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Dublin: 13 °C Wednesday 5 August, 2015

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Murphy keeping the heat on Ireland’s ‘established’ SOB and POM

The Leinster back row says this weekend’s Wales clash is being treated as a Six Nations tie would be.

Healy ‘progressing nicely’ as Ireland look to keep the pressure off

Joe Schmidt’s backroom team are ‘giving him the best opportunity’ to prove his World Cup fitness.

Dubliner AJ MacGinty landed a late drop-goal to give USA victory over Canada

It’s a long way from Blackrock to British Columbia, but MacGinty looked at home last night.

We’ll Leave It There So: Katie pulls out, hero’s welcome for Team Ireland and today’s sport

Plus, there’s news from the Ireland camp as World Cup preparations intensify.

The ridiculous skills of Leone Nakarawa helped Fiji win a thriller against Samoa

The Glasgow Warriors man is raising the bar for second rows everywhere.

Danny Cipriani back in World Cup contention after being re-bailed

Out-half re-bailed until November following drink-driving arrest

Lam able to increase focus on detail for third year in charge of Connacht

The Samoan and his team are regrouping for another shot at the same targets.

The best pics as Ireland’s World Cup camp gets into gear at Carton House

Ireland’s World Cup preparations moved up a notch.

Ireland to test ‘new combinations’ for World Cup warm-up in Wales

Forwards coach Simon Easterby says some of the XV ‘won’t have been tested at this level before’.

The All Blacks have somehow found a way to be even blacker at the World Cup

The entire team will be wearing Blackout boots at the World Cup

Former England u20 flanker to make Wales debut v Ireland on Saturday

Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty has been handed a test debut.

5 backs who will set the Rugby World Cup alight

You’ve met the world’s best forwards, now put your shades on to meet the flash fellas.

Rugby - Monday 3 August, 2015

From NRL to NFL: League convert Hayne changing running style to realise American dream

Finding defenders willing to take him down with their heads has been another culture shock for the Australian.

These Argentinian clubs engaged in an energy-sapping 34-second scrum Total Gridlock This post contains videos

These Argentinian clubs engaged in an energy-sapping 34-second scrum

That’s about 30 seconds longer than it needs to be.

George North is still not over concussion and won’t be risked Saturday

Neil Jenkins does not expect George North to feature for Wales against Ireland this weekend as they begin their World Cup preparations.

Pumas, side-stepping, and dealing with the end: Keith Wood’s stand-out RWC memories Captain Fantastic This post contains videos

Avoiding the dreaded ‘undercooked’ tag and 3 big wishes ahead of Ireland’s RWC warm-up fixtures

The World Cup is just around the corner and nerves are jangling.

‘You’re trying to do things off the ball that help guys everywhere else’

Luke Fitzgerald explains what the role of a left wing entails with Ireland.

5 forwards capable of dominating the Rugby World Cup

Rucks, mauls, scrummaging… that sort of thing.

‘The standard of sessions has gone through the roof’ – Trimble ready to prove his worth

Schmidt ‘values someone who makes other players look good’.

Rugby - Sunday 2 August, 2015

Hooper free to face All Blacks after SANZAR appeal dismissed

Michael Hooper has been given the green light to play for Australia in the Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.

It’s Sunday so here are our favourite sports images from the last week Pics Of The Week This post contains images

It’s Sunday so here are our favourite sports images from the last week

Some stunning pics from the week that was in sport.

From TheJournal.ie The true tale of the Irish rugby players killed in World War I Hidden History

The true tale of the Irish rugby players killed in World War I

Pals – The Irish at Gallipoli tells their story.

‘The president in Pau said it’s probably the best signing he’s ever made’

Niall Woods of Navy Blue has a number of clients based in England and France.

Henderson targets World Cup starts as excitement and fitness grows

The dynamic Ulsterman offers interesting options at lock and blindside flanker.

Rugby - Saturday 1 August, 2015

No gremlins for Ireland, but Fitzgerald vouches for pre-season prep

While Wales, England and France have been at altitude, Ireland preferred to keep it low-key.

Maturing Paddy Jackson trusting his instincts ahead of World Cup

The Ulster out-half says the game is slowing down more for him as he gains experience.

Rugby - Friday 31 July, 2015

We’ll Leave It There So: Katie’s next fight, another Beijing Olympics and today’s sport

Here’s all the sport you need to kick-start your long weekend.

Horrific rugby league tackle leaves amateur player out of work for two months

Self-employed carpenter out of work after disgusting tackle tore his medial ligaments.

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There’s been drama in relation to Michael Hooper’s ban for striking

The Wallabies openside was set to miss only an Australian club game.

Kane Douglas’ return to Australia confirmed after release from Leinster

The Wallabies lock has secured a three-year contract with Queensland Reds.

‘The big thing is that we don’t overestimate the talent in the Southern Hemisphere’

Ireland hooker Rory Best says Michael Cheika’s Australia have been impressive in recent weeks.

Ulster’s new jerseys are a classic white and an eye-catching cyan

This is the gear Neil Doak’s men will be wearing in 2015/16.

Rugby - Thursday 30 July, 2015

We’ll Leave It There So: GAA community in mourning and all of today’s sport

Miss any of today’s action? We have you covered.

Can you pick young Dan Carter out of a line-up?

That jet black hair is unmistakable, right?

Ireland’s World Cup opponents came agonisingly close to a shock win over Samoa last night Oh Canada This post contains videos

Ireland’s World Cup opponents came agonisingly close to a shock win over Samoa last night

Meanwhile, ex-Connacht wing Vainikolo provided one of Tonga’s tournament highlights, a try from 60 metres against USA.

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