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Dublin: 3 °C Monday 11 November, 2019

Today’s News

Aaron Connolly pulled from Ireland squad after scan

The Galway man won’t be involved against Denmark or New Zealand.

Sean Cronin to resume skill work on return from neck injury

The hooker has not played since Ireland’s win over Russia.

Plenty for Andy Farrell to admire as provinces gear up for Europe

There is a lot of Champions Cup rugby to play out before the new Ireland head coach gets to pick his first squad.

Yesterday’s News

Defeat in Thomond still leaves Ulster primed for battle in Bath

‘We go from one European fortress to another.’

Saturday 9 November, 2019

Hanrahan hamstring an added concern for Munster ahead of European campaign

Ireland U20 playmaker Ben Healy could be the next 10 Johann van Graan turns to.

Conway scorches in to ensure Munster edge tight inter-pro against Ulster

The wing proved to be a game-breaker in a closely-fought contest.

Van Graan fondly recalls Kolisi debut and hails 'incredible' journey

The Munster boss worked at close quarters with many of the World Cup-winners.

Munster well-stocked to guard against Ulster revenge mission

Dan McFarland will be eager to see his side show just what a much difference a year makes.

'It could easily have been 70 points, but it wasn't, that's the one bit of solace we'll take'

Connacht were hit for six and suffered more injuries in key positions.

Friday 8 November, 2019

Insult to injury as Leinster crush Connacht in Galway

The clinical reigning champions scored six tries and had the bonus point wrapped up inside half an hour.

'You have got to back your style': Friend's Connacht looking within for motivation as Leinster head west

The Connacht boss isn’t getting his side all riled up for the visit of Leinster, he’s pushing for a big performance no matter who the opponent is.

Deegan slips into his favourite position as Leinster face toughest test of young season

The back row has had to divide his time across three positions, but starts at 8 for the second time this season.

Thursday 7 November, 2019

Scotland fined €80k over 'inappropriate and ill-judged' comments during Typhoon Hagibis

The SRU chief executive questioned the integrity of tournament organisers and claimed unfair treatment before Scotland lost to the hosts.

Leinster Women to play Christmas fixture at Twickenham alongside Premiership clash

Ben Armstrong’s side will take on in-form Harlequins after a Premiership fixture.

Marmion 'is very aware that we would like him to stay,' says Friend

The Connacht 9 was reportedly a target of Saracens last week, but their salary cap sanction will force a re-think of all their recruitment.

'It'll be raw for four years': Sexton looks back on World Cup woe and forward to whatever's next

The Ireland number 10 is hungry for competition again after parting ways with Joe Schmidt.

Van Graan hopes to see Carbery back by Christmas, but won't rush another return for the 10

The Athy man aggravated an ankle injury at the World Cup and will miss the opening rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Wednesday 6 November, 2019

Robshaw brands Saracens' breach as 'cheating' with champions a no-show for European launch

Meanwhile, Exeter boss Rob Baxter is not expecting Saracens to be stripped of titles.

Tomane hoping an injury-free run will allow him to find rich vein of form

After a nightmare run of luck in France, the Wallaby’s first season in Leinster was disrupted by hamstring injury.

Tuesday 5 November, 2019

Internationals back in business to embrace the 'chaos' with Leinster

Isa Nacewa’s critique on Ireland’s performance left a lot of praise at Stuart Lancaster’s door and the Leinster players will surely relish getting back in that framework.

Monday 4 November, 2019

Ulster flyer Sexton in men's squad as Ireland 7s sides head for Spain

The countdown to the men’s debut season in the World Series is gathering pace.

Saturday 2 November, 2019

Six Springboks force their way into The42's Team of the Rugby World Cup

There’s still room for smaller, highly-skilled players in our tournament XV.

As it happened: England v South Africa, Rugby World Cup final

England are one game away from their second World Cup, South Africa are pushing for a third. Join us to see who gets their hands on the Webb Ellis.

Friday 1 November, 2019

Leinster's young stars shine through the rain in 8-try rout of Dragons

James Lowe and Dave Kearney scored four between them, but they were massively aided by the injection of youth.

Ireland fall to Netherlands at semi-final stage of T20 World Cup qualifier

Graham Ford’s side sealed qualification for next year’s World Cup at the weekend, but fell at this tournament’s penultimate hurdle.

Dillane, Farrell get first start of the season as Connacht travel to take on Ospreys

Andy Friend has been forced to rotate his pack due to injury.

Ben Smith sparkles as New Zealand seal third-place spot

The veteran was left out of the semi-final line-up, but sparkled in a six-try win for the deposed champions.

All Blacks magic still there as they strike early against Wales Bronze Final This post contains videos

All Blacks magic still there as they strike early against Wales

New Zealand were pummeled by England last weekend, but they’re back up and running.

McIlroy closes with an eagle and sits within a shot of the lead in Shanghai

Shane Lowry, meanwhile, carded another par round.

Thursday 31 October, 2019

'He will be much in demand, particularly if he's a World Cup winner'

Felix Jones has put himself in the best position to soak up a wealth of coaching knowledge.

Springboks have 'a few plans up our sleeves,' says ex-Munster coach Nienaber

The ‘Boks defence coach has built up degree of familiarity with the English threat between Tests and clashes with Saracens.

Bill Johnston takes 10 shirt as Ulster host Zebre

Dan McFarland will keep John Cooney and Craig Gilroy in reserve for the clash with the Italian side.

Sunday 27 October, 2019

'It's a win and not much more than that': Cullen keen to move on after one-score scrap with Zebre

Leinster will hope to hit a more familiar rhythm when they host the Dragons on Friday.

Ireland on the brink of T20 World Cup qualification

Graham Ford’s side put themselves in position with yesterday’s win over Nigeria.

As it happened: Wales v South Africa, Rugby World Cup semi-final

Rassie left Ireland to bring South Africa back to the top of the game. Warren Gatland and Wales stood between them and the World Cup final.

Saturday 26 October, 2019

As it happened: England v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup semi-final

The best two teams at the World Cup locked horns this morning and we went minute-by-minute to see who would prevail.

Friday 25 October, 2019

Kieran Marmion back in starting role as Connacht welcome unbeaten Cheetahs

The international scrum-half has forced Caolin Blade onto the bench for the first time this season.

23-year-old jockey David Mullins suffers spinal fracture after fall in Thurles

The Kilkenny man was air-lifted to hospital in Cork yesterday.

Thursday 24 October, 2019

New forwards, defence coach on board as Ireland Women head for training camp with Doyle's Scotland

Adam Griggs has eight uncapped players hoping to make an impression ahead of a November Test against Wales.

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