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Rugby - Today’s News

‘It’s a very uncertain time when you get picked ahead of a legend of Irish rugby’ — Sexton talks pressure in new ad

Sexton talks us through the tension he feels taking on a place-kick, and then cuts loose with an annoying wedding dance floor staple.

Rob Horne signs new Australia contract to end Munster interest

The 25-year-old wing/centre has agreed to a two-year extension of his ARU deal.

Munster’s Dave Foley ruled out of Six Nations after wrist surgery

The second row was also issued a citing warning over an incident in the win over Sale.

David Humphreys is bringing yet another Ulsterman over to Gloucester

Loosehead prop Paddy McAllister will head for Kingsholm at the end of the season.

Police hold Toulon’s Steffon Armitage as Xavier Chiocci cleared over fight

The pair are alleged to have struck a 31-year-old man in a restaurant last month.

The Six Nations may not be screened live on free-to-air TV from 2018

RTÉ and the BBC’s current rights deals conclude after the 2017 tournament.

Open Thread: Who would you like to see get a run with the Wolfhounds tomorrow night?

The team-sheets will be unveiled today for the ‘A’ international in Cork.

Jamie Heaslip never tired of learning from the world’s great ‘outliers’

From the Rock to Rob Kearney, Ferriss to Phelps. The Ireland number eight chews through any insight that can help his game.

Paul O’Connell: ‘I don’t know whether this will be my last Six Nations’

The Ireland captain says he doesn’t want to have any regrets when he makes a decision about retirement.

Schmidt errs towards caution with Sexton after concussion issues

Meanwhile, the Ireland head coach is pleased with Luke Fitzgerald’s recent form.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

We’ll Leave It There So: Figo challenges Blatter, Mayweather meets Pacquiao and today’s sport

There’s also Joe Schmidt on Sean O’Brien’s fitness and the newest League of Ireland club is formed in Cabinteely.

Belvo ease to victory at Donnybrook while the holders make a winning start in Munster

It was also a good afternoon for Árdscoil Rís and Rockwell.

Joe Schmidt isn’t buying into Ireland’s status as Six Nations favourites

The Kiwi head coach prefers to focus on elements that are ‘tangibly going to add value to what your performance is.’

Another inter-provincial switch in the books as John Cooney signs full-time for Connacht

The province have also committed academy products Jack Carty and Caolin Blade to new two-year deals.

‘This is my job. What’s my other option, pack it in?’ Felix Jones refuses to be defined by injury

The Munster fullback has endured a rough time with injuries in his career, but it’s ancient history as far as he’s concerned.

Analysis: Ronan O’Gara’s defence lifting Racing to new heights ROG

Analysis: Ronan O’Gara’s defence lifting Racing to new heights

The former Munster and Ireland out-half is excelling in his duties at Racing Métro.

Schmidt hopeful that O’Brien will be ‘involved in first half’ of Six Nations

There was positive news on Conor Murray too, with the Ireland coach ‘quietly confident’ the scrum-half will play against Italy.

The RTÉ Six Nations rugby promo is here, let’s get pumped

The countdown is on to February 7th.

Concussion diagnosis was scary – Johnny Sexton

The Ireland star initially also revealed that his Racing Metro teammates jokingly call him ‘Johnny Vacances’.

Hey! There’s a new trophy for the Six Nations this year New And Shiny This post contains videos

After long rehab and amateur mechanics, Henderson’s ready to smash back into Ireland team

The Ulster forward made his presence felt on his return from injury on Saturday.

Rugby - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

‘I can’t remember the last time he missed four kicks’: Murphy backs Madigan to get on target again

The Leinster back could be given a chance to impress at number 10 for the Wolfhounds this Friday.

We’ll Leave it There So: GAA gets tough on racism, Sexton set to face France and all today’s sport

Also featuring drama in the Leinster Schools Cup and another Irish international potentially moving to the MLS.

Ashley Johnson has been cited for this challenge on Leinster’s Dave Kearney

The Leinster wing’s involvement in the Six Nations is in doubt due to a shoulder injury.

Niamh Briggs has been named the new Ireland Women captain

The Waterford native was an obvious choice given her experience at the highest level.

The favourites were a hair away from being dumped out of the Leinster Schools Cup today

St Michael’s were evens to win it all but were very close to being upset by St Mary’s.

The scenery must be nice in Gloucester because another key Ulsterman is making the switch

Ulster’s highly-rated defence coach has decided to join David Humphreys in England.

Two Irishman have made the longlist for European Rugby Player of the Year

But they were the only two players from the Pro12 to be included.

Farrell to miss England’s entire Six Nations campaign as injuries mount

Joe Schmidt is not the only coach with worrying injury problems.

Sexton ‘fit and fresh’ to face France after 3 months out, Murray still awaiting neck scan

Sexton ‘fit and fresh’ to face France after 3 months out, Murray still awaiting neck scan

The Racing Metro out-half is still over a week away from resuming contact training.

In pictures: Ireland’s Six Nations hopefuls step up preparations at Carton House

Joe Schmidt put his players through their paces earlier at Carton House.

O’Donnell intent on nailing down Ireland’s seven shirt for Six Nations Tod

O’Donnell intent on nailing down Ireland’s seven shirt for Six Nations

The Munster back row is keen to add to his collection of six international caps.

BBC’s Six Nations mockumentary ad shows just how giddy we all get at this time of year Counting The Days This post contains videos

BBC’s Six Nations mockumentary ad shows just how giddy we all get at this time of year

Wales wishes it could be Six Nations time every day.

Rugby - Monday 26 January, 2015

How many of these noughties Irish rugby internationals can you remember?

Do you know your Ian Dowlings from your Ian Whittens?

We’ll Leave It There So: Ireland’s injury worries, Ravenhill gets a final and all today’s sport

Also, James McCarthy is close to returning to action for Everton.

Analysis: Ulster’s Henderson bounds back into contention for Six Nations

The Ulsterman was dynamic on his return from injury against Leicester on Saturday.

After playing at out-half, centre and in the back 3, rugby’s most versatile man is going to specialise

Michael Cheika doesn’t want James O’Connor playing at 10, 12 or 13 anymore.

Scrum-half worry for Ireland as Murray set for further scan, Reddan strains ligaments

Lock Dave Foley will also see a surgeon about his wrist this week.

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