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Dublin: 4 °C Thursday 14 December, 2017

Today’s News

Munster appoint South African JP Ferreira as the province's new defence coach

The 34-year-old arrives from the Golden Lions and replaces the recently-departed Jacques Nienaber.

Contract boost for Connacht as Ireland international Marmion signs new two-year deal

The 25-year-old will remain in Galway until the 2019 World Cup.

Van Graan defends Conway as Munster focus on improving discipline for Tigers rematch

“We’ve got to be better in terms of our discipline.”

'He might play next week, he might play in six weeks': Bleyendaal still not ready for full contact

The Kiwi out-half has been sidelined since October with a neck problem, but there’s still no certainty over when he’ll return.

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Yesterday’s News

'I'm not closing the door and hopefully Munster wouldn't close the door on me because it's my home'

Simon Zebo yesterday spoke to the media for the first time since announcing his decision to leave Munster at the end of the season.

Tuesday 12 December, 2017

Earls and Scannell nearing Munster return but Conway and Marshall doubts for Leicester

The Munster squad trained at UL today ahead of Sunday’s return fixture.

Leinster lay their credentials on the table, but Lancaster keen to keep expectations in check

The province will be without Rhys Ruddock for the return fixture with Exeter Chiefs, while Johnny Sexton is an injury doubt.

Monday 11 December, 2017

Dan Leavy and Stuart Lancaster made the draws for the 2018 Leinster Schools Cup this evening

The first round draws for the Vinnie Murray, Father Godrey and Junior Cups were also conducted.

'Whatever happens, this will remain an episode of amateurism': Clermont slam Saracens

The clubs meet in their Champions Cup refix this evening but the visitors aren’t happy.

Snow chance of postponement of next weekend's Leicester-Munster clash

The Premiership club ‘have no concern’ over the round four fixture at Welford Road.

Keatley the driving force behind Tigers mauling, but Munster stress it's only half time

The out-half received a standing ovation for a performance of class and character.

Vengeance in the biting December air as wounded Tigers fight for their lives

Matt O’Connor accused Munster of ‘cynical’ play while also suggesting Andrew Conway was responsible for Telusa Veainu’s broken jaw.

Sunday 10 December, 2017

Superb Stirling century inspires Ireland to confidence-boosting series win

John Bracewell’s reign in charge ends on a high note in Sharjah.

As it happened: Exeter Chiefs v Leinster, Champions Cup

Leo Cullen’s men faced their stiffest task to date as they visited the home of the English champions.

Disappointment for record-breaker McCormack but Ireland's men warm to the task

Overall, it was a good day for Ireland’s athletes at the European Cross Country Championships.

7 nominees in contention for the 2017 RTÉ Sports Team of the Year award

The winner will be determined by a public vote.

Ulster breathe new life into Champions Cup campaign with huge win at a snowy Stoop

John Cooney and Jacob Stockdale were superb for the northern province.

Klopp springs major surprise by resting Coutinho and Firmino for Merseyside derby

Dominic Solanke, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrew Robertson all start against Everton.

'I enjoyed the day and enjoyed the people of Munster but it was about getting the win'

Johann van Graan said his side will enjoy last night’s win over Leicester, but will return to work on Monday knowing they’ll need to make further improvements.

Saracens-Clermont falls foul of the weather, but Ulster and Leinster games to go ahead

Tournament organisers said they postponed the Pool 2 clash with the health and safety of spectators and players in mind.

Van Graan dismisses O'Connor's claim that Munster were 'cynical' at the breakdown

The English side slipped to another heavy defeat at Thomond Park as their head coach lamented ‘inaccuracy.’

Saturday 9 December, 2017

Keatley's night of redemption, back-row dominance and more talking points from Thomond

Plus, was Munster’s defensive performance down to the work of Andy Farrell?

Four-try Munster produce their European best to freeze Leicester out in big win

Johann van Graan’s first European game in charge saw his side seize control of their pool.

'I've been in complete awe. My Grandad told me about Munster but it's exceeded expectations'

A few years after being plucked from a farm in the New Zealand wilderness, Rhys Marshall is now settled in Limerick and deeply connected to a club his grandfather used to tell him about.

Friday 8 December, 2017

Murphy hungry to build his coaching CV on the long road back to Ireland

The former Ireland international is back home this weekend as Leicester face Munster, and he makes no secret of his desire to return permanently.

11 years after being released by Ulster, Steenson driving Exeter's pursuit of European success

The Dungannon-born out-half has been a central figure in the Chiefs’ remarkable rise and he’s relishing the prospect of coming up against Johnny Sexton and Leinster this weekend.

Thursday 7 December, 2017

'I'm learning as much as I can in Leinster as I would anywhere'

Joey Carbery’s immediate focus is on getting back fit for the Six Nations after a bad break, but he is adamant his long-term future is at Leinster.

Wednesday 6 December, 2017

There's no stopping him! Evergreen Heffernan lands Athlete of the Year award

Athletics Ireland’s annual award ceremony took place this afternoon.

Jackman to hold transfer talks with North over potential move to Dragons

The Welsh winger will join one of the four regions next season.

Lowe not registered in Leinster's Champions Cup squad, as Munster add Nash for Tigers

Clubs are only permitted to include ‘two non-European’ players in their panel.

Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Bayern gain revenge but PSG win group as Barcelona progress unbeaten

Here are the teams who have progressed through to the knock-out stages.

Another calamitous display as Ireland ripped apart by 16-year-old spinner

Ireland slumped to another heavy defeat to Afghanistan this afternoon.

Ireland international makes injury comeback after 20 months on the sideline

Alan Judge also marked his return with a goal.

Bath charged for releasing Taulupe Faletau to Wales outside of Test window

Premiership Rugby have taken a firm stance on the issue.

Chiefs bolstered by return of England and Lions back for visit of Leinster

Jack Nowell is back fit and raring to go this weekend.

Jordi Murphy set to end seven-year association with Leinster to join Ulster

The flanker has held discussions with the northern province.

Monday 4 December, 2017

'I'd say he's a smashing lad to go out with, but does he win matches?'

Eamon Dunphy isn’t a Paul Pogba fan anyway.

Boost for Harps' promotion push as long-serving Horgan agrees to stay on LOI

Boost for Harps' promotion push as long-serving Horgan agrees to stay on

Horgan will lead the Donegal club into a sixth season in 2018.

Laporte wins another World Rugby vote, as next summer's U20 championship heads to France

Ireland have been drawn in Pool C alongside the hosts, South Africa and Georgia.

Lowe sparkles but Connacht slump - here are all the weekend's Pro14 highlights

If you missed any of the action, catch up here.

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