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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Big Nick Williams given a big 8-week ban for striking Suspension This post contains videos

Big Nick Williams given a big 8-week ban for striking

The powerful Ulster number eight had a 16-week sentence reduced by eight weeks.

We’ll Leave It There So: An All Black in, an All Black out and all today’s sport

Don’t worry, April Fool’s day is almost over.

Watch the in-depth Setanta Sports interview with Peter Stringer and Ian Madigan Opponents This post contains videos

Watch the in-depth Setanta Sports interview with Peter Stringer and Ian Madigan

Joe Molloy spoke to the Ireland internationals ahead of this weekend’s Champions Cup quarter-final between Leinster and Bath.

You can see JJ Hanrahan in action for free when Munster ‘A’ meet Connacht tomorrow

There won’t be many more opportunities to see the Kerryman start at 10.

Former All Black Mils Muliaina is leaving Connacht at the end of the season

The 34-year-old fullback is heading for Zebre in Italy.

Sense has prevailed: George North will sit out the Champions Cup quarter-finals

The 22-year-old Northampton Saints wing was knocked out last weekend against Wasps.

SBW at the Sportsground and Connacht’s other European knock-outs

We take a trip down memory lane to recall the westerners’ past efforts in the Challenge Cup.

The greatest beard in sport is no more – and here are the pics to prove it

Goodnight, sweet beard. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Denis Hickie on THAT photo with Luke Fitz and the wing’s return to scintillating form

‘Getting back was the culmination of two years of really hard work for him.’

Rugby - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

We’ll Leave It There So: UFC hits Dublin, Joe answers Ireland’s call and the rest of today’s sport Tuesday This post contains videos

We’ll Leave It There So: UFC hits Dublin, Joe answers Ireland’s call and the rest of today’s sport

Plus an All Black off to Ulster, illegal golf courses and much, much more…

The most eccentric club in France are edging closer to a return to the big time

The European Cup has been a lot less flamboyant without Stade Francais.

One of Irish rugby’s best attacking prospects is out of the upcoming World Cup

Stuart Olding is facing nine months out after injuring his knee.

An English rugby league legend is making the big switch to union

After nineteen years playing the 13-man game, Kevin Sinfield wants to give union a try.

A brief history of Leinster’s European rivalry with Bath Lucky 7 This post contains videos

A brief history of Leinster’s European rivalry with Bath

Or maybe it’s been too one-sided to call a rivalry.

All Black Charles Piutau to join Ulster next year – Reports

The versatile back is set to sign for the Northern province.

Rugby - Monday 30 March, 2015

Murphy: Leinster need to squeeze on Ford pressure point like Ireland did Put Em Under Pressure This post contains videos

Murphy: Leinster need to squeeze on Ford pressure point like Ireland did

England out-half will be back in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday with Bath.

Do you remember the time Leinster travelled to Bath and played the perfect game of rugby?

If we get action like this at the Aviva on Saturday, it will be a great Easter weekend.

We’ll Leave It There So: McGregor’s a ‘son of a bitch’, van Gaal’s ‘scum’ and all today’s sport

Also, the National Hurling League semi-finals won’t be played in Croke Park.

The worst team in the history of the English Premiership were finally relegated at the weekend

The only surprise is that it took London Welsh this long before being mathematically relegated from the Aviva Premiership.

The Champions Cup semi-final venues are out so if you’re a bullish Leinster fan, get booking

It will be the south of France or the English seaside if Leinster get past Bath.

The most monstrous beard in rugby is sadly going to be cut down in its prime

It is for a good cause, but we are going to miss Geoff Cross’ beard.

The Pro12′s record try-scorer is moving to England next season

Tim Visser has scored more league tries than Brian O’Driscoll, Shane Horgan and Shane Williams.

Jonny Wilkinson quashes talk of England role RWC

Jonny Wilkinson quashes talk of England role

Jonny Wilkinson says he is “not involved in any way” with the England team following reports he is to take on a consultancy coaching role.

Rugby - Sunday 29 March, 2015

Sports film of the week: Hooked on Rugby

As George Hook exits pursued by a bear, we look at his ‘landmark’ documentary.

17 brilliant images from another busy week of sport

All the action through a lens.

Women’s rugby stars specialise late, but more young athletes benefit every sport

New Zealander Tania Rosser was destined to play rugby, but she put time in in other codes too.

‘Myself and Johnny would probably have been the fall guys’ – Madigan on tense Six Nations finale

“Obviously the way sports people are, you like to take responsibility.”

One of Ireland’s autumn test stars might struggle to make the World Cup after this injury

Rhys Ruddock is likely out for the rest of the season after re-injuring his arm.

Ireland’s biggest World Cup pool rival could be without a key back for the tournament

France’s Gael Fickou has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Relive the moments that made Paul O’Connell the Six Nations Player of the Championship

The captain played an integral role as Joe Schmidt’s side secured back-to-back titles last week.

From TheJournal.ie The Six Nations could soon be free to air for Irish TV stations Live Coverage

The Six Nations could soon be free to air for Irish TV stations

Communications Minister Alex White said, “I think there is a strong case for it but there is no decision yet.”

Saracens and Harlequins set a world record at Wembley yesterday

A record club crowd of 84,068 came to the London venue for the Aviva Premiership clash.

Mike Ross tells us about #proplife! It’s the sporting tweets of the week

Paddy Barnes dished out some interesting parenting advice too.

One of England’s biggest World Cup weapons won’t play rugby again this season

Manu Tuilagi is expected to be fit for the autumn tournament but will be short of match practice.

Toulon have a 21-year-old Fijian prodigy on the wing and he looks devastating

But even two tries from Josua Tuisova couldn’t prevent a Toulouse victory yesterday.

Ronnie the Rocket, 200-pound roomies and Pele the fraud: It’s the week’s best sportswriting

There is also an article on classic football jerseys and a satirical piece on homophobia in rugby.

Rugby - Saturday 28 March, 2015

Matt O’Connor confirmed that Leinster will have all their stars back for next week’s European tie

Leinster got a draw last night but Matt O’Connor thinks his side need to improve ahead of Bath next week.

Connacht’s top six lead is down to a tiebreaker as Munster put six tries past the westerners

Anthony Foley’s side recorded a comfortable win at Thomond Park.

Connacht’s Champions Cup qualification chances have changed without them kicking a ball

Seventh place Scarlets hosted eight place Edinburgh this afternoon.

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