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Rugby - Today’s News

A little Danny Cipriani magic set up a glorious coast-to-coast try from Wasps

Ex-Leinster man Jimmy Gopperth finished off under the posts after Wasps found a very non-textbook way off their own five-metre line.

Ulster conjured up this scintillating Paddy Jackson try in the win away to Glasgow Icymi This post contains videos

Ulster conjured up this scintillating Paddy Jackson try in the win away to Glasgow

Nobody planned to have Louis Ludik playing outside centre, but he excelled there.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

It’s Sunday, so here are 10 of our favourite images from the sporting week

Here’s how all the action of the last seven days looked through a lens.

UL Bohs keep 100% start as they hand Old Belvo first loss of the season

Wins for Blackrock, St Mary’s and Galwegians on week three of the Women’s AIL.

Dave Pocock posted an extremely in-depth pic after surgery on his broken hand

Fair warning: Pocock’s Tweet is far more than skin deep and the squeamish among you may want to avoid it.

Rassie Erasmus hopeful injury suffered to Jack O’Donoghue not as bad as first feared

The flanker was stretchered off in yesterday’s win over Edinburgh.

'If I start listening to people then I'll lose focus on the job': Lam brushes off talk of Connacht crisis

The defending champions are still without a point after three games this season.

Rieko Ioane wins hat-trick battle in 82-point thriller NZ This post contains videos

Rieko Ioane wins hat-trick battle in 82-point thriller

Ioane’s breaks gave Auckland the edge as Joe Tupe scored a treble of his own for Bay of Plenty.

'We need to take a tin-opener to the top of our minds': Enda McNulty on elite performance

The former Armagh All-Ireland winner talks forensically about sports psychology, motivation and what makes the best.

Rugby - Saturday 24 September, 2016

Williams piles woe on Connacht as defending champs stay rooted to foot of Pro12 table

Niyi Adeolokun had given Pat Lam’s men a first-half lead in Wales.

Maro Itoje's incredible 16-month, 31-game winning run finally came to an end today

Saracens and England’s one-man engine room finally ran low on diesel.

Lansdowne power top of the table and all the rest of the weekend's UBL action

Young Munster produced an impressive display with a little help from a raucous crowd in Cork.

Murray sniffs out two tries to help Munster claim bonus point win over Edinburgh

Conor Oliver and Dave O’Callaghan also crossed the whitewash as Rassie Erasmus’ men produced a commanding display.

Les Kiss in buoyant mood after Glasgow victory despite crucial calls going against Ulster

The northern province claimed their first league win at Scotstoun last night.

Rugby - Friday 23 September, 2016

Ulster extend unbeaten run to four in Scotland despite unfortunate video decisions

Les Kiss’ side scored three tries to claim a five-point win.

Sexton stars as superb Leinster crush Ospreys with bonus-point victory at the RDS

The Welsh side entered the game with a maximum 15 points from their first three league games, but can have no complaints with tonight’s result.

We'll Leave It There So: Fresh faces in Irish squad, O'Neill's new contract and today's sport

Elsewhere, Burnley striker Andre Gray has been slapped with a four-game ban for homophobic tweets he posted in 2012.

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Toulon appoint Mike Ford to take charge of their attack, defence and overall gameplan - reports

Yet the head coach title will still belong to Diego Dominguez.

There's a busy line-up of domestic action for Ireland's rugby clubs this weekend

Promoted Dublin University host college rivals UCD in a Division 1A derby on Saturday afternoon.

Saracens back down from appealing Chris Ashton's 13-week bite ban

Mark McCall says the club will continue to support the prolific controversial wing.

Keatley in at full-back as Munster make 5 changes for first Thomond outing

Edinburgh are the opponents as Rassie Erasmus leads the team at the Limerick venue for the first time.

Ultan Dillane set to bash from the back row as Connacht chase first win away to Scarlets

The powerful Kerryman is one of six changes from the side who started poorly away to Zebre.

Leinster coach Cullen: Second half showing must improve against physical, in-form Ospreys

The eastern province have relied heavily on their opening 40 so far this season.

Ringrose seeking defensive improvements against high-flying Ospreys

The Leinster centre admits it’s been an adjustment trying to implement Stuart Lancaster’s philosophies.

Rugby - Thursday 22 September, 2016

USA Rugby opens door to possible expansions from abroad, but 'reiterates support' for domestic league

‘Any outside competition would have to align within the strategy and plan we are developing.’

We'll Leave It There So: McGregor camp deny injury, Sexton and Payne picked and today's sport Thursday This post contains videos

We'll Leave It There So: McGregor camp deny injury, Sexton and Payne picked and today's sport

Elsewhere, Carl Frampton nears massive rematch deal, Ireland launch new rugby jersey and Brive fly-half gets 14-week ban for eye gouging.

Brive out-half given 14-week suspension after being found guilty of eye gouging

Matthieu Ugalde will be out of action until early next year as a result of the incident in a Top14 match against Bernard Jackman’s Grenoble.

Former Leinster and All Black star Brad Thorn set for return to elite rugby

The powerful lock has been named on the bench for a National Rugby Championship game this weekend.

Sexton ready to hit the ground running against high-fliers in RDS after solid build-up

Head coach Leo Cullen reports that Sexton has been taking a full part in training for some time and won’t be taking on the Ospreys cold.

Ireland have released their new alternative jersey... and it's purple

The international teams will wear it as part of their change kit for 2016/17.

Jared Payne to make first appearance of the season as Ulster ring changes for Glasgow test

Les Kiss will be looking to make it four wins from four games in Scotland on Friday night.

Heeeeeeeere's Johnny! Sexton named for first Leinster start of the season

Leo Cullen makes six changes as Leinster bid to end Ospreys’ perfect start.

Stander: 'A Lions tour call up would be the ultimate'

The Munster man wants a spot on the next summer’s tour.

Rugby - Wednesday 21 September, 2016

We'll Leave It There So: Davy steps down, Paralympic heroes return and today's sport Wednesday This post contains videos
Lambie returns to Spingboks for first time since Stander red-card incident Back In Action This post contains videos

Lambie returns to Spingboks for first time since Stander red-card incident

Fullback Willie le Roux has also been recalled by under-fire head coach Allister Coetzee.

Les Kiss to lose loyal lieutenant Barakat as he returns to Australia

Barakat is set to join up with Western Force.

Munster's new €15m training base could have been a deal-breaker for Rassie Erasmus

“Rugby union wise, it’s probably in the top 10 in the world.”

Saracens wing Chris Ashton cops 13-week ban for biting

The 29-year-old is suspended until December for biting Alex Waller.

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