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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Ulster blow Northampton away as Charles Piutau gives Ravenhill a taste of what is to come

The new signing marked his home debut with a first try in Ulster colours.

Leinster end pre-season with five-try defeat to Bath in Donnybrook

Cian Healy and Rob Kearney made promising returns for the eastern province.

Tyler Bleyendaal impresses as Munster earn emphatic pre-season win

On the day of his 23rd birthday, new arrival, South African lock Jean Kleyn also made a positive impression.

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Plus, Shane Duffy has become Brighton’s record signing, while Blackburn have brought in two Irish defenders.

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'My 1st year in the academy we finished bottom': Buckley eager after missing Connacht's finest hour

The westerners were in Sale yesterday for training session with added intensity.

'It's very easy for people to put the boot in': Cheika tells critics to back wounded Wallabies Mc

'It's very easy for people to put the boot in': Cheika tells critics to back wounded Wallabies

Stirling Mortlock is among the vocal critics of the World Cup runners-up, but Cheika says the Australian thing to do is get behind the team.

Ireland U20 star McPhillips and new signing Lloyd paired in Ulster side to face Canada A

The northern province are playing two games in Kingspan Stadium tonight. Ruan Pienaar will sit out the fixtures with an elbow injury.

'The All Blacks can play 10 different ways and they're not easy to prepare for'

Andrew Trimble and Ireland switched onto the task of beating New Zealand earlier this week.

Rugby - Thursday 25 August, 2016

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Elsewhere, Ireland will have another Paralympian in Rio while Cristiano Ronaldo picks up another individual accolade.

Rassie Erasmus names strong Munster XV for visit of Worcester as campaign opener nears

Meanwhile, Charles Piutau starts for Ulster again.

Gibson-Park set for Leinster debut as Kearney and Healy return for final pre-season friendly

Leo Cullen’s men welcome Bath to Donnybrook on Friday.

Cheika recalls Quade Cooper in a bid to spark Wallaby revival in Wellington

Bernard Foley will start in the centre as the World Cup runners-up look to avenge their 42-8 home humbling.

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Captain O'Mahony closes in on comeback for Erasmus' Munster Pom

Captain O'Mahony closes in on comeback for Erasmus' Munster

It’s been a long road back for the blindside flanker, who is positive about the new regime.

Rugby - Wednesday 24 August, 2016

All Blacks hand debut to 21-year-old centre for Wallabies clash in Wellington

Anton Lienert-Brown has been named to start by Steve Hansen in Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test.

Treviso impressed with Irishman McKinley's impact ahead of Pro12

The 26-year-old out-half will hope to face Leinster in the RDS in two weekends’ time.

Matt Giteau admits he may have played his last game for Australia

After breaking his ankle against New Zealand, Giteau could step aside to let the next generation come through.

Isa Nacewa still feeling fresh at 34 and credits that to his 2-year break

The Aucklander his hoping the influence of the ‘exceptional’ Graham Henry can give Leinster and edge in his second year back after retirement.

Bowe gunning for All Black fixtures as pain of his 'last proper game' lingers on after knee nightmare

The wing hopes to play in the early weeks of the new season, but Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss must deal with an injury crisis in the front row.

'It's not ideal preparation' - Connacht left without pre-season run

Pat Lam’s squad trained against Ulster Bank League outfit Clontarf last weekend.

Holland out for a month but Erasmus confident of Munster's potential

The promising out-half is struggling with a hamstring issue.

Leinster 'make progress' on defence coach as Cullen cools Mike Ford link D

Leinster 'make progress' on defence coach as Cullen cools Mike Ford link

The Leinster boss reckons eight or nine teams could win the Pro12 this season.

Pro12 to continue 'very positive' USA expansion discussions

Managing director Martin Anayi is in favour of reducing the number of games in the league.

Rugby - Tuesday 23 August, 2016

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'It's the 1st time I've been in his house': Munster squad learning to love centralised training

Some players have made a permanent move to live in Limerick and those who haven’t are staying overnight during training weeks.

'The trophy represents serious inspiration for the west of Ireland, but it’s now part of history'

Pat Lam is coming down hard on any signs of complacency in Galway.

Dublin's Aviva Stadium to host 2017 Pro12 final as Guinness extends league sponsorship

The final returns to the capital for the first time since 2014.

Cheika: Wallabies face 'biggest' challenge yet

The former Leinster coach admits that Australia are up against it following their 42-8 defeat to the All-Blacks at the weekend.

'I don't see why he can't be back to that level. He's an extraordinary athlete'

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty believes Cian Healy can return to former heights.

Rugby - Monday 22 August, 2016

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Elsewhere, Paul O’Donovan was dominant in his world rowing championships heat and Limerick are looking for a new Gaelic football manager.

Dan Carter shows that age is just a number with a huge try-saving run

Rugby union’s highest test point-scorer is well able to defend too.

Leinster's promising halfbacks vying for position as Pro12 season looms

Cathal Marsh, Ross Byrne and Joey Carbery are competing for the 10 shirt.

Munster set to sign Springbok Jaco Taute on short-term deal

The 25-year-old centre/fullback won all three of his international caps in 2012.

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Ian Madigan thrilled with impressive Bordeaux debut

The former Leinster man kicked five penalties as Bordeaux beat reigning champions Racing 92 in the Top 14.

Munster's Erasmus hopes for attacking progress after win over Zebre

The South African director of rugby rated his side’s performance as solid.

Rugby - Sunday 21 August, 2016

Ankle injury means Matt Giteau has probably played his last game for the Wallabies

The Toulon star fractured his ankle in as the Wallabies were trounced in Sydney.

From Kilkenny hurling and Munster rugby to the Tipperary football physio

A European Cup winner will be on the sideline with Tipperary today.

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