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Friday 29 January, 2016

Here’s the Ireland Women’s 7s squad heading to Sydney and São Paulo

Sure isn’t it well for them.

Props, prohibiting substances and even a proposal at Ireland’s open training session

Here’s how Ireland are looking a week out from the Six Nations.

Ireland release Henshaw, Bealham and Dillane for Connacht’s vital clash with Scarlets

Liam Williams is back for the league-leading Scarlets’ trip to Galway.

Thursday 28 January, 2016

New faces in Ireland Women’s squad as 7s stars miss start of Six Nations defence

Head coach Tom Tierney has included seven uncapped players as Ireland women spread resources across two forms of the game.

England v Arnie: Jones shows no remorse for painting over motivational Schwarzenegger quote

Eddie Jones apparently hasn’t got time for action heroes, last or not.

22-year-old McGrath captains Leinster with Adam Byrne earning first start on the wing

The internationals are locked away in camp, so there’s another chance for provincial prospects to take the stage.

‘You can keep my belt, what I want is to whoop your ass’: Aldo will refuse any fight other than McGregor

The Brazilian emerges from the shadows with some big conditions for his next fight.

Wednesday 27 January, 2016

We’ll Leave It There So: Munster exodus cancelled, slow race for Lions job and all today’s sport

Let that news about Conor Murray and Keith Earls sweep you past Hump Day.

‘Dwell on the past, you’re going to be stuck there’: O’Donnell at peace with World Cup woe

The flanker’s healthy mind has helped his body to follow suit after a horrible dislocated hip injury in August.

Tuesday 26 January, 2016

‘He wouldn’t have taken his decision lightly’: Bowe wishes Earls all the best after Saracens link

The Ulster wing hopes Earls can still be his team-mate with Ireland even if he moves to the Premiership.

Saturday 23 January, 2016

This Munster-heavy European rugby pool round 6 quiz is probably too hard for you

The five rounds that led us here were just appetisers, the sixth round of pool games are where the drama really unfolds.

Friday 22 January, 2016

Stuart McCloskey ‘rested’ for Ulster’s crucial Champions Cup clash with Oyonnax

The northern province are chasing a bonus point to give them the best chance of making the Champions Cup quarter-finals.

‘Sam is a hero’: Burgess saves man choking during a Sydney seafood eating contest

He’s the hero Sydney deserves, and he wasn’t needed by England right now.

Thursday 21 January, 2016

BOD on McGregor: ‘Over time it’s very hard to maintain that lack of self doubt’

The centre also offered some clarity on why his partnership with Paul Kimmage didn’t work out.

Nothing to play for, but pride in the jersey for Jonathan Sexton

And maybe a bit more form in the bank wouldn’t go amiss either.

Rory Best ‘the ideal candidate to take over’ Irish captaincy, says Johnny Sexton

The out-half reckons it was an easy decision for Joe Schmidt.

Stuart Olding ready to end 10-month injury absence with centre slot for Ulster A

The 22-year-old will wear the number 13 shirt in Bristol tomorrow night.

Ulster taking lessons from latest Toulouse slip-up with clinical approach to take apart Oyonnax

Don’t expect Barbarians rugby when Ulster go chasing a bonus point win on Saturday, expect relentless pragmatism.

Wednesday 20 January, 2016

A dozen rock solid reasons why Rory Best was the perfect choice to be Ireland captain

The hooker has been inspirational throughout his 89 caps for his country.

Rory Best is the new captain of Ireland

The Ulster hooker has skippered his country four times before.

10-week ban for gouging Luke Marshall keeps Chris Ashton out of the Six Nations

The winger pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Who would you like to see in Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations squad today?

How much new blood is too much new blood?

Tuesday 19 January, 2016

We’ll Leave It There So: Power out, Six Nations squads in and all today’s sport

Here’s all the sport you need to know before Wednesday comes.

‘We’ve been talking about it for years, but our performances haven’t improved in big games’ — Jared Payne

The Ireland international says he hasn’t spoken to Joe Schmidt about whether he’ll be needed as a centre or fullback option next month.

Clermont flanker gets 14-week ban for pushing Wayne Barnes

The openside felt the referee was blocking his route to a tackle on Friday.

Here’s the incident that earned Ryan Wilson a citing for grabbing testicles Frown Jewels This post contains videos

One uncapped, 10 players based outside Wales in Gatland’s Six Nations squad

Scarlets’ Aled Davies is the only new face called up by Gatty.

Monday 18 January, 2016

Sean O’Brien: It would be huge honour to captain Ireland, but if it’s not to be I’ll soldier on

The flanker is not often spoken of as captaincy material, but would jump at the chance if it was offered.

CJ Stander: ‘A great man, and the player comes out of that’ — Foley

As CJ Stander grows in stature at Munster, his compatriot has played his last game for the province.

Outside chance for Munster? How the Champions Cup 1/4 final shake-up stands

The quarter-final countdown is on, so we dusted off the scientific calculator to see who is likely to go in to the last eight.

Sunday 17 January, 2016

That’s why they’re champions… Toulon crash into 1/4 final places with last gasp win over Wasps

Ma’a Nonu combined to break Wasps resistance, and severely damage Ulster’s hope.

Ross Molony keeping feet on the ground and focus on physical gains

The young lock put in a man-of-the-match performance in Leinster’s surprisingly straightforward win over Bath.

This brilliant skill from Mike Phillips to set up Casey Laulala summed up Racing’s day

Everything went right for Ronan O’Gara’s side.

Saturday 16 January, 2016

‘There’s no coincidence, they work hard all the time’, says Cullen after Baby Blues beat Bath

The big-spending Premiership side weren’t allowed any time to settle by Leinster’s makeshift side.

Leinster young guns blaze a trail in comfortable win over Bath

Ross Molony won man of the match on an impressive night for Leo Cullen’s young stars.

As it happened: Leinster v Bath, Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute from the RDS as Leinster’s baby Blues took on one of the Premiership’s richest clubs.

Beautiful tries from Earls and Zebo set Munster on their way to a bonus point today

The Champions Cup will be a poorer place without these boys.