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Rugby - Today’s News

Pat Lam to leave Connacht and take over as head coach at Bristol

The Connacht head coach will depart for England following the conclusion of the 2016/17 campaign.

'You haven't seen the best of Joey yet. He is the future of Leinster Rugby'

The young out-half is primed to take centre stage for Leinster in Europe later this week after another standout performance against Dragons.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Lydiate to miss the Six Nations - and probably the Lions tour too

Damage to his anterior cruciate ligament means the Wales flanker will require surgery.

'We have to be expecting to win big games': Clermont a formidable foe in season-defining weeks for Ulster

Tommy Bowe looks ahead to the formidable challenge of facing Clermont in their own backyard.

'He wasn't knocked out' - Northampton defend decision to allow George North to play on

Concerns over a head injury have been calmed by the club.

Best is yet to come from England after Wallabies win caps undefeated 2016

George Ford insists England were nowhere near their best despite a 16-point defeat of Australia.

Chris Shields puts Gary Neville back in his box - it's sporting tweets of the week

Here’s how the last seven days played out in 140 characters or less.

Rugby - Saturday 3 December, 2016

Selection headaches await Cullen as Leinster look ahead to Northampton

Leinster got the job done tonight and now the focus turns to the Champions Cup.

Youthful Leinster thrill RDS crowd with bonus point victory over Dragons

That’s now four wins from four for the provinces this weekend.

Ulster bring Pro12 losing run to an end with bonus-point victory in Cardiff

Charles Piutau, Stuart McCloskey, Kyle McCall, Chris Henry and Louis Ludik all scored tries for the Irish side.

Cheika hesitant to label England northern hemisphere's best

England’s gritty style is not one that the Australia coach is keen to replicate.

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Huge boost for Connacht ahead of Wasps clash as they ease past Treviso

The Westerners were too strong for the Italian side, as they won 47-8.

Joseph on the double as England down Australia to complete unbeaten year

Eddie Jones’ side were too strong for the Wallabies at Twickenham.

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Cullen willing to work with all parties to ensure Sexton returns in 'best possible shape'

The eastern province face the Dragons at the RDS tonight without their first-choice out-half.

Planet Earth references and Ken Early's underwear: Second Captains 750 podcasts on

We chat to presenter of the hugely-popular sports show, Eoin McDevitt, ahead of its latest milestone.

McFadden: Bonus points promise entertainment in 6 Nations, but much more work for coaches

Fergus McFadden will be back running next week after ‘almost’ tearing his quad off the bone. Perfect timing for a new-look Six Nations.

Rugby - Friday 2 December, 2016

Munster hold off Glasgow challenge to stay top of the Pro12

Munster have a one point advantage on the Ospreys with more Pro12 action coming tomorrow

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Ireland Women storm back from 12 - 0 down to win Dubai 7s Challenge Trophy

Anthony Eddy’s side have gotten better as the Dubai leg of the world series has gone on.

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Ulster boosted by Henry and McCloskey return for Cardiff trip

The weather forced the northern province to postpone last weekend’s meeting with Zebre and they are in bad need of a win.

Connacht hand Springbok Boshoff first start as Lam rings the changes for Treviso clash

The western province take on the Italian side at the Sportsground tomorrow.

Joey Carbery at 10 as Leinster look to bounce back against Dragons

The Athy man is the only international involved against Australia who will feature at the RDS tomorrow.

Miller time as Ireland score four to beat USA and reach Trophy Final at Dubai 7s

Anthony Eddy’s side will face Spain in this afternoon’s final.

Tracy hungry to emulate Rory Best's set-piece power

With a little help from a lamp-post.

Rugby - Thursday 1 December, 2016

We'll Leave It There So: Payne's kidney injury, Tiger back on the prowl and today's sport Thursday This post contains videos

We'll Leave It There So: Payne's kidney injury, Tiger back on the prowl and today's sport

Meanwhile, Paul Dunne makes stunning start in South Africa, Conor McGregor gets pro boxing licence and Arsenal star to undergo surgery.

Townsend turns down Lions role to stick with Scotland

The former out-half won’t be part of Warren Gatland’s coaching team next summer.

Ireland Women strike late to claim draw with Fiji on tough day in Dubai

However, Lucy Mulhall thought she had kicked the winning points before the referee asked for her conversion to be re-taken.

Huge blow as kidney problem rules Jared Payne out for 'at least' three months

Andrew Trimble will also miss the back-to-back clashes with Clermont with a foot tendon problem.

Keatley back in at 10 as Munster ring the changes for tough trip to Glasgow

Rassie Erasmus has made six personnel changes to his team for tomorrow night’s game at Scotstoun Stadium.

Welsh international Hook returning home after spells with Perpignan and Gloucester

The out-half will be back in the Pro12 from next season.

Done deal! Devin Toner signs new three-year contract with IRFU to stay at Leinster

The towering second row was one of the stars of Ireland’s November series campaign.

World Rugby CEO hails 'return of the north' as €224 million profit is announced for 2015

Northern hemisphere teams bounced back in November after the southern success at last year’s World Cup, says Brett Gosper.

'Johnny struggles to let 6 hours go without thinking about rugby': Nacewa backs Sexton to power on at Leinster

If Sexton does end up being sidelined, the Leinster captain is confident Joey Carbery can steer the team in Europe.

Rugby - Wednesday 30 November, 2016

We'll Leave it There So: Six Nations bonus points, All-Ireland final ref's admission and all today's sport

Plus, former darts champion Eric Bristow has apologised for his widely condemned football sex abuse comments.

2016 finalists CBC and Crescent to meet in first-round Senior Cup showdown

The tournament gets underway on 16 January.

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