would see union lose up to 20m euros

There has been no rugby played in Ireland since the beginning of March

The Irish Rugby Football Union faces losing up to 20m euros if no more international rugby is played in 2020.

Chief executive Philip Browne said on Friday that the IRFU’s cash reserves would be exhausted within months and that the club game “will take a generation to get back on its feet” without assistance from the government.

It is hoped the professional game in Ireland will resume in August.

Ireland’s 2020 Six Nations campaign was suspended with two games left to play.

Pro14 sets date for August return

Unions hope the fixtures – against [...]

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