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Dublin: 11 °C Saturday 22 September, 2018

Rugby - Thursday 13 September, 2018

Murphy misses South Africa trip but Ulster say ankle injury not 'long-term'

The northern province departed Belfast for Port Elizabeth yesterday.

Munster, Leinster and Ulster set for French refs in first round of Champions Cup

Romain Poite, Pascal Gaüzère and Jérôme Garcès are first up for the Irish provinces.

Aki returns to Connacht bench as Marmion gets first start of the season

Andy Friend has also brought Conán O’Donnell, Ultan Dillane and Niyi Adeolokun into his starting XV.

Rassie: 'The only thing everyone's been talking about the last few days is, 'Are you going to get fired?''

Despite being backed by South Africa’s rugby chief, the former Munster head coach is unsure about his future.

POM, Cloete and Conway back for Munster as Carbery and Beirne start

Johann van Graan has some of his big guns back for the visit of the Ospreys tomorrow night.

'He reminds me of the threat that Damian McKenzie brings for the All Blacks'

Stuart Lancaster says Jordan Larmour has similar traits to the Kiwi playmaker.

Ex-Connacht men Leader and O'Toole called into USA Men's Selects squad

Former Trinity and Munster U20 playmaker Conor Kearns has also been included.

Nonu returns to Super Rugby with the Blues after three-year stint in France

The 36-year-old joined Toulon after New Zealand’s 2015 World Cup win.

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Marmion keen to progress as Cooney and McGrath push for Ireland spots

The 26-year-old Connacht scrum-half made his first appearance of the season against Zebre last weekend.

Rugby - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Centre Duncan Taylor out for rest of the season, a doubt for Ireland's World Cup opponents Scotland

The 29-year-old is not expected to be back until June after undergoing surgery for a ruptured cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament.

Ronan O'Gara inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame ROG

Ronan O'Gara inducted into World Rugby's Hall of Fame

The legendary Ireland and Munster out-half became the 12th Irish inductee.

'That’s probably the mindset of a smaller club... We can be so much better'

Leinster number eight Jack Conan and his team-mates are out to prove a point this week.

'I'll never blame a referee if we lose a game': Van Graan wants to move on from Glasgow incidents

The Munster head coach raised the issue with Pro14 referee’s chief Greg Garner.

Aki back to boost Connacht for Edinburgh but Horwitz's debut on hold

Andy Friend’s side travel to Murrayfield on Friday evening.

Rugby - Tuesday 11 September, 2018

'One of our principles defensively is not to get beaten on your inside shoulder'

Leinster were disappointed with how they gave up the game-clinching try to the Scarlets.

Cash-strapped Premiership clubs decide £275 million takeover 'not the preferred option'

Despite England’s leading clubs struggling financially, they do not want to sell a majority stake in the league.

Jordi Murphy suffers ankle ligament injury on Ulster debut

The Ireland flanker will miss the province’s clash with Southern Kings this weekend.

'A question of when rather than if' - Rugby World Cup could be set for expansion

Japan will host the 2019 World Cup, which could be the last time 20 nations contest the rugby showpiece.

Leinster hope to see women's inter-pros expanded from three rounds

Head coach Ben Armstrong says his players are keen for more inter-provincial fixtures in the future.

'It's tough to see someone like Dippy have to retire at a young age'

Leinster’s Jack Conan was sad to see his former team-mate forced to hang up his boots.

Carbery: 'Munster is home now, I'm very happy seeing myself here for a while'

The young out-half said he wanted to escape the shadow of Johnny Sexton at Leinster.

Lancaster not interested in Leicester gig as Murphy set to stay on for season

The Leinster senior head coach is very happy where he is.

Rugby - Monday 10 September, 2018

Ex-Munster man Casey makes Top 14 debut as Zebo and Ryan score tries

Gareth Steenson has helped Exeter Chiefs to an excellent start to the new season.

Cloete nears injury comeback for Munster, but concern over scrum-half Cronin

The flanker has been sidelined with arm and groin injuries since February.

Leinster lose McGrath to injury but welcome back more Ireland internationals

The Ireland international prop suffered a knee injury in training last week.

Munster's away day blues, Leinster come unstuck and all the Pro14 highlights Weekend Rewind This post contains videos

Munster's away day blues, Leinster come unstuck and all the Pro14 highlights

Catch all the action from round two here.

'I always wanted to play for my country. As a coach, I have aspirations to coach at the highest level too'

Former Connacht back Conor McPhillips on following Pat Lam to Bristol, and his future in rugby coaching.

Mathieu Bastareaud set for ban after forearm hit on opponent Punishment This post contains videos

Mathieu Bastareaud set for ban after forearm hit on opponent

The France star was sent off for thumping Christophe Samson.

Former Munster coach 'Rassie' Erasmus says job on the line against All Blacks

South Africa head into Saturday’s match on the back of losses to Australia and Argentina.

Denis Buckley focuses on Connacht form after featuring in Ireland camp

The 28-year-old was superb as Connacht’s pack took Zebre apart in the scrum on Saturday.

'I was really keen to get him here because he's a classy footballer'

Irish-qualified Will Addison has made a big early impression at Ulster after his summer move from Sale Sharks.

Aki return to bring more momentum as Connacht's depth grows

The back row will be difficult to pick if Connacht have everyone fit and firing.

Rugby - Sunday 9 September, 2018

Ireland’s rise in 7s continues as Eddy's men make history with Grand Prix title in Poland

Anthony Eddy’s side set a new series points tally, securing 23 wins from 24 matches across the four legs.

Leinster and Munster set up thrilling inter-pro decider in Donnybrook

Leinster have yet to concede a point in this year’s championship.

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

Here’s how the last seven days looked through the lens.

A search for one's family, the Oh-So-Close Men and the week's best sportswriting

Stick on the kettle and settle into some of our favourite sports articles from this week.

'He'll get better and better': Nerveless Cooney an indispensable figure for Ulster

The scrum-half has continued his excellent form into the new season after delivering another match-winning performance on Friday night.

Rugby - Saturday 8 September, 2018

Scarlets survive grandstand finish to inflict first league defeat on champions Leinster

Leinster outscored the hosts by three tries to two but were forced to settle for a losing bonus point.

Zebo and Ryan cross for erratic Racing in demolition of Agen

Simon Zebo has two tries in two games after Racing laid waste to Agen in the Top 14.

'The sky's the limit for that one' - Wexford man Paul Boyle shines for Connacht

The 21-year-old was man of the match as Connacht earned a bonus-point win against Zebre.