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Rugby - Today’s News

‘You regret a mistake in training almost much as in a match’: Ireland’s short-term focus for continued progress

Continued progress means continued success for Paul O’Connell as he waves farewell to Ireland.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Munster’s Saili stretchered off in win on mixed night for Irish provinces

Munster’s win is overshadowed by Saili’s injury, while Trimble and Bowe both score for Ulster.

‘One or two more serious knocks could be the end of George North’s career’

Wing set to make his return against Ireland but Warren Gatland is still concerned.

Two key Wallabies have penned new contracts to stay in Australia

Good news for the Aussies ahead of the World Cup.

We’ll Leave It There So: Irish Sports Council take a dig at IABA over Walsh and today’s sport

There was also the Captain’s Run ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup warm-up and an incredible performance in the women’s 200m final in Beijing.

A New Zealand punter has wagered an enormous sum on this year’s Rugby World Cup

It’s rare you find an All Black fan this pessimistic.

Leinster lose another for the World Cup after Springboks include Kirchner

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar is also included in the squad.

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‘It’s something the players will be very alien to’ – Last chance for Welsh outsiders

Neil Jenkins says that there are “numerous” places up for grabs in the Welsh squad.

‘If I could take back the times I used to slag John Hayes, I would’ — Paul O’Connell

Regrets, Paul O’Connell has a few as he heads in to his final international on home turf.

O’Connell’s greatest days were the ones his son shared the taste of victory

The fresh memories are the sweetest for Ireland’s captain fantastic.

Manu Tuilagi sends good luck message to England squad… while wearing a Samoa hat

Tuilagi is currently suspended from international duty.

‘Massive honour’ for Old Wesley as one of their players makes Namibia’s World Cup squad

JC Greyling could face the All Blacks at the Olympic Stadium.

‘It’s about staying in the moment’ – Ireland’s Sexton on place-kicking success

This extract from the new book ‘Rugby Revealed’ sees the Leinster out-half offer his advice.

Schmidt: ‘How do you tell someone that’s worked incredibly hard?’

Ireland’s players will know their World Cup fate by Monday morning at the latest.

There’ll be an NFL agent scouting talent at the Rugby World Cup

Jack Bechta is on the lookout for the next Jarryd Hayne.

Rugby - Thursday 27 August, 2015

‘Some of the players who play with their province are likely to be in the 31′

Joe Schmidt says players who have returned to Ulster and Leinster are very much in the World Cup mix.

Ulster unveil The Nevin Spence Centre at the heart of new stadium

Almost three years on from the tragic death of the 22-year-old, his province unveiled this fitting tribute.

Madigan as 9 cover ‘wouldn’t be beyond our decision making process’ – Schmidt

Meanwhile, Ireland’s coach pointed to several versatile options in the front row.

We’ll Leave It There So: Bolt run over by Segway, Messi beats Ronaldo and today’s sport

There is also team news from Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up against Wales and the Champions League group draw.

Munster hand first start to All Black Saili for London Irish meeting

Munster also hand a first start to 18-year-old Bill Johnston

Three Irish forwards make Bakkies Botha’s World Cup dream team Seal Of Approval This post contains videos

Three Irish forwards make Bakkies Botha’s World Cup dream team

No other northern hemisphere players feature, however.

Bowe and Trimble included in strong Ulster team to face Edinburgh

Trimble lines out for Ulster for the first time since October.

Kearney’s impressive pre-season pushes him to strong World Cup contention

The 26-year-old comes into the team after an excellent summer of training.

Cian Healy could make his Ireland comeback as soon as next week

The loosehead prop is back in full training.

In pics: Paul O’Connell goes through his paces before last home appearance for Ireland

Plus, there are the very welcome sights of Cian Healy and Marty Moore in full training.

Gordon D’Arcy and Michael Bent sent out to impress on Leinster duty

The centre and prop will hope to force their way in to Joe Schmidt’s squad plans over the weekend.

Scrapped national stadium means Japan must issue fresh Rugby World Cup plan

World Rugby has demanded updated plans from Japan’s 2019 World Cup organising committee to allay concerns about the event’s viability.

Cipriani and Burrell out as Sam Burgess picked in England’s World Cup squad

Lancaster has gone for seven players with 10 caps of less.

Mastermind Schmidt, rising White and more talking points from Ireland’s XV

Luke Fitzgerald at 13, frontliners return and Joe Schmidt’s masterplan.

Fitzgerald at 13 as Schmidt brings back Ireland frontliners for Wales

Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony and Rob Kearney all return.

Wales bringing the big guns to Dublin as George North returns to rugby

North is one of 12 changes to the side the Ireland beat three weeks ago.

Rugby - Wednesday 26 August, 2015

Schmidt set to hand Fitzgerald 13 shirt for Ireland’s clash with Wales

Nathan White is set for his first start at tighthead, while Dave Kearney is likely to get his chance.

Jonah Lomu leaves unsuspecting punters in a Dublin pub baffled Surprise Visit This post contains videos

Jonah Lomu leaves unsuspecting punters in a Dublin pub baffled

John Smit better than Jonah Lomu? Controversial!

England set to omit in-form Cipriani from Rugby World Cup squad — reports

George Ford and Owen Farrell are Lancaster’s immovable 10s.

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5 breakout stars set to take the Rugby World Cup by storm

Here are the fresh faces you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of next month.

A burst-ball try in New Zealand sparked a meeting at adidas’ German HQ

There was a bizarre incident in last weekend’s ITM Cup action between Northland and Southland.

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