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Dublin: 1 °C Thursday 18 October, 2018

Rugby - Wednesday 10 October, 2018

Munster the immediate winners from Murray deal, with long-term dividend for Ireland

The southern province can build all future plans around the world class scrum-half.

Wayne Barnes to referee Ireland's November clash with All Blacks

Nigel Owens, Nic Berry and and Ben O’Keefe will also take charge of Ireland Tests next month.

New deal! Conor Murray agrees IRFU contract extension until June 2022 Staying Put This post contains videos

New deal! Conor Murray agrees IRFU contract extension until June 2022

The 29-year-old scrum-half signed a new deal with the IRFU at the beginning of September.

World Rugby backs Test shake-up and plan to introduce a 'league of nations' competitions

The plan would see a 12-team annual competition take place in non-World Cup years.

Leinster's pack bringing 'a spike' after tough lessons from Munster maul

James Ryan and his team-mates have a point to prove against Wasps this weekend.

'It’s going to come down to physically dominating them between the four white lines'

Jean Kleyn is ready for the considerable challenge Munster face in Exeter.

Marmion in line for November Test duty, ankle injury not as serious as feared

Conor Murray’s continued absence means Joe Schmidt may have to look to the Connacht 9.

Rugby - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

'We need to protect and respect a player’s right to medical confidentiality'

Rugby Players Ireland has backed its members to guard their injury information.

Ball-carriers, beware! Clampdown on the leading forearm/elbow continues

Scarlets centre Kieron Fonotia has been banned for three weeks.

EPCR reject Toulon appeal, but cut probationary period to one season

The five point-penalty issued to Toulon has been upheld, but following an appeal it will only be suspended for one season.

Big loss for Leinster's Champions Cup pool rivals as Faletau suffers broken arm

The Wales back row is also likely to miss the November internationals.

Munster add scrum-half Neil Cronin to Heineken Champions Cup squad

Alby Mathewson and Conor Murray remain in Munster’s 41-man group.

Boost for Ulster as Murphy, Addison and Moore return to training

Dan McFarland’s side face Leicester Tigers in Belfast on Saturday.

'It was a very bleak dressing room after... It was just so quiet'

Three seasons ago, Leinster were hammered twice by Wasps in Europe.

'If you want to win away, you can’t concede any unnecessary penalties'

A key penalty in the loss to Leinster was completely avoidable.

Rugby - Monday 8 October, 2018

Leinster battle 'good practice' ahead of Munster's trip to Exeter

Johann van Graan’s pack look in rude health before facing up to another almighty challenge in England.

'We won’t be favourites': Wasps hoping to have key players back for Leinster

Captain Joe Launchbury is among those racing to be fit for Friday’s clash at the RDS.

Ulster flanker could face ban for in-air tackle which earned him red card

Matty Rea will face a disciplinary panel this week.

Zebo keeps scoring, a debut for Foley, and POC's Stade win again

Here’s how the Irish players and coaches based abroad did in recent days.

'I didn't think he would go down that easy,' says Earls on Lowe and Leinster's penalty try Laid Lowe This post contains videos

'I didn't think he would go down that easy,' says Earls on Lowe and Leinster's penalty try

The Ireland and Munster wing was sin-binned 11 minutes into Saturday’s loss to Leinster and the decision to award a penalty try still rankles with him.

Lowe's acrobatics, referee controversy and a famous Connacht win - Pro14 highlights Inter-pros This post contains videos

Lowe's acrobatics, referee controversy and a famous Connacht win - Pro14 highlights

There was no shortage of drama from round six.

Murray already out, now Munster sweat after injury to another scrum-half

Alby Mathewson is having a scan on the knee injury he suffered against Leinster at the weekend.

Gibson-Park's ankle a concern for Leinster but Larmour set for return

The scrum-half rolled his ankle in the win over Munster.

All Blacks flanker Sam Cane breaks neck, will miss Test against Ireland

The 60-times back row suffered the injury against the Springboks but is expected to make a full recovery.

Connacht announce plans for €30 million redevelopment of the Sportsground

‘Facilities that match our ambition.’

''Fields of Athenry' in the Kingspan, I'm told it's pretty special and doesn't happen often'

Connacht coach Andy Friend will let his squad enjoy the historic win over Ulster, but the province is intent on continuing their rise.

Cullen faces tough selection calls as Leinster turn attention to Europe

The eastern province have a quick turnaround into the visit of Wasps to the RDS on Friday.

Van Graan encouraged by Aviva performance ahead of 'massive' Exeter test

“The brilliant thing is that there is a brand new competition starting on Monday.”

'Seeing Johnny every day you want to get to his level'

Ross Byrne seized his starting opportunity against Munster on Saturday, as he strives to bring his game to new levels.

Rugby - Sunday 7 October, 2018

UL Bohs defeat Old Belvedere in repeat of last season's women's AIL final

There were also wins for Railway Union and Galwegians.

LeBron's media machine in Hollywood, Grobbelaar on war in Zimbabwe and the week's best sportswriting

Stick the kettle on and enjoy the best of the week’s sportswriting.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh abseiling, Drake backing McGregor and more Tweets of the Week

Here’s the best of what the world of sport had to offer on Twitter over the past seven days.

'He's one of those world-class players': Leinster's Kiwi magician a joy to behold

James Lowe’s moments of brilliance proved the difference as Leinster continued their recent dominance over Munster.

Erasmus: Springboks can win the World Cup after pushing All Blacks

South Africa finished second in this year’s Rugby Championship.

How the Pro14 is aiming to bring about 'world-class' refereeing

Greg Garner, the Pro14′s elite referee manager, explains their five-year plan.

Concern over Munster's scrum-half options as Mathewson forced off

The All Black suffered a leg injury against Leinster.

Wallabies stage record comeback to beat Pumas and ease pressure on Michael Cheika

The Wallabies avoided finishing bottom of the table and back-to-back losses to the Pumas for the first time in history.

'A lot of guys put their hand up': Leinster building momentum ahead of Wasps

Leavy, Ryan, O’Brien and McGrath all sharpened their form with hard-working shifts in Saturday’s inter-pro win over Munster.

Rugby - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Connacht 'not the finished product,' but Friend delighted with array of threats on show

The new head coach wants his side to ‘learn how to make it easier’ on themselves after the weight of history made for a nervy second half in Belfast.

Cipriani returns to wound Wasps ahead of Leinster clash

Dai Young’s side also lost scrum-half Dan Robson to injury and look set to be without him for the RDS trip.