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Dublin: 11 °C Friday 27 November, 2015

Rugby - Today’s News

‘It happens every year, it’s just the reality but we want to retain the best players we have’

Leo Cullen on the ‘tedious’ period of contract talks.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

We’ll Leave It There So: Madigan’s future up in the air, defeat for Ireland and today’s sport

Plus, another victory for John Joe Nevin and Jack Grealish is back in the bold corner at Aston Villa.

The Aviva Premiership’s all-time leading scorer has announced his retirement

Charlie Hodgson is calling it a day at the end of the season.

Returning Kearney determined to help ‘get the Leinster ship back on course’

Blown off course by consecutive defeats, Leinster are in desperate need of a win tomorrow evening.

Pienaar set to win his 100th cap against Leinster

The northern province will blood four new faces for the clash with Leinster.

Rob Kearney back for Leinster as they prepare for Ulster clash

Leo Cullen has also made another change to the half-back line.

Ian Madigan: I’m waiting on my agent to come back to me on what interest is out there

The Ireland out-half admits it would be hard to leave Leinster but is keeping his options open.

Rugby - Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Sean O’Brien wants to remain at Leinster but admits lure of ‘attractive’ offers from abroad

The Ireland flanker is happy at the province but accepts big-money offers from abroad are difficult to turn away.

We’ll Leave It There So: Pendred retires, Grealish sent to the bold corner and today’s sport

Elsewhere, Thomas Barr has been named Irish Athlete of the Year there was a key contract deal for Connacht rugby.

Matt Cooper will present TV3′s Six Nations coverage from 2018

The broadcaster won the rights from RTÉ.

‘Future captain of the province’ Masterson the latest player off the Connacht production line

The dynamic back-rower is ready to take on Munster at Thomond Park this weekend.

Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees handed 7-week ban for sickening stamp

The former Wales captain was given a reduced suspension due to his ‘clean disciplinary record.’

Paul O’Connell dreaming of a Christmas that’s anything but light

The lock will be free of the pressure of imminent games, but hopes to be fully immersed in his rehab programme.

Ian Keatley believes fans will fill Thomond Park now the World Cup is over

Munster play Connacht this Saturday at the Limerick venue.

Rugby - Tuesday 24 November, 2015

Munster’s injury list is lengthening ahead of Saturday’s top of the table clash

Conor Murray sat out training today and joins several team-mates in the treatment room.

Pat Lam hopeful Connacht’s super heroes can stand up and be counted at Thomond Park

The Westerners are out to win their first ever game at the Limerick venue this weekend.

The Leinster front row returned to training a day early to address their scrum capitulation

The players met after getting back to Dublin on Sunday.

World Cup hangover no excuse for Leinster’s European slump, says Luke Fitzgerald

The Ireland international says the province’s European hopes aren’t over just yet.

Rugby - Monday 23 November, 2015

Ruddock: Leinster are down but they’re certainly not out, as Toulon’s defeat showed

There’s hope yet as Leinster begin a new week determined to put two defeats behind them.

We’ll Leave It There So: USA falls for hurling, Irish fighter in UFC blow & all today’s sport

Elsewhere, Rafa Benitez has got the dreaded vote of confidence from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

‘A few lads are upset and probably angry’ – Leinster determined to right the wrongs

The eastern province are channeling their frustrations ahead of Friday’s clash with Ulster.

‘I’ll have to see what’s best for my career’ – Henshaw addresses talk of Connacht exit

The Ireland centre is ‘not ruling out’ a move to Leinster.

Analysis: Ringrose, McGrath and van der Flier bursting for Leinster starting roles

With Leinster in major European trouble, Leo Cullen must look to the future.

Long-haul flight may have killed Jonah Lomu, says family doctor

The medic said the All Black great’s kidney disease made him vulnerable to such a scenario.

‘There is no shift in power between the Irish provinces and English clubs’

Both Ulster and Leinster lost to Premiership sides over the weekend but Rory Best says we shouldn’t read too much into them.

Rugby - Sunday 22 November, 2015

English clubs dominant in Champions Cup as Ulster and Leinster left in trouble

It was a superb weekend for the Premiership sides in Europe.

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16 of the best images from a memorable sporting week

All the action from a different angle.

Wasps have given reigning European champions Toulon a hammering

Dai Young’s men followed up their victory over Leinster with a bonus-point win in Coventry.

Clermont and Ospreys bag try-scoring bonus points in thrilling clash

The Ospreys take two match points despite a 34-29 defeat.

Lam hails ‘gutsy’ Connacht but loses in-form Fox-Matamua to worrying injury

The back row was stretchered off in last night’s 21-17 win over Brive in Galway.

‘Tenerife again next year for Jack Grealish’ and more in our sporting tweets of the week

The best sporting offerings on Twitter from the past seven days.

Bath snap up experienced Welsh international from Racing 92

Luke Charteris will swap Paris for Somerset next season.

Rugby - Saturday 21 November, 2015

Bakkies Botha’s pro career ended with a comical conversion attempt

The Barbarians were beaten 49-31 by Argentina at Twickenham.

World Cup hangovers linger and more talking points from Leinster’s defeat

It was another disappointing day for Leo Cullen’s men in Europe.

It’s been a dispiriting weekend for the Pro12 clubs in the Champions Cup

The Ospreys need to win in Clermont tomorrow to prevent a complete rout of the Pro12 clubs.

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