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Rugby - Today’s News

Rassie's Limerick Erasmus to continue as South Africa stick with Coetzee

Franco Smith joins the Springbok coaching team but they keep Coetzee in charge.

4 months after beating the All Blacks, Joey Carbery given Leinster professional contract

The out-half is one of seven players to graduate from the academy to senior contracts today.

O'Shea delighted by England's eventual show of respect as Italy refuse to be taken to the cleaners

“We will dig our way out of this hole by thinking differently..”

They got a bonus point, but only one English player made our Six Nations Team of the Week Top XV This post contains videos

They got a bonus point, but only one English player made our Six Nations Team of the Week

Choosing half-backs was pretty straightforward in round three.

'Some of the chat is just ridiculous. It affects the players'

Ireland Women head coach Tom Tierney wasn’t impressed with discussion around the women’s game.

Munster's Johnston comes through 'dark place' to show promise again

The 20-year-old playmaker was in impressive form on his return for the Ireland U20s.

'He's the one who drives what we do': Murray praises Sexton influence as half-backs steer Ireland past France

The duo delivered 16 of Ireland’s 19 points in the win over France.

Payne back in Schmidt's equation but others knocking on Ireland door too

The 31-year-old made his return from a kidney injury for Ulster yesterday.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

After Ireland's win over France, let's have your questions for Eddie O'Sullivan and Murray Kinsella

We’ll have a Facebook Live review of the weekend action tomorrow at 1pm.

Rory Best on lessons learned in defence that delivered a second Six Nations win for Ireland

Best also explained how Ireland’s phase play brought them back into the game.

'We haven't played a game of rugby yet. We might go out and train after this' -- Eddie Jones has jokes

From Trevor Chappell to giving his money back to the RFU, Eddie Jones was very, very keen to make light of Italy’s performance in Twickenham.

The French rugby union pushes plan to mimic IRFU's central contracts system

Bernard Laporte has stressed the need for change in French rugby.

England take bonus point victory after getting their heads around Italian approach

Eddie Jones’ men are top of the table, but Ireland will hope that points difference comes into play after England missed today’s opportunity to pile scores on the Azzurri.

'I'm the referee, not your coach': Italy's ruck tactic had England perplexed and behind at half-time

England’s on-field decision-makers were left utterly baffled.

Ireland two games away from a Grand Slam after victory over France

Tom Tierney’s side beat visiting France 13-10 at Donnybrook this afternoon.

O'Halloran celebrates birthday with bonus point try in Treviso

Craig Ronaldson was at the heart of everything for Pat Lam’s men in Italy.

Payne returns as Olding and Stockdale provide badly needed spark for Ulster away to Zebre

The northern province never looked in danger of losing in Italy, but were unable to burn off the league’s bottom side.

Richie Hogan on GAA structures and more in our tweets of the week

Also featuring Stephen Elliott and Stephanie Roche.

'Knocking on the door all the time, someone has to answer at some stage'

Irishmen Ged McNamara and John Farrell are part of the backroom set-up with Georgia.

'If you really want to support us, please come down to Donnybrook and put your arse on a seat'

Lindsay Peat has urged supporters to put the developments of the last week to one side and get behind the team for today’s crucial Six Nations game.

Kearney the only injury concern for Schmidt as attention turns towards Wales

The Welsh will be desperate for a win in Cardiff after their defeat to Scotland yesterday.

Championship chase is on as 'semi-final' in Cardiff awaits Ireland

Devin Toner called the win over France a quarter-final. So the tasks only get tougher from here on in.

Rugby - Saturday 25 February, 2017

'We had to work for everything': Ringrose delighted to come away with French win

The young centre played a vital role for Ireland on a tough night at the Aviva.

'Conor is pretty much his own man and he's very easy to play with'

Joe Schmidt wasn’t surprised to see Johnny Sexton make an impact on his return from injury.

Commanding halfbacks, first-half frustrations and more Ireland talking points

Ireland’s wings made some important defensive plays, while there were signs of tactical tweaks from Joe Schmidt.

Here's how we rated Ireland as they ground out victory against France

Jamie Heaslip and CJ Stander led the tackle count, but who was your man of the match?

Murray and Sexton to the fore as Ireland keep Six Nations title bid alive

The Irish halfback pairing were superb as Joe Schmidt’s side saw off France on a 19-9 scoreline.

Watch: All the highlights as Ireland battle to hard-fought French win Catch Up This post contains videos

Watch: All the highlights as Ireland battle to hard-fought French win

Conor Murray’s first-half try helped Ireland to a 19-9 win at the Aviva Stadium.

Sensational Scotland keep Triple Crown hopes alive with first win over Wales since 2007 Fortress Murrayfield This post contains videos

Sensational Scotland keep Triple Crown hopes alive with first win over Wales since 2007

Stuart Hogg was superb in the hosts’ 29-13 win.

As it happened: Ireland v France, Six Nations

Can Joe Schmidt mastermind another win over Les Bleus? We’re going minute by minute.

Noves the remedy for French 'malaise': D'Arcy

France have been ‘over anglicised for too long’.

Wallaby O'Connor and ex-All Black Williams arrested for cocaine possession

Williams and O’Connor were arrested in Paris last night.

Leinster wing Larmour among the standouts in Ireland U20s win

Tommy O’Brien and Caelan Doris also showed their great promise.

Ireland's Six Nations hopes on the line with confident France in Dublin

It’s make or break for Joe Schmidt’s men against les Bleus.

Farrell wants Ireland's defence to be a try-scoring weapon against France

The Ireland defence coach is pleased to have Johnny Sexton back in the team.

Poll: Who will win today's Six Nations clash between Ireland and France? Round 3 This post contains a poll

Poll: Who will win today's Six Nations clash between Ireland and France?

The big one kicks off at 4.50pm this afternoon.

Rugby - Friday 24 February, 2017

Ireland U20s hold out after second-half Six Nations scare against France

Nigel Carolan’s men remain second in the table behind England.

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