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Today’s News

'France are in our way': Jenny Murphy relishing the big stage of a vital World Cup test

The hardest hitter in Ireland’s arsenal is determined to make the free-flowing French stop and think.

New Zealand steam-roll Canada to complete perfect run to World Cup semis

An eight-try rout has left 2014 runners-up Canada out of the running for a semi-final berth.

'My time being patient is over, it's time to play and perform in those big games' -- Jack Conan

Jamie Heaslip’s back injury gave Conan a chance to shine for club and country last season, and he grabbed it tight in both hands.

Yesterday’s News

Ireland bidding to stop French fluency at source with pack physicality

Tom Tierney’s team selection paves the way for a serious battle in UCD tomorrow evening.

Tuesday 15 August, 2017

Tommy O'Donnell back in full training as Munster prepare for hit-out against Connacht

JJ Hanrahan has stepped up his recovery from a shoulder injury and Peter O’Mahony has begun his pre-season prep.

Rob Kearney ready for Leinster comeback while Lowe remains in NZ

Leinster’s marquee signing won’t be available for the early rounds of their Champions Cup campaign as he will finish out the season with Tasman.

'Fire in the bellies, ice in the brain': Griffin ready to lead the charge again for Ireland

The Kerry blindside has been a silver lining through victories with ample grey areas.

Monday 14 August, 2017

'You'd think they were in Vegas!': Slick passing and clean offloads all over the top 5 tries from yesterday's WRWC action Poppin' This post contains videos

'You'd think they were in Vegas!': Slick passing and clean offloads all over the top 5 tries from yesterday's WRWC action

There is pace and power all over the tournament, but the subtle touches are to be celebrated.

French bells toll for Ireland as the rugby family make themselves at home in UCD

At a tournament as intimate as this, you’re never far from the flesh and blood of one of the star attractions.

'We need to play the game of our lives against the French'

Despite two error-strewn displays, just France stand between Tom Tierney’s side and a World Cup semi-final.

Sunday 13 August, 2017

England didn't need to be at their best to run in 10 tries against Italy

The Azzurri were able to knock the champions a little off their stride and scored a terrific try of their own in the first half.

Friday 11 August, 2017

'We're trying to embrace the expectation and pressure, but it caught us'

A home World Cup isn’t always an advantage.

Thursday 10 August, 2017

'It starts the minute they get back to the dressing room': Recharging Ireland on a 3-day World Cup turnaround

After a massively physical clash with Australia, today was a day for loosening up in the pool and catching up on calories.

Second row rampage tops the list of best tries from the WRWC opening day in Dublin

The USA’s Kris Thomas also made the list thanks to a powerful tackle-busting finish against Italy.

Spence just one of the match-winning 'impact subs' that delivered victory for Ireland

Subs, replacements, finishers… call them what you want, Ireland used them to their full advantage against Australia.

Gone in 11 seconds: Quickest try of the day helps France rout Japan and top Ireland's pool Douze Points! This post contains videos

Gone in 11 seconds: Quickest try of the day helps France rout Japan and top Ireland's pool

Romane Menager’s extremely early try and Caroline Ladagnous’ hat-trick ensured a comfortable start for Ireland’s rivals.

Wednesday 9 August, 2017

'Ugly' win a beautifully firm foothold in the tournament for Tierney Wrwc 2017 This post contains videos

'Ugly' win a beautifully firm foothold in the tournament for Tierney

’19-17 against Australia might look good in a few days’ time,’ says the Ireland head coach.

Magnificent Maz and more talking points as Ireland begin the World Cup with a bang

The Wallaroos were unforgiving opposition, but Ireland dug deep to take a vital victory on opening night.

Slick Winiata hat-trick helps Black Ferns gloss over set-piece struggle with Wales

The diminutive fullback got on the end of three of New Zealand’s eight opening day tries.

