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# ireland-rugby - Today’s News

The Barbarians have added two more Lions to a star-studded panel to face Ireland

Alex Cuthbert and Adam Jones both called up for the game in Thomond Park on 28 May.

# ireland-rugby - Yesterday’s News

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 3 May, 2015

Toulon chief says he’ll sign one of Paul O’Connell or Duane Vermeulen

Mourad Boudjellal has mentioned the Ireland captain again.

‘My agent was looking at me like I was crazy but I signed on the back of a napkin’

Aidan McCullen tells The42 about a career that brought him from Dublin to Toulouse to London and back home.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 1 May, 2015

Gordon D’Arcy has announced his retirement from rugby

Three-time Heineken Cup winner will hang up his boots after the Rugby World Cup.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 30 April, 2015

‘Props shouldn’t talk about anything except scrums!’ – Sexton on Second Captains

The Ireland out-half addressed Laurent Bénézech’s comments about his return from concussion.

Paul O’Connell calls on AP McCoy, ROG and BOD as he ponders retirement

The 35-year-old Ireland captain has ruled out a move to Toulon next season.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 29 April, 2015

Bad news for Leinster and Ireland as Sean Cronin’s season is over

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt won’t be too pleased with this news either.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 28 April, 2015

Schmidt may use Barbarians clash to ‘broaden’ Ireland’s playing base

The Kiwi head coach explains the difficulty of picking a squad for the clash in Limerick.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 24 April, 2015

‘We will try to influence him’ – Joe Schmidt on Paul O’Connell’s future

Ireland’s head coach ‘would be delighted’ if O’Connell extends his career beyond the World Cup.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 21 April, 2015

Will Paul O’Connell see out the twilight of his career in Toulon?

Local media reports suggest the European giants are interested in the 35-year old.

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 19 April, 2015

Leinster fans’ confidence will soar after watching these clips of Sean O’Brien on the rampage

Leinster need a big performance from their openside today.

# ireland-rugby - Saturday 18 April, 2015

Rapping, running and chicken tikka: 10 things you didn’t know about Simon Zebo

Munster have the weekend off, so we decided to ask Simon Zebo about things away from rugby.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 16 April, 2015

Ireland international Fitzpatrick forced to retire with concussion issues

The 31-year-old has called time on his career on the advice of a neurologist.

IRFU confirm new contract talks with Joe Schmidt

The organisation is keen to get the Kiwi signed on before the World Cup.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 14 April, 2015

Against the Head decide Ronan O’Gara is Ireland’s best pro-era out-half Perfect Ten This post contains a poll

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 12 April, 2015

‘Never mind play rugby, some days I couldn’t even get out of my bed’

Niall Breslin, better known as ‘Bressie,’ chats to The42 about sport, mental health and life as a teenager in Israel.

# ireland-rugby - Saturday 11 April, 2015

5 players Joe Schmidt will be keeping a close eye on in the Pro12

We’ve picked out two Leinster players and one each from Munster, Ulster and Connacht.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 8 April, 2015

Joe Schmidt gets his hands on more silverware

The mantelpiece at Chez Schmidt is starting to fill up.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 2 April, 2015

BOD has just gone and tipped Ireland to make the World Cup final

And guess who he predicts will win this year’s competition.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 1 April, 2015

Denis Hickie on THAT photo with Luke Fitz and the wing’s return to scintillating form

‘Getting back was the culmination of two years of really hard work for him.’

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

One of Irish rugby’s best attacking prospects is out of the upcoming World Cup

Stuart Olding is facing nine months out after injuring his knee.

Clive Woodward thinks bonus points in the Six Nations are the way forward

“Rugby’s a great game when it’s played properly,” the former England coach added.

# ireland-rugby - Sunday 29 March, 2015

‘Myself and Johnny would probably have been the fall guys’ – Madigan on tense Six Nations finale

“Obviously the way sports people are, you like to take responsibility.”

Relive the moments that made Paul O’Connell the Six Nations Player of the Championship

The captain played an integral role as Joe Schmidt’s side secured back-to-back titles last week.

# ireland-rugby - Friday 27 March, 2015

Johnny Sexton helped Racing Metro to a win in the Top 14 tonight

The out-half recently played a starring role in Ireland’s Six Nations triumph.

Paul O’Connell has been named Player of the Six Nations for 2015

There won’t be too many arguments with this.

Analysis: That weird Sean O’Brien lineout tactic worked against Scotland

Following on from the Tullow Tank’s failed effort against England, Rory Best got it spot on in Murrayfield.

# ireland-rugby - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Analysis: Robbie Henshaw shows rich promise as Six Nations star

The 21-year-old was remarkably effective in his first campaign as Ireland’s inside centre.

# ireland-rugby - Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Five men fighting for Joe Schmidt’s World Cup attention over the next few months

It’s a battle for those boarding passes between now and September.

‘Henshaw was a contender for Ireland’s player of the tournament’

Whiff of Cordite assess the incredible events of last Saturday and reflect on the Six Nations in general.

# ireland-rugby - Tuesday 24 March, 2015

Wave goodbye to Hook and McGurk with this class Six Nations closing montage

The duo bowed out as Ireland were crowned champions in thrilling circumstances.

‘He studies the game unbelievably hard’ – Ireland’s players laud Schmidt

Captain Paul O’Connell says the players’ trust in their head coach has never wavered.

Poll: Should the Six Nations introduce bonus points to encourage attack? Entertainment This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Six Nations introduce bonus points to encourage attack?

Do you think it would be a good idea for the Six Nations to follow the trend of other competitions?

# ireland-rugby - Monday 23 March, 2015

Bullish BOD backs Ireland to go where no other Irish team has gone before

The legendary centre thinks Joe Schmidt’s men are primed for a strong World Cup showing.

Analysis: Rampant O’Brien benefits from Schmidt’s intelligent Ireland attack

We break down the plays that saw the Tullow Tank cross twice, as well as the build-up to Jared Payne’s score.

3 Irish players make the 12-man shortlist for the 6 Nations Player of the Tournament

There are four English men, two apiece from Scotland and Wales, one from Italy and none from France on the list.

Poll: how do you think Ireland will do at the Rugby World Cup? Shouldertoshoulder This post contains a poll

Poll: how do you think Ireland will do at the Rugby World Cup?

Expectation has never been higher after another Six Nations win.

Six players to look out for at World Cup, after a thrilling Six Nations finale

It’s all downhill to England from here.

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