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Dublin: 3 °C Tuesday 20 February, 2018

Rugby - Thursday 8 February, 2018

The Joe Schmidt drill that helped Ireland to build to Sexton's drop goal

It all goes back to the 2013 defeat to the All Blacks.

Rugby - Wednesday 7 February, 2018

More history beckons for Joy Neville as she prepares for Pro14 debut

The Limerick native was named the World Rugby Referee of the Year last year.

Crescent post five tries to book their place in the Munster Schools semi-finals

Rockwell College attempted a late rally but Crescent’s Timmy Duggan responded with a try to secure the victory.

Relentless Pres score 11 tries in emphatic quarter-final win over Ard Scoil

The holders ran out 60-point winners in Musgrave Park.

Christians cross over nine times to cruise through to Munster Schools Cup semi-finals

Adam O’Connor scored a hat-trick of tries for the winners.

Ireland U20s forced to make changes as Ulster duo required for Pro14 action

Noel McNamara was forced into a late personnel change ahead of a clash with Italy.

Conan and Toner set to start for Ireland with Larmour on the bench

Joe Schmidt could make a number of changes up front for the Six Nations clash with Italy.

Ireland centre returns from 7s duty to be named in Women's Six Nations team

Katie Fitzhenry is back for Sunday’s meeting with Italy in Donnybrook.

Give us your questions for our rugby experts and win tickets to Ireland v Italy this weekend

We’ll be going through the phases in a Dublin city centre venue on Thursday.

'That game was definitely my proudest moment in Irish rugby'

Keith Earls was integrally involved as Ireland built to their match-winning drop goal against France.

'We have to realise our player pull isn’t as great as Leinster'

On Tuesday, Bryn Cunningham delivered an assessment of where Ulster are at right now.

Munster's O'Sullivan maintains a family tradition as he looks to seize his chance in green

A first cousin of Niall and Rory Scannell, the powerful number eight wants to make a big impression for Ireland U20s.

Munster hooker focusing on Pro14 but ready for Ireland call

Niall Scannell knows from this time last year that it might only take an injury or two for him to be propelled into Six Nations duty.

'We’re not in this to just kick penalties and drop goals' - Ireland on the attack

Assistant coach Richie Murphy says Ireland will look to build better shapes off the ball.

Rugby - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

Analysis: Peter O'Mahony's unseen work and all the Ireland rucks against France

The Munster captain was hugely effective for Ireland at ruck time.

Carbery ready to take rare turn at 10 against Italy

“Well, if Joe picks me…”

Toner willing to welcome Ryan competition with open arms

The unflappable second row took his bench role on the chin, but is ready to wrestle his place back starting against Italy this weekend.

'We are dying to see him back': Hip issue continues to keep O'Brien sidelined

The flanker hasn’t played since early December but Leinster say he is nearing a return.

Bealham set for Connacht return after missing out on Schmidt's Six Nations squad

There’s also good news for Connacht fans with TG4 announcing it will show Friday’s clash with Ospreys live on YouTube.

Sexton skill a prime example of endless practice making perfect, says Murphy

‘I can think of hundreds of drop-goals being hit after practice,’ says the Ireland skills and kicking coach.

'It’s a learning experience and the challenge now is to get things right this week'

It’s a big week for the Ireland U20s as they look to get their Six Nations campaign back on track.

Wales stick with same starting XV for England clash

However, George North has been added to the squad.

Van Graan hopeful long-term absentee Bleyendaal will be back for Toulon

The Kiwi has returned to limited contact training this week.

Epic 41 phases can deliver benefit beyond just a single win for Ireland

“You look back on that, see what you can do when you’re under pressure.”

Rugby - Monday 5 February, 2018

England scrum-half Ben Youngs ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations

England’s victory in their Six Nations opener against Italy was soured by an injury for Youngs, which has ended his tournament early.

Analysis: Ireland's attack was too reliant on Johnny Sexton in Paris

The out-half has a huge burden on his shoulders to create chances for Ireland.

French use of 'HIA' replacements under extra scrutiny with second stage of review

The Six Nations has stepped up the investigation into the classification of France’s replacements on Saturday.

Analysis: Ireland switch off at key moments for Thomas' sizzling try

Joe Schmidt will have been frustrated by how Ireland conceded to les Bleus.

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Rape trial: Woman tells court 'you cannot underestimate how scared you are in those situations'

Today is the fourth day that she has been in the witness box.

'You switch off and go into a deep, dark place': CJ Stander's (obstructed) view of those 41 phases

The Munster man was one of the last to know that Ireland snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

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Rory Best was directed to attend rape trial by senior counsel

The judge in the case clarified the situation today.

Byrne set for long-awaited Leinster return but still no sign of O'Brien or Ringrose

The province face Edinburgh on Friday night.

Van der Flier out for the season with knee injury, Conway set to miss Italy clash

In positive news, Dave Kilcoyne has re-joined the squad.

'Getting through something like that, I think it helps build the group together'

Joe Schmidt is hopeful that the circumstances of the win in Paris will have built Ireland’s resolve and the resilience.

Wonderful Welsh dominate our Six Nations Team of the Week

Who stood out for you?

Powerhouse centre Aki cherishes special Six Nations debut for Ireland

The Connacht man is keen to keep adding to his caps under Joe Schmidt.

Leavy eyes up opportunity to make a claim for Ireland's seven jersey

The 23-year-old was superb for Joe Schmidt’s side off the bench in Paris.

Rugby - Sunday 4 February, 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.

Seven-try England steamroll Conor O'Shea's Italy in Rome

Eddie Jones’ side got their title defence up and running in emphatic fashion.

Ex-Munster prop Sagario helps Uruguay to qualify for 2019 World Cup

Uruguay qualify as Americas 2 and join Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji in Pool D.