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Rugby - Today’s News

'I'm not closing the door and hopefully Munster wouldn't close the door on me because it's my home'

Simon Zebo yesterday spoke to the media for the first time since announcing his decision to leave Munster at the end of the season.

'The papers were signed to retire': After near career-ending neck injury, Cian Healy is thriving again

The loosehead refused to drift away from his career without a fight. Now he’s determined to hit new heights.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Lowe replaces Ruddock in Leinster squad, Leicester add Wallabies hooker for Munster clash

Two significant Champions Cup player registrations pertaining to the Irish provinces today.

Faletau a Six Nations doubt for Wales after lengthy lay-off confirmed

Ireland are due to face the Welsh in week three at the Aviva Stadium, 24 February.

Earls and Scannell nearing Munster return but Conway and Marshall doubts for Leicester

The Munster squad trained at UL today ahead of Sunday’s return fixture.

He turns 40 tomorrow but the end isn't on the horizon for Peter Stringer

“If I play once I am 40 then I will want to get to 42-43,” said the Worcester Warriors scrum-half.

McCall's Saracens put six-week deadline in place to revive their season

The reigning European champions fell to their sixth defeat in a row when they lost to Clermont yesterday.

Rhys Ruddock to consult surgeon this week amid hamstring fears

Jonathan Sexton is no issue for Leinster’s medical team, while Adam Byrne and Ross Molony are due back in training at UCD this week.

Jim Mallinder sacked after over a decade in charge of Northampton Saints

Mallinder took the reins at Franklin’s Gardens in the summer of 2007 and later won the club’s first Premiership.

Leinster lay their credentials on the table, but Lancaster keen to keep expectations in check

The province will be without Rhys Ruddock for the return fixture with Exeter Chiefs, while Johnny Sexton is an injury doubt.

Rugby - Monday 11 December, 2017

Dan Leavy and Stuart Lancaster made the draws for the 2018 Leinster Schools Cup this evening

The first round draws for the Vinnie Murray, Father Godrey and Junior Cups were also conducted.

Clermont destroy sorry Saracens in first-ever European home defeat for champions

Alivereti Raka scored a hat-trick of tries in the refixed Champions Cup clash.

'Whatever happens, this will remain an episode of amateurism': Clermont slam Saracens

The clubs meet in their Champions Cup refix this evening but the visitors aren’t happy.

Snow chance of postponement of next weekend's Leicester-Munster clash

The Premiership club ‘have no concern’ over the round four fixture at Welford Road.

'If you start complaining about a refereeing decision, you haven’t been good enough'

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby took a very different approach to defeat than his counterpart in Leicester.

Keatley the driving force behind Tigers mauling, but Munster stress it's only half time

The out-half received a standing ovation for a performance of class and character.

Vengeance in the biting December air as wounded Tigers fight for their lives

Matt O’Connor accused Munster of ‘cynical’ play while also suggesting Andrew Conway was responsible for Telusa Veainu’s broken jaw.

Saracens-Clermont Champions Cup match to go ahead today

Parts of Britain have been hit by heavy snow and high winds, with flights, train and road travel all severely disrupted.

'If we want to be ambitious, we have to back it up' -- Tadhg Furlong

With 14 points on the board halfway through the pool stage, Leinster have the makings of a European champion.

Weather hits Leinster's travel plans to leave Cullen's men grounded in Exeter

The six-day turnaround before facing Exeter again got a little tighter last night.

Rugby - Sunday 10 December, 2017

Leinster and Munster set for inter-pro title showdown at Thomond Park

Both sides enjoyed big wins as the women’s interprovincial series continued over the weekend.

Blues sisters, Turkish flags and chunky Xherdan Shaqiri - it's the sporting tweets of the week

Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.

'A proper cup rugby match': Cullen pleased with Leinster's patience to force win

Meanwhile, Jonathan Sexton’s knock that took him off kicking duties is ‘nothing major’.

Talking points after Leinster scalp English champions Chiefs

It was a sensational Sunday night in Devon for Leo Cullen’s men.

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.

Leinster grind out crucial Champions Cup victory in Exeter epic

Leo Cullen’s men delivered a hammer blow to the English champions’ European ambitions.

As it happened: Exeter Chiefs v Leinster, Champions Cup

Leo Cullen’s men faced their stiffest task to date as they visited the home of the English champions.

Kiss hails 'belligerent' pack after Ulster master 'the tough moments' in London

The northern province picked up a crucial Champions Cup victory this afternoon at the Twickenham Stoop.

La Rochelle and Wasps served up a 78-point thriller this afternoon

The win leaves the Top 14 leaders with 15 points in Pool 1, seven ahead of second-placed Ulster.

Ulster breathe new life into Champions Cup campaign with huge win at a snowy Stoop

John Cooney and Jacob Stockdale were superb for the northern province.

'I enjoyed the day and enjoyed the people of Munster but it was about getting the win'

Johann van Graan said his side will enjoy last night’s win over Leicester, but will return to work on Monday knowing they’ll need to make further improvements.

Saracens-Clermont falls foul of the weather, but Ulster and Leinster games to go ahead

Tournament organisers said they postponed the Pool 2 clash with the health and safety of spectators and players in mind.

Leinster not getting caught up in Exeter's fairytale story

Leinster face a side who were in England’s second tier eight years ago, but there’s no room for sentimentality against the Premiership champions.

Ex-Chief Hayes blazing a trail for Shannon in his own December back-to-backs

Tom Hayes, who played such a key role in bringing Exeter to the top tier of English rugby, has guided Shannon to a Christmas number 1 slot in the Ulster Bank League.

Van Graan dismisses O'Connor's claim that Munster were 'cynical' at the breakdown

The English side slipped to another heavy defeat at Thomond Park as their head coach lamented ‘inaccuracy.’

Rugby - Saturday 9 December, 2017

Keatley's night of redemption, back-row dominance and more talking points from Thomond

Plus, was Munster’s defensive performance down to the work of Andy Farrell?

Four-try Munster produce their European best to freeze Leicester out in big win

Johann van Graan’s first European game in charge saw his side seize control of their pool.

Connacht come from 19 points down to score brilliant comeback win in Brive

Kieran Keane’s side remain firmly on course for a home quarter-final in the Challenge Cup.

Unbeaten Lansdowne top of the table at Christmas while Young Munster earn big win

Reports from all five of this week’s AIL Division 1A fixtures in the Ulster Bank League.

Chris Ashton gifted Bath an easy try this afternoon with a horrendous clearance kick

It was a real howler from the former England wing during Toulon’s Champions Cup win.

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