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Rugby - Today’s News

‘He’s always had to prove himself’ - Ken Owens believes Warren Gatland doesn’t get credit he deserves

Gatland will take charge of his 100th game as Wales boss against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday.

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Murray Kinsella, Gavan Casey and special guest Tomás O’Leary will be previewing the next round of the Six Nations.

Van Graan rues 'basic errors' as Munster turn attention to 'the best team in the Pro14'

The southern province suffered a bonus-point defeat to Cardiff Blues.

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Hannah Bowe explains what her work in Esportif International’s Intelligence division involves.

'A team like Munster coming in for me, I was a bit star-struck really'

Welsh-born James McCarthy was recruited by the Munster academy of the start of the season and has made a big impression already for Ireland U20s.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'It's really positive for their development': Cullen and Lowe praise Leinster's young guns

The eastern province got back to winning ways with a 20-13 victory over Scarlets at the RDS earlier.

Lansdowne back to winning ways and Garryowen power past UCD

Here is what happened in the Ulster Bank Leagues over the weekend.

Poor first half hurts Munster but late Bleyendaal penalty snatches losing bonus point

Johann van Graan’s side slipped to defeat in Cardiff but managed to escape with a point.

McGrath's knee injury may leave Leinster facing Champions Cup headache

The scrum-half was replaced during Leinster’s win over Scarlets this afternoon.

Lowe-inspired Leinster battle hard to see off Pro14 rivals Scarlets

The Kiwi scored a first-half brace as Leo Cullen’s side secured a big win.

Galway hurlers stave off Munster interest to tie down influential strength and conditioning coach

Lukasz Kirszenstein will remain with the Tribesmen despite heavy interest from Munster Rugby.

Carbery's absence doesn't bother Cullen as highly-rated Frawley steps up

The expectation was that the 22-year-old would feature against Scarlets today.

'We put a hell of a lot of effort into that game - the sheer amount of defence we did cost us'

Ulster fell to a late 17-16 Pro14 defeat to Edinburgh on Friday night at Kingspan Stadium.

Dundalk man McElroy excels with Saracens after U20s World Cup dream was shattered

The 20-year-old hooker is thriving in his first season with the Premiership giants.

'You heard the likes of Darce and Drico talking about it when you were in your mid-20s'

Fergus McFadden has been rejuvenated this season and has returned to the Ireland set-up.

Double helping of Scarlets makes Leinster look at the big picture

The usual ‘one game at a time’ mantra was shelved briefly this week as the Pro14 approaches a pivotal few weeks.

Rugby - Friday 16 February, 2018

Last-gasp drop goal sees Edinburgh overcome Ulster

It was no less than the Scots deserved as they controlled most of the possession.

Leinster place faith in Reid-O'Loughlin partnership as Nacewa carefully managed

With Henshaw, Ringrose and Nacewa all unavailable, there is a big emphasis on Leinster’s midfield partnership for tomorrow’s clash with Scarlets.

'Some of the drugs seemed to be making no difference. It was as bad a break as I've seen'

Alison Miller’s horrific injury took the gloss off Ireland’s win over Italy last weekend.

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From TheJournal.ie Rugby rape trial: Rory Harrison told police alleged victim was 'fixated on' Paddy Jackson Belfast Crown Court

Rugby rape trial: Rory Harrison told police alleged victim was 'fixated on' Paddy Jackson

Judge Patricia Smyth told jurors not to discuss the trial over the weekend.

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'I capsized twice in six hours... all I knew was my head got smashed against the side of the cabin'

The low points stand out as the most vivid memories for Damian Browne after he completed his epic 4,800-kilometre row.

Cullen backs Ringrose to slot back in for Wales as centre returns to full training

The 23-year-old could come back into contention for Ireland selection next week.

Leinster make seven changes for the visit of the champions

Jordan Larmour, Adam Byrne, Sean Cronin and Jordi Murphy have all been included in the starting line-up.

Waterford man O'Donoghue captains Munster as Grobler gets first start

Out-half Tyler Bleyendaal is back on the Munster bench after recovering from injury.

After 64 days at sea ex-Connacht and Leinster lock Browne completes epic row across Atlantic

‘Without a doubt this is the toughest challenge I have ever taken on,’ said Browne after embracing his parents, brother and sister in Antigua.

Andrew Conway signs new contract to remain at Munster until 2020

Stephen Fitzgerald has also been given a fresh deal, extending his development contract for another year.

After being dropped by France, Teddy Thomas is slapped with Racing 92 fine

The French winger is being punished for his behaviour in the wake of the Scotland game.

From delivering pizzas to delivering medals: Tadhg Beirne's momentum has been hard-won

The Munster-bound Scarlet has never been afraid of putting in the work.

Chris Farrell has 'his nose in front' for Ireland's 13 shirt - Schmidt

The Munster centre is expected to replace Robbie Henshaw for the clash with Wales.

Ireland are firm favourites but Schmidt warns of new Welsh strengths

Warren Gatland’s team have been using their forwards to pass the ball more often.

All-Ireland hurling winning fitness coach in line to join Munster rugby management team

Munster could now be the next port of call for the highly-rated Lukasz Kirszenstein.

Rugby - Thursday 15 February, 2018

'I've seen the blueprints of a Paulie lineout already!'

Devin Toner caught up with his former team-mate at this morning’s session in Athlone.

Larmour set for Leinster game time as Schmidt releases players for provincial duty

But Joey Carbery remained with the Ireland squad this week.

Schmidt's Ireland blow off the cobwebs with high-intensity session against the U20s

This morning’s open session rounded off a mini-camp in the Midlands ahead of the visit of Wales.

Henshaw to miss Leinster's Saracens clash as he's ruled out for up to four months

Joe Schmidt confirmed the timeframe for Henshaw’s return to action.

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'She wouldn't lie to me': Rugby rape trial hears about aftermath of incident from alleged victim's friend

The court also heard from a counsellor from the Brooke Clinic who talked to the alleged rape victim the following morning.

Henderson, Ryan and Furlong on course to be fit for Wales after missing training

The Ireland squad were put through their paces in Athlone this morning.

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