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Rugby - Today’s News

'It's not going to stop us' - Cheika defiant despite home hammering against All Blacks

The Wallabies capitulated in today’s first half against New Zealand.

Ruthless All Blacks thrash Wallabies in Sydney with record points tally

Eight tries for New Zealand in today’s Rugby Championship opener at the Olympic Stadium.

All Blacks battling controversy again as Kaino drops out of Wallabies clash

New Zealand Rugby confirmed that Kaino left the camp today amid allegations he cheated on his wife.

Argentina arrive to put pressure on 'Boks team still with plenty to prove despite French Tests

Allister Coetzee briefly eased the pressure with three wins over Les Bleus, but France are a very poor state.

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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Leinster's pre-season up and running with seven-try victory over Gloucester

Leo Cullen’s side ran out comfortable winners at Templeville Road.

Pace, power and outstanding offloading - the top 5 tries from yesterday's WRWC action Try Time This post contains videos

France and England dominate our WRWC Team of the Pool Stage, but one Irish woman made the cut

Who would you have in your tournament dream team so far?

Shadow of bug bitterness, Scotland and Sonny Bill lingers as NZ get back in Bledisloe business

Both sides have points to prove as the Rugby Championship begins, and that’s bad news for the Wallabies.

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Black and Bleu Ireland can only turn attention to Australia and 'achieving something' at this WRWC

Claire Molloy is leading the in taking accountability as her squad head for Belfast with only 5th place to play for.

First pre-season in Leinster allowing Lancaster hone core skill-set

The former England head coach explains how he dovetails with Leo Cullen as Leinster aim to end their three year run without a trophy.

Rugby - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Improvements and another deep dig, but nowhere near enough to cope with ferocious French

Ireland ended the match, and their World Cup chase, lamented another opening half in which they were second best.

Heartbroken Ireland vow to 'go again' despite disappointing change of plan

Tom Tierney’s side face Australia in the play-offs, following a defeat to France in the Pool C decider tonight.

Ireland miss out on World Cup semis as France overpower hosts in UCD

Tom Tierney’s side were 21 points down at the break, and had to wait until the last play of the game to register their first score.

As It Happened: Ireland v France, Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

We were live from the Belfield Bowl for the all-important Pool C decider.

'France are in our way': Jenny Murphy relishing the big stage of a vital World Cup test

The hardest hitter in Ireland’s arsenal is determined to make the free-flowing French stop and think.

Job done for England but late USA onslaught puts them in pole position for fourth semi spot

The game finished 47-26 at Billings Park, with all eyes on this evening’s Pool C decider between Ireland and France.

New Zealand steam-roll Canada to complete perfect run to World Cup semis

An eight-try rout has left 2014 runners-up Canada out of the running for a semi-final berth.

Leinster centre set for surgery on ACL injury, Wallabies international handed debut

Tom Daly did the damage during last weekend’s pre-season game against Perpignan.

New Zealand Rugby to investigate fresh claims over Aaron Smith's toilet incident

Smith was suspended last October after he entered a toilet cubicle with a woman at Christchurch Airport.

'My time being patient is over, it's time to play and perform in those big games' -- Jack Conan

Jamie Heaslip’s back injury gave Conan a chance to shine for club and country last season, and he grabbed it tight in both hands.

Rugby - Wednesday 16 August, 2017

5,000 calories a day: The fuel that's getting Munster through pre-season Munster Munch This post contains videos

5,000 calories a day: The fuel that's getting Munster through pre-season

Beef stir fry, pulled pork and bacon and cabbage are all popular with the men in red.

Try-hungry Black Ferns enjoying life in Ireland, but focus is firmly set on end goal

Tomorrow’s pool decider against Canada will be much more of a test than their opening two clashes.

McKenzie's surprise inclusion one of 6 All Blacks changes from Lions draw

Damian McKenzie has been handed the number 15 jersey for New Zealand’s Rugby Championship opener.

Ireland bidding to stop French fluency at source with pack physicality

Tom Tierney’s team selection paves the way for a serious battle in UCD tomorrow evening.

The Rugby Show: Lynne Cantwell dissects Ireland's win over Japan and looks ahead to French test Insight This post contains videos

The Rugby Show: Lynne Cantwell dissects Ireland's win over Japan and looks ahead to French test

The former Irish centre joined Gavan Casey to assess the performances ahead of tomorrow’s crucial game.

Hartley tells Tuilagi and Solomona to make amends: 'Those guys let us down'

The pair broke England’s code of conduct in an incident reported to have been alcohol related.

Lyons and Cronin start as Ireland make six changes for pool decider with France

Claire Molloy captains the side but returns to openside flanker to make room for Paula Fitzpatrick.

'He's a very impressive man': New Connacht coach blown away by Bundee Aki

Kieran Keane held his first press conference in Galway on Tuesday.

Rugby - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

'Ruan told me I wouldn't regret it': Ulster's new South African recruit on moving north

Jean Deysel had no hesitation in joining Ulster after consulting with some of his former team-mates.

Will Genia is returning to Super Rugby after two years with Stade Francais

The Australia scrum-half has joined the Melbourne Rebels.

Tommy O'Donnell back in full training as Munster prepare for hit-out against Connacht

JJ Hanrahan has stepped up his recovery from a shoulder injury and Peter O’Mahony has begun his pre-season prep.

'I'd rather fill big boots than small ones. It's a big challenge but that's what I'm here for'

John Cooney has no fear of taking on Ruan Pienaar’s role at the Kingspan stadium.

Rob Kearney ready for Leinster comeback while Lowe remains in NZ

Leinster’s marquee signing won’t be available for the early rounds of their Champions Cup campaign as he will finish out the season with Tasman.

'Fire in the bellies, ice in the brain': Griffin ready to lead the charge again for Ireland

The Kerry blindside has been a silver lining through victories with ample grey areas.

Rugby - Monday 14 August, 2017

TV viewing figures rise as Ireland's World Cup campaign gathers momentum

And Thursday’s Pool decider against France will be the first women’s game to be shown live on prime time French television.

Jean Deysel was bursting out of the new Ulster jersey at this evening's launch

The South African certainly knows his way around the Kingspan Stadium gym already.

A World Cup in Ireland is particularly special for Black Fern star Brazier

The 27-year-old hopes to meet her family in Belfast for the first time next week.

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