25th March 2023
Wales v Ireland, Women's Six Nations
Kick-off at Cardiff Arms Park is at 2:15.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Team news
Hawkshaw starts at out-half as Connacht make six changes for visit of Edinburgh
Three changes to the backline and three more in the pack for Andy Friend’s men.
# Chantelle Cameron
'She WhatsApped me out of the blue' - English stars plotting Taylor's Dublin downfall
Natasha Jonas has already contacted Chantelle Cameron with tips as to how to become the first British boxer ever to beat Katie Taylor.
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# Long Time Coming
'I usually just send the family group a text: ‘By the way, fighting 20 May... Chantelle Cameron’'
Katie Taylor says she has to pinch herself now that her homecoming bout is actually happening.
# Champions
Grand Slam games are for winning, and Ireland did the job they set out to do
Ireland found a way to produce an all-time great moment at home even when they were miles off their best.
# insanity
With Serrano out, Katie Taylor chooses her Everest
If Taylor can beat the Englishwoman and become a two-weight undisputed champion, it would unquestionably be her greatest moment in the ring.
This month
March 2023
Ireland v England, Six Nations
Ireland face England for the Grand Slam from 5pm.
# talents
Joe Ward and Callum Walsh earn impressive stoppage wins across the pond
The Irish amateur great from Westmeath and the Dana White-backed puncher from Cork took only minutes to turn heads in Quebec and Boston.
Dublin aim for promotion and Waterford-Kilkenny showdown: Allianz League talking points
There are plenty key matches to look forward to this weekend.
# mardyke v sidney hill
Pres win the bragging rights and one of Cork sport's great rivalries rolls on
Schools rugby isn’t for everybody, but the PBC-CBC rivalry in Cork is special in that it sparks lifelong slagging between childhood friends.
# tation once again
Wixted hat-trick powers brilliant Pres past rivals Christians in Munster decider
Pres have pulled level with their cross-city rivals atop the Munster schools honour roll after an emphatic victory at Musgrave Park.
# Mac Éireann
Hansen's cool head a tonic as he produces totemic display at Murrayfield
The Connacht wing earned this third player-of-the-match award in eight Six Nations appearances for Ireland.
# get by with a little help
'It makes a huge difference when you’re playing with lads who are your friends'
Rónan Kelleher and Josh van der Flier spoke of Ireland’s closeness as a squad as they cast their eyes towards Murrayfield.
# Awards Season
Kilmacud and Glen make up 13 players in club football team of the year
The All-Ireland champions’ Shane Cunningham and Dara Mullin have been nominated as Footballer of the Year, alongside Glen’s Ryan Dougan.
# Lovely Hurling
Jennings to debut off bench as Connacht make two changes to XV to face Dragons
The former Ireland U20 and All-Ireland minor hurling final man of the match has been included in Andy Friend’s 23 for Saturday.
# Shuffle
Postlethwaite set for bow as much-changed Ulster seek another big win on the road
The powerful young centre is joined in Dan McFarland’s matchday squad by three returning Ireland squad members.
# Friday Night Lights
Snyman among replacements, Campbell and Nash start for Munster against Scarlets
Graham Rowntree has made three personnel changes and one positional swap to his side which hammered the Ospreys.
# Fin diesel
Wycherley ready to put his work in the carry into practice as Munster return to Cork
The Munster lock on picking RG Snyman’s brains, his off-field work during three months out, and Musgrave Park’s special significance.
# Road to Nowhere
Serrano's withdrawal another predictable speedbump on Taylor's journey home
It stands to reason that the Puerto Rican would be injured but maybe this latest setback is less a speedbump and more a slow puncture, writes Gavan Casey.
# One of their own
Munster frontload training week to ensure they're 'out in force' for funeral of Tom Tierney
Denis Leamy on the passing of his former teammate Tom Tierney, RG Snyman’s availability for Friday, and Malakai Fekitoa’s impending departure.
Last month
February 2023
# rugby brain
Munster excited to see Snyman re-apply his knowledge to the field after 18 months out
Denis Leamy and Fineen Wycherley spoke of Snyman’s off-field influence ahead of his potential on-field return this Friday.
# He's back
RG Snyman fit to make long-awaited Munster return this Friday
The South African lock has undergone an 18-month recovery process after re-rupturing his ACL and is available to face Scarlets in Cork.
# good on ya
Byrne on brink of proving years' worth of out-half chat to have been mostly nonsense
The Leinster out-half was somewhere between fourth and sixth in Andy Farrell’s depth chart in November, and now the backup 10 jersey is his to lose.
# fresh faces
Mannion and De La Harpe set to earn first caps as Pauw names team to face China
The two new caps are among five changes to the starting XI that beat Morocco last time out.
# Back in the hotseat
Castres appoint former Ireland international Jeremy Davidson as new head coach
Davidson’s first job will be to steer Castres further clear of his former employers Brive, who currently sit last in the Top 14.
# feet under the desk
Safety and stability would make for a fine start as Cork City Usher in new era
A word on City and Bohs following Friday night’s curtain-raiser for both clubs at Turners Cross.
# Phew
Connacht overcome second-half scare to win 13-try thriller with Zebre
An early Dylan Tierney-Martin hat-trick felt like a distant memory as the dust settled on Connacht’s 57-34 success.
# Report
Bohemians survive late scare to upstage Cork City at sold-out Turners Cross
Goals by Grant Horton and Jordan Flores had the visitors in cruise control, but Ruairi Keating forced a chaotic finish on Leeside.
# suftum
Ulster include Stewart and Stockdale in team to face Glasgow
Academy back row Harry Sheridan also continues at blindside for Dan McFarland’s side.
# tight bunch
O'Toole makes his mark with a little bit of help from Tadhg Furlong
‘It’s time to step up and show I’m capable at this level,’ said the Ulster tighthead after an impressive 20-minute showing against France.
Ireland v France, Six Nations
The world no.1 side hosts last year’s Grand Slam champions at the Aviva Stadium.
# 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.
# 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.
# impasse
Nobody really to blame for Taylor's Croke Park night falling through
Sometimes, things don’t work out. It’s just a pity that we had gotten our hopes up.
# downsized
Katie Taylor's Croke Park dream is over due to costs, with homecoming set for 3Arena
GAA HQ has proven too expensive to rent for a Taylor homecoming bout, with promoter Eddie Hearn expressing his frustration.
# Shortlist
Five Irishmen nominated for EPCR Player of the Year award
Leinster’s Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, Garry Ringrose and Jamie Osborne are nominated, as is Munster’s Gavin Coombes.
January 2023
# shrewd
Derry City confirm signing of Adam O'Reilly from Preston on two-year deal
The Cork man is heading to Foyleside after impressing last term on loan at St Patrick’s Athletic.
# Italian Job Done
Munster take maximum returns from 70-point thriller in Treviso
Graham Rowntree’s side scored six tries and overcame plenty of hurdles to overtake Benetton in the URC standings.
# Italian Job
Donnelly set for 1st appearance of season as Munster name three academy forwards on bench
Fineen Wycherley returns at lock while John Ryan misses out on a farewell bow.
# hawaiian punch
'I had to learn the accents, the different slangs and lingos... especially with the Cork lads'
Roman Salanoa’s ‘fresh start’ at Munster is beginning to pay dividends for both player and province.
# Munster Schools Senior Cup
Stunning Barrett score seals last-gasp Christians comeback win over rivals Pres
In a role reversal of last year’s thrilling semi-final, CBC won it with two late, late scores. PBC, meanwhile, are still alive via the backdoor system.