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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

'My best is yet to come': Munster's Hart keen to prove a point this season

The 27-year-old starts tomorrow’s friendly against London Irish and knows he needs to seize his chance.

'Ireland and Quins are very supportive of me going back and forth'

Leah Lyons is aiming to help Harlequins Ladies to a Premier 15s title after her move to London.

Ulster include 17-year-old sprinter Sexton in squad to face Gloucester

The northern province have named an exciting squad for Saturday’s game.

Masterson set for surgery while new signings get starting roles for Connacht's clash with Wasps in Athlone

The back row suffered a hand injury in last week’s friendly win over Brive.

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Kolisi keeps captaincy as Rassie welcomes Etzebeth and Whitely back for 'Boks

Handre Pollard returns to the number 10 shirt as South Africa open the Rugby Championship against Argentina.

O'Donnell leads Munster for clash with Kidney's London Irish in Cork

JJ Hanrahan is first up in Munster’s number 10 shirt tomorrow night.

Fardy captains Leinster as Frawley gets shot at 10 against Newcastle

The highly-promising Caelan Doris starts at number eight for Leo Cullen’s side.

'Ireland’s Greatest Sportsperson' and Katie Taylor doc among the sporting highlights of RTÉ's upcoming schdedule

In addition, ‘Prayers of the Faithful’ looks at the memorable 1982 success of the Offaly footballers.

England out-half Cipriani fined after pleading guilty to common assault

The Gloucester star also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.

All Blacks stick with Barrett as Mo'unga misses out while injuries force Australia changes

The Australians are desperate for a win at ANZ Stadium in a fixture that doubles as the first Bledisloe Cup Test.

'My aunties have been giving me some good home cooking every weekend'

Ulster’s new signing Will Addison is feeling right at home in the province.

Ireland call-up off Copeland's radar as he looks to become Connacht leader

The 30-year-old doesn’t think he is part of Joe Schmidt’s plans.

Contact skills, Crusaders clips, five stars - Leinster look to get even better

Number eight Jack Conan explains how Leinster’s coaches are working to improve again.

Rugby - Wednesday 15 August, 2018

England out-half Cipriani arrested and charged after nightclub incident

The 30-year-old was in Jersey with his club side, Gloucester.

Back row Jarrad Butler succeeds Muldoon as Connacht captain

The former Brumbies man earned respect with a big first season for the province.

'Most suspended player' in Australian rugby league handed 10-year ban until 2028

John Hopoate, 44, has previously served a total of 45 weeks of suspensions in his NRL career.

'You start to wonder, "Is this worth it?"' Te'o considered quitting rugby during injury nightmare

Former Leinster man has been out of action since last October.

Irish provinces' emerging players to feature in new Celtic Cup

The seven-week competition essentially replaces the disbanded British & Irish Cup.

Wales defence coach Edwards takes role with Ospreys

The Wales assistant coach will juggle his international commitments with a role at the Ospreys in the Pro14 this season.

Ireland return far from Jackson's mind as he attempts to restart career in Perpignan

The former Ulster out-half has played his first game since being acquitted of rape this year.

Contepomi: 'Sexton is one of those players that doesn't come around often, so we need to enjoy him'

‘When you talk to a friend or colleague of Messi, they say ‘he’s the first one to arrive, the last one to leave’… that’s Johnny.’

Rugby - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Ex-Connacht hooker in critical condition after suffering stroke

The province have wished Ethienne Reynecke a speedy recovery.

Ireland U20 coach McNamara heads to New Zealand on three-month placement

The Clare native will work under Blues-bound Tom Coventry at North Harbour.

Munster conservative over Bleyendaal's return as JVG backs Carbery to be long-term 10

The Kiwi out-half is yet to return to full training after second neck operation.

Folau won't alter aerial approach despite ban for challenge on O'Mahony

“I’ll have the same mindset in attacking the ball in the air and obviously making good decisions around that.”

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Munster coaches spend off-season in New Zealand in search of missing 1%

Jerry Flannery linked up with Ronan O’Gara at the Crusaders and Felix Jones spent time with the Hurricanes.

Sean O'Brien and JVDF expected back before Leinster open European defence

Dan Leavy is also due back in time for the Champions Cup after a bruising campaign in which he won everything on offer.

'It's a World Cup year': Van Graan expects to see less of Munster's internationals this season

The Munster head coach understands the importance of the player welfare policy.

Rugby - Monday 13 August, 2018

Leinster install Hogan as contact skills coach

The former St Mary’s man will coach tackle and ruck technique with the senior side and age grade teams.

Beale backs Hodge to fill Wallabies' centre gap for All Blacks clash

Samu Kerevi, who played 13 through the June series with Ireland, will miss out through injury.

'It was totally his decision, I didn't need to convince Joey to join Munster' 10

'It was totally his decision, I didn't need to convince Joey to join Munster'

Johann van Graan is excited by the attributes the 22-year-old brings to the southern province.

Positive news on O'Donnell but several Munster players remain long-term absentees

Johann van Graan issued an injury update as the province prepare for their first pre-season friendly this Friday.

Big blow for Ulster as injury lay-off for Jacob Stockdale is confirmed

The Six Nations record-breaker looks set to be sidelined until October after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Genia insists Bledisloe Cup is rugby's 'pinnacle' ahead of All Blacks showdown

The Wallabies, who face New Zealand on Saturday, have not won the trans-Tasman series since 2002.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen defends 'overused' haka

Some New Zealand legends say the side should perform it less often.

'You’ve got to be realistic. When you play rugby, your career can end at any time'

Ulster and Ireland centre Luke Marshall is philosophical about the injury that will keep him out of action until the spring.

Rugby - Saturday 11 August, 2018

French second division rugby player dies RIP

French second division rugby player dies

Louis Fajfrowski, 21, died in the changing room of his club Aurillac.

Kelleher hat-trick gets Connacht's Friend era off to winning start in France

Connacht ran out 33-24 winners over Brive in Pompadour.

Rugby - Friday 10 August, 2018

Dave Kearney makes his return as Leinster get a good workout in France

Rory O’Loughlin and James Tracy scored the tries against Montauban.

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