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Rugby - Today’s News

Promising academy pair get first starts as Connacht look for Sale scalp

Andy Friend’s men are hoping to back up last weekend’s Challenge Cup win over Bordeaux.

'I'd been imagining pulling on that green jersey since I was nine'

19-year-old Eve Higgins is a rising star of Irish rugby, having shone on the sevens circuit last season.

'We're aware of teams close to here ringing up young players and selling them stories' -- Leo Cullen

The Leinster head coach is intent on creating an environment players want to remain and improve in.

No miracle needed, just Munster mettle, as Gloucester come to Thomond

Johann van Graan has all the tools he needs to keep Munster in control of Pool 2.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Tuilagi and Tigers thump Scarlets to move ahead of Ulster in Pool 4

For the second season running the Scarlets have lost both of their opening two European fixtures.

Why James Lowe's impact at Leinster isn't just on the field

The Kiwi’s stats are very impressive and he’s loving life with the European champions.

Cork Con, Clontarf and Garryowen aiming to keep up 100% records

The third round of Division 1A kicks off tonight, when defending champions Lansdowne will hope to get off the mark.

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'Nothing fazes him': Cullen backs Larmour to take on Toulouse

Leinster’s head coach says his 21-year-old fullback is ‘getting better all the time’. A frightening prospect.

Cullen acutely aware of outside interest in Leinster talent as he wishes McCarthy well

The 23-year-old scrum-half has agreed a move to Munster next season.

One of the Premiership's all-time leading try scorers set to make sensational switch to NFL - reports

Christian Wade has not been included in Wasps’ squad to face Bath on Saturday.

Tomane handed first European start for Leinster against Toulouse

Leo Cullen has made just one change from last week’s win over Wasps.

Connacht's new Australian playmaker poised to make his debut against Sale

David Horwitz is on the bench as Andy Friend makes seven changes for round two of the Challenge Cup.

Cooney misses out as McFarland rings trio of changes for Racing clash

Marty Moore makes the tomorrow’s starting line-up.

Four changes to Munster team for Gloucester's trip to Thomond

Gloucester’s Gerbrandt Grobler has been named among the replacements for the clash with his former team.

Toulouse to appeal Kaino's five-week ban for 'striking with the shoulder'

The former All Black was suspended for a tackle on Bath’s Jamie Roberts.

'I didn't want to become complacent, stale or stagnant': Girvan Dempsey on leaving Leinster

Having spent his entire playing and coaching career with the province, the former full-back moved to Bath earlier this year.

In-form Farrell credits Aki influence after making massive strides

The 25-year-old went to Bedford before getting his big chance with the western province.

Must-win territory for Scarlets, but Welford Road an unhappy hunting ground

The 2017 Pro12 champs staged an unlikely comeback to reach the semis last season, but they need to hit their straps today to keep knockout hopes alive.

Addison relishing Racing trip and another chance to impress for Ulster

The 26-year-old is touted by many as potential Ireland call-up next month.

Rugby - Thursday 18 October, 2018

McCarthy's inter-provincial move from Leinster to Munster makes sense

The 23-year-old will shift to Limerick next season on a two-year contract.

'It was like I had a little Joe Schmidt on my right shoulder yelling at me': Mike Ross on his former gaffer

Former Ireland and Leinster prop Mike Ross was a guest on the latest episode of the Heineken Rugby Weekly.

Speed king Cronin constantly 'nit picking' to improve all-round game

The explosive Leinster hooker will be a key weapon in Toulouse, but will he be in Ireland’s arsenal next month?

'You win one championship - let's win another, then let's win another'

World-renowned coaching consultant Wade Gilbert is a guest of the IRFU this week.

Munster recruit Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy for next season

Neil Cronin, Chris Farrell and Tommy O’Donnell are also among the new contracts announced by Munster today.

Danny Cipriani's England exile continues as Jones names squad for November internationals

Eddie Jones on Thursday named his 36-man squad for next month’s Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

England forward Hughes given six-week ban for punch

England will be without Nathan Hughes for three of their November internationals after he was banned for six weeks.

'Rory is number one... the rest of us are probably fighting for that second spot'

Munster’s Niall Scannell has started his season in excellent form.

Rugby - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

European weekend provides final audition for Schmidt's November squad

The Ireland head coach is due to name his squad next week.

England's injury crisis worsens ahead of November internationals as Saracens duo sidelined

Mako Vunipola will be out of action for six weeks while lock Nick Isiekwe has been ruled out for two months.

Toulouse receive double blow as duo handed suspensions for Leinster clash Sanctions This post contains videos

Toulouse receive double blow as duo handed suspensions for Leinster clash

Jerome Kaino and Lucas Pointud were both brought before a disciplinary hearing in Paris.

Ex-England and New Zealand youth internationals included in Scotland squad

Gregor Townsend has named three uncapped players in a 40-strong list ahead of Tests with Fiji, South Africa and Argentina.

Bernard Foley eyes World Cup after re-signing with Wallabies, Waratahs

The Aussie playmaker wants to go one better than last time at next year’s tournament in Japan.

Inclusion in Irish squad the perfect way for Connacht's Roux to celebrate birthday and contract extension

Quinn Roux is hoping to get into Joe Schmidt’s squad for the November Internationals as he turns 28 at the end of the month.

'When Munster come calling, how do you say no?' - Haley happy in Limerick IQ

'When Munster come calling, how do you say no?' - Haley happy in Limerick

The 24-year-old fullback has settled in well since his move from Sale Sharks during the summer.

Rugby - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Setback for Eddie Jones as ex-England captain set to miss autumn Tests after knee surgery

England kick off their autumn programme against South Africa on 3 November.

'The objective is my long-term health' - Ulster second row retires aged 30 following concussion concerns

Pete Browne confirmed his retirement on Tuesday after three seasons spent at Kingspan Stadium.

Toulouse face anxious wait as two key men cited ahead of Leinster clash Red Missed This post contains videos

Toulouse face anxious wait as two key men cited ahead of Leinster clash

Jerome Kaino and Lucas Pointud both face disciplinary hearings in Paris on Wednesday.

Gatland names two uncapped backs in Wales squad for Autumn Internationals

Luke Morgan and Jonah Holmes included in 37-man squad.

'He's the ultimate professional' - Connacht tie South African-born lock Roux down to new deal

The 27-year-old Ireland international has signed up until the end of 2020/21.

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