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Dublin: 18 °C Thursday 6 August, 2020

Saturday 2 May, 2020

When brilliant assists from Mafi and ROG helped Munster to beat Leinster

The 2011 Magners League final in Thomond Park was a thrilling affair.

Friday 1 May, 2020

'Mayhem, absolute mayhem... It was just bedlam in Thomond Park that day'

Declan Kidney’s Munster broke new ground in Europe in the 1999/2000 season.

Thursday 30 April, 2020

'Any job I did, no matter how big or small, was a test of my character and ability'

Irishman Owen Tarrant has worked with the Chiefs in New Zealand and is now with the Kobelco Steelers in Japan.

Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Zoom calls with POC, Schmidt and Fogarty - How Irish refs are staying sharp WFH

Zoom calls with POC, Schmidt and Fogarty - How Irish refs are staying sharp

IRFU high performance referee coach John Lacey outlines what the country’s top refs have been learning.

U20s star Jack Crowley's score among nominations for AIL try of the season

There were some stunning efforts on the men’s and women’s leagues this season.

Tuesday 28 April, 2020

'Leicester is a very hard-nosed, tough, working-class environment'

Cobh man Shane Lehane is now head of S&C for the Melbourne Rebels after more than five years with the Tigers.

EPCR insists it will do utmost to complete the 2019/20 Champions Cup

France has confirmed that major sport will not resume there before September.

Leinster's Lancaster would be an ideal addition for the Lions next year

The 50-year-old has enjoyed helping young players like Ryan Baird and Harry Byrne to develop.

'Leinster playing the Crusaders - who wouldn't want to watch a game like that?'

Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster says it would be brilliant to play the best of the Southern Hemisphere.

Monday 27 April, 2020

Storming, norming, performing - Lancaster keeps Leinster focused

The province’s senior coach hasn’t been wasting his time back home in Leeds.

Ex-Munster lock Hayes finishes joint-top try scorer in AIL's Division 1A

Clontarf’s Sean Kearns was top points scorer after his return from Australia.

Sunday 26 April, 2020

'The boundaries are limitless' - Irishman Kingsley finds his kicking calling

The Portlaoise man is skills and kicking coach with the Dragons.

Saturday 25 April, 2020

'It was never a guarantee with Ireland, it was more that carrot dangling there'

Robbie Diack played for Ulster 205 times during a decade with the northern province.

Friday 24 April, 2020

'It's easy to get toxic. You're with other lads who can also be in a negative zone'

Eoghan Grace had spells with Munster, Exeter and Connacht during his playing days.

Sale Sharks player suspended for two games after signing for two clubs

Sale Sharks have been been handed a suspended five-point deduction and fined.

Thursday 23 April, 2020

'Those two guys are world-class and they give Munster a better chance'

Johne Murphy believes the South African World Cup winners can also be an influence on young players.

IRFU exploring possibility of Ulster training in Dundalk if restrictions ease

The northern province could be set for a short-term move if the IRFU pursue the idea.

Castle's tumultuous tenure ends as Rugby Australia CEO resigns

The decision comes soon after 11 former Wallabies captains called for change.

Wednesday 22 April, 2020

'Even though we're from New Zealand, we had a strong connection to Ireland'

Auckland native Dominic Robertson-McCoy is in his fourth season with Connacht.

Ulster Rugby puts players on furlough, IRFU to top up salaries

The northern province has placed 70% of its staff onto the UK government’s job-retention scheme.

Tuesday 21 April, 2020

'I want to give professional coaching a whirl. I will be applying for gigs'

Johne Murphy guided Newbridge College into the Leinster Schools Senior Cup final this season.

Munster prop Cronin 'bears at least some fault' for failed anti-doping test

The judicial officer said he had ‘some sympathy for the player’ but that he could have done more.

Convicted killer stood down from World Rugby Council after homophobia allegations

Francis Kean was convicted of committing manslaughter in 2006.

'It would be a fantastic honour for him' - Ireland qualification in sight for Lowe

The Leinster wing will be eligible from this November.

'It's always easier to have 10 than two' - Leinster's back row riches

With Jack Conan and Dan Leavy back in the mix, the province will have serious depth.

Monday 20 April, 2020

Cullen confirms Leinster haven't made any new signings for next season

The Leinster head coach would be open to playing inter-pro games behind closed doors.

Munster's James Cronin banned for one month after anti-doping violation

An independent judicial officer accepted that the failed test was due to ‘a dispensing error by the pharmacy.’

Sunday 19 April, 2020

The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Harry Byrne

The 20-year-old Leinster out-half trained with Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad before the Six Nations.

38-year-old Carter leaves Japanese club but no retirement announcement

The legendary former All Blacks out-half helped the Kobelco Steelers to the Top League title in 2018

Saturday 18 April, 2020

'It was special doing the haka and facing guys I played with in New Zealand'

Lifeimi Mafi helped Munster to the 2008 Heineken Cup and has fond memories of his time in Carrigaline.

Thursday 16 April, 2020

'I didn't want to go chasing it in France or England, being away from family'

Eoin Griffin retired from rugby last year at the age of 28, after playing for Connacht over 100 times.

World Rugby confirms €92 million relief fund for ailing unions

Meanwhile, current talks over the 2020 calendar could lead to ‘long-term reform’ of the sport.

Wednesday 15 April, 2020

'Johann was recognising talent in me even if I didn't feel I was putting my hand up'

Munster man Shane Daly has impressed in the back three this season.

Inter-provincial series among possibilities for any return of rugby

‘That sort of scenario is a possibility of playing out due to the travel issues.’

'We'll do our best to make sure people have the opportunity to say a proper goodbye'

Leinster man Rob Kearney’s current IRFU deal is due to expire this summer.

Tuesday 14 April, 2020

'He has done an unbelievable job' - Dan Leavy into final stages of knee rehab

The 25-year-old Ireland and Leinster flanker suffered a complex knee injury last year.

Scottish Rugby makes pay cuts amidst 'uncertainty' over November Tests

Argentina, New Zealand and Japan are due to visit Murrayfield later this year.

The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Beibhinn Parsons

The 18-year-old Ballinasloe and Connacht wing is a prolific try-scorer.

Monday 13 April, 2020

When Munster pulled off a miracle against Gloucester at Thomond Park

Alan Gaffney’s men were on the brink of a pool-stage exit in the Heineken Cup.

Sunday 12 April, 2020

'I was blessed to join Shannon at that time. The crowds in the AIL were massive'

Andrew Thompson won nine All-Ireland League titles during his playing days with Shannon RFC.