Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C
# Down memory lane
Pillar v Mickey Ned - the last Dublin-Limerick football league meeting
Dublin face Limerick for the first time since 2007 at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.
# mental skills
'I’m obsessed with why teams keep being successful, why they stay at the top'
Andy Farrell is a big Man City fan but he had great admiration for Alex Ferguson’s Man United.
# vote early vote often
Poll: Who do you think will win the Six Nations?
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# Mack the Man
Tattoos, family, and self-doubt: Mack Hansen is Ireland's wildcard
Heading into his second Six Nations campaign, Hansen has taken some key lessons on board.
Tipp out to bounce back, Cats' new era: Allianz Hurling Leagues talking points
Tipp out to bounce back, Cats' new era: Allianz Hurling Leagues talking points
As the Allianz Hurling Leagues get underway this weekend, we look at five of the main talking points.
2nd February 2023
# Wrap
Real Madrid reduce Barcelona's La Liga lead while Juventus advance in Italian Cup
Juventus will face Inter Milan in the last four of the Italian Cup.
# Final Eight
ATU Galway rally from seven points down as Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-finalists confirmed
UCD, UL and DCU are among the other quarter-finalists.
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# The first step
'They played for Warren when they put that jersey on' - Gatland's first weeks with Ireland
The former All Blacks took over as Ireland head coach during the 1998 Five Nations.
# And The Team Is...
Four debutants in Cork team named to face All-Ireland champions Limerick
The sides will meet in their Allianz hurling league opener on Saturday evening.
# love him or hate him
'Not everyone wants you' - Everton's new 'Marmite' manager Sean Dyche
The former Burnley boss takes over with the club only staying off the bottom of the Premier League on goal difference.
# beyond the baseline
'The men’s tour is more cut-throat, and you’re out there on your own'
Tennis player Simon Carr speaks to The42 ahead of Ireland’s biggest Davis Cup tie for 40 years.
# Assault
Footballer Mason Greenwood ‘relieved’ after attempted rape and assault charges dropped
Greenwood had been due to stand trial in November 2023.
# curtain raiser
Historic President's Cup clash between Shelbourne and Athlone Town set in stone
It’s a first for Irish women’s football amidst a massive 2023.
# Big man
Munster prop Salanoa links up with Ireland as tighthead cover
The Hawaii native was part of the Emerging Ireland tour earlier this season.
# standing ground
'It would have been completely wrong' - GAA boss defends handling of club final saga
Tom Ryan says direct interference with the CCCC’s handling of the controversy would have been ‘the worst thing we could possibly do.’
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# Derby
The All-Tipperary Harty final: Thurles tradition against newcomers Cashel
A first all-Tipp final in 106 years features the county’s premier hurling school against first-time finalists, with All-Ireland winners on both sides and a Tipperary legend on the sideline
# Tighthead
A long way from Canberra: Bealham gets big chance to shine
The 31-year-old Connacht man gets his first Six Nations start for Ireland on Saturday.
# Team news
Manu Tuilagi left out of Steve Borthwick’s first England team
Joe Marchant takes the 31-year-old’s place in the England line-up to face Scotland in the Six Nations.
# political arena
Government still considering funding Taylor’s Croke Park fight but May date an issue
Sports minister Thomas Byrne has also rejected Eddie Hearn’s assertion that his department did not engage on the issue.
# wear and tear
GAA set to review Croke Park pitch usage for next winter
Playing surface has been criticised in recent weeks.
# in the hunt
Harrington leads Irish challenge after first round of Ras Al Khaimah Championship
Japan’s Ryo Hisatsune two shots clear of field having birdied first six holes.
# No Go
Croke Park chief says no Taylor fight due to security costs
Stadium director Peter McKenna said Croke Park believe Taylor’s promoters Matchroom should carry security costs.
'We wanted the roof closed' - Farrell urges Ireland to embrace Cardiff atmosphere
The Ireland head coach says Finlay Bealham deserves his starting chance against Wales.
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# uncertainty
Barcelona Deadline Day transfer may be foiled by 18-second delay
LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo’s paperwork was filed late with Fifa.
# Blow
Wales' Halfpenny to miss Ireland Six Nations opener
Liam Williams has been called into starting line-up in his place.
# Wave Goodbye
France and Man United star Varane announces international retirement at 29
The player is now set to miss Didier Deschamps’ side’s trip to the Aviva Stadium in March.
# Team news
Bealham starts for Ireland against Wales as Furlong ruled out injured
Stuart McCloskey starts at inside centre, while Ross Byrne has made the bench.
# Boost
'He has a raw, natural ability' - Praise for Ireland's Idah after signing new deal
The 21-year-old Norwich striker’s contract has been extended until 2028.
# Setback
Injury blow for Ireland and Liverpool striker as comeback date pushed back
Leanne Kiernan was due to return this month but is instead in a protective boot with early April target for return.
# Ready to go
Scotland unveil side for England clash at Twickenham
WP Nel, the 36-year-old Edinburgh prop, takes over from Fagerson in the number three jersey.
# Australia
Hosts want 'urgent' answers over Saudi sponsorship of Women's World Cup
Visit Saudi is reportedly poised to be named among the sponsors.
Ireland U21s drawn against Italy and Norway in European qualifying
Turkey, Latvia and San Marino will also face Ireland.
# exit door
Fiji head coach Cotter quits seven months before Rugby World Cup
The 61-year-old took charge of Fiji in 2020.
# The Main Man
'Did it motivate me? Yeah... It was gutting' - Sexton still proving his point
The Ireland captain has fully recovered from a procedure on his face last month.
# saving grace
A moment to savour for Ireland goalkeeper after difficult time since World Cup play-off
Grace Moloney was Reading’s FA Cup penalty shootout hero on Sunday.
# Comment
Evan Ferguson mini-drama shines light on Ireland's desire for a saviour
The Brighton teenager has been at the centre of a major injury concern following a dreadful tackle at the weekend.
1st February 2023
# Eurozone
Eventful night for Mbappe, Barca and Bayern win as Cancelo makes immediate impact
The France and PSG star missed a penalty – twice – and came off injured as PSG won at Montpellier.
# College Football
2022 finalists UL to face DCU as Sigerson Cup semi-final draw made
UCC and TU Dublin will also go head-to-head, with a double-header in store in Carlow next week.
# Sigerson Cup
Shootout success for UCC as Morgan's Cork and Kerry-heavy side shake off St Mary's
For the second week running, UCC goalkeeper Dylan Foley was the shootout king.
# Scottish scene
Celtic march on and retain nine-point lead with dominant win over Livingston
Meanwhile, Rangers eased past Hearts.
# wembley bound
Manchester United set up Carabao Cup final against Newcastle
Anthony Martial and Fred scored the goals against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford.