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Rugby - Today’s News

Erasmus expects to be at Munster next season but has clauses in contract

The South African director of rugby has been strongly linked with a return home.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

2016 thrashing has little relevance to 1/4 final, but Leinster won't forget bitter memory of Wasps

“As a younger player who has never won any European titles with Leinster, you might feel you left the jersey down that day.”

Treviso's shock win over title-chasing Ospreys, Munster hit 50 and all your weekend Pro12 highlights Icymi This post contains videos

'I’m capable of playing there': Ruddock ready to fill Heaslip's boots at 8

A man-of-the-match display on Saturday has put the Ireland international in contention for a starting place at the back of the scrum against Wasps.

Sexton fit for Wasps week, but Leinster will keep assessing Conan calf issue

Senior coach Stuart Lancaster says Zane Kirchner, Dave Kearney and Sean Cronin are all back fit in time for the European knock-out stage.

'I'm disappointed for Munster but I think we have to be happy for Donnacha'

Rassie Erasmus says confirmation of Ryan’s move to Racing 92 next season will be a blow.

Munster to give Conor Murray 'every opportunity' of being fit to face Toulouse

There are also doubts over Andrew Conway and Jack O’Donoghue for Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final.

Cullen and Leinster out to fix inaccuracies as attention turns to Europe and in-form Wasps

Saturday’s win over Cardiff was far from perfect, but it’s perhaps exactly what the province needed ahead of their biggest challenge of the season.

Munster's Ryan set to earn €300,000 per season with move to Racing 92

The 33-year-old is set for a move to the Top 14 this summer.

Rugby - Sunday 26 March, 2017

Quiz: How well do you remember Munster v Toulouse in the 2008 Heineken Cup Final?

The old foes meet again in the Champions Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Here's the pairings for the Women's All Ireland League playoffs

The final round of regular season games took place today.

No more special treatment for Scottish and Italians in Champions Cup race, says Lam

“That needs to change – the top seven should go through.”

Treviso did Irish rugby a favour last night by stunning the Ospreys

Leinster and Munster occupy the top two places in the Guinness Pro12 this morning.

Rugby - Saturday 25 March, 2017

Old Belvedere boost survival hopes with draw against leaders Lansdowne

Check out our round-up of this week’s Ulster Bank League Division 1A.

Connacht's dismal run in Glasgow continues

Tim Swinson, the home lock, saw red for a swinging left-arm smash on a player in green.

Cardiff win 'a good reality check' for Leinster ahead of Champions Cup quarter-final

Leo Cullen says his players will take valuable lessons from today’s game.

Below-par Leinster forced to dig deep as Cullen's men edge past Cardiff

It wasn’t a vintage performance but the eastern province got over the line to move back top of the Pro12.

Scannell stars as Munster secure comprehensive win over Zebre

It was a game in which the outcome was rarely in doubt with the Irish side taking a 24-7 half-time lead.

'There were regrets, but looking back on the great days is a big comfort'

Former Munster and Ireland back row Denis Leamy has enjoyed success as head coach of Clonmel RFC.

Nacewa excited to operate with 'electric' Carbery in back three

‘He’s a genuine threat every time he’s got the ball in his hands.’

Rugby - Friday 24 March, 2017

Ulster keep Pro12 playoff chase on track with late win against Dragons

John Andrew’s late try sealed a hard-fought win for the Ulstermen.

Lansdowne still leading the way with 3 Ulster Bank League rounds to play

We look ahead to Saturday’s Division 1A and 1B matches around the country.

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Leinster confirm Heaslip and Kearney will miss Champions Cup QF against Wasps

The experienced pair have both undergone ‘minor procedures’ to remedy injury issues.

Captain O'Mahony straight back into Munster XV for visit to Zebre Pom

Captain O'Mahony straight back into Munster XV for visit to Zebre

Rassie Erasmus has made five personnel changes for the clash in Italy.

Isa and JVDF back in Leinster line-up to tackle Blues

Fresh from international duty, Cian Healy, Dan Leavy and Luke McGrath all start.

Marmion returns as Connacht make 10 changes for Glasgow clash

The scrum-half is among the returning frontliners for the trip to Scotland.

France lock Maestri faces hearing over criticism of referee Wayne Barnes

The fall-out from last weekend’s controversial clash in Paris continues.

Digby Ioane began Crusaders' rout of the Force with first of seven tries in Christchurch Sweet New Digs This post contains videos

Digby Ioane began Crusaders' rout of the Force with first of seven tries in Christchurch

With the Chiefs and Hurricanes on a bye week, the Canterbury side move top of the Super Rugby standings.

Munster back row O'Donoghue keen to 'kick on' with Ireland on summer tour

The 23-year-old understands that he must prove himself to Joe Schmidt at provincial level again.

Carolan a smart addition for Connacht but leaves U20s in promising place

The former Connacht back will be part of Kieran Keane’s coaching staff next season.

Rugby - Thursday 23 March, 2017

A little moment that underlines Peter O'Mahony's leadership credentials

The Munster back row is a strong candidate to be the next Ireland captain.

Peyper, Garcès and Poite to referee Lions' Tests against All Blacks

World Rugby have also confirmed the match officials for Ireland’s summer tour.

Pete Malone takes charge of Ireland for this summer's U20 Championship

Munster’s player development manager will take the role on an interim basis for the tournament in Georgia.

Ireland U20 coach Carolan to join new Connacht coaching ticket

The Galway native will move into the senior coaching box after 13 years in charge of the academy.

Stuart Hogg emulates BOD in winning back-to-back Six Nations player of the year awards Star Performer This post contains videos

Stuart Hogg emulates BOD in winning back-to-back Six Nations player of the year awards

Ireland’s CJ Stander finished second in the public vote.

Iain Henderson starts, Stu Olding 10 again for Ulster's Dragons trip

Paddy Jackson is among the replacements for Ulster despite not featuring against England.

Ulster flanker Coetzee scheduled to return for start of next season

The worst was feared for the Springbok, but exploratory surgery yesterday showed only cartilage damage and he faces a four-month recovery.

Australian rugby to trial more stringent 'blue card' system for concussion

Players with a suspected concussion will not be allowed return in the same match.

Ireland plans to engage its huge diaspora as part of 2023 World Cup bid

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne helped to host a World Rugby technical review group in recent days.

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