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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'Ireland's ability to host is second to none. It would be an unbelievable place to have a World Cup'

Former England coach Stuart Lancaster has backed Ireland’s bid to stage the 2023 World Cup.

Stuart Lancaster on South Africa, Cian Healy and a crucial six weeks for Leinster

“It has been a difficult start but the key period for us now is this next block.”

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Leinster stunned and Munster thumped - catch up on all the Pro14 video highlights

Ulster provided the only positive from the weekend’s action.

Lions cut fixtures for 2021 South Africa tour - reports

It all reportedly comes after pressure from Premiership clubs.

From TheJournal.ie Theresa May has backed Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup Ireland 2023

Theresa May has backed Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with the British Prime Minister in London today, following Ireland’s presentation to host the RWC 2023.

Munster's second row injury crisis worsens as Kleyn sees neck specialist

But Rassie Erasmus has hinted he will have his three Lions available for Cardiff.

Five Lions set to return for Leinster in Friday's clash with Edinburgh

Johnny Sexton, Tadhg Furlong, Sean O’Brien, Jack McGrath and Robbie Henshaw could make their seasonal debuts this week.

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KK laments Connacht defending 'with their gut and not their brain' with game on the line

“We’re learning them the hard way. No other way to say it.”

Rugby - Sunday 24 September, 2017

Railway Union hit 100 points on the way to victory in Women's All-Ireland League

There were also wins for Old Belvedere and UL Bohemians.

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.

Billy Vunipola's Six Nations in doubt after undergoing knee surgery

The England and Saracans number eight is expected to be out for the next four months.

Rugby - Saturday 23 September, 2017

Here's what happened in the Ulster Bank League today

Reports from all of today’s Division 1A games, plus scores from Division 1B.

'Unlikely to feature next week': Nacewa to undergo calf scan after fourth long-haul flight

The Leinster captain sustained the injury in South Africa last night.

Blunt first half paves way for late suffering as Cardiff win in Galway

Darragh Leader’s try and brilliant conversion in the second half looked set to give Connacht a hard-fought win until Willis Halaholo popped up.

'It's torture and tests your love for the game': Rob Kearney on his injury hell

Rob Kearney had worked his way back to full fitness after two injury-ravaged seasons only to suffer another cruel setback in the first home game of the year.

Four from four, but Ulster and Kiss wary of making the same mistakes as last season

The northern province have made an excellent start to this season but nobody is getting carried away at Kingspan Stadium.

Munster's young players will learn a lot from heavy Glasgow defeat, insists Rassie

The Reds boss left a lot of his big names at home.

Munster bring in Irish second row from Saracens as injury cover

Mark Flanagan has joined the southern province on a three-month deal.

Leo Cullen bemoans Leinster discipline after big defeat to Cheetahs

The Irish province were well beaten last night.

Rugby - Friday 22 September, 2017

Ulster score eight tries on way to victory over Bernard Jackman's Dragons

Nick Timoney was man-of-the-match with two tries to his name.

Disastrous night for 14-man Munster as Warriors run riot in bonus-point win

The home side dominated from the off and put up a big win in Glasgow.

Leinster beaten in South Africa as Cullen's men stunned by the Cheetahs

Barry Daly’s hat-trick was in vain as the hosts recorded a famous win.

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Champs Con travel to in-form Terenure and all your UBL previews

Here’s what to expect in Division 1A and 1B of the UBL this weekend.

Henshaw relishes prospect of Ireland reunion with 'world class' Bundee Aki

The Leinster centre has described his former team-mate as a ‘world class’ player.

Former Australia U20 out-half will start for Connacht in crucial Cardiff clash

Andrew Deegan, Craig Ronaldson and Dave Heffernan have all been given a first start of the season by Kieran Keane.

Eddie Jones includes 18-year-old out-half in England training squad for November

Teenager Marcus Smith has been rewarded for some fine early season performances for Harlequins.

'When I told them I was picked my mum, dad and my sisters went crazy, they were really proud'

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale reflects on a whirlwind 12 months.

All Blacks confirm Israel Dagg is out for the season with a knee injury

Israel Dagg will spend the rest of 2017 resting a knee injury after a stop-start year for the All Blacks and Crusaders.

New Connacht 10 eager for a taste of a packed Sportsground

Australian Andrew Deegan has found his feet already on Irish soil, as Connacht clash with Cardiff Blues tomorrow

Rugby - Thursday 21 September, 2017

Lions CEO defends management as O'Brien clarifies position following criticism

‘My views on the Lions tour were honest and genuine and solely with the intention of building on what was a great tour,’ writes O’Brien.

Why is Sean O'Brien always mentioned as a good leader but not a possible captain?

“That’s a good question and I probably know the answer to it.”

'It's shameful': Toulon president Boudjellal unleashes fury at props after early struggles

‘it will not bother me if he goes somewhere else.’

Here are the 16 sports books longlisted for the William Hill prize

Judy Murray’s book on life with her son Andy and a biography on the late Muhammad Ali are among the contenders.

50 up for JVDF as Kiwi pair return for Leinster after South African visa issue

A foot injury will keep James Ryan out of action this week and also for the province’s return to the RDS.

Henderson back for impact role as Timoney earns first Ulster start

Les Kiss and Bernard Jackman have both made a raft of changes to winning teams.

O'Brien: 'We should have beaten the All Blacks 3-0. The coaches have a lot to answer for'

In a typically honest and straight talking interview, Sean O’Brien has strongly criticised the methods of Warren Gatland and his coaches during the summer’s Lions tour.

Scannell to make first start of the season for Munster's trip to Glasgow

Rassie Erasmus has made one change to his team for tomorrow night’s game against the Scottish outfit.

Organisers urge a more attractive playing style as Super Rugby returns to 15 teams

The schedule for the condensed competition was announced today.

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