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With the current All-Ireland champions, Donegal clearly undergoing a troublesome period at the moment - underlined by their weekend Ulster final defeat at the hands of Monaghan - now is the perfect opportunity for Mayo to rise up and be counted when September eventually rolls around.
Rarely has there been so much excitement and genuine interest in a Wolfhounds game as tonight’s encounter with the English Saxons in Galway.
Harlequis ran out 47-8 winners over Eric Elwood's men to secure their place in the Heineken Cup quarter finals alongside Toulon who beat Cardiff Blues 45-25
Connacht are expected to announce a replacement for Eric Elwood in the coming weeks and according to reports ex-Auckland Blues coach Pat Lam is top of the running along with former Wasps and Sale coach Tony Hanks
Leinster, Connacht, Ulster, Munster to win big
Another tough night expected for Joe Schmidt
Munster Head Coach Rob Penney has made sweeping changes to the starting XV that travels to Galway tomorrow to take on Connacht in the RaboDirect PRO12
It was a weekend to forget for Irish rugby as all four provinces lost their respective Pool matches in the Heineken Cup
Leinster manager Joe Schmidt hit back at claims from Connacht CEO Tom Sears that the Heineken Cup champions had effectively poached Mike McCarthy
Connacht CEO Tom Sears says that Leinster's 'persistent targeting' of players such as Mike McCarthy is 'disappointing' and 'not in he best interests of Irish rugby'.
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