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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'Winning is the culture we're starting to build, especially among the younger lads'

Andrew Porter is one of Leinster’s new wave hoping to cap an already remarkable season with further silverware.

Ireland international Madigan up for Championship Player of the Year

The 32-times capped out-half was instrumental as Pat Lam’s Bristol earned promotion.

Foley inducted into Hall of Fame as Earls is named Munster's Player of the Year

“Inducting Axel posthumously is a circumstance we never envisaged, all can agree it is an honour that would never have eluded him.”

James O'Connor reveals two years of self-medicated painkilling injections to play through ankle injury

The one-time star of Australian rugby has had surgery on his ankle and admits he is back to square one.

Analysis: How Leinster brilliantly negated Tadhg Beirne's jackal threat

The Scarlets second row was left deeply frustrated by Leinster’s excellent rucking.

Ospreys pull off significant coup with signing of George North

It’s official: the 26-year-old will play at the Liberty Stadium next season.

Heaslip: 'It's a new challenge and I'm just trying to find my way through it' Life After Rugby This post contains videos

Heaslip: 'It's a new challenge and I'm just trying to find my way through it'

The former Ireland number eight talks Punchestown, retirement and Leinster’s pursuit of a fourth European star.

Jackman strengthens Dragons pack with addition of Welsh prop from Clermont

Aaron Jarvis is returning to Welsh rugby after a two-year spell in France.

'I've got nothing against Brian O'Driscoll. He can say what he wants'

The Ireland legend said that Ulster are a “basket case” of a province.

The reality is that the IRFU can't force Carbery, Byrne or anyone to move

Ulster are looking to sign an out-half in the wake of Paddy Jackson’s contract being revoked.

Ex-Ireland hooker Clarke appointed Ospreys head coach on three-year deal

The former Ulster forwards coach has made a big impact on the Welsh region.

Van Graan admits it will be 'mentally very difficult' to get Munster up for Pro14 challenge

Munster have only lifted the league crown once following defeat in the European semis.

Sensational Leavy scoops main prizes at Leinster's end-of-season awards bash

James Ryan named Young Player of the Year at the ceremony in Dublin last night.

'I’m proudest of being a one-club man, staying here when there were a lot of dark clouds'

The Connacht captain will play his last game for his province this weekend before taking up a coaching role in Bristol.

Rugby - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

Former captain Strauss open to Springboks return under Rassie

Adriaan Strauss says he would consider an offer to return to the South Africa national team seriously.

All Blacks release new video as Folau anti-gay row rumbles Diversity Is Strength This post contains videos

All Blacks release new video as Folau anti-gay row rumbles

TJ Perenara and Brad Weber both spoke out in support of the gay community.

Forward thinking: Keith Earls prepares himself for action with daily visualisation work

The Munster and Ireland flyer takes half an hour aside each day to work his mind through the game ahead.

Hartley hits back at 'so-called experts' who called for his retirement due to concussion

‘Fortunately/unfortunately for some I’ll be back next season to help my respective teams push on.’

Time even catches up with Bryan Habana eventually: Springbok legend to retire

‘It’s been more than a year of hoping, trying, pushing and willing to get back on the field for one last time…’

Taute back in training after 7 months out as Munster monitor Ryan and Scannell

The South African centre suffered a serious knee injury in the win over Cardiff Blues in late September.

Leinster great Isa Nacewa to retire from rugby this summer

Ireland international Richardt Strauss will also retire next month while out-half Cathal Marsh and flanker Peadar Timmins have been released.

Fardy and Furlong join Sexton in European Player of the Year shortlist

There are two Racing players in the five-man shortlist, Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa and French scrum-half Maxime Machenaud.

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Irish Rugby says job advert for unpaid full-time intern that needed a masters or PhD was a 'mistake'

The high requirements for a position that is unpaid had been described as “totally wrong”.

Munster trophy hopes rest on Pro14 as Racing build towards Leinster

Johann van Graan’s men get back to training in Limerick today.

Rugby - Monday 23 April, 2018

Analysis: A clever little moment that sums up Donnacha Ryan's excellence

Munster looked to use a clever lineout play early on against Racing but the Tipp man stopped it.

O'Brien vows to return 'a new man', as Leinster deny flanker was rushed back

The flanker has turned his attention to getting fit for the 2018/19 season.

Leinster hopeful McFadden's hamstring injury doesn't rule him out of Bilbao

The winger was replaced at half-time of Saturday’s win over Scarlets.

Back from injury, but the pain of semi-final defeat runs deep for Keith Earls

‘It was hard to believe standing under the sticks after the third try… all you can do is keep battling on.’

England's Dylan Hartley set for extended break from rugby due to concussion

‘It has been recommended that I take a break and while I find that decision hard to accept, it’s important I listen to that advice.’

'We're not in the business of hoarding players, we're here to develop players'

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty says neither Ross Byrne or Joey Carbery will be forced to leave the province against their will.

Earls, Furlong, Murray and Sexton up for Players' Player of the Year

James Ryan, Jacob Stockdale and Jordan Larmour have been nominated for Young Player of the Year.

Pick your favourite out of these three brilliant nominees for Rugby Players Ireland Try of the Year Scores On The Doors This post contains videos

Pick your favourite out of these three brilliant nominees for Rugby Players Ireland Try of the Year

CJ Stander, Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale all made the shortlist, but there is a notable absentee.

Lessons and mining vast experience in Leinster doesn't end with place in the final

Leo Cullen has built a team to compete on two fronts and sustaining momentum in the Pro14 could be vital to hopes of hoisting silverware in Bilbao.

'It's a serious effort to get back in that timeframe': Henshaw huge for Leinster after shoulder injury

Robbie Henshaw worked tirelessly to make a remarkably quick return from shoulder injury.

'I'd never criticise my players. When we lose, it's on me' - Van Graan

The Munster head coach believes his team will bounce back from the disappointment in Bordeaux.

Rugby - Sunday 22 April, 2018

Donnacha Ryan a difference-maker in Racing's win over Munster

The 34-year-old made his presence felt in typically unfussy fashion in Bordeaux.

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

Here’s how the last seven days looked through the lens.

A new face for Division 1A next season as UCC and Banbridge advance in AIL play-offs

Meanwhile, the 1B play-off will be between Nenagh and Armagh.

Leinster will be favourites but Racing a real danger with Teddy Thomas and co.

The Irish province will be expected to secure the Champions Cup title in the final in Bilbao on 12 May.

Sexton braced for 'special and tough' clash with former club Racing in Champions Cup final

The Leinster playmaker spent two years with Racing after helping Leinster win the Pro12 and Challenge Cup in 2013.

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