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Dublin: 13 °C Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Rugby - Saturday 13 October, 2018

James Lowe, the fan favourite who is box office on and off the pitch

The Kiwi wing was in flying form during and after Leinster’s win over Wasps.

Munster relishing enormous challenge away to all-action Exeter

A losing bonus point might represent a good result for Munster against the unbeaten Devon club.

'I've been waiting two years for this': Fit-again Coetzee eager to pay Ulster back

The Springbok has endured two injury-ravaged seasons but starts against Leicester Tigers tonight.

Rugby - Friday 12 October, 2018

'We just need to be careful we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves'

Leinster boss Leo Cullen looked to ease the excitement at Leinster’s superb performance against Wasps.

Leinster light up the RDS and tear Wasps apart in stunning performance

Leo Cullen’s men began their Heineken Champions Cup defence with a brilliant eight-try win.

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Watch: Lowe hammers home Leinster's advantage with brilliant individual try

The Kiwi winger didn’t need any support as he went it alone against Wasps.

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As it happened: Leinster v Wasps, Champions Cup

Leo Cullen’s side got their European title defence underway against Wasps at the RDS on Friday night.

Leinster A seal place in Celtic Cup final with seven-try win over Munster

The eastern province will travel to Wales for next weekend’s decider.

6 schoolboy rugby players in South Africa test positive for PEDs

The results come off the back of 122 tests completed at this year’s U18 Craven Week.

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Glasgow eye early scalp, Lyon make debut and free-to-air European rugby returns

Plus, a high quality Challenge Cup competition is an exciting prospect.

Henry returns to his club roots as the AIL gets set for another big weekend

Here is your preview of the weekend’s AIL Division 1A and 1B action.

'I really enjoyed my time at Leinster but knew Johnny was only gone for two years'

Jimmy Gopperth is back at the RDS with Wasps tonight, but a serious knee injury denies him the chance to face his former club.

Leinster's alternative XV: Two Lions, 11 internationals and 251 caps

The defending Pro14 and European champions have so many options to choose from.

Blow for Wasps and England as Launchbury ruled out for 12 weeks

The second row has been ruled out of the November internationals after undergoing knee surgery.

Two academy players included in Connacht squad for Challenge Cup opener against Bordeaux

Out half Conor Fitzgerald and Connemara man Colm de Buitlear are named among the Connacht replacements.

Ulster boosted by return of injured quartet for clash with Geordan Murphy's Tigers

Murphy, Moore, Addison and Gilroy are all fit for Saturday’s Pool 4 opener at Kingspan Stadium.

Williams starts as Goggin gets the nod for Munster's Champions Cup opener

Johann van Graan makes four changes for Saturday’s trip to Exeter Chiefs.

'We're just one of the teams chasing it again': Leinster hit reset in back-to-back bid

Leo Cullen’s side begin their Heineken Champions Cup campaign against Wasps at the RDS tonight.

Glamour aplenty in the Challenge Cup, but Connacht best served pushing hard in Pro14

The 2016 Pro12 champions sorely needed the Challenge Cup last season. With renewed confidence this time around, they are well equipped to compete for a top-three place in their conference.

Rugby - Thursday 11 October, 2018

'It's tough, but there's no reason why we can't win nine from nine again'

Rob Kearney sees no reason why Leinster can’t replicate their title-winning form from last season.

Sopoaga, Ntamack, Zebo: Players to watch out for in the Champions Cup

We’ve picked out some big summer signings and younger players to keep an eye on.

'I know I'll go back to coaching when the timing is right, but it's not now'

Former Leinster captain Isa Nacewa was a guest on the second episode of the Heineken Rugby Weekly.

Connacht reward second row Thornbury with new two-year contract

The 24-year-old is in his second season with the western province.

Bleyendaal set for return from neck injury in Munster A clash with Leinster

The former Crusader is on the bench for tomorrow’s meeting in Donnybrook.

'There are a lot of guys disappointed': Cullen's Leinster fully locked and loaded

Rhys Ruddock and Fergus McFadden among the players to miss out on selection for Heineken Champions Cup opener against Wasps.

Leinster deploy both Leavy and JVDF as they open Champions Cup defence against Wasps

Leo Cullen’s had close to a full-strength squad to choose from for the RDS curtain-raiser.

'What a joke': Wasps back row Hughes still suspended for Leinster trip as disciplinary panel delay decision

The independent committee opted to reconvene the hearing within a week due to an ‘issue that arose’.

Sevens alumnus Goggin a powerful addition to Munster midfield

The Young Munster man has shown his worth at both 12 and 13 and could have played his way into the biggest test of Munster’s season.

'Change before change is needed': Sea swims, saunas and stretching giving Ringrose the edge

Complacency isn’t part of the Leinster centre’s DNA as he strives to become a better player each day.

Attention to detail paying off for Jack Carty

As Connacht celebrated a historic win in Belfast, the out-half was lamenting the end of his goal-kicking streak.

Rugby - Wednesday 10 October, 2018

If not the defending champs, then who? 5 teams to challenge Leinster's European throne

The eastern province look well capable of being the best team in Europe again this year, but this chasing pack won’t be easily shaken off.

Ulster flanker gets four-week ban for in-air tackle he saw red for against Connacht

The disciplinary panel concluded that a mid-range entry point sanction was appropriate, but halved it.

'Saracens was brilliant. I went over to see how they engage as world class athletes'

Dublin defender Jonny Cooper paid a visit to English Premiership rugby side Saracens recently.

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.

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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.