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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

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Rugby - Wednesday 15 August, 2018

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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Wallabies skipper Hooper signs 'historic' five-year deal ahead of World Cup

The flanker is set to earn a reported €3.8 million after renewing terms with Rugby Australia.

Ronan O'Gara to become 12th Irish player inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame ROG

Ronan O'Gara to become 12th Irish player inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame

The Munster and Ireland legend is one of five new faces to be included.

Ruddock fit and flexible as he leads Leinster into new campaign Vc

Ruddock fit and flexible as he leads Leinster into new campaign

After coming out of a difficult period of injury smiling, Ruddock is the perfect foil to lead Leinster alongside Johnny Sexton.

Rugby - Thursday 9 August, 2018

Lowe, Tomane and Ruddock in harness as Leinster begin pre-season in Montauban

Despite a host of international absentees, Leinster have named an exciting starting XV to face a robust challenge in the south of France.

'I shot my shot': Joe Tomane wasn't prepared to just wait and hope Leinster came calling

The Wallaby was intent on taking up a Leinster jersey after Montpellier sent him on his way.

Rugby - Wednesday 8 August, 2018

Long-term Gatland assistant Edwards will return to rugby league after World Cup

Wigan Warriors have announced that Edwards will take up a head coach role from 2020.

'It was nice of him to call in and support the lads' - John Kiely on Earls' 'informal chat' with Limerick hurlers

Keith Earls had a brief meeting with the Limerick hurlers during their championship campaign which has led them to the All-Ireland final.

Paddy Jackson set to make first rugby appearance in over a year on Thursday

The former Ulster out-half last took to the field in June of 2017 when Ireland faced Japan in a summer Test.

Ex-Ireland U20 hooker McElroy leaves Saracens on season-long loan

The Dundalk man will link up with Championship side Bedford Blues for the 2018/19 campaign.

'Number one, rugby is about expressing yourself. You've got to play'

Connacht’s new head coach, Andy Friend, wants his team to play without any fear.

Here are the new kits that Leinster will be wearing for the 2018-19 season

The green and gold colours on the away kit are direct call-outs from the provincial Leinster flag, no less.

'The turning point': Ex-Ireland rugby international played a key role in World Cup success

Gary Longwell’s work with the women’s hockey team as a performance coach has been widely praised.

Rugby - Tuesday 7 August, 2018

From TheJournal.ie RDS gets go-ahead for larger Anglesea Stand Rugby

RDS gets go-ahead for larger Anglesea Stand

The existing stand was built in the 1930s and can accommodate 5,743 people, and its proposed replacement will accommodate 6,481 patrons.