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Ulster's Conn job

The importance of today’s Magners League fixtures in terms of their possible effect on Irish rugby really cannot be overstated.

Connacht, for so long Ireland’s poor relation, have thrown down a gauntlet not only to Ulster but to those in the IRFU’s Dublin 4 headquarters whose attitude towards the western province at times has been less than helpful and certainly not inclusive.

It’s not so long ago that it was being stated quite openly that Connacht brought insufficient clout to the Irish game’s table to warrant ongoing invitations to the meal.

Thus there was a school of thought that Ireland should be represented by three manufactured regional sides rather than four natural, historic provinces.

Thankfully, that suggestion failed to attract the support it required and Connacht Rugby survived despite the attempt to kill it.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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