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Rugby - Today’s News

Lam rings changes as he bids farewell to Sportsground

There are welcome returns to action for Marnitz Boshoff, Darragh Leader and Cian Kelleher.

'I just hope I left the odd mark along the way' - Coughlan hangs up his boots

The former Munster number eight has called time on his playing career.

McCloskey starts as Ulster face make or break trip to Ospreys

Chris Henry and Jared Payne remain injured as the northern province attempt to snatch the fourth play-off place out of Ospreys’ claws.

10 changes to Munster side seeking home Pro12 semi as victorious 'A' players included

A win over Treviso tomorrow would guarantee that outcome.

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A beautifully-moustached Patrick Osborne helped the Highlanders run riot Super Rugby This post contains videos

A beautifully-moustached Patrick Osborne helped the Highlanders run riot

The Stormers shipped nine tries in Dunedin this morning.

Ex-Ireland U20s prop Betts playing in Australia but will return to Leicester

The 20-year-old prop is gaining experience on the other side of the world.

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Sickening cheap-shot punch in French rugby league broke referee's jaw

Forget rugby, there’s no place in any sport for players reacting like this.

'Plenty of encouraging signs' from Leinster's Porter after switch to tighthead

The 21-year-old first burst onto the scene as a loosehead prop.

Kieran Marmion explains how his Ireland and Connacht roles are different

Passing, sniping, kicking, defending and organising are all key parts of playing at nine.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'Destroyed' rugby player's career ended by Paris attacks

Aristide Barraud, who played at fly-half or scrum-half for Italian club Mogliano, was advised to give up the sport.

Mike Ross wants to be remembered as 'someone who made the most of himself'

The tighthead prop will move into a new line of work after retiring this summer.

Relegated Bristol could be handed Premiership lifeline

Pat Lam and Ian Madigan might be heading to a Premiership club after all.

Bundee Aki banned for three games, ruled out of Connacht's Champions Cup play-off

The centre faced a Pro12 disciplinary panel today over comments made to referee Ian Davies.

Ryan set for final home game as 22-year-old Molony makes 'natural step'

The 27-year-old flanker is set to leave the province this summer.

Former Wales and Lions lock Evans forced to retire at 32

Ian Evans, who toured Australia four years ago, has admitted defeat in his bid to regain full fitness.

Homegrown stalwart Loughney and Fox-Matamua among 11 bound for Connacht exit this summer

Kieran Keane will take over a squad after some considerable personnel turnover.

Retiring Mike Ross starts as Leinster make sweeping changes for Glasgow's visit to RDS

The eastern province have named 22-year-old Ross Molony as captain for the Friday night clash.

All Black Jerome Kaino to undergo minor knee surgery in bid to be fit for Lions

The blindside probably won’t be fit until June.

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There's another tournament bid that's well worth backing for Irish rugby this weekend

The Emerald Warriors are aiming to bring the Union Cup to Dublin in 2019.

O'Halloran out to make Sportsground farewell a fond one for Lam and McPhillips

The duo will turn their attention to the English second tier after one last European play-off push.

Rugby - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Bundee Aki could face suspension after misconduct charge

The Connacht star is set to attend a Disciplinary Hearing in Cardiff via video link tomorrow.

Analysis: 4 minutes that sum up Saracens' brilliance against Munster

In an utterly absorbing passage of play, Saracens killed off the Champions Cup semi-final.

Mike Ross counting the blessings as he prepares for clean break from rugby

The prop will step away from the game to take up a job with a software company.

'Leinster don't need a trophy to show progress, we want one because we're desperate for success'

The wounds from Sunday’s Champions Cup exit are still raw for Leinster and Johnny Sexton but there are also huge positives to take heading into the final weeks of the season.

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The Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan on Munster's attack and Leinster's regrets

The former Ireland head coach looks back on the Irish provinces’ semi-final defeat in Europe.

'He doesn't defend like a luxury player': Ringrose perfect fit for Lions

Warren Gatland’s squad will be a poorer place if the Leinster centre doesn’t travel, says Shane Horgan.

As you were: Erasmus happy to stick with same coaching team for next season

Jerry Flannery, Felix Jones and Jacques Nienaber are all set to stay put.

Rugby - Tuesday 25 April, 2017

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'In my head, I didn't deserve to be helped. I was broken and couldn't be fixed'

Ireland rugby international Hannah Tyrrell on the eating disorder that overshadowed her teenage years

O'Brien: 'You think you can help the boys out but you can never know watching on TV'

The flanker was forced to watch Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final defeat from his sofa.

'We wouldn't have won the trophies without him': Sexton pays tribute to retiring Ross

The prop helped both club and country to considerable success over the last number of years.

Big blow for Connacht's Champions Cup qualification hopes as injury sidelines Adeolokun

The Ireland international’s season may be over.

Connacht confirm contract extensions for local duo

Galway pair Eoin McKeon and Darragh Leader have signed new deals with the province.

Munster will need to make several changes for this weekend's return to Pro12 action

The province also say that scrum-half Conor Murray remains a doubt ahead of the trip to Treviso.

Mike Ross, cornerstone of Ireland and Leinster, to retire from rugby at 37

The tighthead is a two-time winner of the Six Nations, Heineken Cup and Pro12.

'It’s unbelievably proud for me and my family' - Furlong the Lion

The Leinster man will head to New Zealand with a strong chance of being the Test tighthead.

Rugby - Monday 24 April, 2017

Pain of defeat and 'what ifs' still raw for Leinster as Cullen sets sights on another semi-final

The head coach says he is ‘genuinely excited’ about Leinster’s future given the age profile of his squad yesterday.

Ringrose and Stander among final five in the running for European Player of the Year Star Performers This post contains a poll

Leinster put six-week timeframe on Kearney as Henshaw hampered by rib issue

Sean O’Brien is back running after his hamstring injury.

Sharks centre handed six-week ban for this dangerous spear tackle Punishment This post contains videos

Sharks centre handed six-week ban for this dangerous spear tackle

Sefa Naivalu was lucky to escape unhurt.

38-year-old Donncha O'Callaghan has signed a new contract with Worcester

“Donncha is a phenomenon,” says Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold.

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