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Rugby - Thursday 9 November, 2017

Farrell and Itoje rested as Hartley captains England for visit of Argentina

Eddie Jones has stuck with Henry Slade and Sam Underhill in his side to face the Pumas, while Elliot Daly has been passed fit.

Sean O'Brien is on the shortlist for IRPA Try of the Year Pick Of The Bunch This post contains videos

Sean O'Brien is on the shortlist for IRPA Try of the Year

Tuculet, O’Brien, Woodman and Aprasidze will do battle for this year’s award.

As Ireland and France pick holes, World Rugby boss says 2023 report 'stands up to any scrutiny'

“There’s a vote to come and we’ll see what happens with that.”

'I want to play for Ireland': Bowe still hungry to break back into Schmidt's plans

The winger says he will try and ‘enjoy’ Saturday’s Test against South Africa having missed out on a place in the squad.

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Captain Read returns as All Blacks roll out big guns for Saturday's clash against depleted France

Dane Coles, Sam Whitelock and Aaron Smith also return for New Zealand.

Bundee Aki set for Ireland debut as Schmidt faces big calls ahead of South Africa

The head coach has decisions to make in a number of positions.

Five years on from 'bizarre' debut feeling, Henderson primed to peak for Ireland

The Lions lock looks back on a 2012 debut of a ’20-year-old kid who didn’t really know what he was doing’.

Rugby - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

'I have grown a lot from where I was but there's still a long way to go. I'm still learning'

Complacency isn’t part of Tadhg Furlong’s DNA as he prepares to face the Springboks on Saturday.

Samoan Rugby Union declared bankrupt ahead of Scotland and England Tests

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) are set to offer some financial support.

IRFU CEO expresses concerns with South Africa's World Cup bid in strongly-worded letter

Philip Browne criticised a recent evaluation report on how it scored the country under categories such as ‘stadia’ and ‘security’.

World Cup report leaves 'door open to drug abuse'

Bernard Laporte has raised the stakes in a bitter war of words over the destiny of the 2023 tournament.

Ireland hope to call on 'fit and fresh Jamie Heaslip come the New Year'

The 95 Test veteran has not played since March due to a back problem.

Carbery happy to take charge in backline, even when it means over-ruling Sexton

A year on from his famous debut, the Athy man is doing more than operating as understudy.

Rugby - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

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Despite having the third-best bid, the government isn't giving up on the Rugby World Cup

A government spokesperson said it is “not going down without a fight” adding it will “fight until the very end to get this bid”.

More European rugby history to be made by Neville as she'll ref Challenge Cup clash

The former Ireland international will become the first female referee to take charge of a men’s European professional club fixture.

'Bundee hasn't done anything wrong': Murray says selection criticism is unfair

The Kiwi native is in line to make his Ireland debut against the Springboks on Saturday.

Schmidt's back-row picture becomes clearer as trio miss training

Tommy O’Donnell, Jack Conan and Dan Leavy sat out this morning’s squad session.

'The fact Simon is still at Munster, he probably has the right to feel disappointed'

Tommy Bowe on why he turned down offers from England and France to remain part of the Ireland set-up.

'In my eyes right now, he ticks every box': Earls backs Stockdale to continue flying form

Just infield meanwhile, the diligent Bundee Aki has been settling right in at Carton House.

Coetzee: ‘Joe Schmidt’s Ireland are the All Blacks of Europe’

The South Africa head coach is full of praise for Ireland, but knows the weight of importance attached to Saturday’s Test match for his side.

Rugby - Monday 6 November, 2017

England lock horns with Wales in feisty set-piece training session

“We understand it was a training tool rather than a smash-up on the Monday of a Test week.”

'One of the older fellas,' but Test match buzz still takes hold of Keith Earls

Approaching nine years since his debut, the Munster wing is being kept on his toes by the young blood in Joe Schmidt’s squad.

Delayed birthday boy Treadwell only missing man from Ireland training

The Ulster lock will re-join Schmidt’s squad on Wednesday evening after a delayed return from South Africa.

Brian O'Driscoll anticipates 'very confrontational' Springboks

The Springboks struggled for consistency in the Rugby Championship but O’Driscoll knows they remain dangerous opponents for Ireland.

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O'Callaghan and Munster duo added to Barbarians squad for Thomond clash

James Cronin and Brian Scott, and Leinster’s Jordi Murphy are all linking up with the side for Friday night’s match against Tonga.

'A big loss to the Springboks but a massive gain for Munster': Van Graan arrival date confirmed

The South Africa assistant coach will take the reins at Munster from 20 November.

JJ Hanrahan plays down Ireland call after his man-of-the-match show for Munster

“I just want to focus on Munster and it’s step by step for me.”

Rugby - Sunday 5 November, 2017

Champions UL Bohs make it five wins from five with impressive show against Belvo

There were plenty of tries and no shortage of exciting action in the Women’s All-Ireland League over the weekend.

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 year on from Chicago, Ireland's November goals appear much more straightforward

Anything less than three from three would cause some soul-searching through the winter.

Rugby - Saturday 4 November, 2017

Connacht are too quick for the Cheetahs but miss out on bonus point in Galway

Despite a late rally from the guests, Kieran Keane’s side held out.

Lethal Lansdowne continue their 100% start: catch up on all of today's action in UBL Division 1A

Terenure, Clontarf and Cork Con all kept pace at the business end with wins on Saturday.

Ulster score bonus-point win in 12-try epic against Southern Kings

Hooker John Andrew scored two tries in an entertaining Pro14 clash.

Cullen hails bravery of inexperienced players but bemoans lack of composure to get a result

Leinster suffered a 31-21 defeat to Glasgow.

'This has been the best 18 months of my life': Rassie Erasmus bids emotional farewell to Munster

“I will treasure these days for the rest of my life,” says Erasmus.

Australia hit over 60 points against hapless Japan in nine-try rout

The Wallabies had two tries on the board inside the opening 11 minutes.

Ulster's Gilroy ready to savour his 150th cap after months of waiting

Craig Gilroy suffered a back injury earlier this year which held him back from reaching the 150 mark.

Table-toppers Lansdowne face Garryowen in classic clash and all of the weekend's AIL previews

All of your Ulster Bank League previews are right here.

Rugby - Friday 3 November, 2017

Ras-matazz: Munster give Erasmus the perfect send-off as Simon Zebo scores in rout

The South African may not be in charge for the province’s next Pro14 fixture again Zebre at the end of the month.

Leinster's young guns fall short after a flurry of early Glasgow tries

Leinster fielded a desperately young team and could not handle a first-half Glasgow purple patch.