Saturday 16 December 2017

Magners league: Ins, outs and key figures for the new season

Opening weekend games

Next Friday

Warriors v Leinster, Firhill Stadium 7.05, RTE; Ulster v Ospreys Ravenhill 7.05, Live BBC NI

Next Saturday

Connacht v Dragons, Sportsground 5.30, TG4; Blues v Edinburgh Cardiff City Stadium 6.30; Benetton Treviso v Scarlets, Stadio di Monigo 7.05; Munster v Aironi, Musgrave Park 7.30, RTE

Ins and Outs


In: Shane Monahan (Leinster), Darragh Fanning (Leinster), Ezra Taylor (Queensland Reds)

Out: George Naoupu (Kobe Kobelco Steelers), Michael Bradley (Head coach -- Retired)


In: Ed O'Donoghue (Ulster), Isaac Boss (Ulster), Heinke van der Merwe (Golden Lions), Mariano Galarza (Universitario de La Plata), Joe Schmidt (Head coach -- Clermont Auvergne)

Out: CJ van der Linde (Cheetahs), Simon Keogh (Released), Chris Keane (Released) Malcolm O'Kelly (Retired), Girvan Dempsey (Retired), Bernard Jackman (Retired), Michael Cheika (Coach -- Stade Francais), Chris Whittaker (Team manager -- Stade Francais), Alan Gaffney (Backs coach -- IRFU), Kurt McQuilken (Defence coach -- Retired), Kyle Tonetti (Sale)


In: Johne Murphy (Leicester Tigers), Sam Tuitupou (Worcester Warriors), Wian du Preez (Cheetahs), Peter Borlase (Crusaders), Corey Hircock (Bedford)

Out: Nick Williams (Aironi Rugby), Jeremy Manning (Newcastle Falcons), Julien Brugnaut (Racing Metro), Jean de Villiers (Stormers), Ciaran O'Boyle (Released)


In: Ruan Pienaar (Sharks), Johann Muller (Sharks), Pedrie Wannenburg (Bulls)

Out: Ed O'Donoghue (Leinster), Isaac Boss (Leinster), Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier)

Leading Try Scorers

Tommy Bowe 39

Shane Horgan 31

Matthew Watkins 31

Shane Williams 30

Simon Danielli 29

Leading Points Scorers

Dan Parks 1,105 (18T 131C 21D 230P)

Felipe Contepomi 877 (19T 124C 178P)

David Humphreys 786 (9T 102C 9D 170P)

Gavin Henson 645 (17T 79C 2D 132P)

Chris Paterson 640 (15T 98C 4D 119P)

Most Appearances

Deiniol Jones 119

Adam Black 117

Alastair Kellock 117

Andrew Farley 113

Allan Jacobsen 112

Past winners

2010 Ospreys

2009 Munster

2008 Leinster

2007 Ospreys

2006 Ulster

2005 Ospreys

2004 Llanelli Scarlets

2003 Munster

2002 Leinster

This season's betting

5/2 Ospreys, Leinster; 4/1 Munster, Cardiff; 18/1 Edinburgh;

20/1 Ulster; 40/1 Scarlets;

50/1 Gwent Dragons; 200/1 Aironi Rugby, Treviso; 225/1 Connacht

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