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Dublin: 3 °C Friday 23 February, 2018

Rugby - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

James Ryan fully fit while Furlong and Henderson are 'hitting their markers'

Andy Farrell says Ireland won’t take any risks with their tighthead and second row.

Faletau misses out as Wales name starting XV to face Ireland

However, Gatland has been able to recall Liam Williams, Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar for his 100th match in charge of the Principality.

Simon Zebo doesn't expect Ireland call in Paris

The 27-year old is already in international exile.

2012 a fading memory as Irish rugby delivers major scrum progress

Ireland U20s scrum specialist Ambrose Conboy is working with the next generation of front rows.

'It just doesn't feel like the other knee': O'Mahony's 2015 injury can't just be forgotten

The blindside no longer thinks about his ACL when running out for games, but he has to keep it in mind throughout the rest of his work week.

Fit-again Ringrose available for the Kings, but Leinster wait to hear Schmidt's call

The centre has been called into Ireland’s Six Nations squad, but it remains to be seen who he’ll line out for this weekend.

'They'd have made me Prince of Wales after some games but beheaded me the next week'

Former Wales wing Shane Williams is worried about Ireland’s kicking game.

'I spoke to him after the match and he said: 'I was absolutely bricking it, absolutely bricking it''

Ciaran Frawley’s debut against Scarlets left John Fogarty impressed, and he could be in line for a first start this Friday night.

Rugby - Monday 19 February, 2018

Ryan's form continues, Casey's strong start in Grenoble and a US debut for Fawsitt

Here’s how the Irishmen based abroad got on over the weekend.

Edinburgh switch home games back to Murrayfield in push for Pro14 play-offs

Munster will visit the ground when they face Richard Cockerill’s side in a fortnight.

Ex-Munster hooker appointed Russia coach with World Cup qualification on the line

Mark McDermott will hope to guide Russia to the 2019 World Cup.

Boost for Munster as Bleyendaal comes through long-awaited return unscathed

Tommy O’Donnell is also very close to making his comeback.

Wales give 'green light' for returning stars Faletau, Halfpenny, Biggar and Williams

Warren Gatland’s injury list has been considerably shortened ahead of Saturday’s clash with Ireland.

Formal complaint issued against Toulon president for saying EPCR chiefs have 'no morality'

Mourad Boudjellal’s comments came in response to Mathieu Bastereaud’s citing for calling an opponent a ‘f*****g f****t’.

Belvo building up a head of steam as defending champions power into last four

The Leinster Senior Schools Cup quarter-finals continued at Donnybrook this afternoon.

Focus inwards as Ireland bid to end winless run against Wales

Losses in Cardiff and a draw last time out in Dublin have left Ireland without a Six Nations win over Wales since 2014.

'Tadhg is probably one of the best buys the club has ever had'

Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac was full of praise for Tadhg Beirne after another big performance at the RDS on Saturday.

'These are players we'd love to see playing in Wales and playing in the red jersey'

Shane Williams is hopeful Wales can hang onto more players like James McCarthy in the future.

Leinster confident McGrath will recover from knee injury in time for Saracens

A major relief for the province as the scrum-half’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

Schmidt calls up Scannell, Cooney and Ringrose to Ireland's Six Nations squad

Meanwhile, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson and James Ryan are progressing on the injury front.

Smiling James Lowe a natural entertainer on and off the field

“The way I relax is just to think about where you come from, what you’ve achieved so far, what you play for, who makes you happy, what makes you happy.”

Rugby - Sunday 18 February, 2018

Reigning champions UL Bohs continue winning form as Old Belvo edge out Railway Union

Meanwhile, there were also wins for Blackrock and Highfield.

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

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

Here’s how the sporting week looked through the lens.

‘He’s always had to prove himself’ - Ken Owens believes Warren Gatland doesn’t get credit he deserves

Gatland will take charge of his 100th game as Wales boss against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday.

Van Graan rues 'basic errors' as Munster turn attention to 'the best team in the Pro14'

The southern province suffered a bonus-point defeat to Cardiff Blues.

Mining salary data to help rugby clubs and unions make smarter signings

Hannah Bowe explains what her work in Esportif International’s Intelligence division involves.

'A team like Munster coming in for me, I was a bit star-struck really'

Welsh-born James McCarthy was recruited by the Munster academy of the start of the season and has made a big impression already for Ireland U20s.

Rugby - Saturday 17 February, 2018

'It's really positive for their development': Cullen and Lowe praise Leinster's young guns

The eastern province got back to winning ways with a 20-13 victory over Scarlets at the RDS earlier.

Lansdowne back to winning ways and Garryowen power past UCD

Here is what happened in the Ulster Bank Leagues over the weekend.

Poor first half hurts Munster but late Bleyendaal penalty snatches losing bonus point

Johann van Graan’s side slipped to defeat in Cardiff but managed to escape with a point.

McGrath's knee injury may leave Leinster facing Champions Cup headache

The scrum-half was replaced during Leinster’s win over Scarlets this afternoon.

Lowe-inspired Leinster battle hard to see off Pro14 rivals Scarlets

The Kiwi scored a first-half brace as Leo Cullen’s side secured a big win.

Galway hurlers stave off Munster interest to tie down influential strength and conditioning coach

Lukasz Kirszenstein will remain with the Tribesmen despite heavy interest from Munster Rugby.

Carbery's absence doesn't bother Cullen as highly-rated Frawley steps up

The expectation was that the 22-year-old would feature against Scarlets today.

'We put a hell of a lot of effort into that game - the sheer amount of defence we did cost us'

Ulster fell to a late 17-16 Pro14 defeat to Edinburgh on Friday night at Kingspan Stadium.

Dundalk man McElroy excels with Saracens after U20s World Cup dream was shattered

The 20-year-old hooker is thriving in his first season with the Premiership giants.

'You heard the likes of Darce and Drico talking about it when you were in your mid-20s'

Fergus McFadden has been rejuvenated this season and has returned to the Ireland set-up.

Double helping of Scarlets makes Leinster look at the big picture

The usual ‘one game at a time’ mantra was shelved briefly this week as the Pro14 approaches a pivotal few weeks.

Rugby - Friday 16 February, 2018

Last-gasp drop goal sees Edinburgh overcome Ulster

It was no less than the Scots deserved as they controlled most of the possession.

Disappointment for hosts Connacht as they fall to second defeat of season to Zebre

The game finished 11-19 at the Sportsground.