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#Kick off

# kick-off - Friday 5 October, 2018

Defending champions Lansdowne on the road to Clontarf while Shannon return to top flight Kick Off This post contains videos

Defending champions Lansdowne on the road to Clontarf while Shannon return to top flight

The AIL’s top two divisions are back this weekend and we’ve got all the 1A and 1B previews.

# kick-off - Monday 6 March, 2017

No dream MLS debut for former Barcelona coach Tata Martino as new season gets underway

Both expansion sides – Atlanta and Minnesota – suffered defeat in their opening fixtures.

# kick-off - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

The42 Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan and Murray Kinsella on Ireland's chances, tactical trends and more Kick Off This post contains videos

The42 Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan and Murray Kinsella on Ireland's chances, tactical trends and more

The former Ireland head coach joined us for a live preview of the tournament today.

# kick-off - Friday 11 September, 2015

No sign of Deflategate hangover as Brady inspires Patriots in NFL opener

The star quarterback threw four touchdowns in the 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last night.

# kick-off - Saturday 6 June, 2015

Women's World Cup is an opportunity for Canada & welcome distraction from FIFA chaos

The tournament gets underway in Edmonton later tonight and is bigger and better than its ever been.

# kick-off - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Analysis: Intelligent Chiefs push the boundaries by refusing the ruck

This just doesn’t look right on first viewing.

# kick-off - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Open thread: what are your sporting hopes for 2013?

Open thread: what are your sporting hopes for 2013?

Have that cup of coffee, shrug off last night’s celebrations and tell us what you hope to see this year.

# kick-off - Thursday 27 September, 2012

Ulster Bank League: Quinlan joins commentary team for new season's kick-off

The former Munster back-row will offer his insight at the ‘Friday Night Lights’ opener between Young Munster and Shannon.

# kick-off - Friday 2 March, 2012

Rovers return: Hoops head to Drogheda with their sights on three-in-a-row

We caught up with manager Stephen Kenny and chairman Jonathan Roche as the champions prepare to defend their title.

Slideshow: Meet the Airtricity League gaffers for 2012 What I Say Goes This post contains images

Slideshow: Meet the Airtricity League gaffers for 2012

It’s been a long winter and there are a few new faces to get used to. So don’t waste any more time in getting to know the gaffer.

# kick-off - Sunday 5 February, 2012

As it happened: Ireland v Wales, Six Nations Championship

We went minute-by-minute for Ireland’s first game of the tournament against old foes Wales at Lansdowne Rd. Here’s how the drama unfolded.

# kick-off - Saturday 6 August, 2011

Depleted Birmingham endure miserable start to Championship season

Favourites Leicester may have won their opening day encounter against Coventry, but it wasn’t a happy baptism for either Chris Hughton or Steve McClaren.

# kick-off - Tuesday 7 June, 2011

Here we go again: Irish provinces learn opponents in next season's Heineken Cup

Champions Leinster were first out of the hat in Twickenham today while Connacht, Munster and Ulster also learned fate.

# kick-off - Monday 28 February, 2011

League of Ireland build-up: Bohs happy to be in the race

In the first of our club profiles, ahead of the Airtricity League’s return on Friday night, Alan Smith expects the Gypsies to be off the pace this year.

# kick-off - Saturday 5 February, 2011

Six Nations preview, meet the teams

Paul Ring introduces the sides that hope to come out on top of the northern hemisphere this year.

# kick-off - Friday 4 February, 2011

Six Nations preview: can Kidney's men answer Ireland's call?

We’ve looked at the prospects of Ireland’s Six Nations rivals. Now it’s time to weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of Declan Kidney’s men.

Six Nations preview: Italy no pushover as Parisse returns

Rejoice, for Six Nations day is finally upon us. Part five of our tournament preview takes a look at Ireland’s opponents this weekend, Nick Mallett’s Azzurri.

# kick-off - Thursday 3 February, 2011

Six Nations preview: Scotland to cause a few problems? Kick Off This post contains videos

Six Nations preview: Scotland to cause a few problems?

Thank God it’s Thursday evening, which means that there are just over twenty-four hours to go until this year’s Six Nations kicks-off. Andy Robinson’s Scotland are next up for the once-over as we continue our tournament preview.

Kristopher Burton handed debut shot against Irish in Rome

Italians name side to open the Six Nations championship against Declan Kidney’s men.

Six Nations preview: England set up as the team to beat Kick Off This post contains videos

Six Nations preview: England set up as the team to beat

We’re at the half-way point in our Six Nations preview series. Ahead of the tournament opener tomorrow night, it’s time for us to run the rule over the bookmakers’ favourites, the “Auld Enemy” from across the water.

# kick-off - Wednesday 2 February, 2011

Six Nations preview: injury-hit Wales look set to struggle Kick Off This post contains videos

Six Nations preview: injury-hit Wales look set to struggle

With the Six Nations opener around the corner, part two of our tournament preview series focuses on one of the teams set for Friday night lights.

Injuries no insult for Ireland

Ireland’s growing injury crisis is an opportunity that Declan Kidney should exploit, writes Mark Hobbs.

I want that one: your foolproof guide to all those Fantasy Six Nations contests Sin Bin This post contains videos

I want that one: your foolproof guide to all those Fantasy Six Nations contests

We hold your hand and explain the myriad online manager formats as the championship draws ever closer.

Six Nations preview: much to ponder as France shape up for another tilt Kick Off This post contains videos

Six Nations preview: much to ponder as France shape up for another tilt

It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a rugby fan. We kick off our Six Nations preview with a look at the defending champs. Allez les bleus!