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Tuesday 5 April, 2016

Wallabies and Pumas to play Rugby Championship game in the wrong hemisphere

Australia have a seriously tough travel schedule ahead of them.

Monday 4 April, 2016

Apoplectic Oyonnax fullback will get a hefty ban after being red-carded by Romain Poite Red Mist This post contains videos

Apoplectic Oyonnax fullback will get a hefty ban after being red-carded by Romain Poite

At last, a Romain Poite decision Paul O’Connell could celebrate.

'It's two feet in front of the touch judge': Sexton baffled by non-decisions from officials

However, the out-half seemed to benefit from weak officiating after the interval.

Sunday 3 April, 2016

Respect Ronaldo, the Spillanes and the rest of the week’s best sportswriting

Outside? Are you mad? Stay in with the best sportswriting the internet had to offer this week.

Saturday 2 April, 2016

Acrobatic Benzema and cool Ronaldo finish gives 10-man Real win in Barcelona

‘The BBC’ overshadowed ‘MSN’ in a big way tonight.

Camp Nou brilliantly paid homage to Johan Cruyff before El Clasico 14 This post contains videos

Camp Nou brilliantly paid homage to Johan Cruyff before El Clasico

A fitting tribute to the father of Barca football.

As it happened: Leinster v Munster, Guinness Pro12

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland’s traditional leading provinces both tried to keep the pressure on Connacht.

Bump in Given’s road to Euro 2016 as he sits on bench for Stoke’s draw

Jakob Haugaard filled in for Jack Butland and was wrong-footed by two deflected Swansea strikes in a 2 – 2 draw.

Friday 1 April, 2016

As it happened: Ulster v Connacht, Guinness Pro12

The league leaders headed for Belfast this evening, where they had never managed a win in the professional era.

You live by the offload… Highlanders recover in style after horrific early try giveaway Risk And Reward This post contains videos

You live by the offload… Highlanders recover in style after horrific early try giveaway

The champs hit back with four tries in an impressive 32 – 20 win.

Thursday 31 March, 2016

Naoupu joins Ireland Women’s Sevens squad as Galvin misses Atlanta trip

Anthony Eddy has been able to call on Alison Miller for the World Series legs in Atlanta and Langford.

League schmozzle earns Kerry and Donegal €5,000 fine each

The CCCC held hearings with both parties last week and imposed identical punishments.

Payne named fullback as Ulster aim to scrap back in to Pro12 playoff spots

Les Kiss has been able to welcome back Rory Best and Andrew Trimble to his ranks.

SBW, Honey Badger and France star Vakatawa all chasing 7s comebacks in Hong Kong

The 15-a-side stars of France, Australia and New Zealand are at very different points in their quest for a room in the Olympic village.

Sunday 27 March, 2016

Mike Ross: ‘I might be 36, but I’ve the same miles on the clock as a 30-year-old’

Ireland’s cornerstone knows he can’t go on forever.and he has tried his hand at coaching already.

Saturday 26 March, 2016

The Sunwolves scored a terrific try from their own 22 in Singapore today

The attendance wasn’t great in Singapore, but the rugby wasn’t bad.

The Chiefs flung the ball around like a hot spud in their 9-try win over the Force 1-touch Football This post contains videos

The Chiefs flung the ball around like a hot spud in their 9-try win over the Force

Beauden Barrett was on form too when the ‘Canes beat the Kings in Wellington yesterday.

Steph Curry’s whole family had great craic with his $350 grand waxwork

Is it just us, or does the sport’s best player look like he’s doing ‘The Carlton’?

First-round KO brings Donegal’s Jason Quigley 10th win out of 10

‘El Animal’ tore into Lopez with clinical body shots.

Pythagoras in boots, Gigi’s secret girlfriend and more of your Comments of the Week

Plus,a gorgeous tribute to Eoin Kelly’s perfect point.

Friday 25 March, 2016

Italy confirm Conor O’Shea as new head coach on four-year contract

O’Shea will take the IRFU’s Stephen Aboud with him to oversee development in the country.

Talks under way to set up match between winners of Super Rugby and Champions Cup

The EPCR and SANZAR are working to bring the best of both sides of the world together.

Luke Fitzgerald returns, but Leinster leave Sexton out for trip to Connacht

Leo Cullen has been able to draft most of his big guns onto the bench.

LeBron James’ brilliant reverse dunk couldn’t stop the Cavs losing in Brooklyn last night NBA This post contains videos

LeBron James’ brilliant reverse dunk couldn’t stop the Cavs losing in Brooklyn last night

Matthew Dellavedova got crossed up in a big way.

‘There’s a huge F You attitude’: Leinster lock braced for ‘vicious’ encounter with former club Connacht

After four years west of the Shannon, Mick Kearney knows what Leinster can expect at the Sportsground.

Thursday 24 March, 2016

Public vote gives 6 Nations Player of the Championship award to Stuart Hogg

His closest Irish contender was scrum-half Conor Murray in fourth place.

Holland starts among returning internationals as Munster take aim at Zebre and play-off spot

Simon Zebo, Keith Earls, Donnacha Ryan and Tommy O’Donnell start after returning from Ireland duty.

‘When you don’t win a medal you’re forgotten’: Heffernan thrilled by belated Olympic award

Preparing for another hard day’s work, the Corkman had the heart-rate to prove it.

‘Not only was I not enjoying being a rugby player, I wasn’t enjoying anything I was doing’ Tackle Your Feelings This post contains videos

‘Not only was I not enjoying being a rugby player, I wasn’t enjoying anything I was doing’

Munster’s Cathal Sheridan adds his voice to IRUPA’s mental health campaign.

Limited opportunities leave Ryan frustrated and considering future away from Leinster

The back row has grown into a leadership role this season, but young rivals now appear to be ahead of him in the pecking order.

Sean O’Brien: If Garry Ringrose played 6 Nations this year, I guarantee he gets hurt

The Leinster flanker hopes to return from his ripped hamstring tendon in a month’s time.

Tuesday 22 March, 2016

Landslide vote sees the state of New York legalise MMA

Heads up, Madison Square Garden!

This teenager’s incredible attempted slam dunk is so bad it’s absolutely terrific

10 out of 10 for invention, just a couple of marks short on execution…

Monday 21 March, 2016

Break out the tux, it’s The42′s Six Nations awards Extravaganza This post contains videos

Break out the tux, it’s The42′s Six Nations awards

We’ve had 15 long games, and here’s who we’re giving a great big slap on the back to.

Sunday 20 March, 2016

The 10 best tries scored in the Six Nations this year Points For Pretty This post contains videos

The 10 best tries scored in the Six Nations this year

It wasn’t the most entertaining championship but there was no shortage of stand-out moments.

Here’s The42′s Six Nations Team of the Championship

Scotland and the champions dominate our selection.

Thursday 17 March, 2016

Zebo not worried by post-match reviews, he’ll continue to offload when the time is right

Zebo kick-started Ireland’s excellent first-half try against Italy with a sublime offload.

CJ Stander no longer playing like he’s got something to prove

The big back row also told us of the ‘massive’ St Patrick’s Day celebrations he used to see in South Africa.

Schmidt: ‘We never felt we were drowning, but we were struggling to stay on the surface’

The head coach made an early incision in the post-mortem of Ireland’s failed title defence.