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#Irish Rugby

# 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.

# irish-rugby - Tuesday 14 June, 2016

The42 Rugby Show: Stander's red, playmaking Marshall and Ireland without Sexton Tactics This post contains videos

The42 Rugby Show: Stander's red, playmaking Marshall and Ireland without Sexton

Johne Murphy joined Murray Kinsella to look back on an historic weekend for Irish rugby.

# irish-rugby - Thursday 21 April, 2016

Fiona Coghlan on building a team: 'If you’re not there for the right reasons, you won’t last'

“It’s about getting to know people and what they can offer, not just on the pitch but off it as well.”

# irish-rugby - Thursday 14 April, 2016

'I love my country but I'll see where my life takes me': Conor O'Shea on seeking opportunities outside of Ireland

The former Ireland fullback on taking over as Azzurri boss and the prospect of facing his homeland in Rome next year.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 9 April, 2016

From The Daily Edge A girl asked Conor Murray to her debs on Twitter, and he let her down in the nicest way Debs

# irish-rugby - Monday 28 March, 2016

'It brought out a lot of feelings in me - ones that I had put away for a long time'

Fuelled by anger and frustration after yet another injury, Munster’s Cathal Sheridan slipped into a dark place and found it hard to get out.

# irish-rugby - Wednesday 23 March, 2016

'A wonderful learning process from both sides' - Andy Farrell says goodbye to Munster

Ireland’s new defence coach liked what he saw in Munster.

One of the NFL's top talent coaches is joining the Irish Rugby setup

Nick Winkelman is the IRFU’s new Head of Athletic Performance and Science.

# irish-rugby - Friday 11 March, 2016

We'll Leave It There So: Aussie set for Irish debut, O'Neill believes in youth and all today's sport

Elsewhere, Rafael Benitez is back in the Premier League while the Irish cricketers are out of the T20 World Cup.

# irish-rugby - Wednesday 2 March, 2016

The42 Six Nations Show: Luke Fitzgerald joins Murray Kinsella to analyse Ireland's performance in London

Things got pretty detailed around the Subbuteo table this week.

# irish-rugby - Saturday 27 February, 2016

'Don't lose faith' - Joe Schmidt calls for time to rebuild after Twickenham defeat

'Don't lose faith' - Joe Schmidt calls for time to rebuild after Twickenham defeat

Ireland are in a transitional period, according to the head coach.

# irish-rugby - Friday 12 February, 2016

Open thread: What’s your pre-match lucky charm?

Got any lucky pants hiding in a drawer? Tell us everything…

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