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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

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Rugby - Sunday 20 May, 2018

'Week in, week out, finals footy': Lowe relishes the big stage as he leads the way for Leinster

The freewheeling Kiwi was one of Leinster’s standout performers yesterday, with his one-handed offload for Jack Conan a particular highlight.

Cork man Mitchell making big impression in Major League Rugby in the US

The former UCC second row tells us about life with Austin Elite in Texas.

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Rugby - Saturday 19 May, 2018

Leinster's fresh faces make their presence truly felt against Munster

The likes of James Lowe and Jack Conan came in to make a big impact in the win over Munster.

'That's my call': O'Mahony felt Munster had enough momentum to turn down shot at posts

Munster were left to rue their inaccuracy and indiscipline at the RDS as they suffered further semi-final heartache.

'I hope so': Cullen upbeat about Nacewa's chances of playing in Pro14 final ISA

'I hope so': Cullen upbeat about Nacewa's chances of playing in Pro14 final

The Leinster captain bid farewell to the RDS this afternoon, but will hope for one final appearance in blue next weekend.

Leinster's double dream is on, semi-final pain for Munster and more RDS talking points

Leo Cullen’s side booked their place in next weekend’s Pro14 final with a thrilling inter-pro win.

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Leinster edge thrilling clash with Munster to secure Pro14 final against Scarlets

It came down to the very death, but Leinster are still on for the double.

Record-breaking Farrell stars for Saracens in 90-point Premiership semi-final

Owen Farrell was successful with all 11 strikes from the tee as his side got the better of Wasps.

Nabura dismissed for nasty head-kick as Waratahs end Australia's 40-game NZ hoodoo Kung Fu Fighting This post contains videos

Nabura dismissed for nasty head-kick as Waratahs end Australia's 40-game NZ hoodoo

Israel Folau stole the show in the second half in Sydney.

As it happened: Leinster v Munster, Pro14 semi-final

Follow our minute-by-minute coverage of the action from a massive day at the RDS.

Lyon advance to first Top 14 semi-final after extra-time stalemate with Toulon

The game finished level but Lyon progressed to face Montpellier due to the number of tries scored.

'I'd love to leave this club knowing they'll be staying in top-level European rugby'

All Black Charles Piutau plays his final Ulster game in tomorrow’s crucial play-off against Ospreys in Belfast.

'They were there after the World Cup, so it was nice to have a smile on my face and trophy in my hand' Stu

'They were there after the World Cup, so it was nice to have a smile on my face and trophy in my hand'

Stuart Lancaster’s road to redemption at Leinster has been well documented, but that didn’t make the scenes in Bilbao last week any less heartwarming.

'I've just been lucky to live out a few people's boyhood dreams, me included'

Wicklow man Peadar Timmins has worked his way through intense competition to earn Leinster senior honours, but the 24-year-old will switch to a very different career path next season.

Fired-up Munster get first shot at toppling European champions Leinster

There’s a place in the Guinness Pro14 final at stake at the RDS this afternoon.

Rugby - Friday 18 May, 2018

That's why they're champions! Scarlets tear through Glasgow to reach Pro14 final Red Hot This post contains videos

That's why they're champions! Scarlets tear through Glasgow to reach Pro14 final

Wayne Pivac’s side ran four tries past this season’s best Pro14 team and will face either Leinster or Munster in the final in the Aviva Stadium next Saturday.

Ref review: Were the big calls in the Champions Cup final correct?

We asked a current referee to review some of the incidents from Leinster’s narrow win over Racing.

'We're always looking' - Leinster considering move for foreign signing Niq

'We're always looking' - Leinster considering move for foreign signing

Montpellier pair Joe Tomane and Jesse Mogg are understood to be available this summer.

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Court hears Paddy Jackson has paid 'an enormous price' despite rape acquittal

As an application was made at Belfast Crown Court to award Jackson his legal costs following the ‘not guilty’.

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Fallen giants Biarritz relegated to French third division

The five-time Top14 champions have been demoted because of financial problems.

Friend and Dobson emerge as contenders for Connacht head coach job

The Australian and South African have both built up strong CVs.

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Isa Nacewa won't be replacing Girvan Dempsey as Leinster's attack coach

However, the province are looking for a new coach to join Leo Cullen’s staff next season.

Robbie Henshaw out for 'a few weeks' but should to be fit for Ireland tour

Meanwhile, Johnny Sexton withdrew from the clash with Munster due to calf tightness.

Bundee Aki to captain Pat Lam's Barbarians against England

Ultan Dillane and Niyi Adeolokun are also included for next week’s game at Twickenham.

Best and Henderson ruled out of Champions Cup play-off as potential debutant makes Ulster bench

Former Leinsterman and Ireland U20 could make his first senior appearance off the bench.

Zebo starts at fullback for Munster's Pro14 semi-final against Leinster

Johann van Grann has named a strong side for his team’s Pro14 semi-final in the RDS.

Leinster ring the changes but still name strong side for Munster semi-final

The provinces face off at the RDS on Saturday afternoon.

Controversial cull strengthened Super Rugby, says Stormers coach

Robbie Fleck says there are no more easy games in Super Rugby since the Cheetahs, Kings and Force got the boot.

'If one person reads this and feels it helps them, that’d be brilliant'

Tony Buckley can deal with the physical consequences of a decade of professional rugby. The psychological wounds aren’t as easy to ignore.

Rugby - Thursday 17 May, 2018

Munster recruit Cronin crowned Division 1A best player as Lansdowne scoop three awards AIL

Munster recruit Cronin crowned Division 1A best player as Lansdowne scoop three awards

Paul Kiernan’s outstanding campaign with UCC saw him crowned top dog in Division 1B.

Beirne hoping to win Ireland cap in Australia while still a Scarlet

The powerful forward could be an Ireland international when he officially becomes a Munster player in July.

Tadhg Beirne back at lock as Scarlets lay title on the line in Glasgow

A clash between two of the last three champions makes for a mouthwatering Friday night semi-final.

Connacht flyer Conroy back in Sevens squad as World Series chase begins again

A busy summer for Ireland’s men gets up and running in Russia this weekend.

Twice-capped Springbok back-row forward to join Munster next season

Arno Botha, who worked with Johann van Graan in South Africa, has signed a one-year deal with the province.

'They are setting the standard in world rugby, it's not just European rugby'

Keith Earls was named Zurich Players’ Player of the Year at last night’s RPI awards in Dublin.

Munster's settled centre could hold the key in Pro14 semi

Fatigue may or may not be a factor for Leinster, but they will be without key personnel in their defensive setup.

Rugby - Wednesday 16 May, 2018

Top class Keith Earls voted Players' Player of the Year after Grand Slam season Top Gong This post contains videos

Top class Keith Earls voted Players' Player of the Year after Grand Slam season

Meanwhile, the record-breaking Jacob Stockdale managed to beat James Ryan to the Young Player of the Year award.

Henderson to miss crucial Champions Cup playoff, Rory Best a new worry for Ulster

The Ireland captain reportedly picked up a hamstring issue in training yesterday.

Fardy keen to remain at Leinster beyond initial two-year stay

The Australian has brought huge experience and presence to the Leinster environment.