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#Irish Rugby

# irish-rugby - Friday 1 December, 2017

Want to make more great Irish sporting moments? Look at Leinster rugby for clues

The systemic success in Donnybrook is something to be admired, writes Tommy Martin.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Andy Farrell provides 'training support' to Munster as Van Graan settles in

With Jacques Nienaber having left for South Africa with Rassie Erasmus, Munster are still a tad short on the coaching front.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 25 November, 2017

Schmidt: 'Stockdale showed some impressive aspects but was a bit hesitant defensively at times'

Two-try Jacob Stockdale won’t be getting ahead of himself on Joe Schmidt’s watch.

Here's how we rated Ireland's players as they dominated Argentina at the Aviva

Jacob Stockdale dotted down twice while Rob Kearney also stood out for the hosts.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 21 November, 2017

'He just started taking charge in Japan. Everyone listened. It looked like he flourished on that'

Greg Feek attributes Cian Healy’s resurgence purely to the player himself, but suggests it hasn’t all come down to weight loss.

'There will be clips of that game that we played two years ago. It's tough viewing'

Rob Kearney admits Ireland’s final November Test takes on added significance given their World Cup disappointment, but insists ‘revenge’ isn’t on the cards.

'I remember driving out and saying to myself, 'this is probably the last time I'll play for Ireland''

Ian Keatley is a happy man, and it’s showing on the pitch.

# irish-rugby - Sunday 19 November, 2017

'I hear my name. 'Woah, I'm in.' But it was only at training I realised I was starting over Tony Ward'

Ollie Campbell recalls the 1979 decision which bumped the Pope’s visit to Ireland into second spot on The Irish Press’ front page.

# irish-rugby - Monday 13 November, 2017

'I couldn't get my head around it: 'Why are we having this debate now? What did Aki do differently?''

Eddie O’Sullivan believes the fawning reaction to Aki’s debut was an overcompensation, but was impressed nonetheless.

# irish-rugby - Friday 10 November, 2017

Lansdowne face battle in Clontarf to remain top and all of the weekend's AIL previews

There’s a Limerick derby in Dooradoyle while fourth-place Con face a tricky trip to Athlone.

# irish-rugby - Sunday 22 October, 2017

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.

# irish-rugby - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

'Most guys get the shit kicked out of them': IRFU welfare system now more valuable than ever

David Nucifora is ready for a busy autumn of negotiating player contracts, but the in-built player management programme is a trump card to keep players with Irish provinces.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 7 September, 2017

O'Driscoll: 'ROG has to be careful about how quickly he finds himself back in his dream role'

Brian O’Driscoll isn’t impressed by how Munster have dealt with Erasmus’ departure.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Nora Stapleton the latest player to wave goodbye after illustrious Irish rugby career

With several other players retiring and coach Tom Tierney resigning, it’s quite the transitional period for the women’s team.

# irish-rugby - Monday 28 August, 2017

Former Leinster, Ireland and Lions great Willie Duggan passes away RIP

Former Leinster, Ireland and Lions great Willie Duggan passes away

The Kilkenny native was capped 41 times by his country before retiring in 1984.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 22 August, 2017

First taste of life in the Ireland squad for Bleyendaal and Aki

The Kiwi pair, who’ll soon be eligible to represent Ireland, were at Carton House yesterday.

# irish-rugby - Wednesday 16 August, 2017

Lyons and Cronin start as Ireland make six changes for pool decider with France

Claire Molloy captains the side but returns to openside flanker to make room for Paula Fitzpatrick.

# irish-rugby - Wednesday 9 August, 2017

As it happened: Ireland make seriously hard work of Australia but open WRWC with win

Ireland face Australia in their opening fixture at the Women’s Rugby World Cup on home soil. Follow us for updates.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 3 August, 2017

'With the way the Irish set up, only a few guys get to play here. I'm honoured to be one of those'

Wallaby Scott Fardy has given his first interview since arriving at Leinster from the Brumbies.

