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Dublin: 11 °C Thursday 15 November, 2018

Today’s News

Hansen's All Blacks intent on doing 'a wee bit of suffocating ourselves'

The All Blacks won’t be in a rush to kick possession Ireland’s way.

Yesterday’s News

'I'd be lucky to be tying my laces at 36': Dynamic Taylor's admiration for stalwart Rory Best

‘Saturday is going to be a bloody physical battle,’ says Codie Taylor, a hooker cut from very different cloth to his opposite number.

'He's not afraid of pulling the trigger': Barrett sees a lot of familiar traits in Sexton

The world player of the year nominees will go head-to-head on Saturday.

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

No 2016 grudging, just respect as All Blacks pitch up in Dublin

‘You don’t need to dip into the past to find a desire to play and play well.’

All Blacks braced for Ireland 'trying to suffocate us with possession'

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster hopes to see his side meet Ireland head on and in the air.

Beauden Barrett happily adapting to get 'excited about chasing kicks'

The All Black number 10 is keen to embrace the varied conditions that the northern hemisphere offers

'Rog didn't see himself like the boys saw him, as a legend of international rugby'

Crusaders star Ryan Crotty is grateful for the influence of Ronan O’Gara — even when he’s away on national duty.

Monday 12 November, 2018

'He was a great player back then and he's come on leaps and bounds': Crotty braced for Aki reunion

The Connacht star will have a big role to play against the nation of his birth on Saturday.

Sunday 11 November, 2018

Libertadores stories, Owens shuns the silence and more of the week's best sportswriting

Get the kettle on and start your Sunday by catching up with the best stuff the internet had to offer this week.

Saturday 10 November, 2018

As it happened: Ireland v Argentina, November Tests

We went minute-by-minute as Joe Schmidt’s Ireland take the field in Dublin.

Rare Barrett drop-goal helps New Zealand scrape comeback win over England

The world champs battled back from 15 points down, but will be breathing a sigh of relief to escape Twickenham with victory.

'Years ago everything was done through fear of losing': Earls admires healthy confidence of new breed

The Ireland wing has developed a quiet confidence through the years and an ability to stop himself from doing unnecessary damage to his body.

Friday 9 November, 2018

Sean O'Brien and his 'contagious confidence' back to boost Ireland

O’Brien’s stubborn streak was key in his return to fitness, says Joe Schmidt.

Schmidt promises a place in the stands for players looking beyond Argentina

‘One of the dangers that they understand fully is any look that far ahead (and) they compromise what they deliver this weekend.’

Thursday 8 November, 2018

Big stage for Larmour to shine, O'Brien back and one unlucky lock misses out

The All Blacks loom large as Joe Schmidt named his team to face Argentina.

Argentina flyer Delguy keen on rematch with Stockdale

The two young wings were opposing fullbacks in 2016, and could come face to face on a wing in the Aviva Stadium this weekend.

Wednesday 7 November, 2018

Pumas promise 'new weapons' as they soak up Dublin

Argentina have bested Ireland three times out of four in World Cups, but their schedule has made winning in Dublin look increasingly unlikely in recent years.

Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Contepomi hopes Argentina show Jaguares traits against 'mature' Ireland

‘On the day, (Argentina) can be very good. If they don’t get it (going) they can look not that good.’

Saturday 3 November, 2018

Watch: Jordan Larmour caps first international start with delicious last-minute try Hot Stepper This post contains videos

Watch: Jordan Larmour caps first international start with delicious last-minute try

The 21-year-old completed his hat-trick with the last play of the game in Chicago.

As it happened: Ireland v Italy, November Tests

It’s Saturday night and Joe Schmidt’s boys are in Chicago to open the new season. Keep track of it all here.

Farrell's boot and shoulder in the spotlight as England edge South Africa November Tests This post contains videos

Farrell's boot and shoulder in the spotlight as England edge South Africa

The England 10 was fortunate to get away with his last minute hit on Esterhuizen.

Hume hit crucial as Ulster surge in second half to beat Benetton

Tries from Sean Reidy and Rob Herring helped Ulster turn the tide after the Italians dominated the first-half.

O'Loughlin stepping up to lead fresh-faced Leinster back-line

The centre was disappointed to miss out on Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad, but knows what he needs to do to get back in the picture.

Friday 2 November, 2018

Hume to make first senior start alongside McCloskey as Ulster face Benetton

Ulster have their own Italian job to do tomorrow.

Grand Slam-winner Leavy in Leinster line-up to face Kings

Dave Kearney has recovered from injury to take a starting berth, while Scott Fardy captains the tourists in South Africa.

'A lot of lads have been waiting for this opportunity': Leinster off Broadway, but understudies ready to shine

Loosehead Ed Byrne has a tough time forcing his way into Leinster’s matchday squad when Cian Healy and Jack McGrath are around.

Thursday 1 November, 2018

After weeks of appeals and counter appeals, Saracens centre Lozowski banned for All Blacks Test

The England international has been handed a four-week suspension, back-dated a fortnight.

Wednesday 31 October, 2018

Contepomi determined to help Leinster become the best team in the world

The former Puma is not trying to add the free-running Jaguares ethos to Leinster, just to tweak the province’s excellent structure.

'His skill-set was always above his age-grade': Test rugby always a matter of 'when' not 'if' for Ross Byrne

Rory O’Loughlin has watched the uncapped out-half grow up and has continually seen him impress.

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Rob Kearney being monitored for shoulder issue as McFadden ruled out until March

McFadden went under the knife at the weekend after suffering a serious knee injury.

Bleyendaal among Munster's playing squad for South African trip

Ireland squad members Sam Arnold and John Ryan will also be with their province.

Saturday 27 October, 2018

Much-changed, but Leinster highly-motivated to bounce back in Italy

Johnny Sexton doesn’t believe a loss is necessary to spur Leinster into action, but they have a fine record of rebounding after defeat.

Friday 26 October, 2018

After trouncing Toulon, Edinburgh fall to four-try defeat against Zebre

Scarlets came out the right side of a 10-try shoot-out in South Africa.

Sexton on swapping jerseys with Beauden Barrett and the ultimate test against the All Blacks

The Ireland out-half looks back on his experience against New Zealand, from vomiting at half-time to their ‘refusal’ to trade jerseys over the years.

'We all know the standards': Sexton backs Ireland to progress even if Schmidt turns for home

The Ireland head coach is in demand and has just over a year remaining on his contract.

Thursday 25 October, 2018

'It'd be hard to see me playing anywhere else': Keith Earls extends contract to 2021

The 31-year-old has three years ahead to chase more records at provincial and Test level.

Kaino appeal thrown out as EPCR go back and forth with Saracens centre Lozowski

Toulouse duo Kaino and Pointud remain suspended for the weeks ahead. Lozowski must await the outcome of two hearings in London tomorrow.

7s flyer Baloucoune to make Ulster debut at home to Dragons

Dan McFarland has been able to recall Henry Speight to Ulster’s back-line after the Wallaby was sidelined with a knee injury.

Marmion back from injury as fully-loaded Connacht go to Ospreys

The scrum-half has shaken off an ankle injury for the crucial Conference A clash.

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