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Dublin: 7 °C Monday 18 February, 2019

Yesterday’s News

Basketball and hurling behind Moloney as flies Athy flag in U20 Six Nations

The flanker has revelled in the intensity of the Championship as Ireland have pushed their way top of the table.

Saturday 16 February, 2019

Hogan's contact skills pushing Leinster players forward while avoiding injury

After winning the Champions Cup, Leinster decided to create a new position in their backroom team.

Molony intent on keeping maul tidy as Leinster travel to take on Zebre

The 24-year-old will work closely with Scott Fardy to counter-act the Italian pack.

Friday 15 February, 2019

Farrell remains 'full steam ahead' with focus on Six Nations, but excited about taking over as head coach

Ireland’s defence coach says there are still ‘permutations’ to be figured out before he finalises the backroom team he works with from 2020.

Sexton 'ready to go' for Ireland, with Henshaw expected back in training next week

Tadhg Beirne is ‘progressing well’ on his return from injury, according to future head coach Andy Farrell.

Thursday 14 February, 2019

Coghlan leads ruthless Clongowes display to set up semi clash with Gonzaga

CBC Monkstown were undone by tries from Thomas Gilheany, Hugo Philips Joe Carroll and Luke McDermott.

Henderson back from injury in time for Ulster's clash with Ospreys (and Ireland's visit to Italy)

The lock has been hampered by thumb and finger injuries since December, but will join Jordi Murphy and John Cooney in action for Ulster tomorrow.

Manchester United 'mentor' Eric Harrison dies at 81 RIP

Manchester United 'mentor' Eric Harrison dies at 81

Alex Ferguson paid tribute to the coach behind the Class of ’92, calling him ‘one of the greatest coaches of our time’.

Ciara Mageean sets new indoor record on way to 1500m win Fast Track This post contains videos

Ciara Mageean sets new indoor record on way to 1500m win

The Co. Down woman smashed her previous best by almost two seconds.

Wednesday 13 February, 2019

Belvedere win out in gruelling battle with Newbridge to roll into Senior Cup semis

The Kildare school took an early lead, but Belvo’s forward power turned the screw towards a four-try win.

'It's been a tough couple of years, there's no other way to put it' Dangerous Dave This post contains videos

'It's been a tough couple of years, there's no other way to put it'

Dave Kearney is intent on working his way back to peak form after a frustrating run of injuries.

Tuesday 12 February, 2019

Coolican leads commanding Gonzaga performance to see off Terenure

The Ranelagh school dominated territory, but were made to work for their place in the semi-finals.

Leigh Halfpenny set for return after three months sidelined with concussion

The Wales fullback came through symptom-free after contact training with Scarlets last week.

Leinster hail 'huge' Sean O'Brien impact on and off the pitch as he prepares for departure

‘It was almost out of Leinster’s hands as soon as that national contract wasn’t offered,’ says Stuart Lancaster.

Monday 11 February, 2019

Penaud's pearl or an Irish effort? Pick your favourite try of the Six Nations weekend 6 Of The Best This post contains a poll

Penaud's pearl or an Irish effort? Pick your favourite try of the Six Nations weekend

We only found room for one of Jonny May’s scores.

'One of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make': London Irish confirm Sean O'Brien signing

The Tullow Tank has agreed to join London Irish from December.

Friday 8 February, 2019

Two years on, Edinburgh bus debacle still a sore spot for Schmidt

‘It’s an incredibly simple route from The Balmoral to Murrayfield. How the policemen got lost will forever be a bit of a mystery for us.’

Thursday 7 February, 2019

Intercept specialist Stockdale wary of Russell traps Poacher This post contains videos

Intercept specialist Stockdale wary of Russell traps

‘If he sees you going for it, he’ll let you think you’re going to have it, and then he’ll put the ball past you.’

Injuries bring World Cup to mind as Schmidt seeks flexibility

The Ireland head coach was enthusiastic about the prospect of entering a crucial game without his first choice lock and centres

Farrell returns, hearts and minds to be won and more talking points from Ireland's XV to face Scotland

Ireland’s formidable strength in depth at centre means they are scarcely weakened despite injury to Ringrose and Henshaw.

'He maybe could have played': Henshaw not risked due to Farrell form

Joe Schmidt wasn’t ready to chance Henshaw with ‘Chris Farrell sitting in the wings, massively motivated’.

Wednesday 6 February, 2019

Try-scorer Foley the sole change for Ireland U20 after England win

Noel McNamara’s men go to Scotland on Friday looking to back up their brilliant opening night performance.

Tuesday 5 February, 2019

'Incredibly hungry' Kilcoyne intent on creating good memories in Murrayfield

The Munster man has had to wait and work before his latest taste of Six Nations rugby.

'If you don't get it right, we'll get nailed': Accuracy order of the day as Ireland pick themselves up

Defeat to England has Ireland maintaining a tight focus against a team who will be a World Cup rival come September.

Toner and Ringrose ruled out of Ireland's clash with Scotland

Scrum coach Greg Feek hopes to have Keith Earls fit for Murrayfield.

Monday 4 February, 2019

Slade or something from Stade de France? Pick your favourite try from Six Nations opening weekend Six Of The Best This post contains a poll

Stander set for four weeks on the sideline as Ireland assess knocks for Earls, Toner and Ringrose

The IRFU hope Stander will be back in time for the round four clash against France.

'It's about finding a way. They found a way': U20 pack show their teeth to beat England

Noel McNamara’s pack worked brilliantly to lay a platform for the win over England.

Sunday 3 February, 2019

Another false start a cause for concern with World Cup on the horizon

Joe Schmidt admits it is a frustration to see his side stutter first game out again.

Saturday 2 February, 2019

'We're nowhere near our best': Jones holds fire after England dominate in Dublin

The England head coach says his side haven’t started working on their attacking game, so improvements are bound to come as the tournament wears on.

Schmidt laments a lack of 'simmering physical intensity' in four-try loss to England

‘I don’t think I’ve seen a game where our opponents got so many physical, dominant tackles.’

Kinghorn claims hat-trick in classy Scotland bonus point win over Italy Flying Scotsmen This post contains videos

Kinghorn claims hat-trick in classy Scotland bonus point win over Italy

Only a late trio of Italy tries took any gloss off a fine Scottish performance.

U20 boss McNamara unfazed and unsurprised by superb win over England

The head coach paid credit to his side’s mental toughness as they twice faced 11-point deficits in the first half.

Friday 1 February, 2019

Ireland U20 show attacking intent to grab brilliant bonus point win over England

Noel McNamara’s men had to battle back from 11 down twice before grabbing a superb win.

'We’re keen on playing with pace and moving England around as much as we possibly can'

Cork plays host to Ireland’s next generation against the might of England tonight.

Thursday 31 January, 2019

'We hate losing': O'Mahony silently simmering ahead of England clash

The blindside cut an intense figure as he put the final touches on preparation for the opener.

Aviva Stadium sold out for Leinster v Ulster Champions Cup clash

Seats for the European inter-pro have all been snapped up. But there is still a chance that returned tickets could go on re-sale.

Schmidt: 'I don't think it's going to be boring, it's going to be incredibly exhilarating'

Ireland’s head coach stressed the importance of respecting an opponent’s ability.

Henshaw displaces Kearney, O'Brien on the bench as Ireland open Six Nations defence against England

O’Brien missed the November win over New Zealand with an arm injury, but is back for the clash with England.

'Eddie Jones will be delighted that we’re not talking about his players' -- O'Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll thinks Ireland have risen above being distracted by ‘external factors’.

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