Connacht sign Australian underage international fly-half from the Waratahs

He follows in the footsteps of a two-cap Ireland international who arrived from OZ 20 years ago.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 1 August, 2017

Former Connacht star leaves Harlequins to become player coach of Wicklow RFC

He’ll be joined by a fellow Kiwi as his backs coach, as Wicklow recruit big names following promotion to Leinster Division 1A.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 1 July, 2017

'It doesn't take a lot to get that kid going': Jamie Heaslip sheds light on Seán O'Brien's resurgence

Heaslip suggested the Lions players would head out tonight, “but they won’t be going OUT out.”

# irish-rugby - Saturday 10 June, 2017

'It reminds me what's good about Irish rugby' - ROG reflects on 'incredible week'

Ronan O’Gara’s been part of Joe Schmidt’s coaching staff.

# irish-rugby - Monday 22 May, 2017

Quinn Roux drafted in for Ireland's summer tour

The South African-born lock has been added to Joe Schmidt’s squad for the games against USA and Japan.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 2 March, 2017

We'll Leave It There So: Familiar faces return for Ireland, Clarke's retirement and today's sport

Elsewhere, big news for Irish boxing fans and Paul McGinley offers up some interesting comments on Rory McIlroy’s latest controversy

# irish-rugby - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Analysis: Ireland's scrum came good in the end after a very messy start

McGrath and Slimani’s tussle must have been a nightmare to referee.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

We'll Leave It There So: Sexton fit for France, PieGate ends in tears and all today's sport

Elsewhere, a new role for Damien Duff while Dan Carter’s drink-driving has cost dearly.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 7 February, 2017

Munster and Top 14-linked Ben Smith commits to Highlanders

The 30-year-old All Black will stay with his native region beyond the next World Cup.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 4 February, 2017

Struggling Terenure shock champions, Cookies beat Garryowen and more from last night's UBL

The four Division 1A matches last night were played in tough conditions, but still provided plenty of scores.

# irish-rugby - Friday 3 February, 2017

'Right now it's too easy for players to come in and get capped - and it shouldn't be easy for them'

Issues of identity have always permeated Irish sport but professionalism has led to a desperate need to find an edge in rugby.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 2 February, 2017

'I went to my father's shed, put my foot in a vice and cut off my cast with a hacksaw to go train'

David Corkery was voted as Ireland’s Player of the Tournament at the 1995 World Cup but professional rugby proved an unforgiving environment for the Corkman.

We'll Leave It There So: Schmidt names team, a Wexford ice-hockey player and today's sport

Elsewhere, another big night ahead for Katie Taylor and Gavan Hennigan completes incredible solo row across the Atlantic.

Professional power has put the squeeze on Ireland's once-vibrant club rugby scene

“The top of the game is very strong, but the bit in the middle, the clubs, are struggling badly.”

# irish-rugby - Monday 30 January, 2017

'There's more to life than rugby': What happens when a player is forced to retire

Modern professionals receive a lot of personal development support from IRUPA, but there are natural challenges that always need hurdling.

# irish-rugby - Friday 23 December, 2016

In pics: 9 significant moments from the Irish rugby year

A review of the year that was in Irish rugby.

# irish-rugby - Friday 16 December, 2016

We'll Leave It There So: Ireland's greatest sporting moment of 2016 and all today's sport

Elsewhere, the FAI puts some distance between itself & recommended rebranding ideas while Robbie Keane is a Real Housewife.

# irish-rugby - Wednesday 16 November, 2016

Ireland Women hand out 2 debuts for the visit of Canada

Head coach Tom Tierney has shuffled the pack for Saturday’s game in Belfield.

# irish-rugby - Friday 7 October, 2016

QUIZ: Win A Trip To Chicago To See Ireland Finally Beat The All Blacks (Hopefully)

Come face the haka with us in the Windy City.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 22 September, 2016

Ireland have released their new alternative jersey... and it's purple

The international teams will wear it as part of their change kit for 2016/17.

# irish-rugby - Sunday 19 June, 2016

Heartbreak for Ireland as Olympic dream shattered after defeat to Spain

Anthony Eddy’s men fell at the quarter-final hurdle this morning.

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