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Rugby - Today’s News

Injury setback for Munster and Ireland as Scannell undergoes thumb surgery

The hooker faces an extended period on the sidelines.

Putting rugby in its proper perspective has allowed Ian Keatley to enjoy the game

Starting 10, opposite Dan Carter, Saturday was one of Keatley’s best nights in red.

'I'm going to miss it a lot': Van Graan arrival draws exit closer for Erasmus

The South African cut an emotional figure when asked about what he would miss about Munster.

Ringrose's November hopes dashed as centre ruled out of Ireland contention

Leo Cullen says he is planning without the 22-year-old until the end of next month as he continues his rehab from shoulder surgery.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

It's Sunday so here are 10 of our favourite images from the sporting week

Here’s how the last seven days looked through the lens.

Belvo continue free-scoring form as Highfield battle back to share spoils in Galway

A round-up of this weekend’s action in the Women’s All-Ireland League.

La Rochelle take control of pool as Ulster well beaten in France

It was a tough trip for the Irish province.

Rugby clubs in Ireland and England are protesting against IRFU's advert for new women's head coach

Players have been pictured wearing wristbands that read ‘legacy’ on them.

'It's really hard to break Munster at home': Settling for a point doesn't come easy for O'Gara

With the game well in the balance on the hour, O’Gara was gutted to miss out on a win in Thomond Park.

Rugby - Saturday 21 October, 2017

Erasmus hails Munster's heart to edge Racing battle

‘The guys’ hearts were really big today and the technique was really sound.’

Keatley's kicks, the architect of Munster defence and more talking points

In tough conditions, the southern province claimed a hard-fought win over Racing 92.

Ruddock and Healy push their Ireland claims and more talking points from Glasgow

A near perfect afternoon for Leinster, but defensive structure and combinations remain areas in need of improvement.

Immense defence and big Murray moment gives Munster win over Racing

For an hour, Munster’s first home outing in Europe looked destined for a stalemate in a gruelling weather-hit contest.

Matt Healy-inspired Connacht maintain winning start to Challenge Cup

The Irish side were too good for a Worcester Warriors team, for whom Donncha O’Callaghan featured from the bench.

Treviso and McKinley give Toulon the fright of their lives

The Dubliner had Treviso in a 29 – 27 lead before heartbreak came with a penalty deep in added time.

'He bossed the guys around and he's loving it': Sexton makes the big calls for Leinster

The out-half led from the front with 17 points as Leo Cullen’s side ended Glasgow’s European hopes.

Sexton inspires Leinster to big win in Glasgow as Cullen's men seize control of pool

The eastern province laid down a real marker at Scotstoun as they ran in four tries.

Munster must be squeaky clean as Storm Brian and Dan Carter descend on Limerick

Ronan O’Gara’s Racing 92 look well equipped to make it an uncomfortable evening for Munster.

'I had an elbow in the throat when I was tackling - I lost my voice straight away'

Ulster’s Chris Henry looks forward to his side’s Champions Cup clash with La Rochelle on Sunday.

Leinster look to weather the Glasgow storm and continue on upward curve

Leo Cullen’s side face a stern challenge as they visit Scotstoun in round two of the Champions Cup.

Leinster captain Nacewa faces another period on the sidelines after ankle operation

The 35-year-old is expected to be out for six weeks.

Rugby - Friday 20 October, 2017

Return of Sexton and Hogg adds another dimension to Glasgow-Leinster 'arm wrestle'

The Lions team-mates are both set to take centre stage at Scotstoun on Saturday.

Scotland suspend flanker Hardie, but give no explanation why

Scottish Rugby have offered no details as to why he is unavailable for selection.

'It would be very hard for the IRFU to justify not having a full-time coach if they're serious about it' Close Calls This post contains videos

'It would be very hard for the IRFU to justify not having a full-time coach if they're serious about it'

Eddie O’Sullivan joined Gavan Casey and Ryan Bailey on Close Calls to discuss the controversy surrounding the vacant women’s head coach job.

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Munster to pay tribute to Anthony Foley before tomorrow's clash with Racing 92

The province are set for a poignant rematch a year after Axel’s passing.

Best and Stockdale on the bench for Ulster's tough trip to La Rochelle

Les Kiss has kept some of his big talents in reserve for Sunday’s meeting with a very heavy-duty La Rochelle side.

IRFU denies it has downgraded women's head coach role and 'regrets any upset caused'

The union has released a statement this afternoon.

Bundee's back as Connacht welcome Worcester in Challenge Cup

Kieran Keane has made nine changes to his side, bu

Sexton returns for Leinster's trip to Glasgow but Nacewa misses out

Leo Cullen has made six changes in total.

Keatley and Carter in the 10 shirts as Kleyn bolsters pack for Munster's clash with Racing

Tyler Bleyendaal and Niall Scannell will miss the crucial Champions Cup clash through injury.

Donncha O'Callaghan out to earn respect that only a clash of compatriots can bring

“I don’t mind playing against any of the English teams and knocking lumps out of them but when you are looking over and it’s one of your own across the way I find it kind of tough.”

Healy just happy to flex his try-scoring muscle memory after hitting Connacht record

The prolific wing has endured a relative drought since his last try in February.

European title 'a void that needs to be filled' for Zebo and Munster

While Zebo is unable to rule out a move away from his native province, the prospect of bringing a trophy home sounds like a reason to stay.

Rugby - Thursday 19 October, 2017

Coles relishing one last battle with 'one of the greats' Stephen Moore

The Wallabies hooker is on his final lap of an impressive Test career.

Big boost for Glasgow as Stuart Hogg to make first appearance of season against Leinster

The Scottish fullback hasn’t played since the Lions tour.

Hanrahan's omission from Munster 'A' squad suggests Bleyendaal is out of Racing clash 10s

Ronan O'Gara handed 10-week touchline ban for remarks made to Top 14 referee

Racing 92 have also been fined €15,000.

Connacht sign former New Zealand sevens centre Pita Ahki

The 25-year-old arrives from Waikato.

Sopoaga earns first All Blacks start in two years as Beauden Barrett is ruled out with concussion

Lima Sopoaga will make his first All Blacks start for over two years in the absence of Beauden Barrett in Brisbane.

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