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Mind-games continue as Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland preview the Ireland v Wales 6 Nations opener after Rugby World Cup misery (Kick-off Sunday 3pm).
Leinster manager Joe Schmidt hit back at claims from Connacht CEO Tom Sears that the Heineken Cup champions had effectively poached Mike McCarthy
Connacht Rugby travel to the South of France today and prepare to take on Basque outfit Biarritz in round four of the Heineken Cup.
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'.
Mike McCarthy has announced his intention to leave Connacht Rugby at the end of the current season. Mike's current contract expires in June next year
Connacht have a fight on their hands if they want to hold on to Mike McCarthy as Leinster look to poach the 31 year old
JL Pagano is back this week with his insight into the the best bets for this weekends Autumn Internationals/Pro12 fixtures.
Connacht team to face Newport Gwent Dragons in Friday evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash at Rodney Parade (KO: 7pm) has been named.
Wales struggle without Gatland, Heaslip not ready to lead, McCarthy, Strauss and Bent improve Ireland, England and France will challenge for 6 Nations