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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'They worked their absolute b******s off on that tour' - Gatland responds to O'Brien's Lions criticism

The two-time head coach also vowed never to take charge of the team again after his latest experience.

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'The surgeon said it was the best possible outcome considering I had been bitten by a lion'

Scott Baldwin underwent two operations before flying home to Wales.

Toulon bolster scrum-half options with All Black addition

Alby Mathewson has agreed a deal that includes an option for a second season in the south of France.

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Bleyendaal and Scannell require scans but Munster boosted by Cloete arrival

The 26-year-old South African flanker arrives in Limerick this week.

Leinster's homegrown model proves money can't buy everything in the modern game

“We want to create a club like Leinster where there is a bit more succession planning,” says Montpellier coach Nathan Hines.

Toulon-bound Rhys Webb out in the cold as Wales scrap 'Gatland's Law'

Wales’ new selection policy is set to cost the scrum-half his place in the national team.

Excitement builds over Stockdale as Ulster's young star continues flying form

The winger hopes to continue in a similar vain ahead of next month’s Autumn internationals.

Leinster wait on Sexton, O'Brien and Nacewa ahead of Glasgow trip

The trio are all doubts for the round two clash at Scotstoun.

'That’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it?': Bonus-point win lifts Connacht dressing room

43-15 win against Oyonnax was Connacht’s biggest win on French soil.

'We'll stick by him': Ulster vow to support Coetzee after long-term injury setback

The South African has been plagued by injury problems since joining the province last year.

Wales have spoken to around 10 candidates to succeed Gatland after the World Cup

Wales have drawn up a shortlist in preparation for life after Gatland.

'He just appeared in front of me and I kind of smirked as I knew I was a goner'

Robbie Henshaw’s take-down of Montpellier’s 130kg winger Nadolo was just one example of Leinster winning ‘the little victories’ on Saturday.

Rassie: Master of all trades Van Graan well used to pressure situations

The outgoing Munster boss believes his replacement has the work ethic to make up for any lack of experience.

Rugby - Sunday 15 October, 2017

It's Sunday, so here are our 12 favourite images from the sporting week

Here’s how the last seven days looked through the lens.

Champs UL Bohs run riot ahead of table-topping clash in Dublin next weekend

Table-toppers UL set themselves up nicely for their trip to face second-placed Railway.

'In the last two or three minutes we tried hard to throw it away' - Rassie

Munster’s late indiscipline went unpunished in Castres.

Rory Scannell hits hard and more talking points from Munster's draw in Castres

Nobody is ever happy with a draw, but Munster may well look back with pride at the two points they earned today.

Rassie offers assurance that he'll work on as long as Munster need him

Reports in South Africa had suggested that Erasmus could begin his new role as soon as 1 November.

Munster battle out a draw after ferocious contest in Castres

Simon Zebo and Dave KIlcoyne touched down for the southern, but it was their defence which deserves the plaudits.

As it happened: Castres Olympique v Munster, Champions Cup

Could Rassie Erasmus’s side get their European campaign off to a winning start? Find out in our minute-by-minute report.

Anthony Foley documentary delivers the emotional story of a legend we can all relate to

Tomorrow will mark a year since Foley’s untimely death and the emotions still feel raw as some of his closest friends and sisters discuss the man who made Munster.

Rugby - Saturday 14 October, 2017

Connacht get Challenge Cup campaign off to winning start in Geneva

Kieran Keane’s team earned a bonus point victory against Oyonnax.

‘This Munster team wants to evolve and I can be a key part of that hopefully’

Chris Farrell has always seen himself as more than just ‘an extra forward’ in the back-line, but he’s determined to add more grunt alongside his under-rated handling ability.

JJ Hanrahan features as Munster A beat Ospreys

The Irish province earned a convincing win in their British and Irish Cup clash in Wales.

Cullen 'relieved and exhausted' after Leinster show bravery to put everything on the line

The eastern province withstood a late Montpellier rally to seal a 24-17 bonus-point win at the RDS.

Leinster produce their season's best to see off Montpellier in epic six-try tussle

Tries from Carbery, van der Flier, Henshaw and Daly help Cullen’s men to an opening weekend win.

As it happened: Leinster v Montpellier, Champions Cup

Leo Cullen’s side got their European campaign underway at the RDS this afternoon.

Henshaw, Connellan, Sheehan: how three friends from a little Irish town made sports careers around the world

From Leinster to Luton and St Kilda, Coosan’s finest have come a long way from kickabouts in the back garden.

Leinster ready to scrap for every point in toughest Champions Cup pool

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen remains wary of Montpellier’s array of talent eve if Aaron Cruden fell foul of injury.

Ulster end opening game hoodoo, Stockdale stars and more talking points

The northern province beat Wasps 19-9 at Kingspan Stadium on Friday night.

Rugby - Friday 13 October, 2017

'It's a massive victory': Kiss delighted with Ulster's character

Second-half tries from Stockdale and McCloskey ensured the hosts got off to a winning start.

Superb Stockdale sets Ravenhill alight again as Ulster get up and running in Europe

The young winger produced the game’s defining moments as Les Kiss’ side saw off Wasps.

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Touch of déjà vu for Cullen as Sexton knock opens door for Ross Byrne

The head coach hopes to see Johnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien and Rory O’Loughlin fit to feature against Glasgow next weekend.

Aki left out while Deegan and Coulson come in for Connacht's European opener

Kieran Keane has shown his hand for the province’s Challenge Cup clash against Oyonnax.

No Sexton or O'Brien for Leinster's Champions Cup clash

Leo Cullen’s men are missing two big names ahead of their Champions Cup opener.

Flanagan's first start one of five Munster changes from Leinster loss

The southern province begin their Champions Cup campaign away to Castres on Sunday afternoon.

Kiwi refs appointed to Ireland's opening November Tests

Meanwhile, Frank Murphy will run the line for Wales’ biggest games next month.

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