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Rugby - Today’s News

Grobler set for Thomond Park return as important part of Gloucester pack Gg

Grobler set for Thomond Park return as important part of Gloucester pack

Munster boss Johann van Graan feels there is more to Gloucester than their South African influence.

Leinster braced for 'assault on the senses' away to proud Toulouse

Leinster are brimming with respect for their fellow four-time champions.

Chris Ashton to make return against Connacht after pre-season suspension

The prolific try-scorer was slapped with a seven-week ban for a tip tackle against Castres.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Connacht's red/orange/green penalties and 'match play' training drills

The western province’s head coach, Andy Friend, is happy to see his team making progress.

Billy Vunipola to miss England's date with All Blacks due to fractured arm

Meanwhile, Leinster are assessing issues for Cian Healy, Rob Kearney and Dan Leavy.

Ryle Nugent returning to rugby commentary alongside Jamie Heaslip

RTÉ’s former head of sport will be covering Ireland’s November internationals for Channel 4.

MacGinty to miss clash with Connacht and November Tests after shoulder surgery

Sale Sharks say the out-half developed the issue on international duty with the USA during the summer.

10 Irish-based players made our Champions Cup Team of the Week

The provinces are well represented after going unbeaten through round one.

Earls 'a worry' for Munster as he heads for scan on hamstring injury

Sammy Arnold and Alby Mathewson are also likely to miss out against Gloucester.

IRFU announce 11 full-time contracts as Women's Sevens team begin Olympic campaign

The World Series kicks off in Colorado this weekend.

'I understand that I'm more expendable... you want to be selfless towards the team'

James Lowe says he has to accept the ‘non-European’ rule and work for his Leinster team-mates.

All Blacks name mammoth squad for tour of Japan and Europe

World champions New Zealand travel to Asia before meetings with England, Ireland and Italy next month.

Red letter day for Munster heroes expected and unexpected

From chasing to counter-rucking, Munster’s scrum-half proved doubters wrong in Devon.

'I'd like to be coaching this side of the sea': Murphy concerned by Premiership workload

The Leicester Tigers interim head coach watched his side fall away in Belfast on Saturday.

Carbery shows class throughout ferocious battle

The out-half had a sinking feeling when he his wind-assisted clearance kick invited pressure. But he will be stronger for the experience in Sandy Park.

Rugby - Sunday 14 October, 2018

It's Sunday so here are 10 of our favourite images from the sporting week

Some of the defining moments from a busy week of sporting action.

Belvo and champs UL Bohs gain ground in the Women's AIL as Cooke pick up first win

The champions were rampant at Annacotty, while Cooke notched a bonus-point win at Mary’s.

Gloucester get English clubs off the mark with Champions Cup win against Castres

Up next, it’s a trip to face Munster in Limerick next Saturday.

'Today was an ultimate low': Freddie Burns apologises for showboating horror show Crash And Burns This post contains videos

'Today was an ultimate low': Freddie Burns apologises for showboating horror show

Out-half Rhys Priestland says celebrations are something that Bath need to address as a squad.

'I don't think there's many front rowers who could do that in the world'

Tadhg Furlong’s involvement in the build-up to Luke McGrath’s second try for Leinster was impressive.

Pool in Munster's capable hands after 'immense' effort in Exeter

‘Not a lot of people gave us any chance,’ noted a proud Johann van Graan post-match.

Highly-rated Lowry stands up to the test on impressive Champions Cup debut

The 20-year-old enhanced his burgeoning reputation with an exciting display against Leicester.

Rugby - Saturday 13 October, 2018

Reigning champions Lansdowne suffer consecutive defeats while Burke's late penalty earns UCD a point

Here’s what happened in the Ulster Bank Leagues over the weekend.

'I am a glass half full person, so I will take the four points'

Dan McFarland was relieved to see his side get an important win on a night when it was all about the result.

Ulster batter the Tigers with second-half surge as McFarland's men earn big win

Three quick-fire tries from O’Connor, Addison and Stockdale get the northern province’s campaign up and running.

O'Mahony proud as Munster make statement against 'oppressive' and impressive Exeter

‘Their ability to hold the ball is very impressive and as a result of that I have to say we’ll take a draw.’

'He's got a bright future... He's from an area that's not known for its rugby'

Connemara man Colm de Buitléar was one of three players to make their Connacht debuts against Bordeaux.

Munster meet Chiefs head on and claim draw in seismic Sandy Park battle

CJ Stander’s second half try and an enormous defensive shift sees Munster leave with two points.

Two-try Godwin helps Connacht to Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux

Andy Friend’s side prevailed in testing conditions at the Sportsground in Galway.

Extraordinary moment as Bath star Burns scuppers match-winning try against Toulouse Howler This post contains videos

Extraordinary moment as Bath star Burns scuppers match-winning try against Toulouse

He had just missed a penalty before failing to score a try which would have won the Champions Cup tie for Bath.

As it happened: Exeter Chiefs v Munster, Champions Cup

We had minute-by-minute updates as Johann van Graan’s Munster opened their European campaign with a tricky trip to Sandy Park.

'If you give Beauden Barrett three seconds on the ball, good night and good luck' ROG

'If you give Beauden Barrett three seconds on the ball, good night and good luck'

Ronan O’Gara’s outlook on coaching has been transformed in New Zealand.

'People have no real idea of the hours and the amount of work that goes in'

Geordan Murphy was thrown in at the deep end when appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers one game into the new season, but two months on he is enjoying the rollercoaster ride.

James Lowe, the fan favourite who is box office on and off the pitch

The Kiwi wing was in flying form during and after Leinster’s win over Wasps.

Munster relishing enormous challenge away to all-action Exeter

A losing bonus point might represent a good result for Munster against the unbeaten Devon club.

'I've been waiting two years for this': Fit-again Coetzee eager to pay Ulster back

The Springbok has endured two injury-ravaged seasons but starts against Leicester Tigers tonight.

Rugby - Friday 12 October, 2018

'We just need to be careful we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves'

Leinster boss Leo Cullen looked to ease the excitement at Leinster’s superb performance against Wasps.

Leinster light up the RDS and tear Wasps apart in stunning performance

Leo Cullen’s men began their Heineken Champions Cup defence with a brilliant eight-try win.

Watch: Lowe hammers home Leinster's advantage with brilliant individual try The Lowe Show This post contains videos

Watch: Lowe hammers home Leinster's advantage with brilliant individual try

The Kiwi winger didn’t need any support as he went it alone against Wasps.

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