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Dublin: 13 °C Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Saturday 14 July, 2018

'The lads in Munster were worse, they were calling me John MulCopey!'

Robin Copeland opted for a move to Connacht this summer.

Thursday 12 July, 2018

Optimism abounds as Connacht reboot for the new Friend era

The western province have high hopes they can bounce back after a poor 2017/18 season.

Thursday 28 June, 2018

Two promising Cork youngsters sign for Top 14 club Pau's academy

Eoghan Barrett and Ben Roche are heading to France to pursue professional rugby careers.

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

2019 World Cup a thrilling prospect for Schmidt's superb Ireland

Ireland had a stunning season in which they beat everyone in the World Rugby Top 10 aside from the All Blacks.

'Without any hesitation that was the biggest game of my career by miles'

Jack Conan took his opportunity on Saturday in Sydney as Ireland won their series Down Under.

Monday 25 June, 2018

Sensational Sexton shows his class and composure for Ireland

The 32-year-old was instrumental in the series success in Australia.

What next for Ireland? Schmidt's men don't want to be 'one-hit wonders'

The Ireland boss is excited by the returns of Sean O’Brien, Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier.

'That one-man lift, they're obviously putting their own player in danger'

CJ Stander says he could have protected Peter O’Mahony ‘a bit better’ in the air.

Sunday 24 June, 2018

'Representing Ireland, representing that badge, it's pretty special'

Ulster front row Rob Herring was one of the big winners on Ireland’s tour Down Under.

All Blacks and November next in Schmidt's sights as Ireland's success rolls on

The Ireland head coach is heading home to New Zealand for a few weeks of rest.

Israel Folau to face disciplinary hearing after challenges on Peter O'Mahony

The Wallabies fullback has received a citing commissioner’s warning on top of his yellow card.

Cheika invited referee to post-match press conference to explain decisions

The Wallabies head coach was not happy with some of the calls against his team in defeat to Ireland.

Saturday 23 June, 2018

Series success and squad development - Schmidt comes up trumps

Jordan Larmour and Tadhg Beirne made an impression off the bench for Ireland.

Schmidt's Ireland cling on to secure thrilling series success in Australia

The tourists endured a nailbiting endgame in Sydney but emerged with victory.

Scannell to start for Ireland after Cronin ruled out with hamstring injury

The Leinster hooker has been cruelly ruled out but it means a big chance for the Munster man.

Schmidt's Ireland can complete sensational season with series success

The clash at Allianz Stadium in Sydney promises to be a thrilling tactical battle.

Friday 22 June, 2018

O'Mahony comfortable at openside on occasion of his 50th Ireland cap Pom

O'Mahony comfortable at openside on occasion of his 50th Ireland cap

The 28-year-old makes up the Ireland back row with CJ Stander and Jack Conan.

Sean Cronin sits out Ireland's captain's run ahead of third Wallabies Test

The Leinster hooker was named in Ireland’s number two shirt for the clash in Sydney.

Schmidt to make decision on Ireland future by the end of the year

The Kiwi is out of contract after the 2019 World Cup and plans to put his family first.

Big opportunity for Conan as Schmidt resists temptation to make change at 9

Conor Murray will be at scrum-half against the Wallabies tomorrow.

Thursday 21 June, 2018

Ref review: How did the match officials do in Ireland's win over the Wallabies?

There were three yellow cards in Melbourne and there potentially could have been more.

Ireland set to hand 'smart kid' Byrne debut from bench against Wallabies

The 23-year-old out-half has been included among the replacements for Saturday’s clash in Sydney.

Schmidt without injured quartet but backs O'Mahony to deliver in seven shirt

The Ireland head coach is missing Garry Ringrose, Dan Leavy, Andrew Conway and Iain Henderson.

Cronin and Conan start as Schmidt picks captain O'Mahony at openside

Joe Schmidt has made five changes to his XV, while Ross Byrne is set for his debut off the bench.

IRFU to consider players with doping history on a case-by-case basis

‘You look into the circumstances and weigh up the individual, then you make a decision.’

'The Elton Jantjies thing didn't make sense. We still hope there's an Irish option'

The IRFU expect Dan McFarland to be in charge at Ulster ahead of the new season.

Wednesday 20 June, 2018

'AFL has such big resources that they are identifying players from the age of 12'

Rebels coaches Shaun Berne and Eoin Toolan outline the challenges rugby faces in Melbourne.

Analysis: The David Pocock offside penalty that wasn't really a penalty

The Wallabies flanker is a deeply intelligent rugby player and this penalty was worth a closer look.

Scannell and Herring impress as Ireland's depth continues to grow

Joe Schmidt and his coaching staff are pleased that they now have options across the pitch.

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Analysis: Ringrose adds creative playmaking touches to Ireland attack

But Joe Schmidt will be keen to see his side being more clinical in Sydney this weekend.

Nucifora wary of provincial 'parochialism' as Irish rugby looks to move forward

The IRFU’s performance director sat down for a briefing with the Irish rugby media in Sydney yesterday.

Ireland defend themselves after Wallabies question 'blocking' tactics

‘We didn’t feel like we did anything that any other team in the world isn’t doing.’

IRFU says dates on offer in Australia 'didn't fit with the women's plan'

The union turned down an invitation of a three-Test tour Down Under this month.

Beirne beams with pride after Ireland debut in front of family in Melbourne

The 26-year-old played the closing stages of Ireland’s win over the Wallabies in Melbourne.

'There’s a decent chance that he'll stay' - IRFU hope Schmidt will re-sign

The Ireland head coach’s current contract expires after the 2019 World Cup.

Kilcoyne links up with Ireland in Sydney after Addison joined camp last week

Ireland insist that Cian Healy has responded well after an AC injury last weekend against the Wallabies.

'I don't think anything is ever forever, who knows what could happen?'

IRFU boss David Nucifora hasn’t ruled out a return to Ireland for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

Monday 18 June, 2018

Analysis: 'You don't want to annoy Tadhg Furlong when he wants the ball!'

Ireland were adaptive and intelligent in taking their two tries on Saturday in Melbourne.

'If we can pull this one off, it will be a little bit special for this group'

Joe Schmidt spoke to legendary Ireland out-half Ollie Campbell about the last series success in 1979.

Wallabies look to Nick Phipps to fill Genia's boots after 'king hit' incident

The Waratahs scrum-half is set to join his club-mate Bernard Foley in the halfbacks.

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