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Thursday 19 March, 2015

The sky is still the limit in Ireland’s new era of women’s rugby

Jenny Murphy is still finding her feet at outside centre, but could find a winner’s medal around her neck this weekend.

Munster hurling pedigree helping Fitzgerald thrive for Ireland under 20s

The father of the try-scoring winger enjoyed his own underage success.


Wednesday 18 March, 2015

‘One team has had an easy run’: Gatland criticises 15 years of Six Nations fixtures

The Kiwi says he would like to face ‘lesser teams’ early in the tournament before this weekend’s meeting with Italy.

Sunday 15 March, 2015

Saturday 14 March, 2015

England take top spot in Six Nations despite lacklustre display against Scotland

It could have been much worse for Ireland’s Championship hopes.

O’Connell left looking towards Scotland after giving ‘a leg up’ to Wales

The centurion and captain bemoaned the early glut of penalties conceded as a crucial part of Ireland’s loss.

‘We’ve only got ourselves to blame’ — Joe Schmidt

The Kiwi lamented the loss of the aerial battle as Wales shaded all the fine margins in Cardiff.

Here’s Joe Schmidt in full flight kick-chasing his way to a try in ’89

The Manawatu flier left Jean-Baptiste Lafond in his dust.

Open Thread: How will Ireland fare in the Six Nations clash with Wales? Call It This post contains a poll

Friday 13 March, 2015

‘Carragher has forgotten everything he did on the pitch’ — Jose Mourinho is on the warpath

The Chelsea boss managed to channel both Eric Cantona and ‘The Dude’ in today’s press conference.

Safe hands: This coach saved his gymnast from a terrifying head-first fall TWICE! The Catch This post contains videos

From ever-present to outsider — Dave Kearney working hard to get back in the picture with Ireland

The Leinster man admits it has been a frustrating experience watching Ireland defend the Six Nations without him.

Thursday 12 March, 2015

Here’s what you need to know about concussion protocols in domestic rugby Best Practice This post contains videos

Here’s what you need to know about concussion protocols in domestic rugby

Professionals can return to play within a week, but amateurs must be given at least 21 days to recover from a concussion.

Clermont flier Nakaitaci handed debut as PSA wields the axe for Italy clash

The head coach has made eight changes to the side which lost at home to Wales.

‘Teams at Test level tend to be pretty complete’ — Schmidt ready for whatever Wales throw at him

“They have some very clear and obvious strengths,” says Schmidt. And he doesn’t expect Gatland to change tack.

Dunphy and Giles used the full rap sheet to slam ‘cancer’ and ‘evil’ Jose Mourinho

“I’d be the last one to turn on Mourinho, but…”

‘It’s difficult when you concede 20 or 30 kgs to an opponent’: Would Shane Williams make it in modern rugby?

Wales’ record try-scorer came late to the sport, but set it alight.

Shane Williams looks back on fearful days against ‘best tactical defender’ Tommy Bowe

One of Warren Gatland’s finest hours in charge of Wales involved the switch of the prolific try-scorer away from Bowe.

Wednesday 11 March, 2015

Some big dunks and a headband-less LeBron graced the NBA last night

Basketball’s biggest star looks a little different as his Cavaliers attempt to build momentum for the play-offs.

Snapshot: Paul O’Connell lined out for Ireland ‘A’ opposite the greatest bench of all time

You’d be tempted to throw them on well before the 60 minute mark.

He used to be a 10 and refused to make sandwiches — Paul O’Connell’s genesis story is absolutely brilliant All It Takes This post contains videos

Paul O’Connell getting better as the years go on, he scares me — Sean Cronin

The hooker says there has been extra bite between packs this week as players try to match the captain’s standards.

Tuesday 10 March, 2015

Henshaw not done tapping D’Arcy for tips while taking every chance to build Payne partnership

Ireland’s new centre partnership will sample the delights of the Millennium Stadium for the first time this weekend.

Sexton reaching for 100% kicking capability as Ireland report full deck to take on Wales

All injury concerns around Carton House are alleviating.

Unsung hero Gordon D’Arcy the man who made Ireland’s backline tick

Joe Schmidt foreshadowed the end of an era for centres of D’Arcy’s stature, but the 35-year-old will hopefully receive a fitting send-off.

Ireland prefer to leave Millennium Stadium roof open, but will bide time before decision

Unless there’s a deluge, it’ll likely be open on Saturday.

Laois’ McMahon aggrieved by coverage ‘ridiculing’ his decision to leave county scene

There are much more important things in life than farming for McMahon.

11 top tips to help you balance work and Cheltenham this week

Because missing the 15.20 is not an option.

Saturday 7 March, 2015

Conor Murray outlines 5 core elements of his gym routine

The 93 kg scrum-half played every minute of the wins over England and France. Here’s a taster of what it takes to get in that condition.

Thursday 5 March, 2015

Muliaina back as Connacht make just three changes on five-day turnaround

The Westerners are off to Cardiff for another crucial test of their top six credentials.

Blow for Ulster as Luke Marshall given five-week suspension, one for Wilson

The centre will miss an away trip to Connacht, but will return in late April to face Leinster at home.

(It’s business) It’s business time as Steve Walsh pulls out as referee of Wales-Ireland game

Wayne Barnes will be the man in the middle next weekend.

‘It actually looks much scarier than it is’: Gomis offers assurances about his health after collapse

The health of the striker’s father caused his own existing condition to flare up on the field.

Setanta Sports had the perfect caption to troll Dublin’s Bryan Cullen last night

Forget the medals, Coppers access is what really matters to the modern GAA star.

Wednesday 4 March, 2015

South Africa are now an official rival for Ireland in 2023 World Cup bid

The SARU are hoping persistence pays off as they enter the bidding for the fourth straight tournament.

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