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Rugby - Today’s News

Ireland achieve highest-ever points total in latest World Rugby rankings

Joe Schmidt’s side won 10 of their 11 Tests last season.

Leinster sign three Ireland U20 players up as part of academy intake for 2018/19

Six players have left the system, while Will Connors has been awarded a senior contract.

Sensational Sexton shows his class and composure for Ireland

The 32-year-old was instrumental in the series success in Australia.

What next for Ireland? Schmidt's men don't want to be 'one-hit wonders'

The Ireland boss is excited by the returns of Sean O’Brien, Rhys Ruddock and Josh van der Flier.

'That one-man lift, they're obviously putting their own player in danger'

CJ Stander says he could have protected Peter O’Mahony ‘a bit better’ in the air.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

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

It’s been a particularly memorable few days from an Irish perspective.

'Representing Ireland, representing that badge, it's pretty special'

Ulster front row Rob Herring was one of the big winners on Ireland’s tour Down Under.

Jones: England back on road to being world's best

After ending his worst stretch as coach, Jones believes England are back on track to challenge at the World Cup.

Scotland run riot in Argentina to end tour with record-breaking win

Daniel Hourcade’s final game in charge of Argentina ended in heavy defeat.

How Senegal stunned France at the 2002 World Cup and more of the week's best sportswriting

Settle yourself into some brilliant reads from this week.

All Blacks and November next in Schmidt's sights as Ireland's success rolls on

The Ireland head coach is heading home to New Zealand for a few weeks of rest.

Israel Folau to face disciplinary hearing after challenges on Peter O'Mahony

The Wallabies fullback has received a citing commissioner’s warning on top of his yellow card.

Cheika invited referee to post-match press conference to explain decisions

The Wallabies head coach was not happy with some of the calls against his team in defeat to Ireland.

Rugby - Saturday 23 June, 2018

Super Cipriani kick helps England beat 'Boks to end losing streak

Eddie Jones’ five-month, six-game slump is over.

The Rugby Show: Reaction from Sydney as Ireland seal landmark series win

Murray Kinsella witnessed Joe Schmidt’s side complete a hugely-successful season earlier.

'I think people are clutching at straws there:' Hansen dismissive as French dispute All-Blacks try

France were not happy about Damian McKenzie’s try before half-time in their defeat to New Zealand.

Series success and squad development - Schmidt comes up trumps

Jordan Larmour and Tadhg Beirne made an impression off the bench for Ireland.

Ireland's leaders stand up when it matters to help complete magical season

Sexton and Stander were both immense for Ireland in Sydney.

Schmidt's Ireland cling on to secure thrilling series success in Australia

The tourists endured a nailbiting endgame in Sydney but emerged with victory.

Lacey the latest under fire as All Blacks scorch in for 7 tries against France

The Irish referee was in the spotlight for the third Kiwi try of the day as he stuck by the letter of the law.

As it happened: Australia v Ireland, June Series Deciding Test

Joe Schmidt’s men are in Sydney to sniff out their first series win Down Under since 1979.

Scannell to start for Ireland after Cronin ruled out with hamstring injury

The Leinster hooker has been cruelly ruled out but it means a big chance for the Munster man.

Schmidt's Ireland can complete sensational season with series success

The clash at Allianz Stadium in Sydney promises to be a thrilling tactical battle.

Rugby - Friday 22 June, 2018

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'I didn't get stuck into players enough': Stockdale targets aerial improvement in Sydney

The winger has been working on his aerial ability over the last two weeks ahead of his return to the Test arena.

€3 million investment from Hong Kong saves Biarritz from relegation

A regular European challenger in the noughties, BO are relieved to cling on to a place in Pro D2.

France hard done by? I can squeal about that too, says All Blacks boss

Steve Hansen says it’s “pointless” to complain about refereeing decisions ahead of this weekend’s final Test.

O'Mahony comfortable at openside on occasion of his 50th Ireland cap Pom

O'Mahony comfortable at openside on occasion of his 50th Ireland cap

The 28-year-old makes up the Ireland back row with CJ Stander and Jack Conan.

Sean Cronin sits out Ireland's captain's run ahead of third Wallabies Test

The Leinster hooker was named in Ireland’s number two shirt for the clash in Sydney.

Schmidt to make decision on Ireland future by the end of the year

The Kiwi is out of contract after the 2019 World Cup and plans to put his family first.

Confidence, conviction and calmness personified - Ross Byrne's journey to the Test arena

The 23-year-old out-half is poised to make his Ireland debut in Sydney on Saturday after an excellent season with Leinster.

Big opportunity for Conan as Schmidt resists temptation to make change at 9

Conor Murray will be at scrum-half against the Wallabies tomorrow.

Rugby - Thursday 21 June, 2018

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The Rugby Show: Reaction to team news as Ireland aim to win first Aussie series since 1979

Murray Kinsella dials in from Sydney ahead of the series decider.

Scotland make 8 changes for Pumas Test after defeat to USA

Captain Stuart McInally heads up the tourists as they meet an Argentina side sore after losing to Wales.

Ref review: How did the match officials do in Ireland's win over the Wallabies?

There were three yellow cards in Melbourne and there potentially could have been more.

Van Graan gives verdict on 'tough' Champions Cup draw for Munster

The southern province will be in Pool 2 next season alongside Castres, Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester.

Danny Cipriani given first England start in 10 years as Jones hopes to avoid seventh straight loss

The mercurial talent was just 21 the last time he started a Test for England.

Larmour bidding to cap 'dream season' by scaling one last peak in Sydney

21-year-old in line for his sixth cap on Saturday, and hopes to play his part in a famous series win.

Ireland set to hand 'smart kid' Byrne debut from bench against Wallabies

The 23-year-old out-half has been included among the replacements for Saturday’s clash in Sydney.

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