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Rugby - Monday 1 October, 2018

Leavy, Ryan and McGrath back to boost Leinster for Munster showdown

The Ireland trio all return to team training this week ahead of Saturday’s Pro14 inter-pro at the Aviva Stadium.

No fresh injury concerns for Munster ahead of Leinster clash, Bleyendaal in full training

Fullback Mike Haley will be monitored after pulling out of the Ulster rout with a tight hamstring.

Marseille wins 'competitive' bidding process to stage 2020 Champions Cup final

The Stadé Velodrome will also host the Challenge Cup decider.

'It didn't feel like we were a million miles away at all, but discipline cost us'

Connacht looked within for the causes of their loss to Leinster.

New Ireland rugby shirts launched ahead of November series

The alternate jersey is teal green with dark blue accents, no less.

'The challenge is to do it against the best club team in Europe and possibly the world'

Johann van Graan knows he will find out where his Munster side truly stand in the coming two weeks.

Leinster hail impact of contact skills coach Hogan after shutting down Connacht

“The work in contact areas is huge, ultimately it decides the game more often than not.”

Geordan Murphy hails 'world class' Ford as Leicester Tigers end Premiership losing streak

Leicester interim head coach Geordan Murphy praised George Ford after kicking the Tigers to a 19-15 win at home to Sale on Sunday.

'Pain is good, you learn from pain': Ulster take Thomond mauling on the chin

Dan McFarland hopes to have Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale back to boost his depleted squad this week.

Rugby - Sunday 30 September, 2018

Ex-Ireland boss Doyle's tenure kicks off, Belvo win and the weekend's Women's AIL action

Blackrock, Railway Union and Old Belvedere all clocked opening round wins.

It's Sunday so here are 10 of our favourite pictures from the sporting week

Here’s how the last week looked through a lens.

Storm captain: Retiring rugby league legend Slater 'deserved more respect' than boos in final game

Billy Slater was booed by fans in his final match at the NRL Grand Final, which left Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith disappointed.

Italy and Zebre prop arrested for alleged drug trafficking - reports

Sami Panico is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

'With the injury to Conor it was important to get a world-class player in'

Alby Mathewson enjoyed a fine debut for Munster on Saturday evening.

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Much-changed All Blacks bounce back to retain Rugby Championship crown

Rieko Ioane’s double against Argentina helped secure another title for the world champions.

Van Graan pleased with Munster's response ahead of Leinster clash

The southern province recorded a record Pro14 victory over Ulster at Thomond Park last night.

Cheika defiant despite Wallabies woes after Springboks loss

The Wallabies have lost four of five games and eight of their past 10 Tests but boss Michael Cheika is digging in.

Rugby - Saturday 29 September, 2018

'I genuinely thought we would come down here and give a good account of ourselves'

Dan McFarland is trying to extract the positives from Ulster’s record defeat at Thomond Park.

'Now we've the yardstick of what makes a champion side,' says Friend after loss to Leinster

The Western province’s head coach sent out a side brimming with attacking intent, but couldn’t find a way through Leinster’s defence.

Rampant Munster run riot to inflict nine-try hammering on sorry Ulster

Dan Goggin and Tommy O’Donnell scored two tries apiece as Johann van Graan’s side returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion.

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'No issues at all': Van der Flier unscathed after horror stamp and 20 tackles

The Leinster flanker’s head was trampled on by Connacht prop Dominic Robertson-McCoy.

Parsons received 'fantastic, motivating, inspiring letter' from Springbok legend de Villiers

Connacht Rugby player Eoghan Masterson also reached out to Tom Parsons after his horror knee injury.

Leinster flex their muscles in enthralling battle with Connacht

Tries from Garry Ringrose and Sean Cronin took the reigning champions out of sight in Galway.

Springboks withstand fierce second-half pressure to defeat Australia in Port Elizabeth

The victory moved South Africa within two points of leaders New Zealand.

'It ups the ante': Henderson relishing showdown with Ireland team-mate Beirne

After sitting out Ulster’s trip to South Africa, the second row is raring to go again at Thomond Park this evening.

'They rightly spanked us': Leinster vow to show attitude in defence to avert wild west shoot-out

Connacht v Leinster feels a little spicier than usual.

'There’s nothing like being thrown in the deep end in a foreign country to make yourself grow up a bit'

Ian Madigan is intent on playing for Ireland again, making a case while settling to life in the Premiership under Pat Lam.

Munster go in search of much-needed win, Ulster set eyes on rare Thomond raid

It’s still early days, but Johann van Graan’s side need to show huge improvements in their inter-pro clash this evening.

Rugby - Friday 28 September, 2018

'I've no doubt that he'll be banging on the right doors': POM backs Kleyn for Ireland

The Munster second row this week signed a new long-term contract with the province.

'I'm sure a lot of teams don't like us': Sexton ready for renewal of Connacht rivalry

The Leinster captain starts his third consecutive Pro14 game tomorrow evening.

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Bath anoint next head coach while extending Blackadder's contract to 2020

Stuart Hooper has a two year run-in before taking the top job, while the club say Girvan Dempsey was given the attack coach role as ‘part of the longer term plan’.

Mathewson to make Munster debut in inter-pro clash against Ulster

The New Zealander will team up with Joey Carbery in the half-backs tomorrow evening.

Sean O'Brien back on Leinster bench as Heffernan captains Connacht

Johnny Sexton leads a Leinster line-up selected with revenge in mind.

'I felt it straight away, the popping and cracking': Gaffney retired at 23 after horrible back and neck injury

The former Ireland U20 star is relieved to avoid being paralysed, but admits it was ‘gut-wrenching’ to give up on his professional rugby dream.

'Once we get to next week, we're going to stick to our best team'

Munster are in desperate need of a big performance against Ulster this weekend.

Friend intent on making Scarlets win the 'baseline' as Connacht prepare for Leinster backlash

While talk of ‘hatred’ emerges from Leinster, Connacht’s new coach says he wants to set new standards.

Rugby - Thursday 27 September, 2018

'All Blacks are well known for coming back strong after a defeat... they don't experience a lot of them'

New Zealand boss Steve Hansen has made changes for a clash with Argentina after losing at home to South Africa.

Cheika keeps faith in Beale as Hooper returns to face 'Boks

Rassie Erasmus has also tweaked his team after beating New Zealand last time out.

French referees in place for all three provinces in Champions Cup openers

Connacht have Scottish and Welsh officials for their early European matches, while Joy Neville will take charge of the Challenge Cup opener.