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Dublin: -1 °C Monday 27 April, 2015

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

You snooze, you win, Shaq looks back and the week’s best sportswriting

You’ve been out in the sun all week. Stay in, and treat yourself to these gems from around the internet.

Inconsistency the big issue Leinster need to address — Matt O’Connor

The Australian believes the performance against Toulon is evidence that Leinster can compete with the best.

10 of our favourite sporting pictures of the week

Because a picture paints a thousand words.

We haven’t seen THIS devastating version of Ma’a Nonu in Super Rugby in about 5 years

The centre hasn’t always produced his best form in the southern hemisphere tournament.

The best part of Ulster v Leinster was when Paddy Jackson briefly morphed into Julian Savea

Jackson isn’t known for his strength but he boshed Jimmy Gopperth spectacularly.

Here’s why you don’t want to be a streaker when Chris Hala’ufia is on the pitch

If you’d any thoughts of running naked across a rugby field soon, this might change your mind.

If McGregor was a dog and Roy Race v Stevie G – It’s the sporting tweets of the week!

TJ Reid, Ian Madigan and Paul McShane all make the cut as well.

Iain Henderson ran a BOD-esque line to beat Leinster on Friday

The 23-year-old is getting more explosive with every game.

Rugby - Saturday 25 April, 2015

Connacht’s nightmare day and more talking points from a hectic Pro12 Saturday

Scarlets were the big winners in the chase for Champions Cup places.

One of Ireland’s biggest rugby clubs were relegated from Division 1A this afternoon

St Mary’s lost a relegation playoff to Garryowen at Templeville Road.

The two best teams in the Aviva Premiership clashed today – and there was a decisive winner

Northampton’s domestic form has been FAR better than their European displays.

Plenty of improvements required before Munster’s showdown with Ulster

Tommy O’Donnell is expecting a breakdown battle in Ravenhill.

The organisers of the Champions Cup are VERY desperate to shift final tickets

They’ve gone for the old buy one get one free model.

There were tears of joy in France as the little guys upset the world’s greatest club team

La Rochelle went toe-to-toe with Toulon in the Top 14.

Munster claim five points despite being in second gear against Treviso

Simon Zebo, CJ Stander and Tommy O’Donnell scored the crucial tries in the opening half.

Warriors wipe Connacht out with five tries in Galway

Pat Lam will be left ruing errors from his men throughout the 80 minutes.

Is there room for Tom Brady and Lionel Messi at Toulon? It’s our Comments of the Week!

Our readers produced the goods over the past seven days.

Lewis Hamilton remains richest sportsman in Britain but Rory McIlroy enjoys lucrative year

The Sunday Times’ annual list sees the Formula 1 driver well ahead of the rest of the field.

Composure key to Ulster’s quick turnaround against Leinster — Rory Best

The hooker praised the attitude and belief built between the province’s players and coaching staff.

‘Credit to Ulster, they wore us down’ – Leinster coach O’Connor

Ulster’s home fuelled motivation combined with Leinster fatigue made it a rough night for the champions.

Rugby - Friday 24 April, 2015

Curtain closing on Leinster’s season and more talking points from Ravenhill

Along with man of the match Iain Henderson, Paddy Jackson was critical to putting Ulster top of the table.

Henderson helps Ulster inflict painful defeat on Leinster

Ulster scored 26 unanswered points after trailing 10 -0 early on.

We’ll Leave It There So: Irish Rugby rubbish criticisms, Pep’s going home & all today’s sport

Also, AP McCoy prepares to say farewell and one Irish pundit wants Jack Grealish to feature against Scotland.

As it happened: Ulster v Leinster, Pro12

We were in Ravenhill to bring you through this crucial inter-pro minute-by-minute.

A tale of two provinces as Leinster attempt to save season away to Ulster

The hosts in Belfast have trophies on their mind, but they too need three wins to help them along the way.

Know your sport? Take our weekly quiz

How closely were you paying attention to this week’s sporting headlines.

For the first time in 13 long months, Donnacha Ryan starts for Munster

The second row replaces Paul O’Connell who missed training with a shoulder issue this week.

Jack Carty leads exciting Connacht backline with Henshaw and Aki paired again

Pat Lam has made three changes to the side that lost to Ulster.

Quade Cooper is headed for the south of France as Toulon flash the cash again

The Wallabies star has signed on for two years.

Schmidt and IRFU answer ‘grossly inaccurate’ O’Connor criticisms of player management

David Nucifora and Joe Schmidt have underlined the value of Ireland’s player management system.

‘We will try to influence him’ – Joe Schmidt on Paul O’Connell’s future

Ireland’s head coach ‘would be delighted’ if O’Connell extends his career beyond the World Cup.

Rugby - Thursday 23 April, 2015

‘A soft but well-taken try’: Let a Saracens coach talk you through their defeat to Clermont Game Tape This post contains videos

‘A soft but well-taken try’: Let a Saracens coach talk you through their defeat to Clermont

Alex Sanderson has talked through the highlights of the semi-final for the club’s YouTube channel.

Tommy Bowe: ‘We shouldn’t ever lose at Fortress Ravenhill’

With the Pro12 final set for Belfast, Ulster are hoping to have four massive home games left in their season.

‘To wear the All Black jersey you have to play in New Zealand’ — NZRU not following Australian lead

New Zealand won’t copy the Wallabies’ eligibility policy change, according to NZRU chief.

We’ll Leave It There So: Croke Park Classic scrapped, McGrath’s good deed and today’s sport

It was a day of bad news on the injury front for Davy Condron, Evan Regan, Ciaran Clark and Marty Moore.

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Another Leinster player needs surgery and has been ruled out for the rest of the season

Marty Moore faces 12 weeks out, Leinster confirmed on Thursday.

200 not out for Heaslip – Here are the Ulster and Leinster teams for tomorrow’s inter-pro

Ulster unchanged while Leinster make four changes from defeat against Toulon.

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