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Dublin: 11°C Friday 30 October 2020

Today’s News

Murray not willing to throw box-kick away just yet

The scrum-half took on the skill just twice last weekend, but isn’t willing to sound its death knell.

Yesterday’s News

'Get the ball in his hands and make people tackle him': Payne excited by Stockdale threat

The Ulster defence coach has watched the 24-year-old evolve his understanding of a new position over the past year.

Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Caelan Doris relishing another big occasion to underline his pedigree

The 22-year-old Leinster back row feels he saves his best performances for the biggest games.

Farrell intent on imposing 'plan that we know' on France

The Ireland head coach insists his side won’t be playing high-risk rugby in search of a four-try win in France.

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Dane immersed in rugby and ready for another tough Test run

The Ireland scrum-half hit the ground running despite an eight-month gap between competitive fixtures.

Sexton settled into Ireland rhythm and ready to duel France

The skipper feels improvements in training as he looks forward to a return to Paris.

Heffernan mining confidence from the work he puts in after long wait for second cap

The Connacht hooker is grateful to Andy Friend and Jimmy Duffy for guiding him back to peak form.

Monday 26 October, 2020

'An incredibly enjoyable environment': POM relishing competition, skills work in Ireland camp

The blindside typified an apparent renewed focus on skills during the win over Italy.

Ireland rule out Ringrose for November, Cooney and Earls back in frame

Jamison Gibson-Park’s international debut was tempered with a tight hamstring.

Saturday 24 October, 2020

'It's going to be fun': Conway revelling in the competition under Farrell

Training and form carry a great deal more weight under Andy Farrell, the Munster wing says.

Marcus Rea up and running again for Ulster after injury and ice-cream

The 23-year-old waited 18 months between his first and second Ulster caps. He is intent on building momentum for his third.

Thursday 22 October, 2020

'If you can't deal with the pressure of a selection day, you're not right for the job'

Ireland players are feeling the heat of competition in training for longer as they are made wait to see the starting XV.

Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Ed Byrne on verge of cap to reward his immense feat of perseverance

The Carlow loosehead spent 28 months on the sideline before starting his rise to this point in 2017.

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Tumilty will stay on as Ireland men's hockey coach with focus on attacking style

The Banbridge man took over on a short-term basis last year, but has impressed in the role.

Beibhinn Parsons organising her next steps after 'rollercoaster' year of Leaving Cert stress

The 18-year-old was due to skip the second half of the Six Nations, but its postponement means she is back in Ireland’s ranks.

Tuesday 20 October, 2020

'I get on people's nerves': Bundee Aki refuses to quieten down

‘My team-mates at Connacht are well used to my loud voice and to me screaming at them, giving them crap here and there.’

Connacht academy player positive for Covid-19 and isolating

The player has been isolating since Wednesday after being a close contact of a confirmed case.

Sexton feeling greater responsibility and gratitude as ireland prepare to play through Level 5

The exemption granted to elite sport has the Ireland skipper feeling privileged.

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Monday 19 October, 2020

Leavy continues ‘bumpy journey’ to full fitness as he takes full part in Leinster training

The flanker has been close to making a return in recent weeks, but the path has not been a straightforward one.

Resuming Six Nations the beginning of a crucial window for Ireland Women

Captain Ciara Griffin insists the efforts made to curb the spread of Covid-19 have been no sacrifice for the squad.

Doris relishing restart with an Ireland team playing 'heads-up rugby'

The Leinster number 8 will be eager to bank 80 Test minutes after injury limited his time in the first three rounds.

Sunday 18 October, 2020

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Katie McCabe cracks a beauty in off the post for Arsenal as Irish stars impress before crucial qualifier

The Irish captain found the top corner from the tightest of angles in the WSL, but there was plenty of Irish interest elsewhere.

Change must come at the top in Italian rugby, says Castrogiovanni

As for the prospects of Georgia replacing Italy in the Six Nations, well, talk is cheap.

Winter football woes, the Iceman and more of the week's best sportswriting

Plus, how the Big Six came to be the top half-dozen dogs.

Saturday 17 October, 2020

Man for the big occasion Zebo in place to realise Racing dream

The Munster man moved to Paris for opportunities like this.

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'Why wouldn't we go hunting?': Farrell targets evolution along with a Six Nations title chase

International rugby is scheduled to return to these shores next week.

Thursday 15 October, 2020

IRFU suspend club competition across four provinces

Rising Covid-19 numbers have brought a return to tightened restrictions for contact sport.

Squads unveiled as three provincial academies join Ireland 7s for tournament this weekend

Munster, Ulster and Connacht will face the senior Ireland squad in competition at the Sports Campus this weekend.

Three-week ban rules Iain Henderson out of Six Nations restart

The Ulster lock will be free to play against Wales on 13 November.

Sunday 4 October, 2020

ICU and international rugby behind Galvin, but renewed freedom to cross codes ahead

‘It nearly feels like I’ve been given back my sporting career.’

Friday 2 October, 2020

Aki in place as Connacht welcome Glasgow to Galway

Andy Friend is able to field his strongest available side as his team bid to bounce back from their ‘A’ defeat to Munster.

21-year-old Casey among starters as Munster commence Pro14 away to Scarlets

Mike Haley and Darren Sweetnam make their return tot first-team action.

Ulster brush off the sugar coating and carry hurt of big defeats into new season

“If you forget about it, you won’t learn from it. When we need that hurt, we’ll use it.”

Thursday 1 October, 2020

Flexibility in all aspects key for Connacht as new season looms

The Clan Terrace was repurposed as the team’s meeting room over the summer.

Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Friend 'surprised, disappointed' by warm-up woes as Connacht ramp up to face Glasgow

“I know we’ve got the talent,” Friend said as he looked back on a heavy A inter-pro loss to Munster, “to me it’s a mental thing.”

Monday 28 September, 2020

'Maybe he spoke about another game': Klopp takes issue with Roy Keane's analysis

Keane later joked that Klopp was ‘very sensitive’.

Ulster take solace in battle-hardiness and fresh start of new season

The northern province claimed just one win in their five matches since rugby restarted in August.

Sunday 27 September, 2020

'The Ryder Cup is a golf match, not a mannequin parade' and more of the week's best sportswriting

Whether you’re on level two or level three restrictions, tuck yourself into a safe corner and enjoy the best of the internet.

Saturday 26 September, 2020

Sugrue slips back as Rai leads the way at Irish Open

The Cork amateur remains the best of the Irish, but today’s 73 puts him over par.

100th-minute penalty saves Man United's blushes in Brighton

The Seagulls equalised deep in stoppage time, but there was still time for Solskjaer’s side to edge a five-goal thriller.

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