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Rugby - Today’s News

Wallabies captain Moore set to retire from international rugby

The 34-year-old came close to a move to Munster in the past.

'There's a limited amount of time you can do this for, so we put in the effort'

Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton is putting in the hours to ensure rugby flourishes at root and branch in this country.

IRFU's Fox hunt pays dividends as Australian youngster set to sign with Connacht academy

The IRFU are keen to complete the move before the eligibility rules change.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Two weeks to go: A quick guide to how the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland will work

All you’ll need to get you through day one in UCD.

All Blacks vice-captain Smith to take sabbatical

He will miss the majority of the Rugby Championship after exercising the option to take a career break.

I'm not the man to replace Rassie at Munster, insists Rob Penney

The former Reds boss has two more years in Japan.

Rugby - Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Ireland internationals Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding to be prosecuted for alleged rape

Both players “strenuously deny” the allegations, and have been relieved of their rugby duties while the case is ongoing.

Canada rugby sevens wing lands a contract in the NFL

Adam Zaruba impressed in a trial, two months after winning a World Series bronze medal at the London Sevens.

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Wimbledon-style tickets, single purpose stands and transforming UCD from campus to World Cup

Tournament director Garrett Tubridy is ready to host A tournament small on scale, but overflowing with international flavour.

Grand Slam and European Cup winner Tomás O'Leary retires at 33

The former Munster and Ireland scrum-half has called time on a professional career that began in 2005.

'It focuses the mind, there’s no easy lead-in': Ireland relishing defining World Cup opener against Australia

Captain Niamh Briggs is leading a ‘no excuses’ attitude as Ireland embrace the challenges ahead.

Connacht set to sign promising Australian out-half Deegan

The Randwick product will battle Jack Carty and Steve Crosbie for the number 10 shirt.

Rugby - Monday 24 July, 2017

'We have to embrace and cherish that pressure': Briggs relishing home WRWC

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs is fit again and ready to lead her side next month.

Italian Rugby Federation take control of Zebre after attempted Pro12 withdrawal

The club announced Zebre would retain its name and play next season in Parma.

Adaptability key for Tierney in selecting the best women for the job

The uncapped Nicole Cronin represents a considerable amount of Sevens blood running through the squad of 28.

Injury returnees and one uncapped player in Ireland squad for home World Cup

This is the squad carrying Ireland’s hopes in next month’s home tournament.

'I used to make myself sick pretty much every day for two or three years'

Renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens examines the impact of eating disorders on men and boys in a BBC documentary tonight.

Rugby - Sunday 23 July, 2017

Captain Briggs proud of Ireland's mental strength as she leads drive for home World Cup

‘We won games we had no right to win. And sometimes you need that stomach, that grit.’

Star rugby ref Nigel Owens opens up on bulimia battle

“I would urge anyone suffering to do something – seek professional advice, tell people about it, don’t hide it, don’t lie about it, that’s a great first step.”

World Cup squad on the board leaves nervous wait behind Ireland's elite women, but tough tasks all ahead

Ashleigh Baxter has had to adapt her game since starring in the 2014 World Cup.

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Late, great 58 metre penalty keeps the Lions on home run towards Super Rugby final

The Hurricanes go to Johannesburg to keep up their title defence next weekend, while the Crusaders and Chiefs do battle in Christchurch.

Ireland no longer just tagging along, they're up there with the best in the world

The ITF (International Tag Federation) Tri Nations tournament between Ireland, Britain and Australia is underway this weekend

Rugby - Saturday 22 July, 2017

'It will be absolutely huge for sport here' - The legacy of the Women's Rugby World Cup

Elaine Buckley of the Fair Game podcast spoke to The42 this week.

Rugby - Friday 21 July, 2017

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'I feel privileged and grateful': Connacht legend Naoupu calls time on 15-year career

The powerful back-row forward played 102 times for the western province.

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Jordie Barrett scores try after 'falcon' from prop Ben May

Barrett collected a Ben May header to touch down in the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby playoff with the ACT Brumbies.

Booze in sport: blamed too much for defeat and enjoyed too much in victory

“Drink is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to sport, with winning the transformational potion between the two,” writes Tommy Martin.

All Black centre Fekitoa puts international career to one side after signing for Toulon

“It has been the hardest decision of my life to leave New Zealand,” he said.

'We need a few big performances under the new coach to hit the ground running'

Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion on a new era out west.

Rugby - Thursday 20 July, 2017

World Rugby has tidied up the 'tackle-only' law that caused England so much trouble against Italy

In addition, players will no longer be able to kick the ball out of rucks and jackaling players must work from their own gate.

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Farrell targets silverware as debut season with Munster looms

The former Ulster centre has joined the southern province after three seasons in France.

'The same teams have been in the league for a good few years': Marmion welcomes Pro12 expansion

South African franchises the Cheetahs and Southern Kings are expected to be added to the league for this season.

'He's in incredible physical shape': Peter Stringer will play with Worcester beyond his 40th birthday

The Corkman will remain in the Premiership on a short-term deal alongside Donnacha O’Callaghan.

Johnny Sexton played Lions series decider with a broken wrist

The Leinster man also injured his ankle in the same game, but played through the pain.

Rugby - Wednesday 19 July, 2017

South African expansion will see a serious sum of money injected into Pro12

The South Africans have pledged to contribute a whopping sum to the league across six years.

Pro12 release brief statement finally confirming talks with South African sides

After months of keeping tight-lipped on reports, Celtic Rugby say discussions over an expansion are taking place.

WRWC to run ticket exchange, so don't give up hope of seeing Ireland's pool matches just yet

Proceeds from the ‘Wimbledon style’ re-sales will go to the IRFU Charitable Trust.

Rugby - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

All Black Coles set to return after considering retirement over concussion problems

“I got into a bit of a dark place.”

Rugby - Monday 17 July, 2017

Australia star Christian Lealiifano ready for Super Rugby return after leukaemia diagnosis

The Wallaby playmaker looks set to feature when the Hurricanes visit Canberra on Friday.

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