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Dublin: 8 °C Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Monday 30 January, 2017

Kearney well used to pressure for 15 jersey

Leinster’s fullback admits his last 18 months have brought a constant struggle with injury, but he’s in confident mood again.

Ireland plan to have Sexton in full training tomorrow as Conway is ruled out

“Paddy (Jackson) has been there all last week running the plays.”

Friday 27 January, 2017

Wales won't cash in historic claim to 20% of Ireland's Rugby World Cup profits

It’s good news for Ireland’s 2023 bid – and good news for World Cup organisers.

Champions Cup double-header in store for Leinster and Munster in April

Any floating fans hoping to get to both quarter-finals are going to need a helicopter.

U20 captain Kelly eager to learn as he leads

The latest leader from St Michael’s has already taken part in Joe Schmidt training sessions and is hungry for more.

Connacht call can wait as Carolan drives U20s to 'perfect the simple things'

“The players still have the power to make decisions within the parameters, but there’s less of a menu to select from.”

Thursday 26 January, 2017

Ex-Clare GAA star Considine among 5 uncapped women in Ireland's 6 Nations squad

The Munster wing is joined by two new props and half-backs.

Wednesday 25 January, 2017

'It's difficult to know until they actually get in the Test arena': Schmidt ready to size up Scannells

“Unfortunately, you don’t get a second chance,” says the Kiwi.

We'll Leave It There So: One in the eye for Eddie, Bolt loses a medal and all today's sport

Plus, positivity from Joe Schmidt and a tight new hairdo for Jose.

Tuesday 24 January, 2017

JJ's back! Munster confirm Hanrahan, Farrell and Hart signings

However, Tomás O’Leary will not be returning to his native province after his spell in Montpellier.

IRFU has introduced mandatory concussion management training for coaches in Schools Cup rugby

The move comes after a high-profile on-field row involving a coach last year.

O'Mahony admits Murray needs better protection as he takes a breath before Six Nations

“It’s been a long nine, 10, 12 weeks…”

Monday 23 January, 2017

Conway and Scannell brothers included in Ireland's Six Nations squad

Joe Schmidt has named a group of 40 to gather in Carton House.

Foley memory remains a 'reality check' as Munster shrug off sporting pressure

“This should be a hell of an opportunity for you to express yourself and enjoy it,” The South African boss

'I'd have loved if Dan Carter was playing': O'Gara restores pride for Racing, but defeat stings

The Corkman took control of the Paris club’s build-up to face Munster.

Sunday 22 January, 2017

Toulouse go to Munster, Leinster welcome Wasps as Champions Cup 1/4 finals are set

Connacht miss out on the last eight, but Munster could have home advantage through to the semi-finals.

As it happened: Toulouse v Connacht, Champions Cup pool finale

Pat Lam’s went looking for their first ever Champions Cup knock-out spot.

'It was a good grind': Rassie satisfied with 2nd seed and Munster's steep upward curve

The South African’s team continue to show a hunger to work their way through problematic matches.

ROG's APB for Cronin and more sporting tweets of the week

We also have important news about a toilet and WIll Carling.

5 players we'd like to see capped during the Six Nations

A combination of injuries and form should create an opening more new faces in Joe Schmidt’s squad.

Saturday 21 January, 2017

'I forgot how good this place was': ROG moved by warm Limerick reception

“It’s great for players to taste the real Thomond Park,” says the Munster legend who was plotting their downfall.

Racing deliver a stern test, but Munster grind their way to home quarter-final

Ian Keatley’s late try ensured Munster are second only to Clermont after the Champions Cup pool stage.

Friday 20 January, 2017

As it happened: Castres v Leinster, Champions Cup

We went minute-by-minute as Leinster tried to wrap up a home quarter-final berth.

Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Injury boosts (including at 10) as Lam welcomes host of players back to Connacht training

Jack Carty and Shane O’Leary are at least fit enough to take part in training this week.

Captain, leader, legend: John Muldoon signs on for a 15th season with Connacht

“I have always said that I would like to continue playing if I had the physical fitness and mental hunger to do so.”

Scrum-half Lloyd among three additions to Munster European squad

Rassie Erasmus has promoted the Dubliner to replace Cathal Sheridan.

Here's the Scotland squad Vern Cotter will pick from to face Ireland

Ireland’s opener in Murrayfield is just two and a half weeks away.

Venue standards, live broadcasts and highlights show part of developments for women's 6 Nations

We’ll now be able to watch all of the women’s Six Nations games live.

Tuesday 17 January, 2017

All Black out-half Aaron Cruden commits to three years with Montpellier

The Chiefs star has chosen a life in France over another shot at the World Cup.

Leinster lock Triggs cited, joins Frans Steyn at disciplinary hearing tomorrow

The Kiwi has been called before a disciplinary committee for making contact with the eye are of Nic White.

Ex-Connacht captain Clarke forced at gunpoint to aid getaway

“I’ve got a couple of kids at home,” the 33-year-old pleaded with the armed robbers.

Monday 16 January, 2017

Lam demands defensive solidity as Connacht go in search of more history in Toulouse

Unfortunately it looks like Denis Buckley will join the list of injured Connacht men.

'There was a lot of doom and gloom': Youthful Leinster side have come of age in Europe

It’s a year today since Leo Cullen gave six players a full European debut and so much has changed since.

Saturday 14 January, 2017

Confidence rekindled as Lam prepares for 'biggest game of Connacht's history'

For the first time in five weeks Pat Lam was able to set out a full training schedule, the attack benefited.

Connacht philosophy on full display as they carve up Zebre for 10-try win

Despite some early frustration, Pat Lam’s side secured a bonus point inside 27 minutes.

Bristling Warriors will be ready to move on Munster

Gregor Townsend desperately wants to put his side in the knock-out stages before departing for the international stage.

Provincial success in Europe has driven Ireland standards at Test level

Ireland’s recent Six Nations titles have coincided with disappointing provincial results. Is there a link or mere coincidence?

'A red card distorts it a bit, but it was pleasing in the first 20 minutes' -- Cullen

Leo Cullen refused to waste much time patting his team on the back after their eight-try thrashing of Montpellier.

Friday 13 January, 2017

Conan power, Isa magic and a red card see Leinster cruise past Montpellier into 1/4 finals

14 mad first-half minutes set Leinster on the way to an eight-try rout and sealed a quarter-final.

Leinster acutely aware of Nadolo threat, but determined to impose pace on Montpellier

Leinster acutely aware of Nadolo threat, but determined to impose pace on Montpellier

It’s win and in for Leinster tonight. But victory won’t come easy this time around.