Robin Copeland

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 Ruairi Cushion in action for  Plymouth against Leeds Carnegie. “I’d love to forge a career in coaching”, says the scrumhalf. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images.

Ruairi Cushion never saw it coming, the swinging arm that connected with his jaw. He was unconscious before his head bounced off the turf, admitting (...)

 Leinster’s Fergus McFadden leaves the field injured during the 34-23 defeat to Munster. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor had little time for the officiating in his side’s 34-23 defeat to Munster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night.Munster (...)

 Munster’s Ian Keatley scores an intercept try for Munster’s third score against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Leinster 23 Munster 34Rumours of Munster’s demise may have proved premature. Not entirely unexpectedly, the prospect of a visit to the Aviva against t(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney in action against Munster in their Pro12 encounter at Aviva Stadium in March. Photograph: Inpho.

The derby feels more important than usual – 2015 probably won’t be a bad year, but it could be. A stuttering start to both Leinster and Munster campai(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan clashes with Felix Jones and James Coughlan of Munster during the Pro 12 match at the  Aviva Stadium last March. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster v Munster Aviva Stadium, Saturday 6.30pm, Live Sky Sports 2 It’s disrespectful to all others to say the annual early autumn run-in betwe(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland believes it “takes a while to settle into a new club. It is new moves, new players, new everything.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As ever with these little Leinster-Munster encounters, there are a host of intriguing sub-plots and not least of these will be Robin Copeland coming u(...)

 Paul O’Connell plays against Zebre tomorrow night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will play his first competitive game for Munster this season in their Guinness Pro12 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park t(...)

 Ivan Dineen: will fill problem number 12 position for Munster against Treviso. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Treviso v Munster, Stadio Monigo, 7.35pm: In theory Munster have created the ideal scenario in which to evolve. As the first province to construct an(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley: “If a player has committed to us in terms of contract we need to make sure we are looking after this player as well.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tyler Bleyendaal is not a piece of meat. The Cabtabrian is, however, a professional rugby player with a serious neck injury. Last night Munster coach (...)

Munster number eight  Robin Copelan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Robin Copeland might have to wait another week to make his Munster debut after the number eight had his passport stolen.Efforts are being made today (...)

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