Lessons from O'Callaghan and Stringer ensure 'hungry' Sexton not winding down any time soon

Trophy-less since his return from Paris, the out-half is hoping to make his presence felt with Leinster this season.

Set-piece, structure and incessant work-rate critical for Ireland in home World Cup opener

The Wallaroos will carry a direct threat and no little pedigree into UCD tonight, but all Irish cylinders are primed to fire.

Tuesday 8 August, 2017

Talking over as Ireland Women prepare to take hold of jersey and Australia

This week has been anything but normal for Claire Molloy, but she knows the drill from here on.

Sunday 6 August, 2017

'If I can get girls to live the dream that I'm living, then that's pretty cool'

New Zealand’s brilliant scrum-half is working to create solid pathways for girls to follow in her footsteps.

Ireland Women striving to make sporting role models a not-so-rare commodity for girls

Women’s sport needs high-profile events to spark interest for girls at a stage when, statistically, they’re dropping out.

Saturday 5 August, 2017

Calm, cool, ruthless, ballistic: 3 years on from Ireland's momentous win over the Black Ferns History In The Making This post contains videos

Calm, cool, ruthless, ballistic: 3 years on from Ireland's momentous win over the Black Ferns

How Ireland Women shocked everyone but themselves to beat New Zealand 14 – 17 and end their run of four straight World Cup titles.

Friday 4 August, 2017

South Africa's Cheetahs will travel to Ulster for Pro14 opener

The Cheetahs get their first taste of their new competition on 1 September.

Ex-Munster centre James Downey takes up coaching role with Clontarf UBL

Ex-Munster centre James Downey takes up coaching role with Clontarf

Downey will work as backs coach with a responsibility for the contact area.

Thursday 3 August, 2017

7 into 15s will go: High performance plan behind Ireland Women can bear its fruit at World Cup

Director of women’s rugby Anthony Eddy has taken flak for bringing players out of the 15-a-side scene, but he has consistently stuck by his decision.

Sonny Bill cleared to face Australia as NZ win appeal claiming 'game of 3 halves' should count in ban

40 minutes against Counties Manukau and 40 minutes against Taranaki now counts as the fourth match in SBW’s suspension.

Wednesday 2 August, 2017

Australia gunning to 'knock off' Ireland in World Cup opener

The Wallaroos are low on experience, but in no shortage of confidence as they bring their Olympic gold medalists to the 15s game.

Tuesday 1 August, 2017

'Social media has no impact on my life': Rory Gallagher statement after Donegal departure

The outgoing manager has ‘no interest’ in Facebook and Twitter.

'They’re the wonder women of our culture': The haka and the second wind it gives the Black Ferns Ko Uhia Mai This post contains videos

'They’re the wonder women of our culture': The haka and the second wind it gives the Black Ferns

Versatile New Zealand forward Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate explains the significance of the Kiwi cultural challenge.

Ulster chief Logan expecting to recruit out-half 'sooner rather than later'

Logan also revealed that the northern province will play 11 home matches and 10 away in the season ahead.

Injured Ireland skipper Briggs vows to return for Six Nations

The goal-kicking fullback suffered an ankle injury in training over the weekend.

Monday 31 July, 2017

Donegal confirm Rory Gallagher exit after Championship loss to Galway

Gallagher has stood down after three years in charge of the north-western county.

Briggs injury increases onus on playmakers and robs Ireland of priceless weapon

Captain, leader, goalkicker, playmaker: There’s no understating the blow Briggs’ injury is to Ireland.

Saturday 29 July, 2017

More camps, variation and the 200 kilo club: Prepping Ireland for the Women's Rugby World Cup

Strength and conditioning coach Ed Slattery is keeping an eye on the ever-changing fitness programmes for Tom Tierney’s squad.

Friday 28 July, 2017

Ireland U20 forwards Jones and Regan make switch from Leinster to join Ulster academy

The second and back row represented Leinster through age grades and up to ‘A’ level.

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