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Rugby - Yesterday’s News

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Rugby - Tuesday 9 January, 2018

Suspension sidelines England prop Marler for opening rounds of Six Nations

Marler was red-carded in the second half of Harlequins’ 30-29 defeat at Sale Sharks on Saturday.

Injury rules Connacht lock out of European showdown with Worcester

James Cannon won’t be involved at Sixways on Saturday after being injured against Munster.

'I think the first person that ever mentioned Jordan Larmour to me was Joe' Shining Larmour This post contains videos

'I think the first person that ever mentioned Jordan Larmour to me was Joe'

Johnny Sexton says he would like to see his Leinster team-mate in Ireland’s Six Nations squad.

118kg South African teenage tighthead links with Munster's academy

The 18-year-old starred for the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks side at last year’s Craven Week.

Racing confirm signing of Zebo ahead of crucial European showdown with Munster

The worst kept secret in rugby is out.

McKinley in line for Dublin return as out-half included in O'Shea's extended Six Nations squad

The 28-year-old has been named in Italy’s 34-man panel for their pre-championship training camp.

No return date in sight as Ulster deregister Jared Payne from Champions Cup squad

The Ireland international has been replaced by Johnny McPhillips.

Another injury blow for Wales as Ospreys flanker ruled out of Six Nations

Dan Lydiate will miss the rest of the season after requiring surgery on a bicep injury.

Ringrose a doubt for Ireland's Six Nations campaign after undergoing ankle surgery

The centre is only just back from a long-term layoff following shoulder surgery.

Grobler back in Munster training as Cloete continues RTP protocols

Billy Holland also needs to complete the protocols if he is to face Racing this weekend.

Rugby league player dies at 23 after 'sudden health issue' RIP

Rugby league player dies at 23 after 'sudden health issue'

English side Widnes Vikings are in mourning after Papua New Guinea centre Kato Ottio passed away.

Further off-field disruption for Munster as another coach set for South Africa move

Head of athletic performance Aled Walters has been linked with a move to join the SARU under Rassie Erasmus.

80-minute man McCartney intent on pushing Connacht back to best form after dip in Munster

The hooker dotted down a late consolation try in Thomond Park, but the Western province can guarantee pool success in England this weekend.

Rugby - Monday 8 January, 2018

Analysis: Conor Murray's lineout and Munster's clever set-piece attack

We’ve broken down some of the province’s best efforts from scrum and lineout in recent weeks.

'It's nice to give something back': Ross joins Ireland coaching team for Women's Six Nations

The former Ireland and Leinster prop hopes to impart some of his vast knowledge and experience on the squad.

Laporte vows no conflict of interest as France confirm sponsorship deal with Altrad

The FFR say the deal guarantees at least €35 million for the amateur game.

Clermont's teenage winger recovering in hospital after sickening head collision

Samuel Ezeala was making his debut for the French club against Racing yesterday when he suffered the injury.

Ryan helps Racing blow Clermont away and all the exiles' action

Former Connacht man Rory Parata made his debut for Zebre.

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All the Pro14 highlights as Leinster and Munster scorch into the high 30s

Elsewhere, there was a terrific performance from Dan Biggar to give Ospreys another much needed win.

Leinster the clear top dogs after entertaining Pro14 inter-pro series

With three wins from three games in the last fortnight, Leo Cullen’s men impressed.

'We got a bang on the nose': Connacht's second 40 frustrates Keane

Munster’s bonus point win left a sour taste for Connacht after their excellent performances in the seasonal derby series.

Rugby - Sunday 7 January, 2018

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.

First loss in English Premiership since September for Exeter as Saracens close gap

Sarries took full advantage of Exeter’s loss to Newcastle.

Cross dares to dream, Shields retires and Lennon looks ahead - sporting tweets of the week

Plus, appearances from Alison Miller, Steven Beattie and Alan Bennett.

New overseas out-half on the way for Ulster but Bowe injured

Les Kiss says the northern province have secured a new playmaker to replace Christian Lealiifano.

Rugby - Saturday 6 January, 2018

Van Graan pleased by Munster's ability to adapt and keep a lid on penalty count

“Any team knows in rugby that if you go over 10 penalties in a game you’re going to struggle,” said captain CJ Stander.

Murray double helps Munster end inter-pro woe in convincing 5-try win over Connacht

Returning from injury, Conor Oliver and Chris Farrell also impressed in the bonus-point win over Connacht.

'He'd step you in a phone box' - Larmour clamour continues to grow

The Leinster fullback scored two tries against Ulster at the RDS.

Leicester end run of six straight defeats ahead of final Champions Cup pool games

Northampton also ended their losing streak in the Premiership earlier.

As it happened: Munster v Connacht, Pro14

Join us for live coverage from Thomond Park as the southern and western provinces aim to return to winning ways.

Larmour-led Leinster finish inter-pro series in style by downing sorry Ulster

The 20-year-old was in scintillating form once again for Leo Cullen’s side.

As it happened: Leinster v Ulster, Pro14 Liveblog This post contains a poll

As it happened: Leinster v Ulster, Pro14

We were at the RDS as Leo Cullen’s side looked to complete an inter-pro clean sweep.

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Leinster's 'brothers' look to dig in for each other without the ball

Leo Cullen’s side have produced several compelling defensive passages in recent times.

'If I'm playing well for Ulster then there's no reason I can't do it for Ireland'

Today’s clash with Leinster offers Stuart McCloskey an opportunity to make a Six Nations statement.

Munster have a trend to buck as in-form Connacht call by

The Westerners have been immensely impressive over the seasonal derbies, while Munster have been unable to maintain consistency through 80 minutes.

Rugby - Friday 5 January, 2018

'Tarf aim to cut into Lansdowne's big lead and more of your UBL Division 1A previews

At the other end of the table, Trinity and St Mary’s do battle for some much-needed points.

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'He's slightly different to the other back rowers we have'

Academy flanker Josh Murphy gets his second start for Leinster against Ulster tomorrow.

Blow for Scotland and Glasgow as prop Fagerson faces eight weeks sidelined

The tighthead, who started all of last year’s Six Nations fixtures, will hope for a smooth recovery to put himself in contention to face Ireland.

Ex-Scotland centre De Luca urges help for rugby players struggling with mental health

‘As rugby players, we never really address how we actually work and how our mind works.’