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Munster's Fogarty on the move to Aurillac

MUNSTER hooker Denis Fogarty is set to bid farewell to the province tomorrow after confirming he has signed for French Division 2 side Aurillac.

The 28-year-old Cashel native turned down a contract extension from his home province, but has opted for a move to link up with former Ireland and Lions second-row Jeremy Davidson, who coaches the French Pro D2 side.

Fogarty has been a Munster player for eight years and was an unused substitute for the 2006 Heineken Cup win. He also won a Churchill Cup with Ireland 'A' in 2009, but has never won a full cap unlike his brother John, who retired from rugby last year.

"You don't leave a squad like Munster without giving it a great deal of thought," he said. "Its been a huge part of my life and I've really enjoyed my time here.

"I'm grateful to Jeremy Davidson for providing me with that challenge and it's one I'm looking forward to."

His last appearance in red is likely to come in tomorrow's British and Irish Cup final against Cross Keys at Musgrave Park, where he is a replacement.

Munster: S Scanlon; AN Other, D Barnes, I Dineen, D Hurley; S Deasy, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, S Henry, S Archer; B Hayes, I Nagle; B Holland (capt), D O'Callaghan, P Butler. Reps: D Fogarty, J Ryan, B O'Mahony, B O'Hara, G Hurley,

D Cusack, JJ Hanrahan.



De Luca targets win over Ulster

Nick De Luca is eager for Edinburgh's incredible European adventure to continue beyond Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final with Ulster in Dublin.

A last-gasp win in Paris over Racing helped Michael Bradley's men advance to the quarter-finals, where they beat four-time champions Toulouse 19-14.

Once again, Edinburgh are underdogs to advance to the May 19 final at Twickenham, after losing 42-20 and 38-16 in the two PRO12 clashes with Ulster this season, but De Luca is confident of an upset.

The 28-year-old Scotland centre said: "Toulouse was the biggest game in Edinburgh's history. Now this is the next one and we want there to be one more for this season.

"We'll be doing everything in our power to make that happen.

"It's a huge challenge. Beating Toulouse was a big thing for us, but Ulster have put 80 points past us this year and this is, in our eyes, a bigger challenge."


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