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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C

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2022
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Friend hoping to end time at Connacht on a high
The Connacht director of rugby says he hasn’t been asked to help with the search for his successor.
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Kurtley Beale to leave Racing 92 and return to Australia
The 33-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play in the 2023 World Cup.
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Gabon's Aubameyang leaves AFCON, returns to Arsenal
The player hasn’t featured at the tournament after Gabon reported he had a minor heart condition.
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Tipperary All-Ireland winner Hogan steps down as manager of Offaly champions
The former Premier goalkeeper has guided St Rynagh’s to three county titles.
All time
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'It was emotional in the huddle, it was very difficult to get the words out'
Stephen Larkham is determined to end his time with Munster in successful fashion.
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Munster's Snyman to re-join Springboks for the Rugby Championship
The towering second row hasn’t played since August 2020.
# Isreal Folau
Folau takes legal action against Queensland Rugby League
The controversial 32-year-old is bidding to resume his career in Australia.
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'I couldn’t have imagined I'd play for this long for Leinster'
Michael Bent is in the final weeks of his time as a Leinster player.
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Leinster's Michael Bent confirms retirement at end of the season
The 34-year-old tighthead won four Ireland caps after arriving in 2012.
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Scrum-half Nick McCarthy set to re-join Leinster from Munster
The 25-year-old moved to the southern province in 2019 but is now set for a return.
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Ulster confirm attack coach Dwayne Peel to leave for Cardiff Blues next summer
The former Wales scrum-half has been in Ireland since 2017.
# the departure
Matt Damon photographed leaving Ireland after three-month lockdown stay
The Oscar-winner had been staying in Dalkey in Co Dublin for the past few months.
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Blue Bulls sign former Springbok back row Arno Botha from Munster
The 28-year-old made more than 40 appearances for the province after joining in 2018.
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England's Jonny May to rejoin Gloucester at end of season
May has decided to bring an end to a ‘challenging few years’ for Leicester.
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Scarlets head coach Mooar to make All Blacks switch at the end of the season
Brad Mooar will look after the All Blacks’ attack under new head coach Ian Foster.
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Wales suffer another injury setback as Hill leaves squad
Hill hasn’t played since February and will be replaced by Ospreys’ Bradley Davies.
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Chelsea defender undergoing medical ahead of Roma switch
Italian international Davide Zappacosta is expected to join the Serie A side on a season-long loan deal.
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England's Shields a World Cup concern after training camp injury
The Wasps forward injured his foot last week and has returned to England for further assessment.
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Sale grant Wallaby O'Connor early release to pursue World Cup ambitions
O’Connor is reportedly set to join Queensland Reds as be becomes available for international selection again.
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Sarri returns to Italy as Chelsea boss takes over at Juventus
The Italian spent just one season at Stamford Bridge.
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Doug Howlett's 11-year association with Munster comes to an end
The former All Black is leaving his role as the province’s head of commercial and marketing to return home.
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Ireland U20 winger drops out of Munster academy to return to Wales
James McCarthy had joined the southern province in 2017.
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'He’s had a lot to contend with in his personal life': Aberdeen terminate Forrester's contract
The 26-year-old is returning home after a brief spell with the Scottish club.
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Emotional Speight set for Ulster farewell against former coach Friend
‘It will be really hard to take the jersey off.’
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Ulster release South African prop from his contract after just three appearances
Schalk van der Merwe’s career at the northern province failed to take off after his arrival from the Southern Kings.
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Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup elimination
‘Now is not the time to talk about the future.’
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English defender leaves League of Ireland champions due to lack of game time
Tobi Adebayo-Rowling played just one league game for Cork City.
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George North to leave Northampton and return home to Wales
It’s not yet known which region he will join, but the move represents a big boost for Wales and the Pro14.
# Through the lens
'The emotion on show by Mícheál and his father seems to have really struck with people'
Morgan Treacy on the brilliant photo he snapped at Galway’s homecoming.
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A fire on the N11 at Bray and a broken down truck on D'Olier Street delaying the Friday commute
Further afield, there are traffic delays in Limerick and Monaghan this evening.
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Australian prop Kepu released by Bordeaux for family reasons
Kepu was much feted when he arrived in France alongside international team-mate Adam Ashley-Cooper.
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Boudjellal confirms Steffon Armitage request for release to England
England coach Eddie Jones has asked the openside flanker to move home.
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'We can hold our heads up high' - Ireland U17s bow out of European Championship
Dave Connell’s side lost out to Norway in their final group game this afternoon.
# On the Move
An inter-provincial transfer from Connacht to Ulster has been announced
Willie Faloon will return to his home province next season after three years in Galway.
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David Villa's spell in Australia has come to a premature end
The former Barcelona striker scored twice during his brief spell in the A-League.
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'It's between us and God' - Algerian side won't blame Ramadan for World Cup exit
Goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi insists their extra-time loss was not due to fitness reasons.
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Bosnia crash out of the World Cup after controversial defeat to Nigeria
Peter Odemwingie’s first-half strike proved the difference but Edin Dzeko had a perfectly good goal disallowed.
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Ravenhill here they come as Pienaar inspires Ulster to Tigers triumph
Mark Anscombe’s men finish the pool stages as Europe’s top team. The hard work starts now.
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Cavan boss keeping 'open mind' about potential Seanie Johnston return
There is strong speculation that the forward is preparing to apply to transfer from Kildare.
# Last Hurrah
On Tour: An emotional farewell to Poznan, and some stellar chants
They’ll sing when they want, apparently.