Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C
# masterplan
'You can force mistakes out of them' - McCloskey on how Ireland can beat France
Stuart McCloskey is preparing to play France for the first time at Test level.
# Team news
McErlean starts at fullback as Ireland U20s bid to continue winning streak
Over 7,000 tickets have already been sold for Friday evening’s game in Musgrave Park.
# Final Four
Pres and Crescent join Munchin's and Christians in Munster schools semis
Pres overwhelmed Rockwell at Musgrave Park, while champions Crescent held off the challenge of Ardscoil at Thomond Park.
# Punishment
Gordon Elliott fined £1,000 over Zanahiyr's failed drugs test
The trainer has been fined and the horse retrospectively disqualified from last year’s Cheltenham Champion Hurdle.
Join us for an Ireland v France preview night in Tullow RFC - with special guest Sean O'Brien
Join us for an Ireland v France preview night in Tullow RFC - with special guest Sean O'Brien
Rugby Weekly Extra Live is heading to Tullow RFC this Thursday, 9 February.
# Worry
Confusion over former Newcastle midfielder Atsu's safety after Turkey earthquake
The coach of Turkish club Hatayspor said on Wednesday the Ghana midfielder is yet to be found.
# Ready to go
'It's always a big game; I grew up in an era of watching Ireland lose to France'
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton is looking forward to taking on France after sitting out the last two meetings between the sides.
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# Update
Conway out for another 3-4 months while Snyman steps up training with Munster
The Ireland wing underwent knee surgery last week and could miss the rest of Munster’s campaign.
# port of call
Ex-Ireland assistant Barry takes up coaching role with Portugal national team
Barry will continue to work with Roberto Martinez.
# slow and steady
'We need more time' – Leeds chairman says hunt for new manager still ongoing
The Yorkshire club sacked Jesse Marsch on Monday.
# View from France
'France are in a five-star hotel a stone's throw from the Vatican'
Illtud Dafydd gave the French view on today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# Calls for reform
Qatari Manchester United bid would be ‘another wake-up call’ to Premier League – Amnesty
The club’s current owners are looking at the possibility of a sale.
# Euro Trip
Rose: Ryder Cup will not be ‘devalued’ if LIV players not present
Rose boosted his own chances of making a sixth Ryder Cup appearance with victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday.
# Sidelined
Spurs skipper Lloris ruled out for up to two months
The French goalkeeper suffered the knee injury in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City.
# what's the french for yerra
Ntamack inspired by Sexton ahead of showdown with 'comfortable favourites' Ireland
‘Rankings are temporary things,’ said the French out-half. ‘Who is number one in a World Cup year is the one that lifts the trophy.’
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# comeback trail
Galway's Damien Comer unlikely to need surgery on knee injury
The Tribe target-man’s knee will not need an operation.
# Red DEvils
Former Leipzig boss Tedesco named Belgium national football coach
The 37-year-old succeeds Roberto Martinez, who stepped down after Belgium failed to qualify for the knockout stages at the Qatar World Cup.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes 'not 100%' ahead of Super Bowl
The Kansas City Chiefs star is still expected to start the showpiece match against Philadelphia Eagles.
# ross exposure
'There's no point in me worrying about lack of experience' - Byrne quickly finding feet with Ireland
The 27-year-old believes his winning kick against Australia was a bigger turning point for the media than it was for him or Andy Farrell.
# Satisfaction
Sheffield United striker happy to dump 'disrespectful' Wrexham out of FA Cup
The Blades needed two injury-time goals to get past the Hollywood-owned National League club.
# movement
Retallick joins exodus of All Blacks signing for Japan clubs
The veteran 31-year-old has opted for a second stint with Kobe-based Kobelco Steelers.
# Goat
LeBron James breaks NBA all-time points-scoring record
The LA Lakers star passed Abdul-Jabbar’s longstanding total against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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# Waiting Game
Erik ten Hag remaining patient with Man United strike duo
Anthony Martial is sidelined again through injury while Wout Weghorst has only scored once so far.
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Join us for an Ireland v France preview night in Tullow RFC - with special guest Sean O'Brien
Join us for an Ireland v France preview night in Tullow RFC - with special guest Sean O'Brien
Rugby Weekly Extra Live is heading to Tullow RFC this Thursday, 9 February.
# Contemplation
Aaron Rodgers to decide on NFL future after 'darkness' retreat
The Packers quarterback told The Pat McAfee Show he plans to head into his four-day, four-night isolation soon after this weekend’s Super Bowl.
# Unhappy
Vincent Kompany slams Man City critics after Premier League charges
The Burnley manager won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups during an 11-year spell at the Etihad Stadium
# Take a Bow
Ex-Shamrock Rovers defender Lyons scores crucial first goal in Championship
The ex-Ireland U21 international was on target in Blackpool’s 2-2 draw.
# Hope
Boost for €70 million man as Juventus pick up much-needed win
Dusan Vlahovic scored his first goals for the club in nearly four months.
# Upset
Irish midfielder helps Grimsby pull off huge FA Cup shock
It was a night to remember for Kilkenny native Gavan Holohan.
# fail to prepare...
'On the way out of the elevator Paulie just said: 'You ready, kid?''
Ireland prop Dave Kilcoyne on his late call up in Cardiff and recovering from “the worst injury I’ve ever had.”
# Transfer News
Japan international leaves Celtic to return home
Yosuke Ideguchi has joined Avispa Fukuoka on a year-long loan after struggling for game time.
# Advantage
'We think we're fitter' - Lowe says Ireland have the tools to topple France
James Lowe feels Ireland’s fitness levels could prove key at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
# Between the sticks
Stark contrast, one goal - The versatile shot-stoppers eyeing Sigerson Cup glory
UL’s Conor Flaherty and Dylan Foley of UCC have had very different goalkeeping journeys to David O’Hanlon (DCU DÉ) and Darragh Brooks (TUD).
# In the dock
Explained: The Premier League's unprecedented case against Manchester City
What have City been accused of doing wrong, and what are the potential punishments?
# anticipation
Ten Hag criticises Leeds' dismissal of Jesse Marsch
The Manchester United boss is wary of the situation at Leeds ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash.
# friendly fixture
No Aviva Stadium send-off for Ireland ahead of Women's World Cup
The Girls in Green will instead play a glamour friendly with France at their regular Tallaght Stadium base.
# Probe
Irish trainer Elliott set for disciplinary hearing after Zanahiyr positive test at Cheltenham
Zanahiyr finished third in the 2022 Champion Hurdle but subsequently tested positive for a banned substance.
# Tune in
Five games live on TV in next weekend's hurling league schedule
Plenty for GAA fans to enjoy.
# headspace
Chelsea set to hire All Blacks mentality coach
Gilbert Enoka is expected to consult on matters relating to team culture at the Premier League club.
# Ladies Football
'With a little change, the game could be way more open' - Bohan reiterates frustrations
His Dublin side edged a seven-goal thriller in Cork on a busy Bank Holiday weekend of league action.
# Commemorate
Third Level Camogie Championship renamed to honour the memory of Ashling Murphy
The previously unnamed Division 5 Cup will be named the ‘Ashling Murphy Cup.’
# Richard Cockerill
England scrum coach to move after Six Nations to Montpellier role
Cockerill is the only coaching survivor from the Jones era.