Last year
# So Farr So Good
A year we will never forget - recalling Ireland's wins over the All Blacks
Ireland end 2022 as the number one side in the world – getting there on the back of a superb tour of New Zealand.
# Never Say Die
Pádraig's great comeback: how Harrington bounced back in 2022
Harrington’s career seemed to be petering out – but his rookie year on the Champions Tour has been sensational.
# Blow
Weather forces Ulster to move their Champions Cup game to Dublin
Game against La Rochelle will take place in Dublin tomorrow behind closed doors.
Galway-Mayo rivalry and Dublin aim to make amends: Allianz Football League talking points
Four huge games in store this weekend in Croke Park.
# Cian And Able
Bohs sign academy graduate Cian Byrne
The centre-back is part of new boss Declan Devine’s plans for 2022.
Shels lose talented defender Negru to Oxford United
The defender will join the English club on New Year’s Day.
# all systems go
GAAGO will broadcast 38 Championship games live in 2023
Within the 38-game schedule twenty-two Sam Maguire cup, nine Liam MacCarthy cup and seven Tailteann Cup matches will be streamed.
# Fortune favours the Brive
Bundee Aki returns to Connacht side for Brive clash
There are eight changes to the Connacht side that beat Newcastle Falcons last Saturday.
# Team news
Sexton returns to the bench as Cullen opts for Kelleher over Sheehan
Leinster take on Gloucester tomorrow in the Heineken Champions Cup.
# The 42 GAA weekly
'They were the hardest games I ever played in bar none'
With eight Ulster counties reaching an All-Ireland semi-fjnal in the last 20 years, Marc Ó Sé says it is time the province received the respect it deserves.
Shamrock Rovers away to Sligo as FAI reveal opening weekend Premier Division fixtures
The opening fixtures for the WNL and First Division have also been released.
# The Right Hook
RTÉ have Champions Cup rugby back but can it ever be the same as it was?
As Champions Cup rugby returns to the channel after a seven-year absence former pundit George Hook relives an era when it was one of the biggest shows in town.
# The Lowdown
Champions Cup: Why Leinster aren't Racing certainties as Munster have nothing to lose
The42′s rugby writers separate the contenders from the pretenders as European rugby’s showpiece event returns for another year.
# Young blood
Waterford and Ballygunner’s new star Fitzgerald hailed as 'Dessie Hutchinson 2.0’
The teenager scored 1-4 in Munster final win over Ballyea.
# Seven Year Itch
Eddie Jones sacked by England after seven years in charge
Steve Borthwick now the favourite to take over as England’s new coach.
# ups and downs
The community that wouldn't die - 90 years without a home, 60 minutes from a Leinster title
No one gives The Downs a chance against Dublin giants Kilamcud Crokes today but this rural club has been defying the odds throughout their history.
# Derby
Ulster have already won Leinster's respect - but the hard work is just about to start
The top two sides in the URC meet at the RDS tonight with Leinster packing their team with players who defeated the All Blacks this summer.
# opportunity knocks
As they approach the half-way mark, Connacht's season is finally set to begin
Fixture list has been cruel for Andy Friend’s side but with the tougher games out of the way, they can view the rest of the campaign with hope.
# Páidí
Remembering Páidí ten years on: his nephew reflects on a Kerry and national treasure
Ahead of the tenth anniversary of his passing, Marc Ó Sé tells GAA Weekly why his late uncle was the most funny and driven person he ever met.
# Priorities
'We won’t speak about Europe until after this next game. Seriously!'
Munster set to focus on league points this Friday in a bid to build momentum into Europe.
# Relief
'There has been no panic - we have continued to work hard and hard work pays off'
Munster coach Graham Rowntree is hoping they can build on the momentum of tonight’s win over Connacht.
# Winds of change
Munster's maul does the trick as they secure bonus point win over Connacht
Munster defeated Connacht 24-17 in blustery conditions in the URC this evening.
# Battleground
Connacht's need is as great as Munster's - both teams can't afford another defeat
Sloppy starts to this season’s URC has left these Irish provinces scrambling for points to stay in contention for Europe.
# Power Rankings
Where in the world do Ireland really rank? It isn’t No1
Ireland have had a brilliant year but if you’d to choose a World Cup winner for 2023, you’d go France first, South Africa second and toss a coin for third.
# Leading The Way
Leinster's back-ups deserve respect - they have put the club in a great position
Leinster take on Glasgow today having won all seven of their URC games this season.
# Wave Goodbye
Massive blow for Mayo as Oisin Mullin's move to AFL is confirmed
Mullin will join Irish players Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor in Geelong.
# home rule
Bonus point home wins have become the norm for Ulster but they now need to take the next step
Struggle of their players to break into Andy Farrell’s starting XV has actually worked in Ulster’s favour.
# Ulster
Henderson on the bench and Stockdale returns, as Flannery set for Ulster debut
World Cup winning Springbok Duane Vermeulen to captain Ulster against Zebre tomorrow.
# talk of the town
Longford Town have named Stephen Henderson as their new manager
Henderson replaces Gary Cronin as boss of the Midlands club.
# The42 GAA Weekly
'If it keeps going the way it is, a player’s inter-county career is going to get shorter'
Anthony Nash was talking to the GAA Weekly podcast.
# Crystal Ball Gazing
'If they get some luck, then absolutely you can see Ireland progressing'
Three wise men of Irish rugby tell Garry Doyle to be cautiously optimistic ahead of a World Cup year.
# Awards night
Rory Gaffney named PFAI Player of the Year, Lyons wins Young Player award
Waterford’s Phoenix Patterson’s outstanding season was reflected by the fact he was named First Division player of the year.
Ireland versus Australia, Autumn Nations Series
Ireland take on Australia in the Aviva Stadium.
# Peter the Great
'We want to stay ahead of the curve - your intent is to play the perfect game'
Peter O’Mahony feels Ireland can still improve in 2023 despite a spectacular year when they defeated the world champions and won a series in New Zealand.
# Ban
Antoine Dupont suspended for Toulouse's Champions Cup clash with Munster
French ace will miss Toulouse’s date with Graham Rowntree’s team on December 11.
# Ushering in a new era
Cork City's supporters group to vote on change of ownership plan
A vote will take place on December 4 to decide whether to accept businessman Dermot Usher’s bid to buy their club.
# The42 GAA Weekly
'Nowadays players want to have their opinion heard - a dictatorship would never work'
Anthony Nash lifts the lid on what it takes for a modern-day manager to achieve buy-in from their players.
# Dan the Man
'When I got my chance with Ireland, it wasn't too scary. I didn't feel out of my depth'
Dan Sheehan’s rise from back-up at Leinster to one of the best hookers in the world has been one of the rugby stories of 2022.
# second sight
'If things went wrong you never used the goggles as an excuse'
Ian McKinley’s world was thrown upside down by the loss of an eye – his comeback is one of the greatest stories ever told in rugby.
# FARR to go
'There is plenty to improve upon, our skill set under pressure was dodgy at times'
Ireland coach Andy Farrell has taken Ireland to the top of the world rankings but believes there is more to come from his team.
# on a mission
'Certain areas of our game we weren’t happy with last week'
Andy Farrell is backing his experimental Ireland team to maintain momentum against Fiji on Saturday.