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Dublin: 7°C Monday 26 October 2020

Yesterday’s News

Andy Friend is stuck between a lock and a hard place

Connacht are missing five second-row forwards for this evening’s clash against Edinburgh.

Ulster backline beginning to deliver for Peel and McFarland

The emergence of James Hume and Stewart Moore has added depth and class to Ulster’s midfield.

Saturday 24 October, 2020

'These are trying times for people and we wanted to put in a big performance'

Andrew Porter is hoping Ireland can pull off a shock in Paris next week and give the nation a lift.

‘Blessed, privileged, incredible’ – how it feels to make your Ireland debut

At 28, Jamison Gibson-Park feared international rugby had passed him by. Today’s debut for Ireland caps off an incredible personal journey.

Sexton: 'We have it all to do in Paris - but we're a special group. We can win there'

Ireland can still win this year’s Six Nations title but it is advantage England as we head into next week’s final round of fixtures.

As it happened: Ireland v Italy, Six Nations

Andy Farrell’s side run in seven tries to hammer Italy at the Aviva.

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Ireland aim to complete Italian job and get third home win of the season

Adam Griggs’ side are on a revenge mission after losing 29-27 to Italy last year.

'I was a player who served bread and butter when people wanted cake'

Rob Kearney has won two Grand Slams, four Six Nations titles and four Champions Cups but he tells Garry Doyle that luck was a key factor in his success.

Friday 23 October, 2020

GAA and GPA agree screening protocols for inter-county squads

Rapid testing to take place for all inter-county squads.

The Irishmen who will appear on Australia's biggest sporting stage

Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor never played Australian Rules football until their late teens but tomorrow they will become just the fourth and fifth Irishmen to play in the Grand Final.

Ireland coach Adam Griggs leaves door open for Louise Galvin to walk through

Griggs has already had talks with Galvin who was a star on the Sevens circuit.

John Hayes backs Andrew Porter to pass Italian and French exams

Porter struggled for Leinster against Saracens in last month’s Champions Cup quarter-final but Munster and Ireland legend Hayes believes the tight-head will thrive in the Six Nations.

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Thursday 22 October, 2020

Italy make five changes for Saturday's date with Ireland

Italians change both half-backs as they bid for first win on Irish soil this century.

Saturday 17 October, 2020

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Fourteen-year-old Sam Curtis makes senior debut for Shamrock Rovers

The youngster became the club’s youngest ever senior debutant on a day when Longford Town’s promotion hopes suffered a blow.

‘Exeter are English rugby’s version of Munster and Connacht rolled into one’

At one stage they were not even the best team in Devon but today Exeter Chiefs can become the No1 side in Europe.

Friday 16 October, 2020

'I am proud of my three caps for Ireland but could have had a few more'

Stuart McCloskey opens up about his frustration at missing out on opportunities with Ireland during the Schmidt years.

Andy Farrell: ‘There are bigger things than finishing the Six Nations’

Ireland coach says the health and safety of the country has to take priority over the completion of a rugby tournament.

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Thursday 15 October, 2020

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The alternative XV Andy Farrell could pick for Ireland

If Ireland were hit with an injury or Covid crisis this autumn would they be able to cope? The answer is a resounding yes.

Blow for Offaly as Faithful confirm withdrawal from opening fixture

A member of their senior management team has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Saturday 10 October, 2020

Ireland coach Andy Farrell faces anxious wait on Henderson and Larmour

Ulster captain Iain Henderson was red carded this evening and faces a potential ban while Jordan Larmour went off injured against Treviso with a shoulder problem.

‘We will consider postponements in the Championship’

Leading GAA official says Croke Park will look at ‘particular circumstances for each game’ and make their decisions on a case by case basis.

Connacht aim for road-trip win to rekindle memories of 2015/16 season

Connacht are aiming for a second successive win in this season’s Pro14.

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Sport without fans is soulless - they are the lifeblood of the game

Sport may be secondary to life’s greater challenges right now but that does not stop us yearning for the day when stadium doors re-open and communities are allowed come together again.

The day George Hook claimed Joe Schmidt had lost the dressing room

Ten years on since their first Pro12 trip to Treviso, Garry Doyle revisits the harrowing defeat that left questions hanging over Leinster’s newly appointed Kiwi coach.

Friday 9 October, 2020

Marcus Rea handed first start of his Ulster career against Ospreys

Ian Madigan handed the controls for the game in Wales after Dan McFarland opts to give the former Leinster out-half a start.

Ringrose named as captain for Leinster's trip to Treviso

James Ryan is part of an impressive Leinster pack as the defending champions seek to make it two wins out of two.

Saturday 3 October, 2020

Heroic Healy nails last minute penalty to guide 14-man Munster home

Peter O’Mahony was red carded but Munster came from 24-10 down to score two tries in the final 15 minutes. Ben Healy’s monstrous kick from half-way won it at the death.

‘Horrible, derogatory, disrespectful’ - the sledging Connacht had to endure

Michael Swift reflects on his 15-year career with Connacht and predicts a big season for Andy Friend’s side.

Friday 2 October, 2020

Cullen seeks to earn his crust in bread and butter opener

Leinster open their PRO14 campaign against Dragons at the RDS tonight.

The PRO14 is flawed but what other option do Ireland's provinces have?

The arrival of a new PRO14 season could hardly be more low key but despite its many faults, Ireland’s four provinces are dependent on it.

Thursday 1 October, 2020

‘It hit the players hard – it hit us all hard, really’

Leinster are still recovering psychologically from their European defeat – but Dan Leavy and Tadhg Furlong’s recovery from injury is gathering pace.

Tuilagi to miss Ireland game in November after rupturing Achilles

The England centre has been ruled out for six months after injuring his left Achilles tendon during Sale’s Premiership game against Northampton on Tuesday.

Celtic look to goal machine Griffiths for tonight's vital game in Bosnia

The Scotland international has not featured in seven months.

Sunday 27 September, 2020

Seven matches that explain Ireland’s obsession with Liverpool and Arsenal

Tomorrow’s game at Anfield is the match of the weekend in the Premier League – but why does it mean as much to an Irish audience as an English one?

Saturday 26 September, 2020

‘We were jealous watching Rovers against Zlatan and want our own big day out’

Dundalk’s win over Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday has left them 90 minutes away from a place in the Europa League group stages and the €3m prize that goes with that. But Shane Keegan, a key member of their management team, says it is about the glory not just the money.

Friday 25 September, 2020

Zebo and Ryan both named in starting XV for Racing's semi-final against Saracens

The two Ireland internationals are part of a formidable looking Racing side as the French club aim to reach their third final in five seasons.

Thursday 24 September, 2020

A tribute to Rob Kearney: the history maker who kept coming back for more

Rob Kearney is on his way out of Leinster and Irish rugby but he leaves with a glittering CV and the knowledge he got the most out of his talent.

Dundalk aiming for glory and to get step closer to €3m pot of gold

The Irish champions play Moldovan side Sheriff tonight in a Europa League qualifying round.

Rob Kearney pens emotional farewell letter as he bows out at Leinster

Full-back is most decorated medalist in Irish rugby history – winning four Six Nations titles including two grand slams, four Heineken Cups and six Pro14 titles.

Sunday 20 September, 2020

The journey Irish hero Sam Bennett took to become king of the road

Bennett is set to become the first Irishman in 31 years to win the prestigious green jersey when the Tour de France finishes up in Paris today.

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