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Rugby - Tuesday 7 November, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Despite having the third-best bid, the government isn't giving up on the Rugby World Cup Good Try

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.

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Struggling Argentina face 'difficult' November Tests

The Pumas will face England and Italy as well as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.

Landmark occasion for Gilroy as Kiss names strong Ulster backline for Kings test

The winger will make his first appearance of the season in Port Elizabeth tomorrow.

Adeolokun back to boost Connacht as Keane's men bid for four-in-a-row against Cheetahs

The winger is set for his first start of the season after making his injury comeback last week.

'Whatever happens, deal with it, move on and hopefully you get your opportunity later on'

Rhys Ruddock is pushing hard for a starting berth against South Africa but knows he’ll need to displace a trio of Lions.

Ulster hope to get back on track and make the most of trip to sunny South Africa

‘That’s our challenge — to make sure we turn up and respect the 80 minutes with our best effort.’

A breakthrough season in the bank, Byrne oozing confidence as he pulls the Leinster strings

The out-half says he is more comfortable in a blue shirt now he has a full season at senior level behind him.

Rugby - Thursday 2 November, 2017

Blow for Ulster as Ireland international Ah You faces period on the sidelines

The prop didn’t travel to South Africa this week and went under the knife.

Barrett captains All Blacks for the first time in European tour opener against the Barbarians

Jerome Kaino returns, while three players making their senior New Zealand debut will start on Saturday.

IRFU reiterates Taoiseach's defiant message - the Ireland 2023 bid is still alive

“Ireland’s team will compete to the final whistle as we bid to turn our historic bid plans into reality.”

35-year-old Best still Ireland's evergreen captain despite 'frustrating' start to season

Back to full fitness, the Ulster hooker is ready to lead Ireland into battle this month.

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Joe Schmidt's son included in Ireland 7s squad for the first time

Anthony Eddy’s side are on their travels again this weekend for the Silicon Valley 7s tournament.

Three players released from Ireland camp for Erasmus' Munster farewell

Chris Cloete will also make his debut for the province against Dragons.